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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 16.15%


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Norway

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: khiasmus on 11-26-2010)
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redleaves

Maine

4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost a year old. Creamy head, more than you would think with the age. Pitch black. Nice nose, roasty molasses and malty. Very roasty flavor, more molasses nice maltiness. Very full flavor nice carbonation. Dark fruits, cherries and plums. Once again more than expected. This beer would go a few more years and cut out the bite, but I don't think I want that. There is nice bitter at the end a dries slowly. Very complex. Wow unbelievable beer, I could drink this all night, awfully pricey but worth it. 2nd best winter warmer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 02:52:46 | More by redleaves
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy, what a beer! Pours with a large, thick, creamy, foamy, frothy, tan head with brown highlights that settles right down to a ring around the edge of the glass and no lace. Color is an opaque very dark brown. Aroma is complex with different spices, malts, cocoa, roasty, and toffee. Flavor is very similar and adding to that some fruitiness and some bittersweet flavors. Lots going on. Body is excellent and so is carbonation. Finish is a little boozy and fairly long with almost all the characteristics hanging tough. Good sipping beer although it's good enough to take some mouthfulls, but the alcohol gets a little too bold. Then again, it is a winter warmer; but still, not quite a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 22:17:41 | More by drpimento
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle 9,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Batch 1 bottled 03/08/2010 *Note: this is the batch prior to the one pictured above - this bottle has a white label with a small picture.

I bought this beer because Hans Langseth is on the bottle - he is my idol - I would love to have his beard!!! I hope the beer lives up to the awesomeness of the man on the bottle!

Appearance: Wow, this looks like an imperial stout - pitch black body, topped by a massive, creamy, light mocha coloured head that displays great retention, but doesn't leave much in the way of lace. Light alcohol legs are visible on the glass.

Smell: Wow, I could smell this from the minute I cracked the cap. The initial aroma reminds me of mint laced dark chocolate!
A few more sniffs reveal one of the most complex noses I have encountered. I have no idea where to start.
It almost seems like every sniff yields something completely different.
Some of the most prominent notes include spruce, juniper, wild sage, mint, fresh coriander and strong spices (nutmeg and crystallized ginger). The base notes are dark chocolate, dark fruit (cherries and plums), dark caramel, peated malt, smoke and lots of molasses. As the beer warms the Imperial stout notes become stronger and some vanilla and oak character is also noted.

Taste: As with the nose, this is one of the most complex flavours I have come across. Deeply roasted malt, dark fruits and dark chocolate are overlaid with juniper, spruce, mint, nutmeg and an array of other spices. Wood, molasses, dark toffee, peat and smoke are also noted as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Full, slightly sticky body with velvety smooth carbonation - I could just gulp this stuff down!

Overall: Stunning! One of the most interesting and complex beers I have come across. If I ever see another bottle I will most certainly buy it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 13:44:29 | More by Thehuntmaster
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brown, three-finger head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Oak, chocolate nose, flavor is oak and sweet baked chocolate, higher ABV is hidden. Really good winter ale. Expensive at $11.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 23:21:06 | More by jdhilt
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 8/3/10.
jet black with a huge mocha head thay really takes its time going down. it looks like an awfully comfortable pillow of bubbles both big and small.
smells like big thick spices, and i almost think of fezziwig initially. i get alot of the thick pungent spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. it brings me back to september october and some of the nice spiced pumpkin beers that i enjoyed.
there seems to be some chocolate malts and some other roasty apsects that blend well with the spice, it really is brewed perfectly.
the moderate carbonation really makes the spices pop and just attack my tongue, and im left tasting this beer well after ive taken my sip. the abv is well hidden, which really lets the flavors shine. has to be one of my top winter warmers, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 00:58:44 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 10:46:04 | More by mikesgroove
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A flip dark chill winter bastard, of course. Muddy snow settles atop the dark brown earth, small clouds, as it were being tossed aside as we trudge through the winter haze and slush. Thick dark brown muck on the paths, with as thick light tan muck atop it, and we look forward to the warmth that awaits us at Grandma's house.
We crest the hill and can already smell the gingerbread wafting towards us, the notes of nutmeg and cider and egg nog and the Christmas tree that's sure to be next to the roaring fire in the cozy old bungalow.
We tramp up to the porch and knock the ancient brass lion on the door, and there's the old familiar shuffle coming towards us as we blow into our hands and stamp on the porch, trying to restore feeling in our bemittened hands and booted feet.
Hugs all around and "I've got a smattering or two of some cakes and such, would you like some cider? cocoa? Coffee?"
And out comes the drink, the aromas of the place wafting all about us, the Christmas tree and pumpkin spice and port wine, and now we take sips.
It's a blend, of course. A spicy, warm, Christmas blend of the highest order. We snuggle into the couch and kick off our boots before the fire as the snow falls outside and the fire crackles before us. Nutmeg and egg-nog, gingerbread and robust roasted coffee, sweet and spice and roasted grain and a little warmth in the finish.
Thick, this one. Like a Baltic porter with tremendous holiday spices and a clean, nutmeg-filled warm roast on the finish. A winter warmer of the highest order, perfect for nights such as this, perfect for relaxing before the fire in the Christmas-tree excitement that only comes for a few weeks of the year, but constitutes some of life's best moments.
Cheers. And Merry Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 20:43:12 | More by khiasmus
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my trusty Loterbol tulip.

