tfredvik (1200) - 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]
bax (1171) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle 14/03-2013) low beige head, clear amber color, light sweet spicy aroma, caramel taste, light co2, rather complex taste, true winter warmer. BB date 12.09.2014.
Bendrixian (1166) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty, caramel and stewed fruit aroma with sweet fruity notes and fairly complex aroma that seems to get more fruity as it opens up. I like the way the brew also takes it time delivering all the flavours. Man, just impressed and this brew is a good time.
Beerhammaren (1161) - 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!
tlind2 (1145) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught@William K. Brown color, tan head. Strong bitter flavor with syrup and hops. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Nice.
thirstyrabbit (1138) - 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.
kevinsenn (1135) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from LCBO. Caramel and spice aroma. Sweet caramel taste with tons of spice, and a dry finish. Sticky body. Very good.
HopfenWeisse (1131) - - 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.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - DEC 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle. Dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Juniper, fruity hops and malt in the nose. Flavour is very junipery with malt, fruity hops, some bitterness and sweetness. Maybe a bit too much junipers, but still quite good brew.
esox (1107) - 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.