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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Huvila Arctic Circle Ale is a chestnut coloured ale with a malty/fruity odour. It tastes of dark fruits and caramel malts and finishes off with a nice bitter hop tail. It is brewed with both juniper twigs and a large dose of Finnish attitude. It is available on tap an in bottles in bars and restaurants across Finland. The beer has also featured among the seasonal Christmas beers at Alko, the Finnish monopoly retail distributor of beers with more than 4.7% Alc. Arctic Circle Ale is also imported into the US through Shelton Brothers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (5110) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2009
Draught (Villi Wäinö, Helsinki) - Brown with a slight haze and some red tinges. Fruity aroma with juniper, raisins, marzipan and malt. Fruity and slightly hoppy taste with juniper, strawberries, malt and pepper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crackedmachine (469) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Pours a dark but not opaque red-brown with a fizzy head. The aroma is of sweet malt, and the flavor follows suit. Sweet and slightly bitter. The juniper twigs appeared to contribute some bitterness, but not much else. Nice, but not sufficiently different from some other malty, strong European ales to merit the very high price. Listening to some Finnish metal or sitting in a snowy forest would enhance my enjoyment of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9457) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy tawny with an average, fizzy light brown head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, nutty), average hop (herbs, grass), average yeast (earth, leaves) with notes of plum, date, dust, and juniper. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Pours reddish bronze with a sudsy tan head. The aroma has creamy toasted malt, light doughiness and a slick woodiness. Medium slick body with light carbonation. The flavor begins with dry caramel with some woodiness, dry spiciness and some oxidation that doesn’t really detract too much and fits in okay. The finish has a dry pininess (not hops) and toasted malt with an odd flavor that is probably the juniper twigs. An interesting beer that’s worth giving a shot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6585) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Cask at the Gallows Bird, Espoo, Finland.
Dark copper colour with small tan head. Sweetish smooth hoppiness with some fruits/berries. Sweet fruitiness with crisp hops in flavour. Could be different as bottled.

500 ml bottle. BB 01/09/12. (Alko) Helsinki, Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour with small to average size tan head. Aroma is quite strong with hops, juniper, spices and some bitterness. Flavour is chocolate, mildly roasted malt, spices, juniper, dark fruits and hoppy bitterness. Rich and creamy palate. Rather enjoyable one. It’s not a mistake to import this one. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (4498) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2009
(Cask at Gallows Bird Kekri’09) Poured amber and hazy with small white head. Aroma contained malts, sweetness and hops. Body was full with low carbonation. Tasted of malts, juniper, hops, bitterness and hint of sea water. Juniper and bitterness in aftertaste. Juniper flavour was more intense in this version than it was in the kegged version last year .
Earlier Rating: 11/28/2008 Total Score: 3.5
(Draught at Gallows’ Kekri 2008) Dark reddish brown. Tiny a little bit tan coloured head. Juniper and hops in mild nose. Full bodied palate with medium carbonation. Malts, bitterness, frutiness, hint of banana and juniper in taste. Lots of malts and bitter aftertaste. Actully, this beer has got lots of everything, probably too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9172) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 1, 2009
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Kekri2009)
Huge spicy fruity aroma - strawberry and plenty of aromatic hops too. Deep copper, small head. Rich bitter body, carbonation low. Barky bitterness, some saccharine. Tangy and a bit drying. Certainly better than the keg version, but hasn’t wowed me as much as I had oped. Covers 7.3% very well. the finish is very junipery, and spicy. Full-flavoured, but clean.
Earlier Rating: 11/2/2008 Total Score: 3.4
Keg (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Kekri 2008)
Rich reddy brown, tight off-white head. Sweet aroma of rotting fruits, including banana. Big bold taste - loads of medium-roasted malt, quite brown-ale-like, and plenty of bitterness. Smooth silky mouthfeel. A little more of the sour fruits and berries. Decent burntness. Long bitter and burnt finish. Slightly too ’keggy’, I’d like to see a real ale version of this. However, it’s a touch unsophisticated - seems geared for the American market which cares less about delicate details.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3185) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2009
50 cl bottle graciously given to me by beastiefan2k. Pour is a cloudy brown ruby with nice settling building up a dense 3 inch tan head. Head falls slowly with minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet fig, cocoa malt and lively juniper earthiness. Interesting nose, soft and fresh. Taste is more skewed to juniper and wood, with the grassy somewhat sweet fig behind that. There is a real nice straw element in the finish which finishes crisp and dry. As it warms, I get some of the cocoa from the nose in the taste. More like dry baking cocoa. Palate is medium bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation. There is a warming alcohol sensation to the finish which comes across a bit odd with the dryness. Overall an interesting complex beer, thanks for giving me this Eugene.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1288) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bottle. Pour is very deep dark brown with a medium white head. Aroma is toffee malt, brandy, dried fruits, dark berries, and lightly spicy. aroma is similar to an old ale, but maybe just a bit brighter. Flavor is a bit odd up front. Alternates between sweet malt and a bitter crab-apple-like flavor. Simultaneously sweet and bitter. The sweetness begins to wane in the middle where the dry berry/ apple flavor begins to take over. Finish is very dry and bitter; not acrid though. Like the bitter flavor of tree bark (if you have ever spent time in the woods camping/ hunting/ or whatever, and put a small twig in your mouth to chew on; that’s the flavor). It’s woody, but not like a barrel. Actually very pleasant stuff, not boring for sure. Guess I should have bought more when I had the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmmbeer (1235) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 1 pt. .9 oz bottle (from Liquid Solutions) served in shaker- poured a non transparent black when held to a light source with shades of dark brown, no carbonation, aroma of malt, 24hr pot coffee aroma (trust me, there is a difference), and bones. Hits the mouth with a very high medium body, the malt is just too overpowering, omg, OMG.... (shakes his head and says, "I GOT THIS"). Malt is on the high end when the soul of the brew comes out to play, hard in the middle, but still puts up a fight, finish lingers badly, and in the bad way, slapnuts. No heady words here, just that it could have been better. I picture me in a long forgotten rest way cabin, and I dreampt (sp? )I found this brew. Yeah, dream. Dream what could have been too little, too late for late for me...

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