Porter | HaandBryggeriet

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Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sigmund on 06-17-2007

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Reviews by DARIVA:
Photo of DARIVA
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a black colored beer with minimal head.

S: This beer is sweet and smells of coffee and chocolate.

T: This beer is slightly sweet and a little on the weak side.

M: This is what is weak and has little carbonation.

O: Good drinkable and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 22oz nonic a deep nearly pitch black with a huge blooming mocha colored head that was a overflow of my glass with even a pretty gentle pour.Deep fruity esters in the nose with a bit of leafy hop and dark roast coffee a bit charred as well.A little prickly in the mouth but nothing that takes away from the drinkibility,quite dry on the palate almost like cola very roasted and earthy in the finish with big dark roast coffee notes.Hmm I like it but it may go overboard in the roasted dry element,I like a dry finish but this to me lacks in any sweetness,all in all still a well made porter.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.12/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Batch# 78. Massive light brown head. Lots of multi-sized bubbles hold a great head together. Over-carbonated but not a gusher. Very dark, pitch black. Smells of a compost heap, or a pot of beef stew with an acrid burnt charred wood nose. Lots of carbonation, which unfolds the beer pretty quick. A bit thin on the palate. Big fermentation twang up front of lemon, wheat and barley husk. Charred wood flavor runs right toward becoming acrid. Beefy with a dead yeast or cooked vegetable flavor.

On the road to undrinkable, at first sip there seemed to be a little bit of promise but as the off flavors unloaded onto the palate with each sip it was harder and harder to take on.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, this beer was a dark, dark brown, almost black color with a thick cofee-colored head. It had a sweet chocolate aroma, with a little bit of coffee. Very chocolatey taste. The chocolate is there from the beginning to the end. Couldn't really detect the coffee that I noticed in the aroma. A very smooth beer, and easy to drink. At 6% ABV, you could have a few of these.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle, best before 25.10.15 (2 months off). Pours a very dark brown, opaque brew, with a thin tan head with no retention. Smells like an aged porter, alright - heavy on dark fruit, cherries, chocolate and coffee, and a mellow note of roasted grains. The taste is quite balanced - roasted grains, cherries, dark fruit, dark chocolate and coffee. Smooth mouthfeel and almost no carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, with that same amusing fingerprint overlay pattern that suggests someone (with a large hand) gripping the label.

This beer pours a solid black, with faint basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, frothy, and densely foamy beige head, which leaves a decent array of bonsai tree lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of well roasted bready caramel malt, a touch of dry cocoa powder, bittersweet coffee, licorice root, faint, almost sour lactic notes, and leafy, somewhat vegetal hops. The taste is gritty baker's chocolate, lightly toasted caramel and pale malt, charred coffee beans, tart generic black fruit, spoiled skim milk, a bit of fleshy dry nuttiness, and further earthy, weedy, and moderately vegetal hops.

The bubbles are fairly evenly distributed, and mostly benign, the body on the lee side of medium weight (a bit of a cardinal sin for the style), and smooth, in a halting, sort of pithy manner. It finishes off-dry, the malt thrashing through its death throes, the cocoa and coffee carrying on as if they were camping out in a Starbucks, and that vegetal astringency hung out to dry, but making a lot of noise about the fact.

I don't know exactly what puts the 'Norse' in this Norse Porter, so all I can do is point out the deltas between it and the standard-bearers (for the American and English varieties alike). HaandBryggeriet hits a fair lot of the normal notes, but it really comes down to two things - its unbearable lightness of being, and that weird green veggie persistence. Not something I'd recommend, if you're looking for a world-beating example, I'm afraid.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with atomic mocha cloud of head. A bit fo surviving lace at the end. Aromas include a mild roasted barley and malt, a tad of coffee and chocolate malt and caramel. The taste, though never sweet, balances many elements of the above: the roast, the malt, the toffee/caramel, the coffee. It is well done and robust,though not getting extreme point. I particulaly care for its soft mouthfeel of creaminess, and in that it is an excellent porter.This 2007 batch rated at 6.5% abv, and a pricey purchase from Premiere Gourmet.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Norse Porter ABV 6.5
Batch 208

A - Black. HUGE tan head. It may have been my glass... but no other beer poured into it has done that.

