BrewDad (4493) - Olympia, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Taster – Seattle International Beerfest]
Dark brown in color with a thin head. Woody and malty aroma. The flavor was that of a traditional ale. Medium body with a slight oxidized flavor. I am sure this bottle has had to travel. Not bad for a nice small brewery.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 at the Seattle International Beerfest. Pours cloudy brown with very thin tan head. Pronounced sour smoky nose with some caramel there too. Medium body, tingly carb, forward flavors. Bold mid-palate; lots of smoke and sour, near-bacon notes. Rich and earthy. Clean enough finish with some ashy cling.
Gr0ve (2077) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Reddish copper colour. Throws a tall fine-laced off-white head. Head clings to the glass. Rich piney and floral smoked malt aroma. Very balanced. Hops enhance the complexity. Smells absolutely wonderful. Crisp bitter flavours and a lively fine carbonation at first. There is quite a bit of malt flavours there, but they drown a bit in the rather bold bitterness. The bitterness stems from both hops and juniper berries I think. Still there is a lot of flavour and a little complexity in there. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this beer has a fantastic aroma, but it doesn’t really carry on to the flavour and aftertaste, both which is dominated by the bitterness. That said, this is a very characterful and rich beer that deserves to be inbibed.
FatPhil (8089) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (St. Urho’s, Helsinki)
Lovely rich reddy-brow with a doughy creamy head, which stays as you drink. Sweet aroma, smells of gin. Enormous, but well-balanced bitter taste, resolves to smoky burnt malt. Burps juniper! Nice!
thebeertourist (4520) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bought at the Matstreif 2007 festival in Oslo. Hazy copper with a big yellowish head. Sweet and smokey aroma, maybe a hint of sourness. Flavours are mainly smokey and sweet with some fruit. Medium to full body. Interesting and quite unique on the Norwegian beer scene.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy amber colour with a beige head. Malty, fruity aroma with a light smoky note. Malty, sweet and light fruity flavor with a dry and smoky finish.
MiP (12839) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at KØ07. Teaish, smoky aroma. Cloudy red/brown colour. OK sourness and a hint of smoke to the flavour. Horseblanket and powerful hop flavour. Good mouthfeel. Nice.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 (Bottle 50 cl) Clear, warm amber golden - no head at all. Lightly smoked nose. Medium body with a fairly high carbonation and notes of burned caramel and smoke. Dry and very hoppy finish - perhaps the juniper also adds to the bitterness. 130507
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottlded. Hazy amber with a low white foam. Smokey, grassy and a bit nutty aroma with touches of licorice and alcohol. Smokey and salty flavour with notes of toffee and grass. Medium, spritsy body. Toasted bread, grass and peer in the flat aftertaste.
oh6gdx (19631) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark, hazy, amber colour with mediumsized off-white head. Aroma is fruits, grass and some spices. Also a big note of conifer. Flavour is slightly smoked conifer, malts and some hops. A very wellbalanced and pleasant beer.