Akevitt | HaandBryggeriet

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Average: 4.06 | pDev: 10.34%

Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 183

Baltic Porter | 7.00% ABV

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HaandBryggeriet
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Notes: Rotating availibility. Matured on Aquavit casks.
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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace down the glass. The aroma has a touch of anise or some spice in it, along with touches of roasted malts that are borderline coffee. Thin, not watery but light, with a slightly sticky, sweet, cola-like taste with some dryness and clean finish. Worth trying as it is a peculiar beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2018-06-14
16.9oz bottle served in a snifter. Batch 981. 7.5% ABV. Brewed: Mars 15 2016. Bottled July 11 2016. No recollection where I got this bottle.

Pours black with a medium sized light brown head and a ton of carbonation. Smell is booze, wood, plum.

Taste is booze, more plum, less wood. Tastes like a liquor and a stout. Surprising so much alcohol is present in the flavor of a relatively modest ABV beer.

Mouthfeel is thick, slick, a little filmy. Overall, it's pretty good.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled July 11, 2016.

Appearance: rich, extremely dark brown hue with two fingers of pillow dark-tan foam. A beautiful pour.

Smell: woody and evergreen-y up front, no doubt from the aquavit. There's also a sweetish, rich underlying maltiness that is very appropriate to a Baltic porter; together they smell quite nice.

Taste: sweet and yeasty up front, with great notes of dark fruit (the hallmark of a good Baltic porter) subsides into a more herbal, astringent and somewhat drier finish as the barrel and aquavit take over. There's an overall highish level of booziness, but I think it works here.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a good level of carbonation and a very nice creaminess indeed.

Overall: what a treat. This is definitely a dessert-type beer, but man is it ever good.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark black with two fingers of khaki head

Nose has an herbal characteristic, with light vanilla

Taste is toasted sugar, vanilla, oak, and again an herbal/floral note. It’s certainly a unique differentiator....must come from the aquavit barrels?

Lighter bodied for the style and ABV....very smooth and alcohol is camouflaged.

Again, very unique. Not what most in America would be expecting from a barrel aged porter, but the change of pace makes it that much more enjoyable

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass; batch 981, bottled on 7/11/2016. Listed as 7.5%. Slight gusher on opening, but not bad. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, oak, gin, caraway, dill, herbal, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, molasses, licorice, anise, coffee, smoke, char, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, Akevitt barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, oak, gin, caraway, dill, herbal, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, molasses, licorice, anise, coffee, smoke, char, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light roast/char/herbal hop/spice bitterness and oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, oak, gin, caraway, dill, herbal, toasted dark/brown bread, light nuttiness/smoke/char, dark fruit, roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, Akevitt barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic roasted bitter/sweet and oak/spiciness balance; with zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast/spice bitterness. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged Baltic porter! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, Akevitt barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very rich and complex malts with awesome barrel integration; and mild complimenting fruity yeast/earthy hop character. Never overwhelming on spice character. A very unique but highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Ricsan
4.86/5  rDev +19.7%
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 +5.7%
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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Photo of TruePerception
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
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 jaasen64
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt with light dry roasted malt with some liquor notes. Taste is also a nice mix between some barrel-aged liquor notes with some black chocolate and some dry roasted malt notes. The barrel-aging is well balanced and cut some of the rough edges. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable beer and really enjoyed the spirit notes that came through this one.

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Photo of Jonada
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Batch 602. Served in an oversized snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with 1 finger of a dark tan head that settles to a thin coating and collar. Decent retention. Body is opaque.

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, mild coffee, and some slight hints of mint and licorice.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Roasty, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Sweetness at the front of the tongue is balanced with an earthy bitterness in the finish. Some slight mint along with some almost menthol like character in the finish as well, but these are both very mild.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. A sipper, but not super boozy.

Overall: No complaints here. I enjoyed this one. The barrels' contribution to the overall profile is pretty minor, but luckily the base beer itself is pretty solid.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a thick dark brown head.

S: Coffee dominates the nose, with some dark chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a bit of oak, molasses, liquorish, herbal notes.

