Bestefar - HaandBryggeriet
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Reviews by Bung:
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
16.9 oz. Sturdy brown pour, finger or so of frothy layered dark tan head. Very good retention.
Aroma, malty and some chocolates, more earthy spiciness or woodiness, juniper?.
Layers of maltiness, chocolates and earthy spice. Coriander and lighter nutmeg. Finishes with the cocoa and nutshell woodiness. This was really nice and the flavors continue to unfold as it warms.
Extreamly smooth and creamy. Nearly full bodied I'd say. Warming, but no presence of alcohol. Goes down very easy for 9%.
Would definetely seek this out again, but I wish their brews were a bit cheaper. Up their with the Odins Tipple as their best brew.
12-08-2010 03:34:37 | More by Bung
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has quite a bit of menthol in it, as well as some roasted malt. The beer smells a bit like mouthwash. The flavor has a lot of mint and chocolate notes, as well as some roasted malt and a touch of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
07-07-2012 03:49:07 | More by Mora2000
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Big roasted malt aroma. Very dark brown pour, with a small white head surviving. Richer sipping taste as warmed, easier drinking before room temperature reached. Good drinkability. Very silky smooth mouthfeel of chocolate and roasted malt, not much in the way of spices. Bottled August 2010 and aged well, with appropriate carbonation right there.
02-06-2012 05:12:24 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours mahogany with 4 fingers of fluffy mocha colored head. Good head retention & above average head retention
S: Smokeyness, dark fruit both fade a bit as this warms
T: Follows the nose, carob & black currants up front, also some bozzeyness & dryness. Chocolatey notes as this warms, a touch of pineyness & woody hops, plus figgyness & slight boozeyness. Dark fruitty finish with woody dryness, along with a bit of brown sugar & a touch of booze warmth. Almost pulled a 4.5
MF: Chewy, low carbonation, turns fairly creamy as this warms
This is a pretty heavy hitter, a bit pricey, but well worth a try
08-03-2012 01:46:31 | More by russpowell
2.6/5 rDev -32.5%
Poured a deep dark brown with a dark tan head, creamy and long lasting with nice lacing.
The smell has a heavy layer of anise with a light bit of dark cocoa and a touch of smoke.
The flavor starts with a big blast of bitter smokey dark malts leaving a heavy coating of dark roasted bitterness, a bit astringent and almost a bit to burnt tasting. A bit of leathery and slightly sweeter malt starts to eventually sneak through but still can't fight the heavy burnt taste.
The mouthfeel is thick and chewy.
Very one dimensional, I love smokey and burnt flavors normally, but this one is a bit too much.
03-18-2013 23:45:16 | More by bashiba
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
Pours a near pitch black color with a moderate sized tight creamy tan colored head that settles into a solid cap.
The aroma is of a rich brown bread with plenty of herbal spice. Some dark chocolate, cocoa, and juniper. A bit of a band-aid aroma. Not super strong but pleasant.
The taste is of a dark bready malt with some chocolate notes and a hint of smoke. This is followed by some ripe cherry, juniper, and tobacco. Very interesting blend of sweet, sour, herbal, and bitter. I love the earthy quality to this beer, my vision of a winter brew.
Solid moderate body with soft carbonation which leads to a soft and silky feel. Primarily sweet on the palate but has sour and some bitter notes. ABV well hidden.
This is basically my perfect winter warmer. Nice malt body with juniper and other earthy spices. Tastes like a nordic christmas.
01-08-2011 06:26:45 | More by Gmann
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
Bottle from New Beer Distributors:
A: Jet Black, totally opaque with a tan/brown head. Great head retention and lacing. Beautiful in the the glass.
S: Woody and spicy, herbal. Spruce, gingerbread, chocolate, nutmeg, and some spruce shows up as it warms.
T: This beer is truly the winter season in a "blanket", unbelievable. Sage, ginger, spruce, and chocolate blast through. It finishes dry clean.
M: Smooth and creamy. It coats the mouth smoothly and fades with effortlessly, a velvet pillow.
D: This beer is so wonderfully spiced and unique that I could struggle to drink more than one....if I was weak. I also highly recommend drinking this brew close to room temperature for the best results.
12-10-2010 03:33:49 | More by Neffbeer
3.66/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours brownish black in the glass, audibly fizzy, tan foam that lasts for a couple minutes before fading on the surface.
Malted milk balls, molasses, roasted malt in the aroma, slight oxidation.
Taste is similar, roast chicory and molasses with a slight biting astringency. Long lasting roasty aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, not too sweet but there's a slight tootsie roll taste from the oxidation. Overall it was ok but probably a year or two too old.
Thanks to Julie & Ryan for this one!
12-30-2013 00:48:46 | More by emerge077
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
Bottle: Poured a dark clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry fruits with some light residual sugar notes is quite nice. Taste is a nice mix between some dry fruits with some residual sugar notes and some caramel and light toffee notes. Light chocolate notes could also be detected. Body was about average with good carbonation and well hidden alcohol. Well made and quite enjoyable beer for those colder winter days.
12-10-2012 20:09:31 | More by Phyl21ca
4.55/5 rDev +18.2%
this was a crazy beer. having decided to crack it open right with dessert last night i had no clue what i was getting myself into. served cold and into a snifter.
the pour was a thick dark brown with only slight bits of light coming through to change it from a back note. a huge tan head then rose up from the depths and settled across the top of the glass. really just a thick look to it.
the aroma was boozy, with lots of peat and smoked malts that really filled the air. hints of molasses, chocolate, rich caramel and dark fruits all make their presence known. with the thickness of a milkshake the first sips slide over the palate doing their best to coat it so fully you do not even know where to start. just tremendous in every aspect. rich smoked malts and sweet flavors finish the job with a kick of smooth boozy oak and bourbon to round it out.
overall a massive beer. a great change from earlier in the day and just a really great example of how to go big with the style. could do this one again anytime.
