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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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90
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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 cfh64
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of maximum12
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, after a relative period of liver-rest after the Great Taste, I'm ready to go again. I remember a few sips of this beer being hell in a bottle, so I was eager to try it again. 16.9 ounce bottle, tipped while my lovely wife is off at a seance.

Cap doesn't even whisper as it parts with the glass; the beer is dark, quiet, handsome. Now I've never had akevitt, but based on the smell, I'd try it: hard-bitten hot alcohol, castle-siege-charred casks, mocha. That's what I'm talkin' about.

Haand Barrel Aged Porter singes & burns on the way down. This is hotter than any 10% beer has a right to be. There's a grain menthol heat in the forefront, like swigging cold water right after a mouthful of Tic-Tacs. Malts play monkey in the middle, & roll over; a bit weak. There's stale coffee towards the end that puts a damper on my drinking pleasure. Bits of chocolate, odd graininess. The burnt cask takes hold in the aftertaste & throttle the life out of everything else; aggressive to the point of ash. Bit flat & lifeless. Wishing I'd split this little bottle with my wife, might be tough to power through all of this chaos.

Mixed feelings about this one. The barrel lets too much of a weak base beer play peek-a-boo; I'd have rather it drowned completely. Pretty good beer in a crowded field of better players.

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into a snifter. Batch 288, #?/3240, bottled 7/23/2010.

A: Straight black body with a thick chocolate head.

S: Smells of roast, mild coffee and chocolate, grain, and a hint of dry wood.

T: Woody roast and coffee, dark grain, a bit of chocolaty sweetness. The barrel lends some dry fruity liquor notes closer to the barrel-aged character from fortified wine rather than whiskey.

M: Viscous and creamy.

O: Not bad. The barrel character is interesting, almost port-like, but not as sweet. I think it dries the beer out a bit too much though.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Psychmusic
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sure looks like an Imperial Stout/Porter. Shiny dark brown, lots of clumpy lace.

Aroma is real nice. I have NO idea what Aquavit smells like, but I think there is some of that in the aroma. The slightest menthol note.

Good. A touch of menthol and a touch of black licorice. There is a depth to the flavor, but I am not sure I could have called it barrel aged since I am not familiar with the notes of the spirit. Some dark chocolate with some sweetness.

Velvety and medium in body. Not quite as bold as some Imperial Stouts/Porters.. Still not sure it should be listed as an American Porter. But whatever.

Decent little beer. Won’t go out of my way to grab it again. But I sure won’t be dumping any down the drain.

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of biglite351
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Just a sliver of red around the edges with a quickly falling creamy,

tight brown head

S - Sweet malts, fruit, vanilla, hint of prune, cocoa and alcohol

T - Very complex sweet fruit and malts up front, followed by prune, yeast,

vanilla and coffee

M - Only let down... very thin with only a hint of tingle on the tongue

O - I could drink this all night

Photo of tbeckett
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from a bottle shop in Melbourne recommended and demanded that we visit by Volcanicbeat. He insisted we try this beer and I was quite excited to do so based on the hype. Needless to say it was worth it. From notes.

A - Poured black with good carbonation. One finger of brown head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Sweet spirit aromas, vanilla, oak, aftershave? Something really inviting and nice. Sweet. Just really great smelling.

T - Chocolate, sweetness. Light spirit note, wood, vanilla. Really, really tasty.

M - Mild carbonation, medium to full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - I wrote 'Christ that's good!' So smooth and flavourful. A fantastic beer with lot's of great spirit flavour that has clearly worked with with the base Porter. Lovely.

Photo of furthurgone
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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

From a 500 ml brown bottle, batch #356. The bottle tries to foam over upon uncapping, and a tall tight spongy mocha head fills most of the glass at first. When the head eventually recedes and the glass can be topped up the body reveals itself as an intense opaque pitch black with a thick cap remaining.

Aroma reveals treacle, licorice, alcohol warmth, earthy wood, dried figs and black currants.

Molasses sweetness up front in the flavour, figs and dates, some boozy warmth, oaky wood, with rum and raisins on the finish. Also picking up notes of cafe au lait and light milky chocolate.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, full creamy smooth texture, moderate texture. A great porter that all strikes me also greater than the sum of its parts, all of which are rather formidable to start with. Rather amazing in fact, this is certainly one of the best porters I've had in quite some time, and shall be stocking up on more.

Photo of MarkFy
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle, Batch 356. Served in Bruery tulip glass

A: brownish black with a very thin beige head around the rim.
S: nose starts off with bitter coffee, followed by some black licorice and a faint burnt char smell. As I continue to smell, an alcohol, almost vodka-like smell pops up along with some dark chocolate. More complex than I expected, very pleasant.

T: Interesting, hard to define when it first hits the tongue, almost a mild coffee flavor that turns into very sweet and sugary at mid point, followed by a slight alcohol burn down the throat at the end. It's good, not great, can't make my mind up on this one.

M: a little dry and thin, again not bad but not great.

O: Been wanting to try more Haand beers lately and this one is not a disappointment. Won't really seek out again, but the Acquavit adds a fun twist to the beer.

Photo of C63AMG
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Develops a huge, dark walnut, rocky head that slowly condenses, leaving big patches of lace over a dark brown, almost black, beer while carbonation clings to the surface of a tulip glass.

Puts off an aroma of deep roasted chocolate malt. There are secondary notes of oak, whisky, and caramelized sugar.

The flavors follow the aroma, although the alcohol is overwhelming the more subtle notes. There is chocolate and coffee to be found with a good bite of bitterness. The finish is subtle and lingering.

This one is sharp with a medium body and prickly carbonation. It is dry and chalky with some astringency.

This is a fine drinking porter that would go well with chili or beef stew.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black to dark brown with ruby highlights and no head. Several small, solid chunks of yeast sludge float around the glass.

S - Roast malt, chocolate, light coffee, hints of wood and vanilla. Light herbs that become slightly more pronounced as it warms.

T - Milk chocolate, light roasted malts, wood and vanilla. Again the herbs are light become more pronounced as it warms. I couldn't place them but after googling aquavit barrels that caraway is slightly noticeable.

M - Thin with low carbonation.

D - Good beer and very easy to drink for a 8% barrel aged beer but I was hoping for a little more.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rusty18
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 16/1/12

A near black with just a little cola at the edges, nice dark two fingers of foam retains quite well but only leaves a few polka dots of lace

S some smokey peat, dark chocolate, a little licorice, juniper maybe some spruce too, overripe cherry, and a little booze. smells pretty earthy and complex

T a little smokier then the nose with more herbal notes, maybe even a little chocolate mint, quite woody but burnt, and this mixes with everything I smell, again pretty complex tasty dark roast

M sticky and pretty full bodied just enough bubbles and a strong lingering aftertaste of herbal burnt char, the aftertaste is better then it sounds

O I loved this one for sure, big bold flavors and smell with a complexity too match

another winner from these guys, this ones up there with Odins Tipple and that's some pretty elite company, I like the barrels imprint on this beer very interesting stuff. this ones worth aging I need more

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