k0mpsa (1117) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at hbf 2014. Clear dark brown color, hint of red. Aroma is mix of pine trees, sweet notes, suryp, raisins. Full little roasted malty body, dry hops, pine, raisins.
tfredvik (1102) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Now and then I like to test my tasting capabilities, so I had this without knowing what kind of beer it is, a fun experiment! The body is very dark brown with a long-lived, light brown head leaving a good deal of lacing. The strong aroma initially feels mainly malty, with roasted notes and mild coffee, so at first I thought this is a porter, maybe a stout. After a short while more hops come creeping in, with fruits and berries, and soon it feels more like a malty BIPA. Then an exciting turn: I get lots of pine needles and juniper, and these notes just keep increasing. The flavours are strong with dominant hoppy notes and lots and lots of resin, pine needles and spicy juniper. It didn’t come as a surprise when I learned that the Arctic Circle is brewed with juniper twigs! The roasted malty notes and coffee are in the back. The taste is moderate sweet and the fairly long-lasting finish is quite heavy bitter. Medium body, oily texture with a dry finish, soft carbonation. A very interesting, complex and tasty beer.
[50 cl bottle, courtesy of my father]
thirstyrabbit (1099) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy dark amber body. Small head with fine bubbles. Sweet hoppy aroma. Taste has toffee, caramel and plenty of hops. Juniper is not that evident. Or maybe it is, but it’s lost in the bitterness. Juniper also has a piney/herbal quality and I would have liked to taste more of that.
Vighals (1095) - 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.
Beerhammaren (1037) - FINLAND - MAR 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color: Cloudy dark amber. Small head, white/tan. Sweet hoppy aroma. Some pepper and pine. Flavor is caramel and plenty of hops. Some bitterness and herbs. Nice!
esox (1036) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark reddish brown, slightly hazy. Thin, creamy head. Alkosta overwhelming juniper Aroma when too cold. Resiny juniper branches, bready and slightly nutty maltiness, caramel, sligtly sour roastedness. A hint of vegetables. Licorice and some chocolate in aftertaste with caramel resiny bitterness and juniper berries. Soft but somewhat thin body.
suurjuust (1031) - ESTONIA - FEB 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, off-white head. Nose is sweet malt, some hops and juniper notes. It all blends together very well and is a complex and pleasant harmony. Taste has a more pronounced bitterness, but that is balanced out by the slightly sticky sweetness. Juniper blends surprisingly well together with the hops. Medium bodied, gentle carbonation. Good stuff.
HopfenWeisse (1022) - - FEB 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle (best before date due).Clear deep dark red with tiny head. Aroma is, caramel, wood. Flavor is woody, spicy.
Nordcore (1020) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 50 cl. Deep deep red, clear with a minimal head. Aroma; Fruity, plumb and a bit sour, choccolate after a while. Taste; medium bitter, again with dark fruits sence, chocolate came when the beer got warmer.
Beerheart65 (1000) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is full and nuanced. Roasted licorice, citrus, pine, dark chocolate, roasted toffee. Dark red/brown to black. Beige head leaves lacing. Taste has same elements as aroma but not as much roasted, coffee also, pine flavor in finish, full and round, dry finish. A really good finnish beer that I can warmly recommend.