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Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) | HaandBryggeriet

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

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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 jampics2
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a snifter. Purchased at Lizardville for $9.99.

This beer looks really nice in the glass. The dark color is a mixture of brown and black with just a bit of light creeping in around the edges. A nice 1 finger off-white head stuck around for a bit then subsided, leaving little lace.

The smell is awesome but a bit unbalanced. There's a huge amount of roasted malt, giving coffee and chocolate impressions. There's some smoothness too, without a ton of hops. The lack of balance comes from the barrel, which has added some herbs like caraway and coriander than make this seem out of place. Slightly boozy. Overall, interesting and pretty expressive.

The taste is also quite unique. The Akvavit barrels have added some oak notes as well as some herb and booze. This is not dominant on the taste; instead, the roasted dark malt does a terrific job of blending with the barrel notes to produce an interesting take on the barrel aged porter. Some nice chocolate, vanilla, herb, dark fruit, and even a touch of Scotch whisky emerge. Not too boozy and very interesting.

The mouthfeel was creamy and medium bodied but a bit lacking in terms of carbonation. Overall, I really dug this beer and will hopefully pick up another bottle. Well worth the price if you're into strange barrels, as this is very accessible and well aged.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 288 9.6% abv.

Black as the abyss with a an awesome dark brown head that can sneak over the rim of your glass if you don't pay attention. Great retention of foma for a great looking porter.

Creamy chocolate, roasted coffee beans, spicey warm alcohol, and herbs that I can't specifically name. Not your normal smelling porter.

The taste The atste starts with dark chocolate, heavy cream, and some warm booze. The middle has the boozey taste and feel develop into the more herbal Aquavit, at least I'm assuming where the herbal taste comes from. The finishes is warm from the alcohol but real creamy on teh palate. The creamy palate seems to develop the dark chocolate flavor from the start to a milk chocolate with some medium roasted coffee.

Boozey at times, but this lets you know it was aged in liqor barrels. The flavors from the barrels mix well with the taste of the porter. Making a very unique tasting beer in this style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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 andrewinski1
3.57/5  rDev -11%
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 Gmann
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a dense toasted khaki colored head that settled into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of a subtle milk chocolate and vanilla, tootsie roll, with some alcohol vapors. There is a non-descript herbal characteristic, perhaps mint.

The taste is of a chocolatey porter. Nice roasted notes as well as a dash of coffee. There are some light herbal notes; juniper and spruce. A light sour punch in the end. This is more porter than anything else. The barrel aging seems subtle but does add a bit of booziness.

The feel is moderate to well bodied with prickly caronbation. Drinks well but there is a roasty bitterness that weighs it down.

Traditional porter with some added notes from the barrel aging. Perhaps a bit too much ABV. A good pickup, interesting. Seems the herbal flavors balance out the malt.

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Photo of rudzud
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saw this at KJ Baarons and wanted to give it a try. I'd heard of Akavit before and was really curious to see how this would work with a porter. Surprisingly not bad. Bottled 9/15/09.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a deep, rich brown almost black with a fizzy two finger light mocha head that sunk down to a quarter inch and never really got less than that.

S - Nice chocolate notes and coffee. Fairly typical porter notes but then the Akavit hits onthe nose. Hard to describe really, its just a really nice slightly herbal spirit aroma. Clearly this is aged, and clearly this has double digit ABV.

T - This is nice. Good chocolate and coffee notes with more of that herbal Akavit quality. Theres that nice burnt carmel malt quality too. The strong ABV kick though is maybe still a bit too harsh for me.

M - Really didnt care for this. On the first pour this sucker was way too carbonated for me. As it sat though in the tulip this mellowed out. It never really became creamy though, which is what I assosciate a good porter with.

O - Overall, this is a nice, tasty porter. This wouldnt be a go-to type porter for me but during the fall or winter, or maybe even an early spring, I could see turning to this. That Akavit really adds something nice to this porter.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
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 THECPJ
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes had at Monk's.

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head that dissipates quickly.

smell: caramel, coffee, chocolate, malts

taste: little smoke, caramel, mocha, roasted malts/barley

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body

overall: very nice barrel aged porter with lots of roast and coffee flavors.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of jwinship83
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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 jzeilinger
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep mahogany cherry color with a THICK one fingered toffee colored creamy head. Very viscous appearance as it sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Chocolate powder, mild anise, light bourbon, oak, and faint vanilla presence.

T - Dry oak, chocolate licorice, toasted maple, and a very mild smokey flavor. Has a slight taste of wet cotton and moderate booziness.

