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Bestefar - HaandBryggeriet

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86
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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.89%
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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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 05:35:50 | More by tbeckett
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Chadster1975


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-13-2012 03:17:30 | More by Chadster1975
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pohldogg356

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-15-2012 18:20:26 | More by pohldogg356
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dlello2

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-29-2012 01:03:50 | More by dlello2
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Chrily

Norway

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-28-2012 13:27:13 | More by Chrily
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 05:12:24 | More by Sammy
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Chrisdslap

California

5/5  rDev +30.2%

01-19-2012 06:25:24 | More by Chrisdslap
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danieelol

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 07:34:26 | More by danieelol
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sponch51

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-10-2012 18:13:53 | More by sponch51
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BierStein711

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 19:28:19 | More by BierStein711
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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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bbrochu

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-29-2011 21:39:11 | More by bbrochu
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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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lyons1005

South Carolina

1/5  rDev -74%

12-20-2011 01:44:11 | More by lyons1005
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crusian

Oregon

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-17-2011 01:27:17 | More by crusian
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Bosmar

Colorado

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-15-2011 06:03:04 | More by Bosmar
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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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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-07-2011 19:49:01 | More by ROGUE16
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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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-23-2011 01:44:48 | More by kaelingirl
Bestefar from HaandBryggeriet
86 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.