Friday, October 25, 2013
HaandBryggeriet Barrel-Aged Porter (6/10)
The initial pour of this syrupy thick porter into the glass generated almost nothing but creamy milkshake-like foam. It took a couple of minutes for the foam to condense back into beer so that I could fill the rest of the glass. It still retained a very healthy head after that.
It is a practically pitch-black beer with a light brown head. The aroma hints at chocolate, florals, and a bit of anise or something similar to that. Mouth feel is creamy and thick.
I've never had Aquavit, so I didn't know what to expect. The main aromatic and flavor component I detected was anise (or the main flavor in black licorice) and a hint of orange. After tasting the beer, I looked up information on the flavor of Aquavit. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, "Various aromatic flavourings are employed, usually including caraway or cumin seed; lemon or orange peel, cardamom, aniseed, and fennel also may be used."
It's an interesting beer. I like it, but don't love it. I'm giving it a 6/10. The Beer Advocate visitors rate it 89 or "good".
It can be found in Columbus at Ale Wine & Spirits of Powell.
IBU: unknown, but probably below 30
My Rating: 6/10