SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Mora2000. Pours a dark, hazy amber with beige head. Aroma has some subtle dark roast and faint fruit notes. Flavor is the same. Mouthfeel is medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not bad.
Defreni (2754) - Husum, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaske: Mudre brun let diset farve med et flot skumhoved. Duften er kraftig maltet med en smule sukker. Smagen er meget maltet men stadig godt frisk grundet en fin humling. Fin øl men ikke til at falde i svime over.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2719) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7.3% bottle from Drink Shop in Tallinn, just 4 euros so cheaper than in Finland! Beautiful mellow brown color, light bige head of luscious foam. Sweet malt aroma with possibly a touch of smoke. The flavor is definitely peated malts but pretty well balanced. Peat smoke, then sweet caramel malts with a mild bitter finish. Great stuff. You don’t taste the high ABV at all. Huvila/ is probably the best Finnish brewery I tried. This is a really good beer which is growing on me from good to great.
beastiefan2k (2718) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a cool beer. I had this once before and though it was great. This time the juniper is lowered but still lightly there. In general its a thick barelywine without any of the negatives because they did not try to make this an alcohol bomb. So nothing astringent, no cherry. Its just a thick malt bomb with some raisin. The flavor has a bit more bitterness to it and in general the juniper is off setting some of the heft of the beer. Color is dark brown, too dark to see through. The head sticks around for a while. A nicely thicker mouthfeel works great for the structure of the beer.
500mL bottle, Schlitz malt liquor thick goblet (yeah, old skool).
Spab (2695) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle for LCBO. Pours a clear reddish amber with small off-white head. Aroma is juniper, caramel, pepper and a little sourness. Flavour is caramel, juniper spiciness, a bit of sour fruit and woodiness. Sticky mouthfeel. Mellow carbonation. Interesting - not one I’d have tons of but good.
Kavu (2665) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark red with a light head. Aroma is roasted malts, spices and juniper. Flavor is spicy with roasted malts and again a hint of juniper. Pretty nice.
cfrancis (2637) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a small frothy off white top. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, spice and earthy hop. Taste is peppery, juniper, malt sweetness and an earthy hop bitterness. It’s really bitter actually. Interesting.
rondphoto (2614) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
taster on tap @ Ei8ht Ball / Bellevue KY --- Clear amber brown with a rim head, no lace. Taste is roasted malt with smooth bittering that enters late in the palate. Both sides finish on equal footing, making for a balanced, clean, sessionable brew. Good stuff.
daje (2611) - NORWAY - MAR 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Crowbar, december 14th 2012. Dark brown body, thin offwhite head. Aroma of ginger, honey, flowery hops. Taste of peppers, caramel, milk chocolate and juniper. Interesting taste, nicely blended. A bit light bitterness, overshadowed by sweetness. Aftertaste of malt, juniper and a bit smoke. Overall an enjoyable beer.
jazz88 (2583) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A transparent brown color with no head. A somewhat sweet, brown sugar, and maple syrup aroma with noticeable and pleasant juniper twigs. It has a nice earthy aroma and flavor with a light malty palate.