9% ALC/VOL
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:52:46 | More by GbVDave
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Beerenauslese

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is very dark brown, almost black, with a foamy head that quickly dissipates to a thin cap with a thicker ring around the glass.

Aromas of smoky burnt wood logs, juniper, brown sugar, prunes, dark chocolate.

Dominant taste is charred malt, with some bitter chocolate upfront. The charred malt and chocolate flavor continues into the mid-palate where there is an addition of prune/dark fruit. The carbonation is very effervescent in the mid-palate, but the carbonation diminishes with more time in the glass. Finishes very clean with lingering char notes and a bit of mint (probably from the juniper or other botanical oils).

Body is full and the tight carbonation provides a creamy, if not mousse-like mouthfeel. Very nice evolution of flavors on the palate with the creamy texture of this beer.

This is a very delicious, rich, and drinkable winter ale. I am so dying for a chocolate yule log cake to go with this right now.

Overall, this is a very rich and delicious spicy winter ale. The botanicals (juniper berries or tips) are very well balanced with a strong charred malt/chocolate depth, and it is very smooth. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:14:34 | More by Beerenauslese
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Bung

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 03:34:37 | More by Bung
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Gmann

New York

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 06:26:45 | More by Gmann
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color with ruby tints and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A great aroma of spices, malt, and a slight herbal quality.

T: Tasted of malt, spices (nutmeg), a little chocolate, and the advertised juniper. An interesting and complex take on the Winter Warmer flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, tasty, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 14:10:53 | More by avalon07
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danieelol

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black but with a thin looking body and a big substantial fizzy head. Head dies to nothing quickly (it gets reinvigorated with a refill).

Smell is very lightly smoked chocolate. Very, very chocolatey. Berry/quince notes which remind me of Redoak's (infected) Christmas Cheer. There is also a nice, fresh combination of milk and green apple underlying this. I cannot work out if this is imparted by yeast or hop. I also get some "coffee stout" in the nose, think Peche Mortel. Guessing this has coffee in it. There's also a cola/spicy element. Definite brandy and christmas cake notes. Finally a vinous, cherry character which thankfully cuts off before it gets to vinegar or "Flanders Red" levels. Also some almond and alcohol notes.

Taste is straight off prosciutto and parmesan. Definitely pick up smoked malt in this, although it's not overbearing. Definitely get some spicy bitterness from (I think) both roast malt and hops. Also get some very subtle and enjoyable alcohol on the back palate. These factors limit the beer to a sipper but also prevent it becoming cloying. There's also definite coffee in the taste.

While it looked thin, in the mouth the body feels about medium, because there is substantial residual sugar. You can taste the sugar but the roast and alcohol does keep it in check. Very high carb, particularly for the style and ABV. Works though.

Overall this is actually very good. Good candidate for busting out at a tasting. A 500mL bottle to oneself may be a bit ambitious but I think it has the complexity to keep you till the end. This is the sort of beer which I can see as being extremely in-demand if it happened to be limited release. Almost tastes like it's come out of a barrel already. Edit: Yes, personally I couldn't finish a whole bottle in a single session. Definitely recommended for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 07:34:26 | More by danieelol
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 03:33:49 | More by Neffbeer
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in August of 2010, so this has been cellared for a year and a half or so. Had one of the same batch last year, so looking forward to seeing what happened to this.

Pours great and looks like an imperial stout. Dark brown almost black with a tan-ish head (hues of orange/amber in the head). OK lacing, with a 1/4in head that persists for a while.

