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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (4544) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9281) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3215) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1297) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmmbeer (1240) - 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...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1397) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Sweet, malty and spicy with a tinge of juniper. I really like juniper and Sahti, so I just wish that there was a stronger juniper character if anything. The beer pours a purplish brown, translucent but quite dark, with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is spicy and malty with notes of hops and juniper. It’s more along the lines of an English Strong Ale with a bit of holiday spice. The malt has a really nice flavor, like a good barleywine. There are fruit notes, raspberries and plums, mixed with brown sugar and rum. The juniper is light and woody. The hops (or maybe it’s just bitterness from the juniper twigs) are relatively strong. There’s a fair bite in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full and round. A very enjoyable little nightcap.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of oh6gdx. Clear orangey brown with a rough beige head. Sweet aroma of burned caramel, nuts and alcohol. Quite full-bodied, burned caramel, nuts and brown sugar. Fairly hoppy finish. Very solid English Strong Ale. 240709

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6198) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/nuts, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, orange/grapefruit), with notes of toffee, vanilla. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Hard to tell if the evergreen character is from hops or twigs or both, but regardless this just isn’t that exciting.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 1/20
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 5, 2009
This dark brown ale poured with a decent tan head and plum and chocolate aroma. There is a unique roasted malt and chocolate flavor that is laced with juniper. There is a long dry finish that is rather herbal.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown dense head. Chocolate, light herbs and a touch of caramel in the aroma. Flavour of chocolate, herb, ligh liqouricce and sweetness. Medium bodied. Quite dry. Has a light bitter somewhat chocolatish end.


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