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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Gotlandsdricka, meaning “Drink of the Good Land”, is believed to have been the beer of the Vikings. Our rendition of this ancient style is inspired by the traditional farmhouse ales once brewed on the island of Gotland off the coast of Sweden. Gotlandsdricka (6.6% alcohol by volume) is brewed with birchwood smoked malt, juniper and sweet gale. It’s unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerenberger (1576) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Aroma is smoky! Pours a hazzy golden color with a nice, mostly lasting foamy white head and some lacings. Very attractive in the glass. The taste is, like the nose, smokey with a nice bitter finish and not much aftertaste. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp. Overall, I really liked this beer! It stands out in a crowd of so-so beers because of a really unique taste. Nice work Jester King!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (730) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2015
Slightly cloudy orange-gold pour, thin white head. Smoky, peachy apricoty fruit, citrus aromas. Taste is sweet/sour citrus, a little smoke under it, berry, a little sourness lingers at the end. Pretty cool!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2015
Opened at the Eagle Bay Cacao Launch by Elliot. Bloody impressed with this one! Complex apircot jammy notes with bright citrus, mango, moderate smoke and light floral undertones. Veyr citrusy which helps it flow and has a mild sweetness which is a nice touch. Really nailed this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NBird (552) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2015
Looks..light orange amber, sml head on pour, before completely dissipating, looks like low carbonation Smells..juicy stonefruits, very fruity sweet citrus, earthy dull vegetable leaf, dull berry & yeasty funk. Tastes .. Straight up tarty lemon, dull berry.. earthy & leafy, smoked malts and bright funky wild yeasts.. Complex and amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2393) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Hazy yellow orange in color... Aroma is medicinal almost... Juniper berries and smoked malts... Flavor is smoke, tart berries, funky citrus... Great beer, so unique ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2365) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Massive smoked nose. Light yellow pour, hazy with a slight white head. Surprisingly mild smoked malt taste. Sour and yummy. Fun beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3841) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 25, 2015
750ml bottle pours out a rich straw color no head. Nose is holy smoke lemongrass citrus spice and some wood. Taste is smoke smoke smoke bacon lemon and plenty of citrus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (2832) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 8, 2015
Bomber. Thanks to mike12da. Bacony, smoky nose, a bit sourish with some stinky herbal notes, creosote, and tuna fish. Hazy apple juuice color. Sour fruit initial, moves to a sweet peachy flavor with some light spice, then some smoke and funk, and later celery and wheat. Thin-medium body. Wow! Very uusual and complex. Nice tartness, but not a pucker monster -- just very pleasant. Couldn’t drink this everday, but it is a special brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (7975) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 4, 2015
750 ml bottle. Deep, cloudy, glowing orange. Great nose: smoke, berries, grapefruit, lemonade. Very tangy, lightly sour, berries, bacon, salt. Nice blend of smoke and sour with a pretty strong bitterness as well. Complex and wacky, though it comes together very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (816) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2015
From what I can gather, Gotlandsdricka is a Sahti/Smoked Beer/Gotlandsdricke/Farmhouse Ale-ish type beer. That random-ass deScription might explain why it tastes totally unlike anything I’ve tried. This ale smells like herbal juniper and acrid smoke. It tastes like a liquidized version of savory birch-smoked meat with spices. Jester King says this "may have been the beer of the Vikings." If that’s the case, I’m going to brush up on my Norse mythology and die a Viking’s death. Then, I can go to Valhalla. I’ll fight, chase Scandinavian maidens, eat in banquet halls, and drink this beer from the teats of Heiorun the goat. Yes, I think it’s safe to say that this beer has changed the entire trajectory of my (after)life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HuskerTan (1036) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2015
(Thanks Dain "DrunkSanta410") Bottle. A- Bacon, ham, smoky, spices. A- Yellow orange color, cloudy liquid, white head. T- Ham brine, bacon, smoke, woody, spices. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, meaty finish. O- Finally got to try my first gotlandsricke. This was a full on meat beer. Not sure what junipers taste like so can’t comment how prominent they were in here but damn was it meaty. Tons of bacon, ham, and smoke on the nose and palate. Sounds gross but it was like drinking ham brine. By those deScriptors I should really hate this beer but in fact I really liked it. Next time I get something like this I better be enjoying some bbq with it.

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