The aroma is very fruity. Cherries, maybe some figs, very fragrant. Very slight chocolate hint too.

The taste is surprisingly similar to the nose. I remember more subtle flavors dominated by winter spices and malt last year, but this is all dark fruit, the same that I smelled in the nose, first and foremost. A little bitterness on the tip of the tongue and sides of the mouth, but not at the same levels of a stout. I picked out some more coffee as the beer warmed a bit. 1.5 years in, this actually reminds me more of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale than a Winter Warmer. There was a little alcohol at the end, as the beer did start at 9%.

The mouthfeel was nice. Full but not oily. The carbonation was still a good level and not faded.

Overall, this is a different beer than the one I remember, but very good. From how it held up, I could see it holding it up well for a while. That dark fruit flavor was striking.

Update:
Tried this same batch for the 3rd year in a row. This bottle had more spice presence. It balanced the dark fruit nicely. Flavors of anise and mint balanced the cherries. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:55:20 | More by Auror
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rtepiak

Poland

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this after the jolly pumpkin/stone/nogne collaboration and it was just as well placed but more savory.

pour is on the dark side. actually similar in nose to the collaboration but the palate is somewhat smokier than most winter warmers i've had. nose is brisk and christmasy. clove, pine tree, this is all there in the palate with a noted juniper berry and sage. the juniper comes out more as it settles. not brisk but rather dry. not as creamy as some but sort of in the realm of a well spice dry stout... with 9% abv. velvet bone dry and the abv well place. palate is a bit of coffee and chocolate but predominant smoke that fades and maintains a dryness with a mild sweet herbal. hints of licorice, raisin as well. great beer. great label.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 17:18:25 | More by rtepiak
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beergoot

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body; tan, thick head

Smell: Licorice. Sweet, prune and apricot.

Taste: Thick and chewy. Strong dark malt flavors. Alcohol warmth pretty noticeable (not a bad thing, but definitely a strong beer!).

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth.

Overall: This is a strong, robust northern European beer. Sweet, heavy fruitiness stands out. Alcohol strength/warmth is definitely noticeable. Strictly for lovers of strong, dark beers. Something different. In a good way. Count me in...!!

Bought this one partially because of the bearded gent on the label, mostly because I've generally enjoyed the boldness of northern European dark brews over the years.

Bottled August 03, 2010.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:39:36 | More by beergoot
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 447

Pours a really deep, rich mahogany body beneath the creamy, dark tan head which very slowly dissolves to leave a consistent ring of lacing around the glass.

Great aromas rise from the glass including brown sugar, sweet nuttiness, hints of spice, and sweet malt.

The flavor offers sweet brown sugar and nuts as well as toffee and perhaps a hint of butterscotch with just a hint of winter spice. There may even be a touch of maple.

This is a pretty full bodied brew with medium carbonation and a coating, syrupy finish. An enormous mound of yeast is left at the bottom of the bottle after the pour.

This is a great winter ale and unique versus its counterparts in that it has eased off the spices and pulled more towards a hearty brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 01:24:37 | More by CHADMC3
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Halcyondays

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours pitch black, with a medium brown head, solid lace, average head retention.

S: Fairly herbal nose - juniper, cedar wood, wintergreen, spruce, notes of cola.

T: Strong dark malt, chocolate, with pine needles, a hoppy woodsy finish.

M: Very full-bodied, frothy, medium aftertaste.

D: Interesting beer, really a mix of an imperial porter and a winter warmer, worked well.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 21:09:51 | More by Halcyondays
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 22:00:45 | More by Thorpe429
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

awesome beer, kind of style defying. pours like a real dark chocolate milk, creamy and rich, brown but not super dense, few fingers of bubbly dark brown lace. the nose is quite smokey to my surprise, and also heavily clad with notes of licorice and heavily toasted malt. almost comes off like a smoked porter, but its more woody and earthy and grandfatherly than that. flavor is big and unique, feels scandinavian to me in every way. its got some dark chocolate flavor, but almost no sweetness at all, its smokey, but quick, its also real tame for 9% abv, i cant hardly taste it at all. there is something holiday about this, but this is a whole new take on a winter warmer. there is no spice, no molassas, no honey, no candy sugar, its just a really nice fireside bottle of dark dark organic feeling beer that id be happy to drink around the calendar. a little thin in mouthfeel for a winter warmer, even though this is nothing like american warmers, id still like a little more body. carbonation is nice though and the finish is smooth and rich, yet drinkable too. the yeast puzzles me, as does the image on the bottle, but this was a really complex and gourmet beer without some of the frills usually associated with the style. i loved it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 19:15:57 | More by StonedTrippin
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a miserably wintry day in Sydney, I thought this was a suitable beer.

