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Haandbryggeriet Porter by Haandbryggeriet
American Porter
6.00 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 08/27/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2010
Very dark burnt brown but mostly black in low light. A slip at the bottom of the glass glows dark amber. A huge capping of cocoa hued foam sifts up very frothy and solidly like a sponge and sits with might. Hardly ever moving it keeps a heavy amount always residing. Some patchy lacing sticks across the glass.

Aroma is of bittered chocolate, milk chocolate, and stale dark fruits; that of dark cherry, dates, raisins, and a touch of some nuttyness.

Flavors don't disappoint as it stands at length with some tangy bittering dark and milky chocolate mixing well with a very well balanced and well rounded melange of dark fruity toppings that add some slight souring, but is sort of heavy and dark with dates, dark cherry, and raisin. Very Baltic Porter like and quite nice. The tang it carries goes right through to the finish with a nice little smack of malty goodness and touches of cocoa.

Medium bodyish with a slippery quick step to the tangy stuff but manageable within its hold as the flavor balance with the chocolate adds a nice complexity and counterpoint as it has a very calm smoothness about it while maintaining a nice gripping carbonation.

An enjoyable, subtle, flavorful porter. Seemingly very Norwegian and quite yummy actually. Something about its ease and balance made me like it more as I went along. But for $8 a bottle, its more for special occasions.

Price: $7.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Westside Threat on 04/27/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
58 3 6 11 4 5 2008
A: Pours sort of thin like cola, much darker though. Appeared to have low carbonation at first but instead a dramatic camel colored head sprang forth, becoming a solid cushion of foam.

S: Tons of coffee and that damn sour twang that comes with some of these dark beers. Also cocoa powder, muffin dough and a bit of vanilla.

T: Begins with that familiar grape juice sourness which I hate so much. Transitions to powdered cocoa and cherries (due to the sourness). After the swallow, I get some tangy aluminum, more grape juice and continuing cocoa. Finishes with long lingering roasted barley and burnt caramel.

M: Full bodied and creamy.

D: I HATE sour stouts and porters. I really do.

Served In: Tulip

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