Nissefar | HaandBryggeriet

NissefarNissefar
BA SCORE
74.3%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 167 ratings
NissefarNissefar
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway
haandbryggeriet.net

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sigmund on 06-17-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,535
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
167
Liked:
124
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
10.82%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
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8
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of dgilks
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque dark brown colour with no real head. Okay.

Rich, dark fruit aroma. Lots of almost rum and raisin notes. Good toffee aroma. Nice.

Sweet malt with plenty of caramel and toffee. Dark fruit abounds and some spice notes add interest. Moderately bitter which cleanses the palate.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Nice.

A tasty Old Ale. Good fruit, malt and spice balance and integration,

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Batch 307. Bottled 7 September 2010. Total bottles: 3240.

A: Fluffy, tannish head. Mahogany and opaque. Good lacing.

S: Old yeast, only slightly stale, slightly fruity. Chocolatey.

T: Two different pours (the first half and the last half, with the yeast) result in two very different beers. The first is fruiter (berries), more carbonated, and (to my mind) more interesting. The second half is very nice; tastes almost like a stout. It's sweet and full of chocolate, flatter and more old ale-y.

M: Kinda dead.

O: I quite liked this beer! It's done well in its two years of bottle life. Recommended. Would have again.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of muted roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate aromas. Also present are hints of licorice.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors with good amounts of dark chocolate kick things off. Midway through the sip very mild amounts of anise flavors work their way into things before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this beer didn't blow me away but I found it to be very smooth and easy to drink. Worth a shot.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle - served up at recent scandanavian tasting at brasserie v

appearance: generous pour in a belgian tulip - creamy dark mocha body, light chocolate froth

smell: rich chocolate, sour cherry, woody, caramel, brown sugar, raisin

taste: Interesting porter - rich chocolate is met immediately with a tart cherry presence, oak, caramel, raisin. not nearly as extreme as the NG old english porter, but heading in that direction

mouthfeel: medium-thin body, light to moderate
tartness

drinkability: ok

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Photo of rderedin
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark malts, sour, very low carbonation, Nissefar is probably not a beer that will make everyone's Christmas wishlist, but I think it's great. The beer pours an opaque coffee black with a very small mocha head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is in the fruity stout/porter malt range with some vanilla, oak and faint souring. The flavor is sweet and sour with a soft hop bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, like drinking a beer pre-carbonation. Nissefar is a different and enjoyable experience if you don't mind some sour in your flat porter.

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Photo of Gmann
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a small loose bubble head that settles into a weak ring around the glass. Almost looks flat.

The aroma is of a light milk chocolate with a sprucey spice, almost a mint character.

The flavor is of a chocolatey malt with a some sour berries and spruce. Some caramel sweetness.

The feel is moderate, semi-chewy with very soft carbonation. Sweet on the palate and finishes slighty sour and a tad sticky.

A rather one dimensional porter. I was hoping for more of a spice/herbal flavor. The beer needs some life to it.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of beergoot
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: opaque deep, dark brown, almost black body with a thick, creamy tan head

Smell: cherries and chicory; raisins; smoked peat

Taste: dark, roasted malts with chocolate. Nuttiness. Very noticeable alcohol warmth throughout. Tangy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth maltiness with medium-heavy body.

Overall: after cleaning up the spillage from the bottle spewing upon opening (it wasn't shaken and was opened at around 55F), I proceeded to sample this bad boy. Definitely a strong beer with a decent balance between the complex flavors and the alcohol content. I don't know if this particular bottle was over-primed, but ignoring the 'exploding' bottle opening fiasco, this is a mighty tasty northern European brew.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.
Batch 191. Brewed 10. 2008 and best before 10. 2010. Old red label.

APPEARANCE: Brown pour makes a one finger, medium looking, tan head what quickly fades to a wisp and ring. Black body and next to zero carbonation evident. Transparent around the edges. Ring remains and leaves a couple dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts and some roasted coffee beans. A touch of caramel and some cocoa poser as well. Quite mild, but what's there is nice.

TASTE: Some roasted malts, but a good dose of dark fruit, grapes, raisins and dates, and a touch of spices. Some bitter chocolate and roasted coffee notes on the swallow. Aftertaste is bold and lingering with dark fruits, grapes, some bitter chocolate and a touch of sourness. Pretty nice. Kind of a cross between a porter and a Belgian double.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Fine here.

OVERALL: Quite enjoyed this Christmas porter. The nose could be a little bigger, but it had plenty of nice flavor and drank away quite easily. I've never had a fresh bottle, but if my previous experience with Haand is any indication, the ageing has mellowed out the carbonation and made it much more drinkable. Worth checking out if you get the chance.

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Photo of birchstick
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a rich dark brown with a thin tan cap.

Aroma of sweet malts, brown sugar, raisins, and nuts.

The taste is very nice with sweet malts, caramel, chocolate, raisins, sour cherries, and nuts. Nice mellow chocolate mocha notes in the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

It's a bit past the holidays but still a damn fine beer. So drinkable!

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Photo of JakerLou
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Brent
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is either something other than an American porter or it is a bad bottle. Pour was a nice, dark brown. Massive tan head. Up front a wine going on vinegar lactic sourness, follwed by some raisin and prune dark fruit flavors. Finish was dry. Kind of hard to get a handle on - blindfolded I would have guessed a Flanders oud bruin or some other aged Belgian sour style.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Durty Nellies, one of the 12 Beers of Christmas.

A: appears pitch black with a short cocoa colored head. Not very good head retention, however, when this beer is swirled a nice frothy head appears. Decent lacing of dense white bubbles.

S: notes of deep chocolate and roasted barley notes up front among some oat character. This brew turns into a hop monster by the end with some big piny notes that complement the chocolate well.

T: not as much chocolate on the palate as the nose suggests (bummer) leaning much more towards the hop profile of the brew. The roast starts on the front but is quickly dominated by bitterness from black patent and hops.

MF: the body is a tad thinner that I would like for the flavor, silky texture, sharp finish.

D: this is a unique take on an American Porter. My first brew from Haanbryggeriet, and certainly not my last. The flavor profile begs for a bigger body and a bigger beer, but as it is, it is quite tasty.

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Nissefar from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 74.3% out of 100 with 167 ratings
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