Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) - HaandBryggeriet
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Reviews by Dope:
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
Batch 288, bottled 7/23/10 so coming up on 2 years old. 9.6% ABV on this batch.
A: A basically pitch-black oily pour with one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen. Roughly the color of chocolate. Head is huge and very dense to boot. Retention is wonderful, barely fades at all. This would be a 5 but there is just a bit of spotty lacing, not as good as I expected. Alas.
S: A pleasant smell but hard to describe. There is the obvious roasted malt with a touch of chocolate, but there is some sort of spicy aroma to it. I'm assuming that's from the Akevitt barrel but I have never had or smelled this liquor before so I can't say for sure. Smells almost a little like rye with a little bit of molasses in there.
T: Loaded with roasted malt, heavy coffee and just a hint of chocolate. Touch of smoke. Some spiciness to it that's still hard to put my finger on, again almost like rye - mainly in the finish. Provides a bit of an odd spice to this porter. Lingering coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.
M: Pretty thick and mouth coating.
O: Very unique barrel aged porter. I thought the odd herbal/spice (of what I presume to be the akevitt) was a bit detracting from the taste, but honestly that doesn't make it bad. Just different. Better once fully warmed.
03-29-2012 03:16:53 | More by Dope
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4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
Pours black with a brown head, very intruiging.
Dark, rich aromas of black licorice, cherry, wood, bakers chocolate, and a notable hoppiness.
The flavors are dry, woody and chocolaty, green hops, caramel, dark vanilla, and smoke.
This is an amazing, complex beer, worth trying and being suprised by. Haand does a great job, we love these guys.
03-10-2010 01:06:08 | More by brownbeer
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of equal amounts roasted malts and dark chocolate with good amounts of anise and spicy alcohol undertones. As it warms an indistinct spiciness intensifies.
Tastes good. Strong roasted malt flavors with an ashy quality kick things off and are joined quickly by mild dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip a good amount of earthy spices, including anise, take over along with a strange artificial-tasting sweetness and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mild spicy flavors and charred malt flavors linger on the palate.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.
Overall this was a very unique beer with the combination of charred malt and spices. I recommend not letting this warm up too much as the charred malt becomes a bit overpowering. Worth a shot.
02-11-2010 01:12:43 | More by glid02
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Pours a dark, dark brown with 1 finger of brown head that sticks around for a long time.
Lots of chocolate on the aroma with a little bit of roasted malts, molasses and a definite herbal aquavit background
Very well balanced on the palate, the barrel treatment is present but doesn't beat you over the head.
The mouthfeel was smooth with a good level of carbonation on the high side for a barrel aged porter but it works in this beer.
Overall I get the aquavit the most in the aftertaste. It is an interesting beer, worth checking out if you like gin.
10-12-2012 22:23:06 | More by quirkzoo
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
500ml bottle, 8% ABV. Can't say that I've had a lot of Scandinavian aquavit (spelling varies), but from what I remember, it's like herbal or spiced vodka. Should be interesting, at least.
This beer pours a stout emulating, motor-oil black, with ever so slight cola highlights, and one finger of bubbly, soapy Brown Cow head, which bleeds away very quickly, leaving but a few forlorn arcs of amoebic lace around the glass in the process. To the point - I likey.
On the nose, the aroma verily jumps out at you, what with the roasted chocolate malt, dry coffee, herbal hop twang, and a slight sugary pear fruitiness. The taste is sweet licorice and vanilla-laced caramel malt, baker's chocolate, mild coffee, and a soft herbal drupe character, as if the weak choice of aquavit as barrel treatment will not go unheard.
The bubbles are quite sedate, but still make themselves noticeable at times, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and a tad sugary. It finishes still rather sweet - chocolate, tame coffee, vanilla, and a muddled fruitiness still keepin' the party pumpin'. Urgh.
Anyways, this is a hell of a porter, given its big stout leanings. Less successful are the barrel effects - a slight herb and fruit whiff is all I got, and seems like a bit of a waste of the time invested, even if the resultant product gets on just fine without it.
12-28-2011 06:27:58 | More by biboergosum
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
Appearance: Pours an almost black but not translucent dark brown with a half inch head that slow dissipates to a nice thin creamy brown mocha.
Smell: Barrels, coffee, spices, a little bit of alcohol on the nose. There is some dark chocolate and some wood also.
Taste: It comes out with the dark chocolate with a little sweetness from likely the barrels. I am getting the coffee as well at the end but not like you would expect. leaves the mouth slightly dry but finishes smooth. Lets see how it warms up. I might be getting some hops in there that is what might be leaving my tongue slightly dry. Now there is some vanilla coming out. After further google investigation, the Aquavit Barrels were used to age a liquor that was fermented with spices and herbs. They said Dill and also Caraway seeds, and now it does have some slight dill character.
Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with nice carbonation on the tongue.
Overall: This is a very interesting beer with very slight nuances that set it aside from other BA porters. The Aquavit Barrels have added that slight twist and make it perfect style for Norway and there drinking culture. Thanks Norway for my first Euro BA beer. Yummy.
03-21-2013 12:15:06 | More by Lucho
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
Mmm, -bal aging. I love it. Bottle from K&L I believe, shared by Sandstone.
Pours darkest brown with a one-finger tan head and good lacing.
Nice aroma, very roasty, along with wood and chocolate. I just love the aroma of -bals in the morning. Nothing like it.
Flavor is very roasty and even ashy/charcoaly. Oaky barrel notes along with spices (caraway?) and a little booze.
Grainy on the mouthfeel with medium-full body. Just a little boozy, which isn't surprising for 10% ABV.
Overall pretty solid. Good drinkability.
