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 brentk56
2.21/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Batch 78

Appearance: Massively overcarbonated, creating a huge head that sits atop the raven colored liquid; on the plus side, there is lots of lace

Smell: Burnt embers and acrid lactose, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate

Taste: Black bread up front, but the flavor turns rather acrid by mid-palate, with a burnt, over-roasted character that is, nevertheless, highly acidic; after the swallow, it settles down a bit, with some coffee and chocalate coming through, but the burnt roast flavors remain a distraction

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation; hard to wrap the tongue around the liquid, in fact

Drinkability: For the price, I was expecting something much better; very tough to drink

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, moderate tan head. Head sticks around quite awhile.

Aroma is chocolate, bit of espresso and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is coffee, bit of dark chocolate, roasty. Hint of green hops on long, roasty, dry finish.

Moderate carbonation and medium body.

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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 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 gford217
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into a snifter.

This was was massively carbonated out of the bottle and left a 3-finger tan head on top of a dark mahogany body. The head lasts for quite a while and leaves fair amounts of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by dark roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. There is definitely a slightly acidic with lactose.

The taste actually brings a bit stronger lactose presence that is more prevalent than the roasted malts and chocolate underneath. There is a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Tastes a lot like a milk stout honestly.

The mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation.

This is a decent porter but not one of my favorites. The acidity of the lactose is a little bit more than I like, but it's still a good beer.

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Photo of edmedina
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up while visiting Portland, OR and making my way out to the Astoria area.
Appearance: Pours black, very black. Someone here used the term "motor oil" to describe it. I would say that is very accurate. Big head on this one as well.

Smell: Raisin, sweet, chocolate. Actually I poured this about 5 min ago and just set it aside to let it settle and warm up. I can pick up some of that aroma sitting here in my recliner away from the glass.

Taste: roasted malt flavor. I can taste the chocolate, like baker's chocolate and the light bitterness in the after taste. I also get sweet under tones in the taste.

Overall: This is an impressive dark porter. The malts come through but not over powering. This is definitely a very pleasant beer that can be enjoyed by any dark beer lover. One side note, the notes in BeerAdvocate state this is 6.0% ABV. My bottle states it is actually 6.5%.

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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 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 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 SilentSabre
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Still unclear as to whether or not "I'm in the right place". The label on my bottle is distinctly different, and the abv is ,5% different, as well. Nevertheless, my review will go here for now.
Pour black with reddish highlights around the edges when held to a lamp. Huge two and a half finger (sand/eggshell coloured) head resulted from a somewhat aggressive pour. Looked nice in my Weford pint glass. Smell, to me, was nothing special. A bit grainy, really, with a modest dose of some less assertive aromas typically associated with this style; the whole spent coffee grounds / chocolate thing is there, it's just really muted. These attributed are a bit more noticeable in the flavour, but just. Finishes moderately bitter, then turns a bit dry. This is a decent porter, but I must admit, I had the Dark Force wheat stout these guys make earlier in the evening and it was a much more solidly crafted beer, IMO. An average porter, at best.

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Photo of Crosling
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears black in the glass, but pours dark brown. Head lasts very well. Nose has some nice things going on, with dark roast, black chocolate and coffee. Flavor has a lot of character, with lots of roast and fruit, and even a touch sourness. The hand beers are of a very high quality.

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

Bottle, best by 05/2010. Pours black with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, rich roasted malt, and alcohol. Flavor of sweet rich roasted malt, caramel, marshmallow, bitter chocolate and a slight tinge of alcohol. Very enjoyable and quite drinkable. Another good beer from Haandbryggeriet.
Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Overall: 15/20

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Photo of Douglas88
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sams in Chicago. Pours a dark brown body with a thick and creamy brown head. It leaves a sludgy layer of sediment on the glass and cap. The aroma is cherries, coffee, roasted malts and some fireplace ashes. The taste was a light bitterness, some coffee, and a light finish of some sweet brown sugars. Pretty nice.

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

Pours a great dark brown to black molasses with a straight brown head that eventually leaves a thick ring of foam around the top of the beer. The aroma i a brwo sugar brownie with some spicy smelling peppercrn hops. Great, stright forward roasted malts bless the tongue with lots of mild dark chocolate, coffee, a little vanilla, molases, and even some wood. The hops just balance out the heavy malt bill with some herbal and peppery spicey. The palate is smooth yet dry. Leaving an overall grainy feel in the mouth.

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Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Really cool label. Pours a dark opaque brown with an espresso like head.

S: Burnt coffee and a touch of charcoal. The malt is nice and roasty leaving an overall nice aroma.

T: The roast comes thru in the taste. Fresh coffee and cocoa powder come thru. This is a roasted brew no doubt.

M: Medium in body with ample carbonation. Dry finish.

D: Not bad I think I may have like this one more than the others at the tasting.

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

Batch 78. Dark chocolate brown with meager orange and gold highlights. The golden sand colored crown was massive initially and is still three fingers as I type. Large bubbles pop in lazy fashion, leaving large, soft crafters in the upper surface of the head and smeary lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is 100% American porter. What should a Norwegian porter smell like? Smoked salmon? It strikes a good balance between brown and chocolate malt, with a minimum of roastedness. While an underlying fruitiness is evident, hops don't make a major splash.

