ekstedt (6509) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2008 <i>Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget</i>. Deep copper color with a thick off-white, almost beige head. Very fruity, complex malt aroma with dried friuts, prunes and figs, and a little roasted note. All backed up by a steady hop character. Medium bodied, with a distinctive bitterness in the aftertaste. The relatively high abv does not reveal itself. An excellent christmas ale.
mjs (6459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, BBE 03/08 -- thanks Kolbjørn -- on 2009-02-18) Very deep reddish brown. Small white head. Raisin and malts in aroma. Full bodied and dry palate with little carbonation. Raisin, roastedness, bitterness, sweetness and hint of chocolate in taste. Raisin in aftertaste.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of omhper. Pours brown with a rocky white head. Smells of soap, perfume, citrus, some sweet malt. Taste is of raisins, spices, pepper and some tea like hints. Lots of wintery flavors and aromas packed into this one. Very nice!
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske 500ml fra Systembolaget, Kiruna. Drukket i Skibotn 26 Des 14. Dyp rødbrun. Lavt skum med litt farge. Antydning til lacing. Beskjeden maltaroma. Smaken er litt fruktig med en økende syrlig bitterhet. Ettersmak av krydder.
Nisse666 (6242) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2010 Bottle 2009 edition. Christmas tasting 2009-11-27
AR: wee hoppyness
AP: dark brown body, bubbly white head
F: medium low bitterness, some spicyness - a bit boring, this one have been much better before (earlier editons)
Färg: Lapsang suchong. Skum: försvann.
Doft: humle, vörtbröd
Smak: humle (amerikansk), sesamfrö/nötter (kollade in systembolaget - de hittar grapefrukt???)
Köp i parti och minut passar som standard dryck till julbordet.
Har smakat bättre förr? Eller har konkurrenterna blivt för bra?
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark soil brown with ruby hints. Tiny off-white head. Big citrusy hop part in the aroma. Chocolate, meat, earth, orange and spice notes. Dominant citrus and earth taste component fail at hiding pleasant caramel and nutty complements. Fairly good balance: Very hoppy palate, but not agressively dry and it made it stand out a good bit from the similar hopped pilgrim. Very good even if it could be more complex. Surprisingly thin (this seems to be the case with most of the swedish beers I’ve had), but in this case once again, it seems fitting and nicely watery, again with this fine water jamtlands seems to be using. I haven’t had many ESA yet, but 2 of those were in the last week and both kicked major bottoms. Cheers Per!
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 2003. Butter fruity aroma and a sweet fruity malty taste. Medium body and a light dry finish.
olsvammel (5928) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It poured a very dark, clear, red liquid with a large beige foam that left a nice lacing.
Weak smell of bread and spices. A hint of ginger, but it was hard to pinpoint the different spices as they where quite subtile. My guess is it was a mix of dried orange peels, ginger and cloves.
Fairly smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Taste of caramell, dark bread and spices. Once again I’m leaning towards cloves and ginger. Not a bad beer but it gets a bit lost in the competition at the moment.
VastActiv (5667) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is clear dark copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Some spices, harshness, caramel, some dry fruits, some hops and strong malts.
Pyrmir (5523) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle, rated from backlog. Dark ruby with tan head. Aroma is sweet, honey, fruit, grass and malt. Taste is well balanced with a bit of dried fruit, citrus and sweet malt.