oh6gdx (21811) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is bread, big fruity hops and some zest. Flavour is zest, frutiy hops and some caramelmalts. Some breadish hints also there. Not very much Christmas in it, but otherwise it’s a very good quality bitter.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of oh6gdx. Thanks, Pat. The aroma smells of slightly tart hearty bread. A bit like sourdough really, but with faint fruity notes. The body is orange/brown in color and holds a diminishing tan head that leaves very clingy lace. Dry bready fore is slightly toasty. Medium bitterness. Nice motuhfeel for the style. Toasty grains int he finish. Pretty nice brew from a quality brewery.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 25, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep dark amber colored, no head. Sweet, caramelly, sour and plummy aroma. Medium bodied. Flavor is more hopped with some caramelly tones, aftertaste is still very round and short. Rather high carbonation.
omhper (20560) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, thanks oh6gdx! Clear ruby, small head. Unusual strawberry aroma. Fairly sweet with clean rounded mouthfeel and light-medium body. Doughy malt, hay and dark cherries domintes. Finishes with average bitterness. Quality beer, as expected from Huvila.
TBone (13526) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (bought from K-Extra Oliivi, Lauttasaari, Helsinki) (BB 04/2007)
This is a Christmas brew from the micro brewery of Savonlinna. Name means "Good Thomas". Thomas is celebrated every year the 21st of December and it is said that "Christmas arrives with Good Thomas".
Red ruby color, nice creamy off-white head and lace. Lightly hoppy and nutty aroma with hints of horse blanket. Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation in the beginning. Good nutty malty palate, mild citrusy English hops. Mild hoppy and malty aftertaste. Suprisingly full for being only 4.1%. No Christmas connection found ...
lada66 (57) - Savonlinna, FINLAND - JAN 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 A season ale that´s been available in 2006 and 2007. There´s no differences between two vintages. A moderate bitterness gives it a good long finish. Only in bottle.
spporras (259) - FINLAND - JAN 3, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle BB 04/07) Rather mild aroma of citrus fruits, nut and caramel. Red brown colour, slightly hazy and average size, slightly brown, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Malty and fruity flavour with hints of nut and caramel. Lively carbonated and medium-bodied palate. 27/12/06
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 (Bottled) Slightly hazy, dark nutty brown color with a medium, tight and bubbly-foamy, lacy head. Buttery-toffeeish, fruity aroma with some fresh hops in the background. Toffee-malty, buttery flavor with grassy-flowery hops. The latest sample had dry ashiness, and a raspberry stone finish quite similar to Joutsen. Medium-bodied, medium-carbonated palate (ashy-rough in the latest one). A quite nice brew considering the ABV - can’t see the Xmas connection, though. The bottles seem to vary in quality, as the latest one had much less fresh hoppiness than the two I’ve sampled before.