M: Full bodied, not extremely smooth. Feels like a big porter.

O: I'm not 100% sure what the Akevitt (grappa-like liqueur?) barrel did for it, but it's delicious. HaandBryggeriet rarely disappoints.

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Photo of soju6
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: 500ml Bottle. Pours a deep brown/black color with a small head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, spice and a bit earthy.

T: Taste is a blend of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, some spice and bit of wood from the barrel aging. Has a subtle bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

F: The body is quite full with a rich velvety texture. The 10% ABV very well hidden. The flavor becomes more robust as it warms.

O: Very good beer for the style, great way to end the day.

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Photo of Lucho
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an almost black but not translucent dark brown with a half inch head that slow dissipates to a nice thin creamy brown mocha.

Smell: Barrels, coffee, spices, a little bit of alcohol on the nose. There is some dark chocolate and some wood also.

Taste: It comes out with the dark chocolate with a little sweetness from likely the barrels. I am getting the coffee as well at the end but not like you would expect. leaves the mouth slightly dry but finishes smooth. Lets see how it warms up. I might be getting some hops in there that is what might be leaving my tongue slightly dry. Now there is some vanilla coming out. After further google investigation, the Aquavit Barrels were used to age a liquor that was fermented with spices and herbs. They said Dill and also Caraway seeds, and now it does have some slight dill character.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with nice carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: This is a very interesting beer with very slight nuances that set it aside from other BA porters. The Aquavit Barrels have added that slight twist and make it perfect style for Norway and there drinking culture. Thanks Norway for my first Euro BA beer. Yummy.

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Photo of microzoa
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Batch: 446
Serving Type: Bottle

A - Dark Chocolate brown

S - Nutty, Chocolate with a hint of warmth

T - Initial sweet Chocolate, nut, spice and dark fruits

M - Thin bodied

O - Stumbled across this by accident - it's a very decent beer that I would taste again if presented with the opportunity.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip, served cool. Dated Sep 2009, drunk Dec 2012.

A - 3.75 - Opaque black, fizzy tan head that dissipates in seconds. It keeps popping in little tiny bubbles at the surface. You can feel it on the tip of your nose as you sniff closely. Some enduring head would be nice. The guy before me got good retention somehow.

S - 4.25 - I don't know what I'm smelling here. It's almost like a musty leather booth in somebody's basement with a hint of malt... but not in a bad way. A little coffee. A hint of something borderline sweet or syrupy, almost like a barely sweetened chocolate syrup if that were possible. Later something vaguely fruity, but sort of that fruity smell that booze can have. Later a little sherry. The smell grew on me throughout the glass. Interesting.

T - 4.25 - I don't know what aquavit tastes like so I can't really identify those components from amongst the rest, but certainly there is a mature taste. Wood, leather, a little coffee, and a mild level of barely sweetened chocolate. I'm left with a dry woody dusty aftertaste with that chocolate mild bitterness. I'm not getting the same alcohol heat others have mentioned, but then mine is 3 years old. Although I am feeling pretty good and warm after my pint. Interesting.

M - 4.0 - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation sting, though of a tiny variety.

O - 4.0 - Well what an interesting beer. These are the kind of random buys I like, the kind that turn out to be interesting in a way you haven't experienced before. It always pays to buy at least one random beer per trip that you've never heard of, and increasingly for me it keeps paying off to buy Norwegian. Overall this is a very well balanced and well crafted beer that kind of keeps you guessing as to what you're tasting, but that process is enjoyable. It's not too sweet and the mature notes please the discerning palate. Somebody upstream commented that this was definitely a porter and not a stout but, traditional arguments about the difference between the two styles aside, I say this could pass for anybody else's stout.

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Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inky black colour with a creamy, tan head. Great head retention. Quite pretty.

Chocolatey with a distinct coffee note. Quite a bit of fusel alcohol. A little earthy. Interesting.

