Bestefar - HaandBryggeriet
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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
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: None (batch 384)
Haand's Bestefar is a good tasting and smelling stout-like beer that's a bit rough around the edges (appearance and feel) and demonstrates how important an appropriate mouthfeel is to the overall enjoyment of an ale or lager. The focus is on roasted, chocolate, and smoked malts, combining to give a more assertive stout-like flavor to the beer than what seems to be this one's relative, Nissefar. In general, solid enough to try once, but not sure I'd revisit given the ready availability of equally delicious stouts/porters at a more affordable price point.
Pours a 2.5cm tall head of dark tan foam, composed of medium and large-sized bubbles, which is unexpectedly effervescent as it rapidly burns down the glass. Retention is obviously below average, lasting less than a minute in its decline. Lacing is also fairly minimal, a few lines and dots haphazardly adorning the inside of the glass. The body is colored a very dark brown, light bringing out lighter orange-brown hues around the edges of the body. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque body.
Aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, black licorice, roasted coffee beans, smoked malt, and ethanol, all smoothed-over by a touch of cream. The licorice and ethanol components make this a bit harsh, but the cream-like bit manages to tame them somewhat.
Front of palate finds semi-sweet chocolate with roasted and smoked malt components. This blends into a mid-palate mixture of roasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of smoke, slight prune and raisin-like esters, and faint roasted coffee beans. The malts are definitely in the caramel, chocolate, and roasted categories. The back of the palate notes roasted malt, dark chocolate mousse, modest vanilla and ethanol. Aftertaste is of smoked and lightly roasted malt, without significant chocolate or coffee components; the result is fairly delicious.
The beer is medium to medium-light in body, with aggressive, vigorous carbonation. The two are not well suited to each other, and the beer feels prickly and overly carbonated as a result. Though the carbonation foams the beer upon the palate, this happens too quickly, and substantial carbonation still remains, "burning" the palate. Ethanol can be marginally felt on the throat. Closes dry and with modest stickiness remaining on the palate.
02-27-2013 06:04:20 | More by falloutsnow
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
4.06/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
01-21-2013 01:24:37 | More by CHADMC3
2.83/5 rDev -26.5%
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
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
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
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
Bestefar from HaandBryggeriet
86 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.