Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) | HaandBryggeriet

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Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter)Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway
haandbryggeriet.net

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Matured on Aquavit casks.

Added by Jeffo on 09-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
170
Reviews:
107
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ricsan
4.86/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark brown/ oily
S: Chocolaty, roasted barley, woody, like drinking a good beer in at your fire place in a cabin in the snow covered woods.
T: Intense flavors, standard porter, chocolate/coffee aftertaste
F: Smooth

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is so good and so weird, it tastes like something mikkeller would do, or has done even, with an herbal spirit barrel and a rich and creamy and also very bitter loosely english based porter, its just awesome, and any negative commentary here should be taken as hate speech, for real, there is no disliking this! almost a little purple grapey in aroma and flavor, with a deep dark roasted coffee complexion too. the barrels arent that woody in it, but it almost tastes like gin, high botanical, juniper and sage and such, with a little medicinal element too, its fancy and weird, and even if the bottles seem a little oxidized, i really think it flatters the beer. porter not stout, its like when you cant define something but know it when you see it, thats this all wrapped up! aftertaste is pipe tobacco and spearmint, just crazy beer. tons of fizz too, this really pops on the palate, and feels light for such a dark and strong brew. its dry for a second too, but then it comes back, sweet and licorice forward, anise, and more gin. there is nothing else like this, no equal, and one of my favorite breweries in the world keeps killing it!!!

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haand Bryggeriet's Barrel-Aged Porter, aged in Aquavit barrels. 10% ABV (had to look it up, since it's not listed on the bottle).

A: A bit over a finger of cocoa brown head. Slow dissolve. Pours rich, dark brown; black in the glass. Dark golden brown in the dimple. Very little lacing, and it doesn't stick.

S: Light hard licorice candy smell up front. Not a lot of aroma to this one. Dark roasted malt. Soft cocoa. Slight sweet char note.

T/MF: Mmm. The flavors are pretty light, too. Roasted flavor is between bittersweet chocolate and light coffee. Herbal and anise notes to compliment. Very slight char on the back end, and into the finish.

Nothing really stand-out about it, but it's just a nice porter with an interesting twist. Not quite as good as the Odin's Tipple or Dark Force, but still good in it's own right.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass

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Photo of jbertsch
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rothobinide
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaasen64
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/15/09 (over 5 years old), bottle count of 2160, batch #225. Purchased in the vintage section at Nikki's in Providence about a month ago for ~$14.

A- Pours a very dark opaque black with a thick quarter finger of mocha head that has great retention receding to a thin layer, carbonation seems to be holding up very well and overall looks great especially for it's age.

S- Milk chocolate, roasted malts, hints of oak, a spirit-like presence (from the akevitt, never have had it so hard to describe) that gives off a little bit of booziness, slight oxidation presence that blends in with the akevitt. Overall holding up nicely, only slight oxidation, still retaining complexity and quality porter notes.

T- Milk chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, plums, cherries, finishes with a slight bitterness, light chocolate covered dark fruits, oak, and akevitt. Only a slight hint of oxidation on the finish that balances well with the dark fruits and roast.

M- A little bit above medium bodied, nice carbonation that is consistent throughout drinking, abv pretty well hidden.

O- I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer but I was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. For being well over 5 years old it is still holding up remarkably well showing only slight signs of aging. The akevitt barrels give this beer a nice unique twist and actually work quite well with the porter qualities giving it a nice complexity. This beer is definitely worth trying and it will probably continue to hold up for a little while but I wouldn't keep it much longer.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.11/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +6%

Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased long, long ago at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in an Alchemist pint glass. Batch 225, bottled September 15th, 2009.

A - Voluminous dark tan foam loudly fizzes to nothing. Near-black body with a glint of brown at the bottom edge of the glass.

S - Very roasty and anise-heavy, with some strong chocolate fudge and cake notes mixed in as well. There's a mild spruce character that I can only ascribe to the akevitt. Good balance and integration, and well-hidden alcohol.

T - The taste has a bit more of the characteristic Scandinavian char and smoked character to it, but it's not overly harsh or bitter. Less sweet than the aroma, but still a strong dark chocolate and caramel flavor. There's a nebulous herbal character late, but it's not as discrete as in the aroma. Again, the alcohol is well-hidden. Gets sweeter as it warms up.

M - Full-bodied, and quite tannic. There's initially fizzy, harsh carbonation, but it peters out fairly quickly. Some warning, but nothing excessive for the listed ABV. Lingering stickiness on the palate.

D - I'd put off opening this for some time, as when I bought it I wasn't really much into botanical-infused spirits. However, my tastes have changed quite a bit over the years, and this was quite the pleasant surprise. The spirit and barrel influence are mild and work well with the base beer, and it's not over burnt or harsh like other beers from the region. Probably should have tried it a few years ago for better frame of reference, but holding up exceptionally well at the moment. I enjoyed the 500ml bottle over the course of a few hours.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Mike at Bob's tasting. This is clearly my first time drinking a beer aged in akevitta/aquavit barrels.

Pours pitch black, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some interesting spices/herbs that remind me of menthol or spearmint.

The taste is similar. The barrels provide an interesting dimension to this porter. I'm not getting a whole lot of "barrel character-" meaning oak, vanilla, coconut, etc, but the spirit itself provides an interesting character, slightly fruity, with sort of a menthol of spearmint character that really works with the base porter, which is delicious on its own- lots of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Slightly bitter finish from the roast.

Medium bodied, wish it was a tiny bit thicker. Very drinkable. Creamy smooth mouthfeel.

One of the most unique beers I've ever had, I'll have to keep an eye out for more beers from this brewery.

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