S - Dry hay smell, roasted malt.

T - Burnt malt dominates the beginning and middle, ends with a bitter aftertaste. A solid taste, though not complex.

M - Moderate body, medium to high level of carbonation.

D - Good overall, but nothing too special.

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Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut/mahogany with 2 fingers of pillowy mocha head. Nice viscous appearance, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & dark chocolate

T: Coffee, dryness & a bit of dark chcolate up front. More of the same as this warms. Finishes chalky with coffee & some dark fruit

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & slight oilyness

Drinks okay, a bit too much coffee for me. Over priced @ $8.75 a 500ml bottle

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S = Strong aroma of tootsie roll and cocoa.

T = Nice cocoa flavors upfront with roasted coffee mingling in the middle. The finish was semi-sweet with only a hint of hops bitterness.

MF = Body was medium. Carbonation seemed very sharp and high. To me, this distracted from the experience of this beer. Creamy and smooth.

Overall, this was a great porter, but it would have been phenomenal if the carbonation was lower. It's still a solid porter definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black color with a nice puffy tan head that settled into a light cap. Lightly roasted malt and caramel malt with a touch of wood, a bit nutty. Nice aroma for a porter. Nice mix of roasted and caramel malts, hints of charred wood, and tart lemon. A bit bolder than most American porters. The feel is a bit chewy yet astringent, soft carbonation with an overall roasted malt bitterness. Probably a bit thicker than your traditional American porter. I was hoping for a lighter porter than what I got. This is somewhere between a Baltic porter and an American/English porter. Thin out the body a touch, add some prickly carbonation and you have a winner.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.36/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Batch 79 (Brewed June '07; Best before June '10) Tasted and reviewed same date - March 18, 2011 - past bottle best date.

Another of the Park Lane, Lancaster, Calif. purchases - bought off shelf 4 years old and tasted/reviewed date of purchase.

Pours black with a thick and firm dark khaki head that's long lasting; nice looking.

Nose is very assertive plumed sweet black coffee; sweet dark chocolate; molasses and burnt honey.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery without character.

Flavors are a bit "old" and likely past prime (per bottle date). Flavors are a bit like citric coffee and very light chocolate milk - not good but not bad. Only strength is in the finish where there is a long and nice light acidic coffee character. Likely not one to drink again and past its prime.

This is an example that not all porters will improve with age and clearly a brew from 2007 likely should not be cellared for 4 years.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark pour, earthy aroma, brown head. Roasty and smooth, some cocoa and coffee. Kind of grassy/piney. An acceptable amount of caronation, not as heavy as I like. I am a fan of the Norweigan Porters and I thought this one was excellent, but there are others that are a little bit better.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle, Batch 138, brewed Jan 2008, best before Jan 2010. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is pretty good, but not much lacing. It smells like roasted malt, smoke, chocolate and a bit of coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, smoke, chocolate, coffee and some toffee and lactose. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick but it does have high carbonation, a bit too much for my liking. Drinkability is good as the beer is smooth, but due to the high carbonation it could be better. Overall I liked this beer, I'd try it again in the future. Not a bad choice at all.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with some strong dry coffee notes is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by dry roasted malt with huge coffee notes which are well balanced and avoid entering into astringency territory. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable beer with strong roasted/coffee notes.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Sensaray
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Color is dark brown with tan head leaving a little lacing
Dark fruit chocolate alcohol coffee in the smell
Dark malts, some coffee and chocolate notes in the taste
Mouthfeel is ok, not too much carbonation, seems to be missing
Overall this is a decent porter

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head with good retention. Aroma of dried fruit, toasted malt. Thin porter flavor up front with usual dark malts, hint of wood, dark fruit. Dry middle and dry, slightly sour finish. Malts perk up a bit in the middle when warmed up, but still tastes watered down. Dry finish seems more like an Irish porter than an American one. Very flat, watery finish. No bad flavor notes, but nothing outstanding either. At $10 a bottle, not going here again. Like another reviewer, my bottle was labelled "Norse Porter" and had an ABV of 6.5.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of picking one of these up on my last trip through NC. My first beer from them and I was excited to get to try it. Served at cellar temp and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/15/2009.

