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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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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Matured on Aquavit casks.

32 ibu, 112 ebc.

Serving temp. 10-12C or 50-55F

(Beer added by: Jeffo on 09-07-2009)
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3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 288. Bottled 23.07.10. Tasted March 1, 2012.

Pours pitch black with a bubbly 3-finger mahogany head, leaving small streaks atop the glass. Somewhat pillowly retention with dense lace.

Nose is heavy on the chocolate- from chocolate covered raisins to chocolate sauce to mocha. There's a boozy character that I recognize in other spirit barrel-aged beers but since I've never had an akevitt, I'm not sure what direction the actual spirit takes this beer. There are, though, undertones of grainy malt, earthy spice and a sour woodiness. Other aromas include cashew, faint herb, anise.

Full bodied palate is incredibly sweet, like a rich chocolate pie, getting rather cloying and distracting for a good second. It's a shame, cuz that sweetness is the only thing holding this beer back. I would exchage a bit of dryness for a higher alcohol, and bump up the hopping, cuz the bitterness is almost completely lost in the molassas-like syrup. The bit of roasty coffee is very welcome, while some tangy chocolate taffy leads the finish with a slight woody-acidic twang, a bit out of whack with the still cloying sweetness that just seems to linger far too long. A bit of boozy black pepper spice would be really nice right about now.

Certainly an idea that needs to be done right, an akevitt barrel aged porter could certainly be amazing, but the sweetness on this completely kills it for me. I bought this on the shelf recently, making it about one and a half years old on the shelf. Not sure what's wrong with this, as there are no mentions of sweetness in recent reviews. Maybe I'm tasting an older batch? Such a shame too. Now I'm 0/2 with Haandbryggeriet.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:27:34 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-13-2014 19:15:03 | More by Kevincredible
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 15:48:16 | More by GreesyFizeek
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

05-05-2014 17:32:16 | More by whitenads
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-21-2014 01:45:44 | More by afsdan
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Quebec (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 19:46:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:48:08 | More by Jonada
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

02-02-2014 22:11:27 | More by psoriasaurus
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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:45:57 | More by BierJager89
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-06-2013 04:01:21 | More by danielnovak3
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-11-2013 02:30:07 | More by doremite
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4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 14:29:38 | More by soju6
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-03-2013 21:05:58 | More by bird22
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-05-2013 06:00:11 | More by praxis16
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-20-2013 04:47:17 | More by Kmat10
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

04-15-2013 22:26:17 | More by JohnQVD
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
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