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Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter)Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter)

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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

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Photo of Jeffo
1.72/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Note: Aged in Akevitt oak barrels.

APPEARANCE: Good looking beer. Big two finger mocha color medium thick looking head with lots of fizzy head initially. Black and opaque. No carbonation evident. Decent film remains until the end and leaves some lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt, smoked malt, and some black licorice. Molasses and maybe some very dark cherries. Some heavy oak wood currents from the aging. The nose is really blunt and intimidating, though oddly inticing.

TASTE: Wow, very sour. Some roasted malt and black licorice. The oak is not as pronounced, but it's there. Overwhelmed by a sour citrus taste with sour dark cherries as well. This is really too overpowering and pretty offensive. Tough to stomach.

PALATE: Medium body and higher end carbonation. Not as creamy as I'd hoped. Goes down fine and finishes kind of sticky on the palate.

OVERALL: Couldn't help but cringe after every sip. I tried to choke it down, but ended up dumping the six euro bottle down the drain. Way too sour and quite offensive to be honest. Not really porter like to me. Quite disappointed, especially since I loved their Dark Force so much. Avoid this one.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JohnnyP3
2.59/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

50cl bottle poured into a C&B Belgian beer glass. I note that the bottle says ABV is 9%, not the 10% noted in the profile here. This bottle is from batch 247. Brygget 30.09.09, best before 30.09.11. This bottle has a lighter blue label compared to the one pictured. Aged in Akevitt oak barrels.

When I popped the cap, no sound whatsoever...a bad omen. The beer poured completely flat with no carbonation whatsoever. Other than that disappointing aspect, it poured a nearly midnight black with some red/brown hues around the edges when held to the light.

Smell is very earthy--like moist soil. Also some smells of coffee and chocolate/caramel.

Taste--well, something is clearly not right with no carbonation. So, this is hard to judge. There are some hints of nice flavors in there--similar to what is in the nose of the beer, with a bit of a peaty whiskey finish. But it's rather weak and watery, and not what I think the brewery intended. Too bad as I was looking forward to trying this one and was saving it up.

Mouthfeel--Falls flat on its face.

Drinkability--none with this bottle. Will revisit if I can locate another bottle.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is of dark malt with toasty notes. Pick up a faint slight tart flavor that must come from the barrels. Smoky and alcohol taste. Not very smooth. Sweet, spice, booze, and barrels with a bitter ending. Alcohol is way to prevalent in this.

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Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep dark brown color, almost black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source. Fizzy dark chocolate/coffee colored head that immediately fizzles away without leaving a trace of lacing. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Fortunately, the aroma of this beer is much more pleasant than the appearance. Huge silky chocolate malt presence with hints of roasted malt, coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. The nose is really complex with hints of dark fruit and alcohol sweetness complimenting the spirit presence. I'm not familiar with Aquavit but it's presence is noticeable. There's also some slight earthy oak and subtle hints of spice and vanilla. This smells excellent!

Soft carbonation tickling the tongue up front followed by a silky, slight viscous chewy mouthfeel that thins out toward the finish which is hot and dry. The spice from the liquor is prominent as well is the aquavit flavor. Although this beer is over a year old it is still pretty hot. Peppery spice with slight anise and dark fruit notes. Hints of plum, raisin, grape and dark berries. The silky chocolate malt notes from the aroma are very faint and are completely overpowered by the overwhelming heat. The earthy/oak barrel notes are also faint and the vanilla hints from the aroma are absent. An interesting take on barrel aging, especially with the spicy traditional Scandinavian spirit, but this is kind of one note, not very well balanced and too alcohol heavy. I'm glad I got to try it but at the high price tag I would recommend avoiding it.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 288 - A run of 3240 Bottles - Bottled 23-07-10 -- 9.6%

A - Rich rich black with a hint of dark red to it. Small .25 finger head, not much lacing if any.

S - chocolate, vanilla, sweet with a hint of alcohol.

T/M - Chocolate that is cut with and almost Fernet (alcohol) like quality to it. The herb flavor is definitely strong, but not in a scary overpowering sort of way. Creamy medium viscosity.

O - Overall a very tame, and I mean that in a good way, sort of Porter. This is well played, they do not let the soul of the beer escape them in that its clearly a porter, as far as flavor goes I would say 70% traditional chocolaty Porter, with a 30% interpretation of the Aquavit Barrels.

PP (Price Point) - $13 for a 25oz bottle is pretty damn good in my opinion. Very well played for a beer exported over here to the States, they didnt slam the Aquavit down our throats, a strong 9.6% ABV is damn good, seek, destroy!

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 288. Bottled 23.07.10. Tasted March 1, 2012.

Pours pitch black with a bubbly 3-finger mahogany head, leaving small streaks atop the glass. Somewhat pillowly retention with dense lace.

Nose is heavy on the chocolate- from chocolate covered raisins to chocolate sauce to mocha. There's a boozy character that I recognize in other spirit barrel-aged beers but since I've never had an akevitt, I'm not sure what direction the actual spirit takes this beer. There are, though, undertones of grainy malt, earthy spice and a sour woodiness. Other aromas include cashew, faint herb, anise.

