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Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) - HaandBryggeriet

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Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter)Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter)

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Matured on Aquavit casks.

(Beer added by: Jeffo on 09-07-2009)
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Photo of jaasen64
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/15/09 (over 5 years old), bottle count of 2160, batch #225. Purchased in the vintage section at Nikki's in Providence about a month ago for ~$14.

A- Pours a very dark opaque black with a thick quarter finger of mocha head that has great retention receding to a thin layer, carbonation seems to be holding up very well and overall looks great especially for it's age.

S- Milk chocolate, roasted malts, hints of oak, a spirit-like presence (from the akevitt, never have had it so hard to describe) that gives off a little bit of booziness, slight oxidation presence that blends in with the akevitt. Overall holding up nicely, only slight oxidation, still retaining complexity and quality porter notes.

T- Milk chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, plums, cherries, finishes with a slight bitterness, light chocolate covered dark fruits, oak, and akevitt. Only a slight hint of oxidation on the finish that balances well with the dark fruits and roast.

M- A little bit above medium bodied, nice carbonation that is consistent throughout drinking, abv pretty well hidden.

O- I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer but I was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. For being well over 5 years old it is still holding up remarkably well showing only slight signs of aging. The akevitt barrels give this beer a nice unique twist and actually work quite well with the porter qualities giving it a nice complexity. This beer is definitely worth trying and it will probably continue to hold up for a little while but I wouldn't keep it much longer.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Beer-O-Rama
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.24/5  rDev +6%

Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased long, long ago at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in an Alchemist pint glass. Batch 225, bottled September 15th, 2009.

A - Voluminous dark tan foam loudly fizzes to nothing. Near-black body with a glint of brown at the bottom edge of the glass.

S - Very roasty and anise-heavy, with some strong chocolate fudge and cake notes mixed in as well. There's a mild spruce character that I can only ascribe to the akevitt. Good balance and integration, and well-hidden alcohol.

T - The taste has a bit more of the characteristic Scandinavian char and smoked character to it, but it's not overly harsh or bitter. Less sweet than the aroma, but still a strong dark chocolate and caramel flavor. There's a nebulous herbal character late, but it's not as discrete as in the aroma. Again, the alcohol is well-hidden. Gets sweeter as it warms up.

M - Full-bodied, and quite tannic. There's initially fizzy, harsh carbonation, but it peters out fairly quickly. Some warning, but nothing excessive for the listed ABV. Lingering stickiness on the palate.

D - I'd put off opening this for some time, as when I bought it I wasn't really much into botanical-infused spirits. However, my tastes have changed quite a bit over the years, and this was quite the pleasant surprise. The spirit and barrel influence are mild and work well with the base beer, and it's not over burnt or harsh like other beers from the region. Probably should have tried it a few years ago for better frame of reference, but holding up exceptionally well at the moment. I enjoyed the 500ml bottle over the course of a few hours.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Mike at Bob's tasting. This is clearly my first time drinking a beer aged in akevitta/aquavit barrels.

Pours pitch black, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some interesting spices/herbs that remind me of menthol or spearmint.

The taste is similar. The barrels provide an interesting dimension to this porter. I'm not getting a whole lot of "barrel character-" meaning oak, vanilla, coconut, etc, but the spirit itself provides an interesting character, slightly fruity, with sort of a menthol of spearmint character that really works with the base porter, which is delicious on its own- lots of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Slightly bitter finish from the roast.

Medium bodied, wish it was a tiny bit thicker. Very drinkable. Creamy smooth mouthfeel.

One of the most unique beers I've ever had, I'll have to keep an eye out for more beers from this brewery.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt with light dry roasted malt with some liquor notes. Taste is also a nice mix between some barrel-aged liquor notes with some black chocolate and some dry roasted malt notes. The barrel-aging is well balanced and cut some of the rough edges. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable beer and really enjoyed the spirit notes that came through this one.

Photo of Jonada
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Batch 602. Served in an oversized snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with 1 finger of a dark tan head that settles to a thin coating and collar. Decent retention. Body is opaque.

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, mild coffee, and some slight hints of mint and licorice.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Roasty, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Sweetness at the front of the tongue is balanced with an earthy bitterness in the finish. Some slight mint along with some almost menthol like character in the finish as well, but these are both very mild.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. A sipper, but not super boozy.

Overall: No complaints here. I enjoyed this one. The barrels' contribution to the overall profile is pretty minor, but luckily the base beer itself is pretty solid.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of BierJager89
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a thick dark brown head.

S: Coffee dominates the nose, with some dark chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a bit of oak, molasses, liquorish, herbal notes.

M: Full bodied, not extremely smooth. Feels like a big porter.

O: I'm not 100% sure what the Akevitt (grappa-like liqueur?) barrel did for it, but it's delicious. HaandBryggeriet rarely disappoints.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of soju6
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: 500ml Bottle. Pours a deep brown/black color with a small head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, spice and a bit earthy.

T: Taste is a blend of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, some spice and bit of wood from the barrel aging. Has a subtle bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

F: The body is quite full with a rich velvety texture. The 10% ABV very well hidden. The flavor becomes more robust as it warms.

O: Very good beer for the style, great way to end the day.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
90 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.