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Brewed by Jämtlands Bryggeri
Style: English Strong Ale
Pilgrimstad, Sweden

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Linnet (1103) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2008
creamy beige head. Colour is almost black. Aroma is hoppy, spicy, caramel, dark fruit. Flavour is sweet, spicy I think I note some flavour of coffee and chocolate. There is a very nice biterness to this beer. This year’s edition is much better than last year’s.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6085) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2008
Dark ruby beer, bottled. Rich and malty. Sweet, a little burned sugar. Some hoppy dryness, though it comes across as too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Pours a dark red/brown color in my Jämtlands glass. It has a nice foamy head. A bit of lacing. Aroma is interesting of caramel, very malty, some toffee notes along with a typical fruitiness. Flavour is malty, caramely (very caramely actually) with a good bitterness. Notes of citrus, some aromatic hops, toffee and dried fruits, it also got a slightly burnt note with a bit of nuttiness. Overall very balanced and tasty. There’s also some special Jämtland note, which I tend too find in moast of there beer. Here it makes it very well with the other flavours, so nothing negative about that. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and filling with a certain "bite" in it. A very drinkable and nice Christmas beer, I’m glad I finally tried it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bananamaniac (35) - Kristinehamn, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2008
One of the very best beers from Jämtlands together with the Postiljon ESB. Rich flavours of different nuts, a nice hint of raisins and som liquorice too! Have to buy som more of these next christmas, only got to lay my hands on one..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joakgust (886) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2008
50 cl bottle - Christmasy nutty color with a medium sized disappearin head. Chocolate and roasted nuts rich aroma. Malty flavor which mixes well with medium heavy bitterness. One of the better swedish Christmas ales!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2008
2007 bottle. Pours a reddish brown colour with a beige head. Winter spices and hoppy on the nose - also some sweet liquorice, dried fruits and coffee. Smooth mouthfeel but a bit watery. Some sweetness. Some roasted and earthy notes - liquorice, spices and coffee. The finish is a bit thin with some bitterness. I was a bit disappointed with this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2008
2007 bottle. Almost opaque dark ruby with medium head. Aroma of toffee, red wine, dark sugar. Taste is caramel and butter, finishing with a nice bitterness and some alcohol sting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2007
50 cl bottle. Dark brown color, big off-white head. Nice sweetness, malt and fruit. Fine hoppy bitterness. God jul!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eriked (14) - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2007
This is almost a meal in a glass. Full of flowers in the nose and a complex palate. Fullbodied with a sweet and bitter ending.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
50cl bottle from Systembolaget. Transparent, dark brown with a medium-thin beige head. Roasty chocolate aroma is a little sweet and has some hops thrown in as well. The flavor is pretty roasty too, with plenty of sweet chocolate and a distinct hoppiness and bitter finish. Almost stoutish in the roast department. Medium body with lots of carbonation, finished pretty clean. I love the hops in Jämtlands beers, and the Christmas brew blends that perfectly into a nice rich, roasty ale.


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