Full bodied palate is incredibly sweet, like a rich chocolate pie, getting rather cloying and distracting for a good second. It's a shame, cuz that sweetness is the only thing holding this beer back. I would exchage a bit of dryness for a higher alcohol, and bump up the hopping, cuz the bitterness is almost completely lost in the molassas-like syrup. The bit of roasty coffee is very welcome, while some tangy chocolate taffy leads the finish with a slight woody-acidic twang, a bit out of whack with the still cloying sweetness that just seems to linger far too long. A bit of boozy black pepper spice would be really nice right about now.

Certainly an idea that needs to be done right, an akevitt barrel aged porter could certainly be amazing, but the sweetness on this completely kills it for me. I bought this on the shelf recently, making it about one and a half years old on the shelf. Not sure what's wrong with this, as there are no mentions of sweetness in recent reviews. Maybe I'm tasting an older batch? Such a shame too. Now I'm 0/2 with Haandbryggeriet.

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Photo of schnarr84
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of jikvig
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark dark brwon, but no foam at all. I think there was something wrong with this bottle, so you should test this beer out for yourself.

Nice nose with yeast, burnt malt and a hint, just a hint of carraway. It ends up with coffee as well.

No foam in the mouth, it got a rich taste with just alittle to much sweetnes, got spice, vanilla and licorice.

This bottle had to be flawed, that`s the only thing explaining the lack of Co2.
If it had any Co2, it would be a B-

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Photo of albern
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not your average American Porter, even by a long shot. It is an odd beer and I'm not sure that I'm sold on it. I'm definitely not enamored with the beer. It pours a very interesting fizzy, and I mean really fizzy, head right out of the bottle. The beer sparkles right out of the bottle and then the carbonation and the head and everything else just disappears. You're left with a really inky black, thick porter that smells like a Baltic Porter. The ABV is present in the nose as is the smoked and woody characteristics of the beer. The nose is pretty intense. There are some deep caramels and chocolates in the nose on top of the woody and chicory aromas.

The taste is pretty intense as well. There is a mouth prickly lingering fizziness. There is not a creamy part to this beer. It's woody, its smoked, it has lots of dark malts, it has a biting little sting in the finish. It isn't quite a Baltic Porter, but it is close. This is not a typical American Porter if that is what you are seeking out. This is a sipping beer with some tree bark,strong cherry chicory, some booze soaked figs, and plenty of ABV. I'm not sold on this beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
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 samie85
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a black color with two fingers of glistening, dark brown head.

S. smells smoky and roasty all at once with notes of sweet chocOlate.

T boozy and smoky with some roast and chocolate.

M. Thin at first with low carbonation and slightly chewy feel.

D very interesting and glad I got to try this one; the booze fades after it warms a little.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 225

Appearance is very attractive. It's almost black with a dark tan head that continues to ooze up from the depths of the etched tulip.

Aroma is a bitter roasted chocolate malt and a little woodyness. Unfortunately, I don't get much whiskey/spirits, and what I am smelling is very light.

Flavor is also dominated by roasted barley malt. Along with bittersweet chocolate, there are some herbal components, anise and juniper being the most obvious. These flavors seem to strip away some of the softer malt characters, leaving a somewhat harsh finish that is very hot and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good as it is smooth and full bodied with fine carbonation, yet lighter than most stouts. Would have rated it higher, but this is a 10% porter, so bigger body should be expected.

I liked the Norse Porter from Haandbryggeriet, however I think this is a step down from that beer. Granted, I haven't acquired an appreciation for Akevitt, but this version of porter seems to be much hotter and more astringent, even when considering the 10% Abv. Certainly worth trying, but I don't plan on coming back to this.

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Photo of Bonis
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of vissai
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz dark brown bottle. Bottled on 23.07.10
Poured into Sam Adams fluted glass.
It pours a very deep and dark root beer-hued spent motor oil color along with a lively mix of large and medium sized tannish bubbles. Some patchy and webby lacing sticks and stays.
The aroma is a must smell... ASAP! Smells of fresh robust espresso and dark chocolate fumes fill the air surrounding the glass. A nice whiff of black licorice and Akavit is quite noticeable and lasts throughout. A slight woody smell mingles with a bit of grapefruit rind.
The flavor is all over the damn place! Sorry to say, after the lovely aroma experience, the flavor profile sort of falls apart. There's coffee, Akavit, citrus hops, green wood, dark chocolate, followed by an off-putting yeasty sourness. A bit of a copper metallic tang seems a little out of place. Porters, Baltic, Robust, or Imperial should not have any funkiness in the flavor department.
A change of yeast is called for here. I believe this would be a first class beer if only the sour/tart flavors were mellowed out.
Try pairing with ginger candies or very dark, bitter chocolate nibs.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Nice thick 2 finger head atop a pitch black body. The lacing is nice and sticky.

The aroma has a nice amount of bitter malt and a little bit of vanilla and pepper. The oak aroma here is unique. I can smell the alcohol faintly.

The flavor does not quite yield the complexity of flavor implied by the aroma. The taste starts out with a smooth oak and vanilla taste, followed by bitter char.

