Maverick34 (2311) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours medium to dark brown with a very small and brief head. Aroma is more malty than herbal but juniper os detectable in background . Small hops and herbal finish.
Kavu (2281) - 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.
drpimento (2267) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Different than I expected and much different than another juniper beer I’ve had. This one reminds me of a softer easier chewy porter or stout. Poured with a fine light tan head that settles down to a thin cover and some lace. Color is a a cloudy brown with dark amber highlights. Aroma is very malty with hints of rye fruit roasty and the juniper. Flavor is the same but with lots more going on. Roast comes out more. Very well balanced. Texture is like I said, chewy and full with great carbonation. Nice finish. Session.
SirLimpsalot (2249) - SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Stockholm Beer & Whiskey 2012: Stor nötig både doft och smak. Stora maltiga toner - nja
northropfrye (2247) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The first Finnish craft beer I’ve tasted. Quite nice, almost a barley wine I would say. Dark iced tea appearance, very little head. Sweet malty, dried fruit aroma. Taste is sweet and malts with a bit of citrus hop bite. Kind of thin palate, but coating.
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I ended up opting for a snifter due to said ingredients that were in this, let’s see if they actually show up.
The appearance was a dark chestnut brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Somewhat foamy lacing strung it’s way around the glass.
The smell had a coca cola aroma over top of some oaky sprucy vanilla.
The taste was mainly sweet through the spruce coca cola flavoring and it becomes fairly sticky on my taste buds.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of a sipping sort of quality about it. It runs sticky sweet over my tongue.
Overall, not a bad beer just seemed different to me. Would I have it again - for the price probably not - $15 for this bottle was a bit too much.
Inbreak (2172) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Old rating, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Lett fruktig og sødmerik lukt med preg av malt, humle, karamell, gras, mandel, bær, barskog. Sødmerik lett fruktig smak med preg av malt, humle, karamell, bær, gras, lauv, eine. Middels bitterhet som set litt. Grei, litt kvalmande.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2163) - 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.
StefanSD (2150) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a murky brown color with a small beige head that soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is strong with sweet malts, rye breads and that which I guess is the juniper twigs. The flavor is sweet malts forward with caramel malts, spices, nutty biter hops and rye. The palate is smooth and the carbonation is soft. Finishes medium in duration with lingering juniper. Overall: A boldly flavored brew--This one really grew on me as i drank it, my hats off to the brewer.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby colored with a thin off-white head. Notes of thick toffee, caramelized wort, ginger, spice, dark fruit, raisins, plums and smoky malt. Medium to full bodied, lightly sticky with soft carbonation.