Alcoholic, sweet and fruity. There is a ton of malt here with the lightly spicy, alcohol note of the akevitt. Nice chocolate note. Definitely a porter rather than stout. I like the esters too. A complex and tasty beer as long as you can get past the alcohol.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A wonderful beer from a great brewery. I had this the first time at Josie Bones in Melbourne and it was great. Having it again is a treat and now I see why. Phenominal chocolate malt, great fruit and complex alcohol. Very good.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with 1 finger of brown head that sticks around for a long time.

Lots of chocolate on the aroma with a little bit of roasted malts, molasses and a definite herbal aquavit background

Very well balanced on the palate, the barrel treatment is present but doesn't beat you over the head.

The mouthfeel was smooth with a good level of carbonation on the high side for a barrel aged porter but it works in this beer.

Overall I get the aquavit the most in the aftertaste. It is an interesting beer, worth checking out if you like gin.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Roasty wood, very herbal, bready chocolate.

L: Dark black, tan creamy head with ok retention and solid lacing.

T: Very bold maltiness with a prominent roast element. Big chocolate bread notes. Low bitterness with very subtle spices. Some mint as well. Quite sweet throughout, finishing quite sweet with some mint chocolate.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation, a little slick on the palate.

Pretty solid, aquavit comes through more in the nose that taste, quite sweet.

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Photo of maximum12
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, after a relative period of liver-rest after the Great Taste, I'm ready to go again. I remember a few sips of this beer being hell in a bottle, so I was eager to try it again. 16.9 ounce bottle, tipped while my lovely wife is off at a seance.

Cap doesn't even whisper as it parts with the glass; the beer is dark, quiet, handsome. Now I've never had akevitt, but based on the smell, I'd try it: hard-bitten hot alcohol, castle-siege-charred casks, mocha. That's what I'm talkin' about.

Haand Barrel Aged Porter singes & burns on the way down. This is hotter than any 10% beer has a right to be. There's a grain menthol heat in the forefront, like swigging cold water right after a mouthful of Tic-Tacs. Malts play monkey in the middle, & roll over; a bit weak. There's stale coffee towards the end that puts a damper on my drinking pleasure. Bits of chocolate, odd graininess. The burnt cask takes hold in the aftertaste & throttle the life out of everything else; aggressive to the point of ash. Bit flat & lifeless. Wishing I'd split this little bottle with my wife, might be tough to power through all of this chaos.

Mixed feelings about this one. The barrel lets too much of a weak base beer play peek-a-boo; I'd have rather it drowned completely. Pretty good beer in a crowded field of better players.

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Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head.Nice lacing & better head retention

S: Roasty malt, caramel & hazel nut & mocha, some dark cherry & figs

T: Roasty grain, cocoa, mocha & a bit of charred grain. Dryness comes through as this warms, along some peppery spice/hops, plus coffee & charred grain. Finishes dry, slightly twangy, with some mocha & charred grain, some woody dryness & a bit of warming booze

MF: Medium bodied, creamy, somewhat warming

A very nice barrel aged porter that is bit different, helping it to stand out a bit. This is still in great shape with 2 years of age on it. One of the better Shelton Bro Imports I've had

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Photo of Etan
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into a snifter. Batch 288, #?/3240, bottled 7/23/2010.

A: Straight black body with a thick chocolate head.

S: Smells of roast, mild coffee and chocolate, grain, and a hint of dry wood.

T: Woody roast and coffee, dark grain, a bit of chocolaty sweetness. The barrel lends some dry fruity liquor notes closer to the barrel-aged character from fortified wine rather than whiskey.

M: Viscous and creamy.

O: Not bad. The barrel character is interesting, almost port-like, but not as sweet. I think it dries the beer out a bit too much though.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 288, bottled 7/23/10

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color capped by an inch of mocha foam that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Chocolate mocha, with black licorice and vague herbal elements (more dill than caraway)

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with a developing mocha and licorice character that builds in the middle; interesting herbal flavors greet the swallow, with dill being most prominent; the dill continues into the finish, though the sweeter elements remain quite pronounced

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Aquavit is distilled with spices, principally caraway or dill; if I wasn't looking for either of these elements, I probably wouldn't have picked it up, but the dill can definitely be found; overall, the brew is a somewhat sweet porter with an herbal twist

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

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