Porter has more tart tanginess than it should. It works well, though, because the brewers have used enough malt and enough of the darker-end-of-the-spectrum malts. Sweetness and the flavors that are derived from barley that is roasted to the chocolate stage keep the sourness from taking over.

I'm aware that the style doesn't exist, but this offering could also be thought of as a 'milk porter' due to the lactic tang. The flavor profile includes chocolate (a mixture of milk and bittersweet), as well as a cornucopia of dark fruits. Raisins and plums in particular. What started out as simple is now halfway to complex as the beer loses its initial chill.

The mouthfeel falls a wee bit short. It's lightly creamy and is appropriately carbonated, but it doesn't expand enough in the mouth and doesn't hang on all the way to and through the end game. Nitpicking? Perhaps.

Norwegian Wood was my first HaandBryggeriet beer. Norse Porter (the name they use for the U.S. market) is my second. They're both solid versions of their respective styles and are both beers that I would drink again if they weren't so expensive. Damn the weak dollar. Anyway, this one is worth a purchase if you don't mind spending a little coin on occasion. Skal!

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. 04/13/08. Batch 78, bottled May 2007.

Pours pitch black, with a large 3+ finger tan head, which doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted coffee and sweet milk chocolate.

Taste is mostly roasted coffee, and the sweet milk chocolate has turned into bitter dark chocolate. Slight fruitiness - slight cherry and citrus, as well as a touch of acidic sourness. Carbonation is a bit high, but not too bad. Kinda thin and watery though. Drinkability is decent, the sourness gets to me after awhile.

A pretty decent beer. Probably not worth the price (I think I paid nearly $8 for it), but try it if you find it. If it were a bit cheaper I'd buy some more.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewed June 2007; Sampled March 2008
Very well carbonated, a careful pour yields a four-finger thick, lightly browned head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is an opaque, concentrated, dark-chocolate brown to black color, but does in fact show a touch of ruby hues through it if held up directly and at the right angle to the light. The aroma is slightly vinous (earthy notes are mixed in here), with roasty dark malt notes. Substantial toasted grain, browned bread and dark chocolate notes are noticeable towards the end, while up front notes of wine-like berry notes, burnt plums and brown malt plays a prominent role. Wood-like, earthy and almost a mushroom like aromatic notes provide a bit of an edge to a normally clean style of beer (at least from a modern perspective); for some reason it makes me thing of fermented cocoa, but I don't even know what that really is.

Lightly sweet up front with a burnt plum note. As the beer moves across the tongue it picks up substantial roast grain flavors, but then starts to pick up a funky, vinous, earthy, wild mushroom flavor to it that ultimately dissipates under a bitter, burnt grain character that lingers on in the finish. Soft chocolate flavors and the omnipresent burnt malt flavors are clearly the dominant flavors of this brew, but there is just enough light funk to add some interesting notes to this beer. I am quite impressed with how the vinous, woody, earth notes intermingle with the roast character, but don't overwhelm or put this beer out of balance. As the beer warms up a bit the texture moves from being a little on the thin side to having enough heft to balance the flavors of this beer. The malt also provides a touch more sweetness and a bit more cocoa flavors than it did before. The roast notes become a touch lest acidic, a bit less bitter and more rounded as the beer warms up to, this really allows the underlying earthiness of the brew to open up.

An interesting brew, the funky notes seem to be just starting to be apparent here. I have a feeling that this isn't going to be getting much better though as the stronger the funk gets the more it will clash with the dark malt character. My recommendation is to drink it up. It has probably lost a bit of body and malt richness at this point, but the earthy, vinous flavors add some variety and complexity to this brew that would not otherwise be here. I would really like to think that this captures the character of a Porter from the 1800s, fresh porter blended with an old funky version.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of dnichols
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a 500 ml black capped bottle into a pint glass received in a trade with shuajw (another awesome trader). The bottle indicated it was from Batch #78 and an ABV of 6.5%.

A: A gentile pour produced a black body with a massive chocolate colared dense and sticky head that receided slowly. The head supported a decent thick lacing.

S: There were distinct aromas of burnt dark chocolate and dark spices. The aroma was faint and suprisingly thin.

T: It had the flavor of dark roasted malts that were barely burnt, bakers chocolate, plums, black pepper, and a bitter black coffee. It tasted more like a dry stout than an American Porter in many ways. The dominant flavors were sharp and unbalanced leaving residual bitterness and oily chocolates deep into the aftertaste.

M: It was a medium in body with a touch of watery thinness that was distracting. the aftertaste is a true reflection of the flavors but after awhile it turns a bitter and sour taste that is not pleasant.

D: The lack of balanced and aftertaste would drive me to another beer for a second brew in a session. However, I think six months of cellaring may benefit the beer giving it a chance to attain balance and smoothness that it currently lacks.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black into my Samuel Smith pint glass. Quite a head on this thing.

Smells a little like coffee & raisins with some chocolate.

Taste is similar to smell, but I'm getting a little bit of a metallic aftertaste that I don't much care for.

Overall, a decent porter, but I don't know if I would buy it again.

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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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Porter from HaandBryggeriet
3.77 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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