Marstonlad (688) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2015 Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours dark brown with a medium-sized frothy head that leaves lacing. The aroma displays toasty dark maltiness, ripe fruitiness, berries and some spicy notes – quite varied actually. Taste is both malty and spicy. It has initially mostly sweet caramel maltiness; later the emphasis shifts to dried fruits, berries and herbal spiciness. Rye and especially juniper feature too. Moderate but noticeable hoppiness makes the finish dry and medium bitter. The palate is medium-bodied, fairly smooth and moderately carbonated. Overall this nods definitely towards British-style winter warmers. A good winter ale with lots of variety from Malmgård.
Chrisis1980 (16) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This tastes like a sauna in winter. It has a very unexpected taste of pine, just unique and requires getting used to, but once again a very solid beer from Malmgård.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
santabeer (68) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
0.5l @ Vinmonopolet, Sørlandssenteret, Kristiansand. Superb beer. Rich taste of coffe and chocolate. A christmas beer out of the ordinary. :)
Andy_ (1029) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown hazy beer with lots of beige head. Aroma has sugary sweetness, rye, juniper, whiskey and alcohol. The flavor has dark bready malts, whiskey and sweetness. The finish is mostly alcoholic because the bitterness goes past so quickly. The palate is medium full and moderately carbonated. The alcohol starts tasting through towards the end of the glass more and more making it almost painful to drink. Still an interesting brew.
JohnnyJ (5264) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark murky red brown pour, with a small thin head. Malty sweetness, caramel, raisin, light roast, a hint of juniper, and light bitterness. Not that good, but its drinkable.
arsol (830) - NORWAY - SEP 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mørk brun/rød farge med lyst beige tynt skum. Lukter kaffe, karamell og plomme. Medium til heavy søtsmak. relativ lang ettersmak.
Vighals (2655) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Uklar mørk brun med litt rødskjær, beige skum. Kaffe, stenfrukt og noe lukt av urter. Kraftig smak, søt, medium bitter. Lang tørr, bitter ettersmak.
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, juniper and spices. Flavour is malt, caramel, spices, hop, berries, and juniper. Finishes off sweet.
Zarkam (538) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from the Drink Shop, Tallinn, dark slightly reddish brown colour, almost non-existent cream head. Aroma is nuts, herbs. juniper and rye bread with a note of licorice. Medium to full body, very soft carbonation, long bitter and sour finish. Not bad a combination, I don’t mind fairly soft carbonation but this one was closer to flat in that aspect.
jookos (4618) - FINLAND - SEP 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown mahogany. Nutty malty nose with foresty aromas, twigs, juniper, and roasted malts. Full bodied, dry bitter. Roasted malts, herbal tones, dried roasted coffee and chocolate in finish. Strange, but savory and nice. Feels like a stout mixed with sahti, fermented with ale yeast. Once again a good brew from malmgård.