The pour was nice with a nice dark brown color and a nearly opaque consistency. Lots of tan foam coming up over the top throughout the session, and this came to a head of three inches and then settled down, but never totally going away, dropping lots of side glass lace.

The aroma was very rich, lots of roasted malts and a good bit of coffee and chocolate mixed into it. Really quite nice and full bodied. Light smoked flavor to it as I take the first sip. This mixes in very well with a subtle chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Smooth, mellow consistency and even carbonation left this one sitting in the mouth very nicely. No hint of alcohol at all as I just sipped through this one over and over.

A very nice beer here, not mind blowing, but very solid in nearly every way. Not sure it was worth the price tag here, but still very good.

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Photo of thekanna
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, pitch black, like motor oil, with a coffee-colored head.

Smell: Slight spice with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Wow, this stuff sticks around. Dark, roasted malts carry all the way through and then continue to emphasize their flavors in the aftertaste. If you don't have anything to cleanse your palate, those flavors will just stay there forever.

Overall: Exceptionally smooth with a very memorable dark roast aftertaste.

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Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Comes in a 20 oz bottle with a cool label depicting Jörmungandr, the Midgard Serpent. The beer itself is a dark, opaque brown with a coffee-colored head.

Smell - Coffee, a bit of woodsmoke and burnt toast.

Taste - Very roasty and burnt, with flavors of black coffee and baker's chocolate at the forefront. Extremely dry; there's no balancing sweetness to be found anywhere here.

Mouthfeel - Medium in both body and carbonation. Not especially thick, but the flavor is very coating.

Notes - Pretty decent. I was expecting more of a Baltic-style porter, but this is obviously going for something different. Regardless, it's a solid beer. Can't say I'd buy it again unless it came down in price significantly.

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Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer departs the 500ml bottle a deep brown, some ruby highlights, the head portly and a creamy light chocolate, upon its demise the lace forms a solid sheet upon the glass. Nose has a rich sweet toasted grain aroma, hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, quite appealing. Start is richly malted, sweet and a touch of burnt grain bitterness at the back, top is moderate in its feel. Finish has a customary acidity, the hops personable; semi sweet dry aftertaste finishes this good drinking porter, well worth the sample.

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Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Xul
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a thin, frothy mocha colored head. Retention isn't very good but some lacing is left behind.

S: Roasted malts up front, chocolate, a bit of coffee and some dark fruits - raisins and subtle dark cherries.

T: Roasted malts are prevalent again but dark fruits take a bigger role with raisins and cherries, along with some plums and figs. Chocolate and vanilla swirl around along with a bit of coffee. Sweet, but not cloying.

M: Moderate body with medium carbonation, has a good subtle chewiness but goes down smooth.

D: This is a really, really good porter...if it was easier to get, I could definitely drink more of this.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch Black, pours a chocolate coloured head with hints of sediment.

Aroma: Very rich malty chocolate and coffee. Strong roasted aromas with a hint of smoke. Some alcohol.

Taste: Surprisingly strong alcohol taste, although it's not such a strong porter. Roasted malt and dark chocolate, like a strong espresso; some bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: Soupy, full bodied.

Overall: I feel like this could be a great porter, but somehow the alcohol comes through too strong, and it feels like they've tried to pack a little bit too much into this beer. Still, it's a great porter and certainly differs from the standard. One point worth noting: when I opened the bottle (cool room temperature), I got a huge burst of foam and beer coming out. I lost a portion of the bottle due to this, but more importantly this suggests that the post-fermentation has gone a bit wrong. That may be responsible for the strong alcohol taste as well -- indeed, it's possible that there's more alcohol here than stated.

Another point: my bottle was bought from the US, imported by 'Shelton Brothers'. It's labelled as 'Norse Porter', but BeerAdvocate tells me that this is an alias for HaandBryggeriet's porter. That's probably the case, but there's another deviation: BeerAdvocate reports the ABV as 6.0%, but my bottle says 6.5%. So clearly there's something strange going on here...

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