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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: Baltic 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
Ranking:
#4,549
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
174
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of Ricsan
4.86/5  rDev +20.9%
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 Vylo
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

apperance: deep dark brown, almost ebony

smell: deep dark malts. heavy coffee, woodsy

taste: wow, very ipresseive depth of flavors. vanilla, oak, sublt smoke

mouthfeel: full bodied

drinkability: I want this again period. fantastic beer and it wowed me even after just drinking a dreanuaght for the first time.

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Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
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 dark brown/blackish color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Surprisingly, not much lacing at all.

S: A subtle aroma of malt, chocolate, and alcohol.

T: Tasted of chocolate, malt, hints of coffee, and alcohol - presumably from the aquavit. A nicely complex, robust flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Full-bodied, but not in an obnoxious way.

D: One of the most drinkable American porters I've had in a long time.

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours with one finger of medium-brown head that rests on top of a completely opaque black body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - A rich aroma of brown malts with notes of toffee and some caramel. A spicy, woody character in the background with some licorice, coffee, smoke, and perhaps a bit of juniper.

T - Smoky, toffee flavored malt character up front with notes of chocolate and allspice. The rich, brown malt character intensifies in the middle with more chocolate and a hint of coffee as well as a spicy, smoky character. Finishes with lots of chocolate and light hop character, balanced by moderate hop and malt bitterness as well as herbal notes of juniper, rosemary, and cloves. The spicy character intensifies in the aftertaste as the roasted grain fades into the background and develops a surprisingly liquor-like herbal bitterness that compliments the lingering alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with some alcoholic warmth.

D - First off, this beer gets the award for most extreme barrel aging project ever. It really impresses me that these guys are able, time and again, to take trends form the world of American craft brewing and make them something completely their own. The idea of aging a beer in Aquavit barrels is a perfectly progression of the barrel aging trend for a Norwegian brewery; and what's more, it isn't just a gimmick, it actually works! The spicy, herbal, harsh character of Aquavit is perfectly integrated into the beer. It is very subtle in the aroma and the initial impression of the flavor, but then it builds slowly throughout the finish until it bursts forth in the aftertaste with a lingering bitter, spicy warmth that is shockingly reminiscent of the actual spirit. I have never cared for Aquavit; it is harsh, foul, stomach dissolving stuff. However it adds an interesting and enticing depth to this beer. It seems like the best barrel aged beers are able to capture the essence of the spirit while making it more drinkable than the straight liquor and allowing the base beer to shine through. Haand Bryggeriet Barrel Aged Porter is as successful in this respect as only a handful of other barrel aged beers have managed to be.

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4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, this is one heavenly beer, mmm mm! Poured with a thick foamy frothy fluffy light brown head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is an opaque brownish black. Aroma is malt roast burnt sugar ( can't smell some of other stuff as my snooter don't work so well). Flavor is absolutely divine: Very rich traditionally classic sweet (but not overly so) porter. Body is thick full and round with the perfect carbonation - just enough fizz to balance the sweet fullness of the liquid. Very satifying. The Norwegians have given us another sublime product that easily goes with another that is near and dear the the hearts of us here in Wisconsin, the cheese slicer. Bravo to our brothers!

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Photo of JohnQVD
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Batch 225, bottled 9/15/09. Another gem acquired on a side-trip to State Line (well worth, it, I tells ya!). It pours a very nice black-brown topped by a thick finger or so of tan froth. The nose comprises chocolate, booze (similar to bourbon), oak, vanilla, caramel, molasses, roasted malts, blackened biscuits, and charred wheat. Very nice. The taste encompasses all of the above, adding in some honey-covered biscuits as well. The booziness adds a decisive burn, but it is not unbearable, nor is it really all that bad at all. It's all lovely concoction. The body is lighter than expected, a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a very smooth and creamy feel. Overall, a wonderful (wow, I never thought I'd say wonderful again...) brew, one I wish had many of. Get some!

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Photo of MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of PuFtonLyfe
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of bylerteck
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from a bottle shop in Melbourne recommended and demanded that we visit by Volcanicbeat. He insisted we try this beer and I was quite excited to do so based on the hype. Needless to say it was worth it. From notes.

A - Poured black with good carbonation. One finger of brown head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Sweet spirit aromas, vanilla, oak, aftershave? Something really inviting and nice. Sweet. Just really great smelling.

T - Chocolate, sweetness. Light spirit note, wood, vanilla. Really, really tasty.

