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:
168
Reviews:
106
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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11
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Photo of schnarr84
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Gatch
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BrownNut
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +4.5%
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 cosmonick
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of quirkzoo
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of vissai
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of kirkse
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev 0%
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 cfh64
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of maximum12
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +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 Etan
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
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 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 Psychmusic
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sure looks like an Imperial Stout/Porter. Shiny dark brown, lots of clumpy lace.

Aroma is real nice. I have NO idea what Aquavit smells like, but I think there is some of that in the aroma. The slightest menthol note.

Good. A touch of menthol and a touch of black licorice. There is a depth to the flavor, but I am not sure I could have called it barrel aged since I am not familiar with the notes of the spirit. Some dark chocolate with some sweetness.

Velvety and medium in body. Not quite as bold as some Imperial Stouts/Porters.. Still not sure it should be listed as an American Porter. But whatever.

Decent little beer. Won’t go out of my way to grab it again. But I sure won’t be dumping any down the drain.

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Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of biglite351
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Just a sliver of red around the edges with a quickly falling creamy,

tight brown head

S - Sweet malts, fruit, vanilla, hint of prune, cocoa and alcohol

T - Very complex sweet fruit and malts up front, followed by prune, yeast,

vanilla and coffee

M - Only let down... very thin with only a hint of tingle on the tongue

O - I could drink this all night

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Photo of bylerteck
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
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 furthurgone
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle, batch #356. The bottle tries to foam over upon uncapping, and a tall tight spongy mocha head fills most of the glass at first. When the head eventually recedes and the glass can be topped up the body reveals itself as an intense opaque pitch black with a thick cap remaining.

Aroma reveals treacle, licorice, alcohol warmth, earthy wood, dried figs and black currants.

Molasses sweetness up front in the flavour, figs and dates, some boozy warmth, oaky wood, with rum and raisins on the finish. Also picking up notes of cafe au lait and light milky chocolate.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, full creamy smooth texture, moderate texture. A great porter that all strikes me also greater than the sum of its parts, all of which are rather formidable to start with. Rather amazing in fact, this is certainly one of the best porters I've had in quite some time, and shall be stocking up on more.

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Photo of MarkFy
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle, Batch 356. Served in Bruery tulip glass

A: brownish black with a very thin beige head around the rim.
S: nose starts off with bitter coffee, followed by some black licorice and a faint burnt char smell. As I continue to smell, an alcohol, almost vodka-like smell pops up along with some dark chocolate. More complex than I expected, very pleasant.

T: Interesting, hard to define when it first hits the tongue, almost a mild coffee flavor that turns into very sweet and sugary at mid point, followed by a slight alcohol burn down the throat at the end. It's good, not great, can't make my mind up on this one.

M: a little dry and thin, again not bad but not great.

O: Been wanting to try more Haand beers lately and this one is not a disappointment. Won't really seek out again, but the Acquavit adds a fun twist to the beer.

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Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
4 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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