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Bestefar - HaandBryggeriet

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86
very good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

10-09-2012 02:47:00 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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
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metter98

New York

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
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Man, that dude on the bottle has an epic beard! If the beer inside this bottle, doesn't measure up the image on the label, then the'll re consequences and repercussions!

Aah, the pour looks promising as a deep mossy brown beer flows into the snifter with a heavy handed porter-like visual weight. Any darker, and the beer would be stout black. A creamy whipped froth builds upon the beer with sandy-tan froth, showing tremendous staying power, billowing growth, and sticky lace. Though its color speaks porter, the turbulent carbonation cries Belgian.

Strong smoky sweet scents of toast, chocolate, coffee, and campfire churn in the nose with a decorative bouquet of lavender, clove, rosemary, spruce, and peppery cinnamon. The strong malt presence keeps the beer's aromas grounded and keeps the focus on more beer-like characteristics with the spices adding a side note of intrigue.

Rich tawny flavors spear off in a lot of different directions. Starting off with a base taste that's reminescent of chocolaty porters, coffeeish stout, smoky Scottish ales, and nutty brown ales. The malty sweetness is sliced by a piercing tinge of berry-like tartness much like darker Belgian ales do. Light vinous acidity, peppercorn, and mild toast char pave the way for the perfumy taste of spices to rise in finish. All those aromatic compounds come to life in taste where the rosy, flowery, holiday spices to balance the taste in the timid presence of woodish hops.

Its moussey textures are an attribute to the deeply embedded carbonation into the malt compounds for a very creamy and starchy upstart. The beer lightens considerably as the acidic notes are felt with spring of carbonation off of the tongue. A late palate of fruit, spice, and tannin close the beer with a lingering taste of bittersweet chocolate and blackberry.

Bestafar is spectacular "winter warmer" that agrees with malt heavy trends for this time of year, but refuses to succumb to the syrupy sweet taste that lull many brewers during the holiday season.

12-04-2012 17:57:17 | More by BEERchitect
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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
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womencantsail

California

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.1%

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
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emerge077

Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -4.9%

Bottled 8-3-10

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!

Rating #3500

12-30-2013 00:48:46 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-29-2011 03:47:37 | More by JAHMUR
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Batch 384

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
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to Kristina for sharing this after a long day of work. Served in a wine glass.

A - Pours with a big light mocha foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar. Near-black body, and not much in the way of lace.

S - Smells both smoked and spiced. Notes of juniper, dark fruits, cherries, and chocolate. Very suggestive of Christmas, but thankfully not over-spiced like many winter warmers.

T - Plenty of baker's chocolate, juniper, floral spices, and mild roast bitterness and char in the finish.

M - Medium-low carbonation, smooth medium body, minimal alcohol heat, and a clean slightly dry finish.

D - It's among the better spiced Christmas beers I've had, but isn't something I'd purchase again. If you dig spiced, smoked, porters give this one a chance.

01-04-2011 02:08:15 | More by MasterSki
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

01-25-2013 19:15:57 | More by StonedTrippin
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Mora2000

Texas

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
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Halcyondays

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; I love the style and country.

A: Pours a three finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent solid black. Appealing - generally.

Sm: Musty chocolate, cream, nuts, bourbon, and light vanilla. Bourbon?

T: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, cream, and nuts. Fairly complex but far from amazing. I do like it but it's not exemplary. Flavorful but not exemplary. Good nut bot exceptional.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but dry and coarse enough to suit its demands, if that makes sense. Not too thick or thin. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: Drinkable enough, and in the service of the flavours. Flavorful indeed, but inherently lacking. Not up to par per the quality. Good but over-indulgent.

12-08-2011 09:14:26 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Batch 384.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears black in the glass with a frothy, two finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma with some smokey, roasted malt and dark fruit notes. Hints of pepper, juniper and licorice along with some toasted oak and deeply roasted dark malt.

Medium bodied and slightly oxidized with heavy carbonation that mellows out as I work through the bottle. Very dry and roasted with lots of dark malt flavor and wintry spices. Hints of burnt toast, smoke, coffee bean, dark chocolate and oatmeal along with some peppery spice and sweet fruit. Sweet hints of juniper, cranberry and dark cherry as well as some anise/licorice. The high ABV is well masked with no heat to speak of. As it warms the malts become more prominent but the tart fruit and spice notes are still there. A decent winter porter but not something I would buy again.

12-26-2011 00:06:41 | More by corby112
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +19%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears dark brown with tinges of crimson. No head and no lacing...huh. The aroma and flavor are consistent with one another, with notes of alcohol, malt, dark fruit, and some roast. Perhaps a hint of chocolate. The beer is medium bodied, with a healthy alcohol presence. Low carbonation. Overall, a decent brew. I'm glad I tried it, but won't order it again.

08-17-2011 21:36:20 | More by Huhzubendah
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-21-2014 01:46:25 | More by afsdan
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-27-2014 01:59:24 | More by DrBier
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +13%

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.

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

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-07-2014 12:33:42 | More by KAF
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Bestefar from HaandBryggeriet
86 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.