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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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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at a random Monday night tasting at Julio's.

A - Poured a deep brown slightly hazy hue with a nice, fat light tan head that faded rather quickly to leave minimal side lacing.

S - Smell is nice, fair amount of candi malts and fruits (cherries), along with some slight smoke. Would be nice in front of a fire.

T - Taste is rather similar to the nose, with lots of those dark fruits, roasted malts and chocolate. Theres a bit of alcohol on the back end.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me for a winter warmer with a tad too much carbonation.

O - Overall this isnt a bad offering from HaandBryggeriet. A bit too pricey for me but not a bad beer especially for a winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 22:20:00 | More by rudzud
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge, tan, foamy head fizzes away above a dark molasses body with golden edges adorned with big particles of sediment. Minimal lacing.

S - Smoke, yeast and cherry. Some boozy heat.

T - Coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Roasted malts and smokiness.

M - A touch thin for my liking, highly carbonated with a dry finish.

O - Yep, a top wintery ale. Perfect for a cold, rainy evening in front of the telly.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 06:56:58 | More by dansmcd
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match1112

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 21:28:29 | More by match1112
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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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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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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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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to the many BAs who sent me this one. bottled 13 months ago, 2160 bottles.

A- Big dark dark brown body and a billowing big earthy brown head. Really good staying power and pretty heavy lacing. Nice in the glass.

S- Lots of molasses, kind of hard to pick out much else.

T- Lots of heavy sweet malt, briny, smoky, and sweet. Pine and juniper. Birch root and vanilla, orange peel too... hodgepodge of flavors. Interesting.

M- Thick, heavy, moderate but fitting carbonation.

O- Weird, but it grew on me. Flavor profile is very unique and uncompromising. Once it settles on the tongue/coats the mouth it tastes much better and softens a bit. Kind of reminds me of Bell's eccentric ale 2009 with a bit of smoke.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 01:47:55 | More by ShogoKawada
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dgilks

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown colour with a smooth, creamy tan head. Very good head retention. No lacing.

Strange combination of tartness, roast and herbs. Mildly fruity and smoky. A strange combination that works oddly enough.

Slightly sweet malt with some nice fruity character. Mild acrid roast on the palate and some tartness. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Decent.

A nicely crafted ale with a unique flavour profile. Good tart fruit profile which complements the roasty, dark malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 09:19:45 | More by dgilks
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 12:55:09 | More by spicelab
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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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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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srandycarter

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown almost black. Big tan head slow to leave. Some small bubbled cling.

S - Spicy. Medicinal. Not probably inaccurate for style, but not my cup.

T - Big up to smell. Again, probably in style, but I just don't like it all that much.

M - Good carb, balance ok considering.

D - Awful choice for me to rate, as I obviously don't care for this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 05:24:13 | More by srandycarter
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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:08:28 | More by TMoney2591
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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

02-06-2011 06:03:51 | More by Bouleboubier
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a very frothy beginning, with the stormy-looking liquid comprising a minority of my glass. minimal lacing

airy hop aroma with dry roast.

roasty roasty but plenty of sweetness. blackcurrant, resiny hops. dry and astringent roasting, which stands apart from the beer's body, which diminishes its porter-ness. some soy sauce at the finish. pumpernickel crust, almonds

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:16:28 | More by bruachan
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Gobzilla

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good lookin out drew for sharing this bottle

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin khaki head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: huge sage aroma pops out on the first whiff but was able to detect some chocolate, caramel, and roastiness.

T: the chocolate and sage flavora did blend good on the palate but had spice caramel accents and a touch of roastiness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a spice, herbal, roasty, and sweet finish.

D: drank decent but was super sagey and did kinda overpower the rest of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 20:25:01 | More by Gobzilla
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womencantsail

California

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 01:35:57 | More by womencantsail
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samie85

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:15:38 | More by samie85
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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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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
Bestefar from HaandBryggeriet
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.