JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Brown color. Pours with a medium head - classic looking dark beer. Sweet and fruity, I like the flavor, but it is not as malty as many of the other strong ale's I've had. A slight roast and carmel flavor does come through with some hop bitterness. Slight bitterness on the finish. Good Beer
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oily, fruity with a hint of honey, amber-colored ale designed special for winter. Very cool label (very thin paper though :)
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best Swedish Christmas Ale 2002 according to all (3) tastings I had in december: A fullbodied ale with a perfect balance between the sweetness and the bitterness.But in my opinion not a beer for the Swedish Smorgosbord, this ale is best enjoyed as an apertif or a digestif.
Tolik99 (47) - USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfect beer for Christmas night.
Ingevara (804) - SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice one. Dark and mushy, bitter and sweet, adult candy by the christmas fire. More!
madsberg (10308) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 Bottled: Dark ruby. High carbonation. Very nice foam. It has a very pleasant - and christmaslike - aroma. Notes of spices and some yeast. Nice. Flavour is spicy, smoothe, well-balanced and has strong notes of coffee. Very nice bitterness in the end. One of the best Scandinavian christmasbrews, I've tasted.
pilsnerrogge (2511) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2010 Bottled:
Pours dark brown with a dense head. Aroma is a bit sour with notes of berries and peat. Fruity, somewhat sour and peaty flavour. Long bitterness.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 17, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red in colour, spicy bitterness, had a sugary/gassy fizziness on the tongue and a sticky hop finish as jbrus mentions.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wheak aroma, yeasty and light roasted/chocolate. Dark ruby colour, off-white frothy head, good lacing. Sweet, warm, full, light roasted, light bitter, malty. Very sticky sweet finish with nice hops.
omhper (19638) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark nut brown with rich head. Flowery and chocolatey aroma. Fruity and full bodied with nice malt profile.
Surprisingly dry. Finishes like dark bitter chocolate. More on the malty side and less hoppy than the average ale from Jämtlands Bryggeri, and one of my very favourite Swedish brews.