04-25-2011 10:46:04 | More by mikesgroove
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
A: The beer is very dark red when coming out of the bottle and is nearly jet black in appearance in the glass. It poured with a finger high dark tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits, molasses and toffee are present in the nose. These become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the flavors are a little stronger and there are hints of chocolate and roasted malts as well as a slight amount of malty sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some notes of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer has enough complexity in the taste to allow it to be slowly sipped, but the alcohol is remarkably well hidden considering its strength, which also makes this beer very drinkable.
12-11-2013 03:55:23 | More by metter98
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
With thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor
Dark chocolate with a very audible one-finger chocolate brown head. After it falls, this spooky mini-island of noisy head remains, bubbling away busily in the centre.
Sweet and oaky. Charcoal, dark fruits and some delightful complex woody notes. Ubiquitous Haand yeast is present as always, with touches of Sambuca and spice. Very intriguing.
Taste provides more lactic sourness and yeast character. As a consequence, the subtlety in the nose doesn't quite come through. Mainly get sarsparilla, chocolate and woody notes.
Smooth and rich, with just a touch of booze heat and carbonation sizzle. Thankfully the aggressive looking carbonation is not as it appears.
Satisfying but also a chore. Nicely rustic flavour profile with the right amount of booze punch for it to work. The real flaw for me is the overbearing nature of the yeast, which is common to all beers from this brewery.
08-12-2011 12:55:09 | More by spicelab
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Tap into tulip at theresas in wayne pa .
Deep black color with tan head. Huuge coffee and dried fruit aroma with a hint of tobacco notes. Nice bitter coffee and slight cherry flavor. Sweet chocolate and raison finish. Smooth but somewhat thin body for such a robust brew. Overall another great Haand brew.
12-18-2013 00:18:11 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.34/5 rDev -13.2%
Poured into a perfect pint. Batch 490.
3.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of foamy tan head. Retention is pretty good, but just a short ring of lacing is left.
3.75 S: Wow, this is surprisingly dry. It's a roasty, nutty dryness. Sprucey, pine sappiness. Chocolate and caramel. Quite pleasant.
3.25 T: Taste isn't quite as good as the nose. Chocolate, an almost tangy caramel, and a light spiciness. Nuts, pine, and molasses. Not nearly as dry as the nose. Indeed it verges on sweet. It's okay, but I'm not a huge fan of the tanginess.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. The big complaint here is that it's quite sticky and causes some amylase balling.
3.25 D: It's okay, but it's no Odin's Tipple.
09-03-2013 04:48:30 | More by DavoleBomb
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my trusty Loterbol tulip.
Bottled on 03 Aug 2010
Total Bottles 2160
A: Pours a dark cola brown with a thin layer of chocolate brown at the edges. An enormous tan head that reached about four creamy fingers hung around for quite a while and left some subtle whisps of lace stuck to the glass. Carbonation was obvious but not at all excessive.
S: Awesome aromas of campfire, peat, spices, dark chocolate, blackened malt, fudge drizzled cherries, and smoky dark fruit.
T: Exactly as above with even more emphasis on the smokiness. Frigging excellent.
M: Thick and sticky with a hint of pepper (from the spices? alcohol?). The finish is full and sweet with a tantilizing prickle.
D: This was incredible! These guys can brew some amazing stuff and this actually made me felt like I was sitting in front of a Nordic fireplace with friends and family. Killer beer!
12-17-2010 00:52:46 | More by GbVDave
2.93/5 rDev -23.9%
A-Pours a deep black with a two fingers of medium brown head.
S-Smells like fresh cut spruce needles with some chocolate and roasted notes
T-Big hit of bitter spruce and roast upfront with some chocolate and finishes dry, spicy, and bitter
M-Medium bodied with a slick feel and light to medium carbonation.
D-The roast/woody bitterness upfront never really subsides and is a little distracting to my palate.
01-20-2011 02:15:38 | More by samie85
2.9/5 rDev -24.7%
From 510 mL bottle to nonic pint glass
Aged about 1 year
I knocked this beer over on my carpet the other day, and some beer escaped the cap, presumably from carb pressure as it was a gentle knock. Thought I'd crack this open and give it a review in case it was on its way to skunkville. Unfortunately, upon the first whiff I thought it might be off, but after reading other reviews I don't think that's it - it's just not that good.
A: Dark brown, soda-like carbonation with a head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of.
S: Carob, molasses, a fair amount of booze. The nose was actually the best aspect and improved as the brew warmed.
T: Toasty, roasty, malts, yielding a burnt residue. Semi-sweet chocolate wrapped up in a phenolic overtone. A little too metallic, which accents the alcohol. Flavors are disjointed and seem to change from sip to sip.
M: Strangely thin mouthfeel, way too carbonated.
04-27-2013 04:00:05 | More by rand
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Bottle courtesy of heyta. Initially poured from a 16.9-ounce bottle at fridge temperature into a Mikasa tulip and allowed to warm.
Pour yields a brew that is nearly black. Foam immediately shoots up to form a dense light mocha head with good lasting power, as it stays at a half-finger for most of my session with it. Some spotty lacing on the edges of the glass. The nose carries a good amount of wintry spice and what seems like a bit of juniper. The flavor is a nice combination of juniper and what seems similar to clove, if not that itself. A bit of roast there as well and a nice chocolate presence. Medium to full body with low-to-medium carbonation. Solid brew. A nice nearly-Summer treat.
06-16-2011 22:00:45 | More by Thorpe429
Bestefar from HaandBryggeriet
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.