The body is lighter than expected, and the carbonation is mild.

I liked this one, it's a little lighter in body than preferred, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml capped bottle drank from my stone IRS snifter. batch 288 bottled june 23, 2010.

A- this one pours out an opaque black as night colored body with a small coffee colored head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i pick out of the nose is booze. both fusel alcohol and some sort of spirit i cant quite place. must be the akevitt. after that i get some dark roasted malts and chocolate. both milk and dark. a little bit of vanilla from the barrel. a hint of smoke. slight coffee at the end.

T- the taste starts out with the dark roasted malts that i could smell. after that i get some dark and milk chocolate. subtle vanilla/oak. fusel alcohol and what i guess is akevitt throughout.

M- the bite and warmth from the alcohol is pretty strong. the body is on the fuller side of medium. somewhat highly carbonated.

O- i think this one needs more time in the cellar. the alcoholic bite is pretty harsh still. ill check back on the other one i bought in a year to eighteen months.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Served near room temperature. Batch 225, bottled 9-15-09. Nice tan, booming and fluffy head rose from the beer and gracefully receded to about a fingers worth of frothy, tight bubbles. About as dark brown as you can get, not quite black.

S: Full of raisin and dark roasted malt aromas. The Aquavit barrels really set this beer off though. Definitely get the wood character, with some spicy herb aromas. Still quite boozy for aged a bit. The base of this beer is fantastic for it's style, but I think the Aquavit barrels may have been a bit too harsh on the beer.

T: A bit jumbled here too. Again, the underlying porter has great character and flavor but it seems masked by the spicy and herby flavors imparted from the barrels. Takes on a flavor reminiscent of whiskey. The smokey wood flavor is a nice touch on the porter, just cant get over the boozy and spicy thing going on here.

M: Pretty full on the palate with a nice vibrant carbonation kick towards the end. Almost cuts the heavy body back to finish quite nicely. Flavors of deep roasted malts and some wood linger long after each sip.

O: I am impressed at the creativity of the beer and it was worth the effort of trying new things in the beer world. Not sure these flavors work too well with each other, but this certainly is a very nice porter. I feel that a bit more restraint with the aging and cutting the abv back a bit would do wonders for this beer.

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Photo of microzoa
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
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 wyattshotmaker
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip, black with small dark tan head.

aroma is burnt sugar, caramel, touch of smoke. boozy for sure.

burnt toast, caramel, roasty, smokey, slightly spicy on the finish. touch of oxidized peat i suppose.not sweet, just enough to balance out the roasted flavor. not sure how much of the barrel treatment affected this but it does have a certain je ne sais quoi to it.

mouthfeel is medium bodied. this is alright, i really just wanted to try something from this brewery worth trying i suppose.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at Buy-Rite Liquors in Cranbury, NJ, for, huh, $9.99? I was just too curious to pass this up...

Appearance: The pour is heavy and carbonated, producing a three-finger coffee-colored head so thick and sticky you could scoop it out and eat it straight up. Retention is quite good- at least one full finger of that head remains throughout, leaving some serious lacing.

Smell: Not so good in this department, although if you let it warm up it will reward you... quite opaque, with that "clean", herbal kick you get from vodka. Sort of like bitters in a cocktail, or the brine I prepare for my pork belly. Booze at the end, along with some milk chocolate and wood.

Taste: The aquavit barrel becomes ever more pronounced, with a bigger herbal kick. Now it definitely feels like I'm drinking a vodka-barreled brew! Booze, chocolate, spice and more alcohol to boot... not so balanced. Very roasty, bitter and dry. Makes me think of a messed-up imperial stout.

Mouthfeel: Full carbonation and flavor, a tad too harsh on the booze/barrel/aquavit side but still yummy. Quite "aquavit-y" at the end, with a hoppy/bitter/dry kick that remains throughout. Water, please!

Overall: Needless to say, I love the experiment. Do I love the beer? Not necessarily... a little harsh around the edges, not so easy to drink. Ended up being a chore and not a joy to drink. Will not revisit, but glad I tried it once.

Oh, I paired it with a habanero dark chocolate that had me begging for fresh cold milk!!! :-)

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Photo of WorldWideStout
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown. First pour yields a huge, mocha-colored head, but subsequent pours don't do much. Head dissipated within two minutes; decent lacing.

S: At first, I mainly get roasted malts, with perhaps a tad of hops. The more I sniff, however, the more I notice a mineral, toothpaste sort of smell. It's not unpleasant, and works with the hops to balance out the roastiness.

T: Fairly similar to a good, strong porter not aged in Akevitt barrels. Starts off with hops, then roastiness comes in. Towards the end, I do get a little bit of that mineral taste, along with a slight burn which I'm fairly certain is not from the alcohol, as it is not accompanied by an alcoholic taste, and just seems different.

M: Well-carbonated with a neither thick nor thin body and slightly creamy.

D: It's fine, but the slightly odd taste keeps it from getting very high marks.

This is a good beer, but not great, and I didn't really taste much of a difference between it and a regular higher abv porter or stout. Reminded me somewhat of an Old Rasputin, but slightly thinner and a little stranger.

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Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
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