M - Mild carbonation, medium to full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - I wrote 'Christ that's good!' So smooth and flavourful. A fantastic beer with lot's of great spirit flavour that has clearly worked with with the base Porter. Lovely.

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Photo of weeare138
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch # 225
Appears a dense midnight toned black with a small tan cap that slowly fades away into a mild film and hearty collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar, port wine, and floral notes.
Taste is of the aromas with a remarkable flavor with a port wine, warming, vanilla, caramel, mild smoke, and cream. Perfect.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, warming, smooth, and lip smacking with residual sweetness.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, Batch #225, bottled 9/15/2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, dark fruit and some oak. It's a mostly sweet and strong aroma. There's a lot going on with the taste of this brew! I can taste roasted malt, licorice, caramel, smoke, oak, dark fruit, herbs, vanilla and chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and just plain goes down easy. I think this is a very enjoyable brew, I've liked the other beers I've had from HaandBryggeriet in the past, and this one is likely the best one I've tried from them.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 288
Total bottles: 3240
Bottled 7/23/10

Pours a pitch black with a 2 inch khaki head that fades to a small cap. Good rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. There is some sediment floating in this beer after the pour. Smells of roasted dark malts, coffee, and some spices. Taste is of rich coffee, roasted dark malt, and slight cocoa powder on the finish. Very subtle bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good mouthfeel with a great level of carbonation that is bubbly yet smooth. Overall, this is a very tasty beer. I have never had Akevitt but I have read that it is a spirit with spices and herbs. I get some hints of that in the smell and taste of this beer but it is definitely in the background of a very good porter by itself.

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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 16/1/12

A near black with just a little cola at the edges, nice dark two fingers of foam retains quite well but only leaves a few polka dots of lace

S some smokey peat, dark chocolate, a little licorice, juniper maybe some spruce too, overripe cherry, and a little booze. smells pretty earthy and complex

T a little smokier then the nose with more herbal notes, maybe even a little chocolate mint, quite woody but burnt, and this mixes with everything I smell, again pretty complex tasty dark roast

M sticky and pretty full bodied just enough bubbles and a strong lingering aftertaste of herbal burnt char, the aftertaste is better then it sounds

O I loved this one for sure, big bold flavors and smell with a complexity too match

another winner from these guys, this ones up there with Odins Tipple and that's some pretty elite company, I like the barrels imprint on this beer very interesting stuff. this ones worth aging I need more

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Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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 gford217
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle, batch 225, listed as 10% ABV.

Pours a dark, viscous black that shows hardly any light and has a small but thick tan head that hangs on as a healthy collar but leaves only spotty lacing.

The aroma is really big - plenty of the underlying porter showing through with sweet chocolate malts and roasted coffee. But the barrel character is what really sets it apart with the herbal spiciness mixing in with the sweet chocolaty aroma.

The taste is just as unique as the nose as the first taste I get has to be from the liquor. I've never had aquavit but that first sip is like a shot of a heavily spiced liqueur. The porter holds up very well underneath with lots of smooth rich chocolate and roasted malts. The finish is a mix of cocoa, spices and booze with a solid burn going down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated, which might be one of my few gripes. It seems to sit a little too lightly on the palate, but that's really nitpicking.

This is one of the most creative uses of barrels I've ever had and the underlying beer is more than up to the task. It's got everything you'd want in a porter with the barrel presence adding all the right complexity. Outstanding.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Will pour a five finger brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate and oak nose. Flavor is roasted chocolate, smooth, higher ABV is hidden. Batch #225, bottled Sep 9, 2009. This ages well. Pricey at $11.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's starting to get cold and dark in London again – no time like the present to start drinking the kind of strong, rich stouts that made me fall in love with beer in the first place. Akevitt Porter has a thick, dark chocolate black body with a very shy, milk chocolatey head of small but volatile bubbles. Rich with oak and dark malts, the aroma is a mine of chocolate, malted milk, coffee, molasses, figs, vanilla, walnuts, caramel, spiced with plenty of caraway, anise, tobacco, and floral hops. Increasingly smoky as it warms, and very interesting; the akavit is not subtle but well-incorporated with the base malt aromas. Tangy and earthy on the palate, with a crisp caraway entrance and a long, luscious chocolate finish. Juicy and rich yet sharp and bitter, this one balances coffee, citrus, licorice, oak, and red wine – and yet it isn't quite as complex as the nose led me to believe. Even so, it's tremendously mouthwatering and a wonderful nightcap for a cold late summer evening. Possibly an excellent match for game, assuredly for chocolate and blue cheese.

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Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 174 ratings
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