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Old Ale
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
Dec 30, 2018
Jun 17, 2007
Very Good
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4.22 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Dec 30, 2018
4.09 by khoff5 from Connecticut on Dec 26, 2017
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a half finger light khaki head dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark malt, chocolate and holiday spices. Flavor of dark toasted malt, chocolate leather, cinnamon, clove and holiday spices. Finishes with spice and light grassy hop bitterness and a hint of smoke. Medium bodied with light creaminess.
A nice winter warmer with a profile that leans more towards a brown ale than an old ale, but it does have robust malt. The spicing, dark flavors and hint of smoke are quite nice for a late year ale. Nicely done.

Jan 12, 2017
3.74 by WastingFreetime from Wisconsin on May 08, 2016
3.93 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Mar 21, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mitchster from Michigan

7.0% ABV, 25-30 IBU's per the website. No other specs per the bottle or website.
Pours out to a very clear very dark walnut, forming a small tan head with average retention and lacing. The carbonation is quite low, about 1.0-1.5 carbs. The nose is of smoked malt and a subtle sweet earthiness. No hop aroma. Mouthfeel is very smooth owing to the low carbonation, but is chewy with a medium dense body. Rich. The taste is quite nice. Plenty of smoke up front surrounded by a chewy malt body, not much roast at all, however there is a very subtle black patent/roast barley flavor in the aftertaste. Firm mineral taste. Bitterness is very mild, no hop flavor. No off flavors.

A nice malty chewy smoked beer. Not a smoke bomb, but plenty to make this smoke lover happy.
Brought here from Norway from Ani and Erlend. Many thanks!

Jan 10, 2016
3.94 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Oct 12, 2015
4.72 by Vylo from New Jersey on Sep 21, 2015
3.94 by birchstick from Colorado on Jul 01, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Fatehunter from Oregon

Pours a half finger of tan head on a dark brown body with lots of sediment floating around.
The aroma is mild chocolate, cinnamon, earth, and Christmas.
The taste has holiday spice, roasted malt, and chocolate. Nice.
The texture is soft and smooth.
Nice and enjoyable.

May 04, 2015
3.93 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Mar 23, 2015
3.5 by Lanstrum from Ohio on Mar 11, 2015
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by allforbetterbeer from Colorado

Bought for $6.95 on sale after Christmas. 500 ml bottle.

Appears opaque dark brown.

Smells of dark bready malt, floral ginger, maybe spruce, and some harder to define herbal spice. Swirling does not produce much additional aroma.

Taste initially is of darker roasted malts, akin to a porter without as much coffee bean acrid flavors. There is a bit of spice in the middle, but it is not easy to pick out. Bitterness is moderate to low. I was expecting some dark fruit or burnt sugar flavors for whatever reason, there none to be found. Mostly roasted malts in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and neither sweet nor dry. Lower carbonation.

Conclusion: Not all that inspired, but not bad either. I just drank the bestefar last night and it was a bit odd, but much more complex and intriguing. This is a fine beer, and I wouldn't be disappointed if I brewed it, but I was expecting something a little bit stranger and interesting.

Jan 06, 2015
4 by NYR_Rob from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2014
3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 01, 2014
4 by BigRizz62 from Maryland on Nov 26, 2014
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Nov 22, 2014
3.75 by zestar from California on Oct 19, 2014
1.75 by dansmcd from Australia on Sep 29, 2014
3.5 by DRTBrewster from Arizona on Jul 22, 2014
4 by KAF from Iowa on Jul 07, 2014
3.75 by CoolEthan from California on May 15, 2014
3.75 by SocalKicks from California on May 15, 2014
3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois on Apr 03, 2014
4 by afsdan from Colorado on Mar 21, 2014
3.5 by oso from Illinois on Mar 18, 2014
3.75 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Feb 12, 2014
3.75 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California on Feb 09, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BierJager89 from California

A: Pours a dark brown with a large foamy mocha head.

S: Musty malt, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and oak in the nose. Smells like most old ales, but spicy.

T: Dark fruit and maybe some berries. With the yeast it tastes chocolatey and roasty. An odd dichotomy.

M: Medium bodied, smooth enough.

O: Pretty good festive ale. Recommended.

Feb 08, 2014
3.75 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania on Feb 08, 2014
3.75 by Niekon from California on Feb 04, 2014
4 by MSandahl23 from Indiana on Jan 13, 2014
3.75 by vermilcj from Ohio on Jan 12, 2014
3.5 by atone315 from Wisconsin on Jan 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by DrinkSlurm from New York

Okay so I know enough not to expect your typical old ale here as its Haand...
nice deep brown amber pour with quick head. Booze chocolate aromas...some fruit notes.
taste is where this brew shines...chocolate with lots of wood and fruit and a hint of funk. Its not nearly as acidic as most haand...but its got a funk for sure. Lots of leathery chocolate...
really super smooth mouthful..not even realizing its 7%.
overall a really nice brew.
yes its miles away from Bois and Kuhnhenn but its still a great brew

Jan 06, 2014
3.75 by JamesStreet from Louisiana on Jan 06, 2014
4 by jayhunter357 from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2013
3.75 by In_Control_Mike from Massachusetts on Dec 29, 2013
3.75 by shehateme from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2013
4 by AOShabaz from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2013
Nissefar from HaandBryggeriet
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