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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Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a black color and a completely thick consistency. There was a good inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Surprisingly, not much lacing.

S: A strong, sharp aroma of malt, coffee, dark fruit, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of coffee, raisins, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Complex and flavorful, but it doesn't necessarily fit in with the typical American Porter style. Still, very tasty.

M: A lot of carbonation with a dry finish. Full-bodied, but never too heavy.

D: Extremely drinkable. One of the more interesting porters I've tried recently.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9 oz. bottle sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

The bottle reads that this one was brewed in August of '08, and is best before August of '10--Batch 158. The back of the label reads, "four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale." Interesting. My bottle's label looks different from the one posted here...and perhaps the small volume creates a slightly different beer from batch to batch.

Pours a fine coffee-colored black. The head is there, like a light espresso crema, and is clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma gives off hints of honey, cloves, wood, smoke, coffee, chocolate, and figs. There is a slight astringency in the nose, but nothing that takes away from the aroma.

In the taste there are strong coffee notes, burnt wood, bitter chocolate, and brown sugar (light). Coffee is the dominating force here, with some nice roasted malty notes.

This is a unique porter. It is very well-balanced, bittersweet, and simply delicious. I'm not sure how small of a scale these guys brew on, but I hope to find this one again...it is well worth it.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown/black liquid, but not thick, just ale-like. Enormous head of dense brown foam that lingered and lingered.

S: mocha, brown sugar, smoke, variety of toasty grains, hint of hops

T: surprisingly, just as intense and diverse as the nose. malts are crisp and forward without being sweet, then the alcohol bites a little, and it finishes slightly bitter.

M: bubbly and fun, while also coating quite well for a porter that doesn't look viscous

D: expensive to import an American Porter all the way from Norway, but this one is worth the journey.

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Photo of Fenrisulven
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MMMm mmm, tasty beer! Bottle gave a nice little pop when opened. Poured with a lively big foamy tan head that quickiy settled. No lace. Color is an opaque. brownish black. Aroma is a rich, heady blend of roasty malt, dark ripe fruits, and tree bark. Flavor's about the same and a slight hint of sharpness. Body is neat - a little on the light side with great carbonation which makes it more drinkable. Finish is sweet and like the flavor at first and tapers off with some bitter roastiness. Session beer.

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Photo of sliverX
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a very dark brown/black that allows no light to pass with a decent tan head that hung around fairly well at a bit more than a film with very good lacing
smell is all semi sweet chocolate
taste is big roasted malts and semi sweet chocolate again, bitter finish not sure if its the burnt malt or hops...
mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and I can only drool at this ever being offered on a tap, can feel a bit of the carbonation
drinkability a very well done porter leaning on a stout though can't get enough of this though

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Photo of nickfl
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Two fingers of medium orange-brown foam on top of an opaque black body. The head settles slowly and leaves a little bit of lace in its wake.

S - Robust, sweet chocolate aroma with toffee, caramel and lots of complexity behind it. Notes of licorice, sage, clove, and cinnamon with earthy hops.

T - Surprisingly mild and appropriately porter like up front. The malt starts out light and cola like and quickly intensifies with mild chocolate and aromatic coffee. The beer finishes quickly with coffee notes and mild earthy hops. The flavors that linger on the palate after the beer is gone continue to darken with notes of tobacco and dark chocolate.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable and superbly complex. The aroma is excellent and unusually complex. While the flavor is not as intense, it is still very nice and well balanced. This could be a session beer if it wasn't so hard to come by.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got to say... had two different beers from this brewery in one week and they were easily one of my favorites of the year.

had the porter at cellar temp. rather warm... about 55 degrees and it did what i had hoped... opened up the beer substantially.

the pour and look is as it should be with a rather large head. a nose expected of a decent american porter of chocolate and coffee. but there was a wonderful drinkable about it. cream but easy going. had it in mid july after all. the palate was like a candy bar without the tooth aching sweet. the sweet gave the beer body. and the finish had a wonderful quality of smoke that wasn't at all leathery or sour.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Batch 208. It may not have been on-tap (is it ever?), but I'll take it from the bottle here, too. It pours a lovely black-brown topped by a steady finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, juniper, clove, nutmeg, and a light bit o' chocolate. The taste is very similar, with some nice additions of coffee and cola. The body is on the thicker side, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice porter, another success from the Hand.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #78
Brewed: May 07
Best Before: May 10

Pours a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, awesome two-finger plus creamy tan head, with tons of nice thick creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet/bitter, lots of chocolate/toffee. Medium body, with a dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, this is one fine American Porter, and another tasty brew from HaandBryggeriet.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich and smoky, strongly of roast coffee with a hint of chocolate. It pours a very dark sable, nearly black, with a thick, fine-bubbled, cinnamon-tan head. Mouth-filling flavor is very smoky with tones of chocolate and coffee and just a whisper of sweetness. There is a hint of molasses as well. Texture is thick, oily and smooth, and leaves a tingle as it goes down.

