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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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89
very good

150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

t0rin0, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%

Batch 288
Total bottles: 3240
Bottled 7/23/10

Pours a pitch black with a 2 inch khaki head that fades to a small cap. Good rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. There is some sediment floating in this beer after the pour. Smells of roasted dark malts, coffee, and some spices. Taste is of rich coffee, roasted dark malt, and slight cocoa powder on the finish. Very subtle bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good mouthfeel with a great level of carbonation that is bubbly yet smooth. Overall, this is a very tasty beer. I have never had Akevitt but I have read that it is a spirit with spices and herbs. I get some hints of that in the smell and taste of this beer but it is definitely in the background of a very good porter by itself.

UCLABrewN84, May 15, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.2%

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger-high dark tan head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of herbal spirits from the akevitt barrel aging stand out in the smell, which also has some hints of roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the akevitt spirits stand out in the taste and impart some booziness to the underlying flavors of dark roasted malts with hints of bittersweet chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: The flavors are rather well balanced and the spirits from the barrel aging do not dominate the overall taste and makes it interesting.

Note: Batch #356

metter98, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Batch 288, bottled 7/23/10

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color capped by an inch of mocha foam that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Chocolate mocha, with black licorice and vague herbal elements (more dill than caraway)

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with a developing mocha and licorice character that builds in the middle; interesting herbal flavors greet the swallow, with dill being most prominent; the dill continues into the finish, though the sweeter elements remain quite pronounced

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Aquavit is distilled with spices, principally caraway or dill; if I wasn't looking for either of these elements, I probably wouldn't have picked it up, but the dill can definitely be found; overall, the brew is a somewhat sweet porter with an herbal twist

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Texasfan549, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

kjkinsey, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks Bobby.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a thick tan head sitting on top.

S: A subtle smoke/peat character that I find enjoyable in such a dose. The roast is prominent and there are mild milk chocolate and coffee undertones to the beer.

T: There's a decent amount of chocolate, coffee, and roast to the beer which stand up nicely to the pronounced, but balanced, peaty flavor. A slight spiciness as well as some alcohol and spirit presence.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is somewhat low, but smooth and lends itself to a pleasant mouthfeel.

D: I'm not always a fan of the peaty and smokey beers, but this was good. Well balanced and quite enjoyable overall.

womencantsail, Oct 27, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

GRG1313, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Batch 225, bottled 9/15/09. Another gem acquired on a side-trip to State Line (well worth, it, I tells ya!). It pours a very nice black-brown topped by a thick finger or so of tan froth. The nose comprises chocolate, booze (similar to bourbon), oak, vanilla, caramel, molasses, roasted malts, blackened biscuits, and charred wheat. Very nice. The taste encompasses all of the above, adding in some honey-covered biscuits as well. The booziness adds a decisive burn, but it is not unbearable, nor is it really all that bad at all. It's all lovely concoction. The body is lighter than expected, a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a very smooth and creamy feel. Overall, a wonderful (wow, I never thought I'd say wonderful again...) brew, one I wish had many of. Get some!

TMoney2591, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

Bottled: 15.09.09
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.

emerge077, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%

Shared by Sandstone last night. Thanks, Roger. Opaque black body with a dense tan head that recedes to a thick, frothy crown. The aroma is pleasantly boozy and roasty, underscored by rich dark chocolate and a subtle spicy component reminiscent of anise. Similar on the tongue: very pleasant mild spirit-like heat, black licorice, chocolate. The blend of mild heat, subtle spiciness and dark chocolate is thoroughly enjoyable. Finishes bittersweet with a slightly chewy texture. Very good.

largadeer, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +14.2%

A - Pours with one finger of medium-brown head that rests on top of a completely opaque black body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - A rich aroma of brown malts with notes of toffee and some caramel. A spicy, woody character in the background with some licorice, coffee, smoke, and perhaps a bit of juniper.

T - Smoky, toffee flavored malt character up front with notes of chocolate and allspice. The rich, brown malt character intensifies in the middle with more chocolate and a hint of coffee as well as a spicy, smoky character. Finishes with lots of chocolate and light hop character, balanced by moderate hop and malt bitterness as well as herbal notes of juniper, rosemary, and cloves. The spicy character intensifies in the aftertaste as the roasted grain fades into the background and develops a surprisingly liquor-like herbal bitterness that compliments the lingering alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with some alcoholic warmth.

D - First off, this beer gets the award for most extreme barrel aging project ever. It really impresses me that these guys are able, time and again, to take trends form the world of American craft brewing and make them something completely their own. The idea of aging a beer in Aquavit barrels is a perfectly progression of the barrel aging trend for a Norwegian brewery; and what's more, it isn't just a gimmick, it actually works! The spicy, herbal, harsh character of Aquavit is perfectly integrated into the beer. It is very subtle in the aroma and the initial impression of the flavor, but then it builds slowly throughout the finish until it bursts forth in the aftertaste with a lingering bitter, spicy warmth that is shockingly reminiscent of the actual spirit. I have never cared for Aquavit; it is harsh, foul, stomach dissolving stuff. However it adds an interesting and enticing depth to this beer. It seems like the best barrel aged beers are able to capture the essence of the spirit while making it more drinkable than the straight liquor and allowing the base beer to shine through. Haand Bryggeriet Barrel Aged Porter is as successful in this respect as only a handful of other barrel aged beers have managed to be.

