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Bestefar - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
87
very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of brbrocc
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

brbrocc, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -22.1%

t0rin0, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Listers
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Listers, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

russpowell, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Jwren5
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jwren5, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of larbush
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

larbush, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Deja Vu aka The Artist Formerly Known As Biero. From notes.

A - Poured black with a one finger, brown creamy head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Milk chocolate, nice dark fruit, vinous, stone fruits, licorice, oak.

T - Dark fruit, not stouty in flavour but more of a black Belgian style. Interesting. Fresh tree fruits, oaky twan. Vinous. Red wine characteristics and lighter fruits.

M - Mild carbonation, medium silky body, sweet fruity finish.

O/D - An odd flavour. Strangely 'light' for so much darkness. Nice fruit flavours and complexity but maybe a bit sweet. Cool beer.

tbeckett, May 15, 2012
Photo of Chadster1975
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Chadster1975, May 13, 2012
Photo of pohldogg356
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

pohldogg356, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of dlello2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

dlello2, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Chrily
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Chrily, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Chrisdslap
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Chrisdslap, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of danieelol
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

danieelol, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of sponch51
4/5  rDev +3.9%

sponch51, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of BierStein711
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

M: Chewy

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.

BierStein711, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

rudzud, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of bbrochu
4/5  rDev +3.9%

bbrochu, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

corby112, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of lyons1005
1/5  rDev -74%

lyons1005, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of crusian
3/5  rDev -22.1%

crusian, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Bosmar
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Bosmar, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

beergoot, Dec 12, 2011
Bestefar from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.