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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 aussiebeer
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

certainly foamaliscious. daaark

airy, smokey, soy saucey, gritty, raisiny. a touch of caramel that doesn't seem to show in the flavor profle

a love quaffable porters! not a thick sludge, by any means. short on strongly roasted flavors and long on soy sauce and strong raisin flavors. detectable bitterness. savory, in a way.

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Photo of sjc483
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark burnt brown but mostly black in low light. A slip at the bottom of the glass glows dark amber. A huge capping of cocoa hued foam sifts up very frothy and solidly like a sponge and sits with might. Hardly ever moving it keeps a heavy amount always residing. Some patchy lacing sticks across the glass.

Aroma is of bittered chocolate, milk chocolate, and stale dark fruits; that of dark cherry, dates, raisins, and a touch of some nuttyness.

Flavors don't disappoint as it stands at length with some tangy bittering dark and milky chocolate mixing well with a very well balanced and well rounded melange of dark fruity toppings that add some slight souring, but is sort of heavy and dark with dates, dark cherry, and raisin. Very Baltic Porter like and quite nice. The tang it carries goes right through to the finish with a nice little smack of malty goodness and touches of cocoa.

Medium bodyish with a slippery quick step to the tangy stuff but manageable within its hold as the flavor balance with the chocolate adds a nice complexity and counterpoint as it has a very calm smoothness about it while maintaining a nice gripping carbonation.

An enjoyable, subtle, flavorful porter. Seemingly very Norwegian and quite yummy actually. Something about its ease and balance made me like it more as I went along. But for $8 a bottle, its more for special occasions.

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Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black color with some very slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a huge three finger frothy tan head. Very good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves a good bit of chunky lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, toffee, nut and coffee.

Once again the roasted malt dominate the flavor with hints of oatmeal, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, hazelnut, burnt toast and a sweet dry finish.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Listed on the label as Norse Porter. 6.5% abv.

Batch # 78 Brewed : May '07 Best Before : May '10

A: Pitch black body that displays the slightest of ruby tinting when held to a bright light. Very creamy two finger head, khaki in color, that recedes quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

S: Deep, dark, burnt aromas hang over this one. Bitter dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and roasted/bunt malt. Also detected were hints of overripe dark fruit, and tart cherries.

T: Pretty much, just see above. Wonderfully burnt and bitter. Some smokey flavors poke out to the surface as it warms. The combination of burnt dark chocolate, tart cherry, and tart, bitter coffee is incredible.

M: Excellent! The burnt, blasted, and bitter flavors hang on the tongue for dear life. Not too thin, but then again, not too creamy. I'd say perfect for the style.

D: Tons of flavor + low ABV = great drinkability. What a treat!

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Photo of Dentist666
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6.5% ABV

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Photo of Ljunkan
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle @ Vinmonopolet when visiting Oslo.

Pours a darkbrown/almost black color with a nice brownish head.

The smell is of dark chocolate, burnt notes, roasted malt and coffee. Almost imperial stoutish smell, very nice!

The taste is malty with notes of burnt/roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate, slightly smokey. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite filling, round and smooth. The liquid is a bit thin.

A highly drinkable and well made porter!

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a creamy 2 finger cap of tan foam, coffee like. Some lace.

S: Nice roasty smoky dark malt smell, very inviting.

T: The taste comes a bit back to Earth as porter goes in comparison to the nose. Dominated by bittersweet (not dark) chocolate. Mild hop character.

M: Smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied, dry finish.

D: This is squarely an American Porter. Very good flavour, almost like a beefed up Black Butte. Well worth a try.

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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 JohnnyP3
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50cl bottle. Batch 219. Brewed on 4 Apr 2009, best before 4 Apr 2011. Alcohol appears to clock in at 6.5%. This bottle includes the title "Norse Porter", probably because it was purchased in Norway vice the US. Am I brilliant or what?

A: Pours very dark brown, dark chocolate-like, with a rich, creamy looking tan head. Heavy carbonation produces a substantial foam topping that gradually subsides to a nice one-finger width covering. Attractive lacing on the glass.

S: Very strong roasted malt smell, with chocolate and coffee mixed in. Some baker's chocolate and a little bit of a burnt twinge as well.

T: Who dropped a Hershey's bar in my beer? Seriously though, probably the most chocolate/coffee-tasting porter I've experienced. And a very delicious taste it is! Dark, hearty and earthy, just like the label on the bottle suggests. Rich and substantial. I can also taste some hints of dark fruits (raisons, dates) in the background of this multi-faceted porter. The fruits become more pronounced as I drink more deeply. A nice, contemplative brew.

M: As noted, strongly carbonated, so it produces a little bit of a zing in the mouth as you drink it. A bit crisp for my liking in this style of beer.

D: This is not a porter I would drink several of in a sitting. I could see quaffing a couple over the course of the evening and then falling into a deep slumber.

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