Pours a pleasant deep, deep ruby-black colour, with a fizzling and frothy head of pale brown. Body is really surprisingly light given the size of the beer itself. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is bright and extremely vinous, giving off direct characters of red wine cork and a little oak barrel. Spicy and a little fruity, with some musty tannic qualities coming through as well. There's a touch more sweetness than you'd get in say a big, aged Shiraz, and a hint of roast to it, but otherwise it's remarkably similar. Perhaps slightly lacking in complexity, but otherwise good.

Taste is much different, with a bold, roasted smoothness and a smoky back palate, which lends a comforting if somewhat unusual edge to the beer. Feel is a little light, but leaves a smoothness that mingles with the oak and smoke characters. On the back there is a touch of astringency, and a hint of heat to it, which detracts from the drinkability overall.

Overall, a very decent beer, but one I feel perhaps just lacks a little of Haand's usual esoteric charm. There are some interesting parts to it, but it doesn't draw you in and take you deeper what's there on the surface.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 07:06:18 | More by lacqueredmouse
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2013 00:18:11 | More by DrinkSlurm
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IPA35

Netherlands

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled the 17th of February 2012, best before the same date in 2014. From the De Molen webshop. My second Norwegian beer.

A nearly black beer, some brown at the bottom of the glass, with a big brown head that fades quickly.

Smells interesting. An earthy sort of maltiness that reminds me of a British session stout or a schwarzbier like Köstritzer. Molasses for sure, liquorice, (dark fruity almost-) sweetness and a sort of smokiness. Alcohol is noticable.

Taste is interesting too, a bit of a hybrid beer in styles. The flavours are stout like, I do get dark malts, coffee, dark chocolate and all those darker notes. Also smokey, burnt notes as well but I expected it to be more of that. Some sweetness, not overly sweet though and it is not very fruity; the slightly sweet, chocolate-like, roasted malts form the backbone of this beer. Alcohol is pretty well hiden, it add a slight spiciness. The beer as a whole is pretty spicey as well.

The body on this dissapoints, it is a bit light for it's strengt and it is extremely well carbonated. This hampers the flavour experience in my opinion.

Overall a pretty tasty beer that could do with a little less carbonation.

EDIT:

As it sits in the glass (after adding the yeast) the carbonation becomes more toned down so you don't end up with a mouth full of foam and the sweetness comes out more.
It has a slight warming alcohol to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 21:06:53 | More by IPA35
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really don't see how anyone's getting all these complex, dynamic dark fruit flavors out of this. I really dig this beer. I'm all about the random brews I cross paths with that burst at the seams with sharp, dark-green-leafed dominance to them. I can count them on one hand, but they were all quite memorable.

Never will I forget this smell of this - SAGE. Before this has time to warm and reveal its dark-roasty, bitter-chocolate malty goodness....Goodness!, do we smell the pungent, peppery sting of hairy leaves of sage. I certainly get feelings of juniper (knowing its mark having had bottles of juniper liqueur from Italy), especially in the late aftertaste (paired with that bitter chocolate). Okay - so the aromas consist of sage, juniper, and bitter roasted barley - congratulations!

It's a very rough look. Caramel-reddish highlights to its otherwise dark murky brown hue. Spritzy, moderately sudsy dense foamy head wells up on pour and sinks back down.

The sage sears the tongue, enabled by the alcohol (though you don't taste ethyl - cheers!). This is most of what you'll get from the get-go. The bitterness from the roasted malt further accentuates the cold-fresh vibrancy of its herb content. An English cocoa porter foundation resides below. Sage and juniper, juniper and sage cavort on top. Further below, I'd add some lingering toffee-coffee hard candy flavors as well. Super-late warming feeling.

My friend, whom I shared this bottle with, could not get past the sage (redundant) screaming throughout. Have patience, my friends. Accept what this is for what this is and you'll find a quite unique, albeit seasonally-pigeon-holed, dark roasty (but happily not all that bitter) ale with dynamic pine-tar wondrous-ness. Shit, I would drink this each winter.

Serving type: bottle

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