M - Extremely dry, heavy side of medium body, smoked chocolate, and oak. The booze lingers on the palette after a moderate alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

O - Well brewed and balanced.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
2.59/5  rDev -35.4%
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 Bubba83
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will preface this review with the fact that I don't actually know what Akevitt tastes like.

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle at around 50 degrees into a snifter. A soft pour produced a lot more smooth head than I expected, about two finger widths. Jet black body, the head is a two-tone tan, with a lot of small bubbles. Lacing is quite nice and the retention pretty crazy, it kept like one finger width the whole way through the long session...

Aroma of milk chocolate, caramel, smoke, tobacco leaf, vanilla, and anise. Complex, but the combination strikes me as a little bit odd as well. There's also sort of an off-inky aroma wafting out of the glass too, but it's not too apparent.

Tastes a lot like I remember Paradox Islay tasting. Some of the sweeter flavors up front. I get the chocolate, more like cocoa powder, and then caramel, followed by a decent amount of roast and a peaty quality that reminds me a lot of islay scotch. Licorice notes sort of round things out on the swallow and a decent hit of alcohol. Again, interesting and has some very nice aspects, but feels a bit jumbled in a way and that's what's holding it back.

The mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated. The consistency is pretty good, about medium, but it's just a bit too lively for a big barrel aged porter. On the plus side, head texture is nice.

Drinkability takes a bit of a hit from the alcohol contributing a good bit towards the end of the sip. If you don't mind a bit of peaty scotch, it's not a bad finish though. I thought this beer was worth trying since it was interesting, but overall I think it could have been a bit more polished and incorporated into a sum of its parts. The building blocks are here for something great.

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Photo of Yesac
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Appears jet black in the glass. Cascading head settles to a small one finger light brown/tan colored hear.

S- Charred wood, heavily roasted malt, hint of chocolate

T- Smooth roasted malt, earthy tones, some dark fruits, bitter chocolate. Over all roasty and smooth.

M- Very smooth, velvety, low/medium carbonation.

D- Great porter over all. Smooth, earthy, roasty. However lacking some flavor by not being as complex as others.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
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 SolomonGrundy
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'Twas the day before X-mas, and all through the house, awesome Norwegian beer was to be had by all!! Pours a beautifully dense, dark brown to almost black. A finger of creamy, dark tannish head foams up, then falters slowly into a small rim. No idea how well-carbonated. Wonderful, complex aromas. Tangy malt, a licorice-like scent way in the back that speaks to the barrel-aging. A distinct liquor scent is in there, but it's impossible to place. Must be the Akevitt. It has a spicy-floral smell to it. Really quite awesome. A hint of smoke, too. Definitely a porter, but also richer. The barrel-aging is excellent. There's this crazy, liquor-like note to the finish that is unique and inticing. Really accents the robust malt notes well, and rounds the beer out by giving it a certain faux-sweetness. 9.6% ABV but painfully expensive at $10.99/half-liter bottle. Worth trying.

What I like most: The wonderful, unique flavor profile from start to finish.

What I like least: The price.

Verdict: SOOOO worth trying, even at the heady price point. Find and drink.

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Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev -27.4%
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 CampusCrew
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
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 mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a big tan head originally (3 fingers) but recedes into a standard one finger. Fizzy, solid lace.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, brown sugar, notes of spirit.

T: Dark chocolate is heavy throughout. Aquavit is an interesting spirit, it's not going to take over a brew ala bourbon, but it is going to give a nice undercurrent of flavour and this is what it does here. Malt is bittersweet overall with notes of treacle and a boozy spiritous finish which is where the aquavit reaches the forefont.

M: Full-bodied, smooth and creamy, soft carbonation, a big beer.

D: Aquavit is a spirit I've had before, but have never experienced a barrel aged beer from its barrels. An interesting experience, I wouldn't say it's worth $10 a pint, but its something most beer drinkers will greatly enjoy.

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Photo of Xul
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges, capped by a finger and a half of foamy, tan colored head. Retention is moderate as the head settles down to about a half finger where it holds steady.

S: Mild, sweet chocolate up front with roasted malts and light coffee, along with some faint dark fruits. Some barrel notes lurk in the background with an herbal spirit character.

T: Roasted grains, sweet chocolate and some light mocha flavors up front. Akevitt character comes in on the mid-palate along with a dose of dark fruits, leadig to a finish of chocolate covered cherries.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

D: ABV is well hidden, very drinkable for a barrel aged porter.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of jikvig
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
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 kbutler1
2.78/5  rDev -30.7%
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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Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
4.01 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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