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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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased in Buffalo.

Pours an opaque brown with oranges edges, tons of lacing, settles down to a chunky layer. Smell is neat, chocolate cream, bread, toffee, really earthy, solid roast, wood, dark fruits, raisins, not bad. Taste is chocolate and roast, toffee, sweet bready malts, earth, cream, smoke, lactic sour chocolate milk, some alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth. Pretty interesting, kind of baltic. These guys do some neat beers.

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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 grub
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. sampled feb 15/08.

pours dark brown with a big dense brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves some spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. light roast. bit of alcohol. dark chocolate. bit of coffee. bread and cracker malts. bit of grain. caramel. light orange, more orange peel actually. touch of baltic sourness.

taste is good. medium bitterness level. coffee and bittersweet chocolate. light alcohol. bit of lactic sourness. very light orange. bready malt. bit of grain. earthy. bit of grapefruit.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-low carbonation level. nice medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. i'd like a little more depth, but otherwise it's quite good.

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

16.9oz bottle via Christmas gift. Thanks for the opportunity, Kris.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, all foam. Although the head is turning to opaque brown/black liquid rather quickly in a manner similar to Guinness, although not as quick. Frothy head settles at ~2", with prevalent lace coverage. Aroma is chocolatey, effervescent, and lightly fruity. Taste also exhibits the fruity chocolate character, with a slightly acrid bitter close. Mouthfeel is a bit flat, and drinkability is alright. A bit disappointed here, not a bad beer, but maybe one not worth the going price.

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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 BrewSomerville
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6.5% ABV

Aroma: Coffee, cherries, toffee, caramel, somke, chocolate.

Looks: Dark brown as it is being poured, but onyx-black in the glass. Large biege head, with good head retention. Some lace.

Taste: Toffee, sweet coffee, chocolate. It reminds me of those coffee flavoured chocolates that you find in the Pot of Gold box of chocolates.

Mouthfeel: Average or slightly less than avg volumes of CO2. Medium to full bodied.

This is one of the best porters that I've ever had.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stunning appearance - deep black, opaque, huge tan brown head that molds into a distinct shape and retains well, like meringue on pie.

Aroma has a slight chemical slant, and no this isn't my glassware. There's a sharp lime, chemical-like aroma with faint roastiness in the background.

Palate has a sour brown, roasted malt flavor with a lime hop tang towards the end. Reminds me of some beers that go overboard with brown sugar and it has a burnt sugar taste.

A little thinner bodied than expected for a porter, and finish has the sour flavor again but is less appealing once the other flavors disappear from the forefront.

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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 brdc
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a pint, it is pitch black with a voluminous, creamy, long-lasting dark tan head.
Standard aroma, although not very pronounced, it shows coffee, chocolate, some caramel.
Medium to full bodied, it is mostly unsweetened coffee and bittersweet chocolate, all more inclined towards the bitter end of the spectrum.
Nice, but nothing special.

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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 Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label states Batch # 78.

Appearance: black in color with a fluffy 3"+ head that lasts forever. Nice lace covers the glass.

Smell: bitter dark chocolates and roasted malt sweetness are the main aromas.

Taste: deep roasted malt tones with dark chocolates, caramel, prunes, and a bit of earthiness. There is a pretty hearty bitterness here for a porter, creating some dryness.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Nice roasted aftertaste lingers a while. Smooth and dry from start to finish.

Drinkability: the higher bitterness and dryness knocks this down a bit for me despite the wonderful flavor profile. Couldn't see having more than a few glasses of this.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown body with a profuse, foamy beige head.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma of high quality chocolate and strong, black fresh brewed coffee. Note of fruity prunes.

Taste: Rich, wonderfully robust roasted maltiness with strong flavors of dark chocolate and strong coffee. Hint of prunes. Light smokiness. Overall, there's a hefty amount of roasted bitterness that pairs with some herbal hop flavors, both of which last far into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A very nice porter provided you like your porters packed with strong roasty bitterness.

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Photo of MrThursday
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours black with large, foaming, off-white head. The foam settles fairly quickly, and looks almost brown as it settles, lacing the top of the beer. The beer has only a faint sweetness in its odor, with some malt present as well. The flavor has a slight bitterness, almost like a very mild coffee presence, or being (again very mildly) smoked.

The beer is thick, almost chewy, but very, very smooth, and the moderate alcohol content (6%) is completely unnoticable. For a porter, it is VERY drinkable. Very tasty beer.

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

500 ml bottle, batch #19. New recipe, somewhat different from the 2005 "trial version" served at the RBESG 2005. Black colour (= very dark ruby when held to the light), rich and creamy tan head. Nice roasty aroma, notes of dark chocolate, leather and woodwork too. Flavour of roast malts, coffee and chocolate. Not as fruity as expected, but still a nice beer. Earlier Rating: 8/18/2005 Bottle conditioned, RBESG 2005, Grand Tasting (courtesy of the brewery). Lightly roasty aroma with notes of coffee and dark chocolate, hints of dried fruits. Flavour is fairly dry with a roast malts base, notes of coffee. Moderate carbonation. Nice.

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