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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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 107
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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger-high dark tan head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of herbal spirits from the akevitt barrel aging stand out in the smell, which also has some hints of roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the akevitt spirits stand out in the taste and impart some booziness to the underlying flavors of dark roasted malts with hints of bittersweet chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: The flavors are rather well balanced and the spirits from the barrel aging do not dominate the overall taste and makes it interesting.

Note: Batch #356

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 8% ABV. Can't say that I've had a lot of Scandinavian aquavit (spelling varies), but from what I remember, it's like herbal or spiced vodka. Should be interesting, at least.

This beer pours a stout emulating, motor-oil black, with ever so slight cola highlights, and one finger of bubbly, soapy Brown Cow head, which bleeds away very quickly, leaving but a few forlorn arcs of amoebic lace around the glass in the process. To the point - I likey.

On the nose, the aroma verily jumps out at you, what with the roasted chocolate malt, dry coffee, herbal hop twang, and a slight sugary pear fruitiness. The taste is sweet licorice and vanilla-laced caramel malt, baker's chocolate, mild coffee, and a soft herbal drupe character, as if the weak choice of aquavit as barrel treatment will not go unheard.

The bubbles are quite sedate, but still make themselves noticeable at times, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and a tad sugary. It finishes still rather sweet - chocolate, tame coffee, vanilla, and a muddled fruitiness still keepin' the party pumpin'. Urgh.

Anyways, this is a hell of a porter, given its big stout leanings. Less successful are the barrel effects - a slight herb and fruit whiff is all I got, and seems like a bit of a waste of the time invested, even if the resultant product gets on just fine without it.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 15.09.09
Exactly a year old.

Black with a dense layer of chocolate milkshake foam on the surface. It doesn't lace much, but the retention is good considering it's 10% abv. The lace slowly ebbs back into the foam it came from. Trails of tiny bubbles are visible at it's edges.

Ominous char, dark and roasty aroma. A light brown sugar sweetness peeks out, suggesting spiced cookies, somehow a little floral (maybe an expression of the akevitt).

Chewy feel with some initial bitter black char, that slowly evolves over time. At first it's big and brash with bitter dark chocolate, becoming mellow with traces of wood and tobacco in the finish, with occasional flashes of unknown herbals. The long, slow fade of it's flavors really make me want to slow down and take my time with this. Definitely rich, this surpasses RIS' from lesser breweries. Carbonation is mellow and the alcohol is in check.

Very nice effort from HaandBryggeriet, they are one to watch.

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3.84/5  rDev -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 largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Sandstone last night. Thanks, Roger. Opaque black body with a dense tan head that recedes to a thick, frothy crown. The aroma is pleasantly boozy and roasty, underscored by rich dark chocolate and a subtle spicy component reminiscent of anise. Similar on the tongue: very pleasant mild spirit-like heat, black licorice, chocolate. The blend of mild heat, subtle spiciness and dark chocolate is thoroughly enjoyable. Finishes bittersweet with a slightly chewy texture. Very good.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that fades down quickly to nothing. Color is a fairly black for a porter.

Aroma: Some sour notes, then the oak and spice from the barrels kick in. Chocolate, caramel, and dark dried fruits.

Taste: The spice notes from the barrels show right away. It brings some floral flavors to it. Then the chocolate and caramel malt show. Has some roasted/smokey flavors to it. Some oak, light vanilla, and dark fruits to it.

Mouthfeel: Very roasted, smooth, and dry. Medium to full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends dry, malty, and boozy.

Overall, this beer is boozy with a big floral/herbal flavor. Lots of the barrel aging shows here. Somewhat drinkable, but there is a sour flavor that adds an odd flavor with this beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: This was batch #356

A: Pours jet black with a two finger foamy tan head. The beer showed good head retention and moderate amounts of lacing.

S: The aroma has nice notes of coffee, bitterness, and hints of spirits. The smells of alcohol become more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: Coffee still leads the flavor profile and the taste is very well balanced. The alcohol of the spirits is definitely present in the flavors but it is quite pleasant.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation but not as smooth as one might have expected because of the harshness of the spirits.

O: The taste of alcohol is a little too present for my palate and makes it not as easy to drink as other beers in this style that I have experienced. Still a good beer and it grows on you as you drink more and it warms up.

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

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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 mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/13/10 notes.

a - Pours a black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, strong coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. The smallest hint of oak as well. Very enjoyable.

t - tastes of bourbon, strong coffee, oak, roasted malts, and chocolate. More oak than the smell and a touch hot, but still quite good.

m - Light to medium body and light carbonation. Again, a touch hot, but I was surprised how light this beer was on body and carbonation.

d - I thought this was a very good barrel aged porter. I loved the smell; very complex and lots of great bourbon in there. Would definitely like to pick up a bottle of this one.

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

Thanks Bobby.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a thick tan head sitting on top.

S: A subtle smoke/peat character that I find enjoyable in such a dose. The roast is prominent and there are mild milk chocolate and coffee undertones to the beer.

T: There's a decent amount of chocolate, coffee, and roast to the beer which stand up nicely to the pronounced, but balanced, peaty flavor. A slight spiciness as well as some alcohol and spirit presence.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is somewhat low, but smooth and lends itself to a pleasant mouthfeel.

D: I'm not always a fan of the peaty and smokey beers, but this was good. Well balanced and quite enjoyable overall.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, viscous pour with a foamy deep brown head. Head fades fairly quickly leaving dark lacing and a centralized miniature Le Brea tar pit carbonation formation.

S - Sweet and roast all the way. Sweet, almost chocolate covered coffee beans and cocoa powder. A sweet milk sugar scent and some gooey malt sweetness. The wooden barrel dryness and notes pushes through.

T - So rich and chocolatey with a dry, bitter roasted coffee flavor. Black coffee, lactose, roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate wrapped up together. Dry oak nuances accompany and compliment the dark flavors. This tastes more like a coffee/milk stout than it does a porter. Very robust and packed with flavor.

M - Viscous on the palate, full bodied and rich. Drying and warming. A wonderful mouth here. The abc very well hidden by the way.

O - Dark and delicious, if you love everything that has to do with coffee, chocolate and wooden barrels.

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