03-27-2010 21:16:27 | More by nickd717
4.45/5 rDev +11%
Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head.Nice lacing & better head retention
S: Roasty malt, caramel & hazel nut & mocha, some dark cherry & figs
T: Roasty grain, cocoa, mocha & a bit of charred grain. Dryness comes through as this warms, along some peppery spice/hops, plus coffee & charred grain. Finishes dry, slightly twangy, with some mocha & charred grain, some woody dryness & a bit of warming booze
MF: Medium bodied, creamy, somewhat warming
A very nice barrel aged porter that is bit different, helping it to stand out a bit. This is still in great shape with 2 years of age on it. One of the better Shelton Bro Imports I've had
08-17-2012 01:58:49 | More by russpowell
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a near black color with a dense toasted khaki colored head that settled into a sparse cap.
The aroma is of a subtle milk chocolate and vanilla, tootsie roll, with some alcohol vapors. There is a non-descript herbal characteristic, perhaps mint.
The taste is of a chocolatey porter. Nice roasted notes as well as a dash of coffee. There are some light herbal notes; juniper and spruce. A light sour punch in the end. This is more porter than anything else. The barrel aging seems subtle but does add a bit of booziness.
The feel is moderate to well bodied with prickly caronbation. Drinks well but there is a roasty bitterness that weighs it down.
Traditional porter with some added notes from the barrel aging. Perhaps a bit too much ABV. A good pickup, interesting. Seems the herbal flavors balance out the malt.
05-08-2011 02:50:10 | More by Gmann
4/5 rDev -0.2%
S: Roasty wood, very herbal, bready chocolate.
L: Dark black, tan creamy head with ok retention and solid lacing.
T: Very bold maltiness with a prominent roast element. Big chocolate bread notes. Low bitterness with very subtle spices. Some mint as well. Quite sweet throughout, finishing quite sweet with some mint chocolate.
M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation, a little slick on the palate.
Pretty solid, aquavit comes through more in the nose that taste, quite sweet.
09-05-2012 02:27:00 | More by bum732
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
500ml July 2010 bottling.
Murky dark brown pour with a wonderful brown layer of foam. Retained really well.
Roast, chocolate milk, some boozy oak. Some earthy yeast tones.
Taste, a big beefy roasty with dark chocolate beast. Coffee, cocoa and peat later. The barrel is really a subtle complementary.
Almost creamy smooth, coats well enough. Not too warm either. This drank easy for the size.
Right up my alley, an excellent example to me. The dark brews from Mr. Haand are fantastic.
08-15-2011 02:18:33 | More by Bung
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
Exactly a year old.
Black with a dense layer of chocolate milkshake foam on the surface. It doesn't lace much, but the retention is good considering it's 10% abv. The lace slowly ebbs back into the foam it came from. Trails of tiny bubbles are visible at it's edges.
Ominous char, dark and roasty aroma. A light brown sugar sweetness peeks out, suggesting spiced cookies, somehow a little floral (maybe an expression of the akevitt).
Chewy feel with some initial bitter black char, that slowly evolves over time. At first it's big and brash with bitter dark chocolate, becoming mellow with traces of wood and tobacco in the finish, with occasional flashes of unknown herbals. The long, slow fade of it's flavors really make me want to slow down and take my time with this. Definitely rich, this surpasses RIS' from lesser breweries. Carbonation is mellow and the alcohol is in check.
Very nice effort from HaandBryggeriet, they are one to watch.
09-17-2010 00:14:16 | More by emerge077
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
500 ml bottle, Batch #225, bottled 9/15/2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, dark fruit and some oak. It's a mostly sweet and strong aroma. There's a lot going on with the taste of this brew! I can taste roasted malt, licorice, caramel, smoke, oak, dark fruit, herbs, vanilla and chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and just plain goes down easy. I think this is a very enjoyable brew, I've liked the other beers I've had from HaandBryggeriet in the past, and this one is likely the best one I've tried from them.
07-10-2010 23:19:00 | More by bluejacket74
3.84/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
03-14-2014 19:46:28 | More by Phyl21ca
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
05-11-2014 15:48:16 | More by GreesyFizeek
4/5 rDev -0.2%
A: looks pitch black, like a stout, with a nice thick temporary head. The beer moves around in the glass like a much "lighter beer" (less viscous)
S: sweet malt, caramels at first, burnt notes; the alcohol overtook the bulk of the other odors once it hit me
T: this is a different-tasting beer, and definitely going to be an individual taste thing. I have never had a akevitt, and I suppose that is what I'm tasting here. Taste of herbs, carraway, and herbal vodka, but in a porter format. It is not as sweet as it looks like it might be, but more on the bitter side. The bitterness has a crisp herbal edge that I found appealing. I like gin, single malt whiskies, and herb vodka, and this beer has some taste-connections with them. I would imagine that if you don't like hard alcohols like those, you might not like this beer. But if you enjoy strongly flavored (more bitter/herbal than sweet) spirits then this beer is a worthy buy. It's bitterness is also like espresso (without sugar), but it has a mellowness that tones down the astringency.
M: a much "thinner" drink than it looks, and palate cleansing - carbonation and alcohol make it sharp and crisp, only a vague linger of the sweeter maltiness.
O: I was pleased. This is a hard-drinking beer. I like sweet stouts and porters, no doubt, but this style of beer appeals to a different taste set, which may or may not agree with you. This being my first Norwegian beer AND my first akevitt barrel-aged beer, I lack a strong frame of reference, but I am inclined to say this is a really cool beer, and certainly worth a buy.
My question: why is a Norwegian porter aged in akevitt barrels (a traditional Scandinavian spirit) considered an "American Porter"?
11-05-2011 21:27:39 | More by Greywulfken
Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
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