mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
7stern (260) - Bromma, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish dark brown with low head. Nutty, sweet aroma. Earthy, sweet taste, rather long bitterness.
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The colour is clear dark brown with a small tint of red. The pale beige foam is finger thick with a small crater.
The smell is explicit “Jämtlands Bryggeri” with lots of aroma hops. Otherwise, it is quite bitter, but there are also some roasted malts, dried apricots, oranges, and a delicate sour chemical hint.
The carbonation is pleasant and fresh with small bubbles.
The taste is loaded with a balance of sweetness and a grand bitterness. There are some flavours of roasted malt, dried fruits (apples, apricots, raisins). The bitterness is quite complex. I noted that I couldn’t even trace any alcohol, which is quite impressing at 6.5%. If I should try to summon this well crafted taste, it would be something like “A straightforward and very skilful winter brew”. The long and pleasant aftertaste got lots of aroma and bitter hops, mixed with some slowly developing citric notes.
Oh yes, you have probably already guessed it: Jämtlands Bryggeri has won my testing of all available Swedish Christmas beers. No one should be surprised, really: This is the perfect way to end a hard Christmas day.
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma is a bit spicy, slight hints of christmas spices. Appearance is red and brown with a nice foam. Taste is mostly bitter with some spices, its not very ’christmasy’ but among its competitors this year its one of the better.
Gusgus (227) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle 081129. This one might be a bit off, but most likely its just not a good batch. Yeasty and sourish aroma and flavor. Not much aromatics otherwise. I seem to get a lot of badly made Jämtland beer these days...
Gorgosh (222) - - NOV 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jämtlands julöl är en av anleningarna till att vuxna kan ha det minst lika roligt som barn på julafton. Perfekt balanserad och går att njuta av avsevärt mycket längre än julklappar och Kalle Anka.
HULK777 (210) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Farmhouse, cacao, and straw aroma. Simular taste, but also hints of raspberries and caramel.
klas (165) - SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. 26 SEK. Tested yesterday evening at the yearly Winter/Christmas seasonal brew testing.
Tjoxen (160) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear red brown with off white head. Aroma of fruits, caramel and some spices. Taste is dry and bitter with berries, caramel and spices.