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

105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 163
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jeffo on 09-07-2009

Matured on Aquavit casks.
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Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Graciously gifted to me by Casey at Max's for braving the elements to make it down.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very complex, with the aquavit barrels imparting considerable licorice with the considerable coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, but the licorice in this beer is almost overwhelming. Fortunately, there's enough dark chocolate and coffee to balance it, but the licorice really dries out the moderate sweetness in this porter. As a result, the porter has something of a dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I have to say this beer really delivers considerable flavor. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, though the amount of licorice in this beer detracts just a bit from the beer's drinkability (of course, if you dig licorice, this will probably be the most drinkable beer you've ever had in your life).

A very interesting beer, though I'm not sure it's the sort of thing I'd want very often. Nevertheless, am glad I was able to try this one.

Note. This beer improved considerably once it warmed up a bit, so if at all possible, I would recommend not drinking this beer too cold. (1,209 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is smoky and oily with hints of coffee and even a tangy touch of fruit. It pours an opaque sable with a fairly thick, if not persistent, beige head. Flavor is smoky with hints of coffee, unsweetened chocolate and even a touch of strong liquor such as whisky. Texture is fairly thick and tingly, not as pleasantly smooth as most porters I have tried. (355 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle, batch 225, listed as 10% ABV.

Pours a dark, viscous black that shows hardly any light and has a small but thick tan head that hangs on as a healthy collar but leaves only spotty lacing.

The aroma is really big - plenty of the underlying porter showing through with sweet chocolate malts and roasted coffee. But the barrel character is what really sets it apart with the herbal spiciness mixing in with the sweet chocolaty aroma.

The taste is just as unique as the nose as the first taste I get has to be from the liquor. I've never had aquavit but that first sip is like a shot of a heavily spiced liqueur. The porter holds up very well underneath with lots of smooth rich chocolate and roasted malts. The finish is a mix of cocoa, spices and booze with a solid burn going down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated, which might be one of my few gripes. It seems to sit a little too lightly on the palate, but that's really nitpicking.

This is one of the most creative uses of barrels I've ever had and the underlying beer is more than up to the task. It's got everything you'd want in a porter with the barrel presence adding all the right complexity. Outstanding. (1,200 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
1.72/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Note: Aged in Akevitt oak barrels.

APPEARANCE: Good looking beer. Big two finger mocha color medium thick looking head with lots of fizzy head initially. Black and opaque. No carbonation evident. Decent film remains until the end and leaves some lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt, smoked malt, and some black licorice. Molasses and maybe some very dark cherries. Some heavy oak wood currents from the aging. The nose is really blunt and intimidating, though oddly inticing.

TASTE: Wow, very sour. Some roasted malt and black licorice. The oak is not as pronounced, but it's there. Overwhelmed by a sour citrus taste with sour dark cherries as well. This is really too overpowering and pretty offensive. Tough to stomach.

PALATE: Medium body and higher end carbonation. Not as creamy as I'd hoped. Goes down fine and finishes kind of sticky on the palate.

OVERALL: Couldn't help but cringe after every sip. I tried to choke it down, but ended up dumping the six euro bottle down the drain. Way too sour and quite offensive to be honest. Not really porter like to me. Quite disappointed, especially since I loved their Dark Force so much. Avoid this one. (1,254 characters)

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Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.