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Bestefar - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
87
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: khiasmus on 11-26-2010

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Photo of Philousa
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Photo of MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of andant
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of KCM
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ReeseMax3
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of brbrocc
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Listers
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of Jwren5
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of larbush
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.72/5  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.

Photo of Chadster1975
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of pohldogg356
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dlello2
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Chrily
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Chrisdslap
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of danieelol
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of sponch51
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Bestefar from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.