nickfl, Mar 10, 2010
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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

russpowell, Aug 17, 2012
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4.11/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

MasterSki, Aug 06, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

From 11/13/10 notes.

a - Pours a black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, strong coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. The smallest hint of oak as well. Very enjoyable.

t - tastes of bourbon, strong coffee, oak, roasted malts, and chocolate. More oak than the smell and a touch hot, but still quite good.

m - Light to medium body and light carbonation. Again, a touch hot, but I was surprised how light this beer was on body and carbonation.

d - I thought this was a very good barrel aged porter. I loved the smell; very complex and lots of great bourbon in there. Would definitely like to pick up a bottle of this one.

mdfb79, Nov 16, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +3%

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a big tan head originally (3 fingers) but recedes into a standard one finger. Fizzy, solid lace.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, brown sugar, notes of spirit.

T: Dark chocolate is heavy throughout. Aquavit is an interesting spirit, it's not going to take over a brew ala bourbon, but it is going to give a nice undercurrent of flavour and this is what it does here. Malt is bittersweet overall with notes of treacle and a boozy spiritous finish which is where the aquavit reaches the forefont.

M: Full-bodied, smooth and creamy, soft carbonation, a big beer.

D: Aquavit is a spirit I've had before, but have never experienced a barrel aged beer from its barrels. An interesting experience, I wouldn't say it's worth $10 a pint, but its something most beer drinkers will greatly enjoy.

Halcyondays, Nov 11, 2010
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2.83/5  rDev -29.4%

Pours a deep dark brown color, almost black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source. Fizzy dark chocolate/coffee colored head that immediately fizzles away without leaving a trace of lacing. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Fortunately, the aroma of this beer is much more pleasant than the appearance. Huge silky chocolate malt presence with hints of roasted malt, coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. The nose is really complex with hints of dark fruit and alcohol sweetness complimenting the spirit presence. I'm not familiar with Aquavit but it's presence is noticeable. There's also some slight earthy oak and subtle hints of spice and vanilla. This smells excellent!

Soft carbonation tickling the tongue up front followed by a silky, slight viscous chewy mouthfeel that thins out toward the finish which is hot and dry. The spice from the liquor is prominent as well is the aquavit flavor. Although this beer is over a year old it is still pretty hot. Peppery spice with slight anise and dark fruit notes. Hints of plum, raisin, grape and dark berries. The silky chocolate malt notes from the aroma are very faint and are completely overpowered by the overwhelming heat. The earthy/oak barrel notes are also faint and the vanilla hints from the aroma are absent. An interesting take on barrel aging, especially with the spicy traditional Scandinavian spirit, but this is kind of one note, not very well balanced and too alcohol heavy. I'm glad I got to try it but at the high price tag I would recommend avoiding it.

corby112, Dec 16, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +13%

Batch # 225
Appears a dense midnight toned black with a small tan cap that slowly fades away into a mild film and hearty collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar, port wine, and floral notes.
Taste is of the aromas with a remarkable flavor with a port wine, warming, vanilla, caramel, mild smoke, and cream. Perfect.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, warming, smooth, and lip smacking with residual sweetness.

weeare138, Jun 12, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

Quite an amazing pour: initially, it looks like it's not going to form a head at all, just leaving some yellowish-brown turbulent bubbles in the top of the deep, brown-black body. But then tiny bubbles start to nucleate forming a rich, chocolate-brown head of very fine film. This eventually settles out a little, but it's still creamy when it's filmy. Body is rich and full, leaving powdery static carbonation when swirled. Lacing is excellent. Looks like a fantastic beer.

Nose is intense, with big roasty high-cocoa chocolate characters, and savoury, slightly spicy characters of cardamom, aniseed and caraway seed. There's a hint of booze to it too, but it mellows into a nutty amaretto sort of character. Really quite unique and incredibly pleasant and complex.

Taste is a little lighter and less complex, but it has such a length on the palate, lending sweet chocolate on the front, before smoothly transitioning into a roasted bittersweet finish. Chocolate and cocoa still seem to me the dominant flavours, and some of the spice suggested on the nose has dropped out a little. Still the roastiness has nuanced layers to it, giving some brewed coffee tones above the smoother bitter chocolate notes.

Feel is wonderful, at once slick and light, but with that chewy lingering character that allows the flavours to mellow and develop in the mouth.

Really lovely brew this one, even by the high standards I place on Haand. They really do a good line in "Scandinavian" pseudo-traditional beers, which ironically puts them in the avant garde of the craft beer scene.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 30, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

Note: This was batch #356

A: Pours jet black with a two finger foamy tan head. The beer showed good head retention and moderate amounts of lacing.

S: The aroma has nice notes of coffee, bitterness, and hints of spirits. The smells of alcohol become more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: Coffee still leads the flavor profile and the taste is very well balanced. The alcohol of the spirits is definitely present in the flavors but it is quite pleasant.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation but not as smooth as one might have expected because of the harshness of the spirits.

O: The taste of alcohol is a little too present for my palate and makes it not as easy to drink as other beers in this style that I have experienced. Still a good beer and it grows on you as you drink more and it warms up.

dbrauneis, Jan 30, 2012
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Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.