Bestefar - HaandBryggeriet
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2.6/5 rDev -32.3%
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
2.83/5 rDev -26.3%
Imbibed on tap at Good Karma on 12/27/12.
Sits almost completely opaque black with brown edges against the light. Light, fluffy, three finger cafe au lait colored head settles to a thick ring around the glass. Delicate, small bubbles fall back into the drink after each sip. The aroma is hard to get in this place, between the spicy curry and fresh sticky buns in the air, but I get mild coffee, chocolate milk, and cream. Flavor is much more apparent and in your face. Milk chocolate and chocolate milk are prominent, with some slight cinnamon. This is a really creamy beer with a very balanced feel. This isn't very Christmassy, but its a good stout and I don't get any hint of alcohol bite.
12-28-2012 02:37:44 | More by Philousa
2.9/5 rDev -24.5%
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
2.93/5 rDev -23.7%
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
3/5 rDev -21.9%
Served in a Duvel tulip glass.
Apparently "grandfather" in Norwegian. Yeah, you can see an animated comet above your head now, eh? Anyway, it pours a bleakly murky black-brown topped by a healthy sienna foam. The nose comprises mint, iceberg lettuce, and parsley, all covered in a healthy layer of chocolate powder. The taste doesn't really differ too far from this recipe, though the greens come off a bit spicier than before, as though some black pepper and clove had been added. This just doesn't seem all that right to me. The body is a staunch medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, I did not care for this beer. The flavor and scent combinations did not come off as good to me, and a lingering dark green flavor literally leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The worst thing I've yet had from the Hand.
04-16-2011 04:08:28 | More by TMoney2591
3.05/5 rDev -20.6%
Bottle poured into pint glass
This is my second winter warmer. I have come to the conclusion that this style is not for me.
A: Looks good, like root beer but with a foam that looks more alive. Two finger dark soda head, this in turn crowns a jet black beer.
S: Cherries, malts, chocolate, coffee, and wood
T: Cherries and dark fruits
Overall, I can't have this style of beer it seems. If you are into cherries go for it. I was expecting something of a stout, but I was completely disappointed. I won't have this again.
01-08-2012 19:28:19 | More by BierStein711
3.1/5 rDev -19.3%
a: two fingers of a dirty tan head sit atop a deep dark brown body.
s: smoke, dark candied fruits, general sweetness.
t: tasted like someone threw fruits still attached to the tree and smoked the whole thing at once, then tried to cover it up with more tree sap/ molasses.
m: good carbonation with a full body and a long burnt bitter finish.
o: truly disgusted by this beer, had to drain pour half of the bottle. if all winter warmers taste like this i dont think i will try many more.
11-27-2011 21:28:29 | More by match1112
3.2/5 rDev -16.7%
Thanks to Kevin for sending me this one.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of tan head forming.
S: There's a huge herbal aroma coming from this. Seems like a ton of sage. Quite a lot of pine and spruce to the nose, as well. Some definite roast and maybe a bit of chocolate.
T: A weird combination of floral and herbal flavors. The same intense sage flavor is there along with spruce and some tart berries. Dark chocolate and roasted malt character is present too.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: A little too funky for me. I wanted this to be good, but I couldn't really get into it.
01-21-2011 01:35:57 | More by womencantsail
3.34/5 rDev -13%
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
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
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
Bestefar from HaandBryggeriet
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