deflagro (106) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark, reddish, clear liquid with a medium-sized, off-white head. Aroma is rich and malty with some notes of coffee, caramel and ginger, but also with a distinct hop aroma. Taste is a bit sweet and malty with some notes of caramel and spices and a certain fruitiness. Bitter, a bit unbalanced finish with some odd roasted notes. Not bad, although I don’t quite like the finish.
gyllenbock (5914) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The color was dark brown with hints of red. The foam was a few centimeters high, compact.
A lot of hops and citrus in the aroma as well as cardboard and cakes.
The taste was not bad, dark chocolate, grape, licorice, grass also a slight acidity. What bothered me a little was the somehow "rude" bitterness that existed in the finish.
Furseth (2026) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark red colour, with a huge creamy yellow head.
Aroma had a nice big fruity/citrus nose.Maybee a bit too big for a Christmas beer(?)But I like it enyway! Flavor had a werry nice creamy mouthfeeling of caramel,dark choclate,dry fruits, mediu body and a long fruity citrus finish. Well done Mattias!
Linnet (1324) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big creamy thick bege head. Deep ruby colour lots of lacing.
roma is full of passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon, pine very nice, but a bit too faint.
Same flavours as in the nose and again a bit too faint to get a top mark.
Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit too flat.
Sigtuna is really on to something nowadays, if they turn their brews up a notch more they will be great.
Marsiblursi (3063) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours deep amber red to mahogany brown with a creamy, nougat coloured head. The aroma holds mild resinous, herbal, floral and citric hops alongside a good malt foundation of cookies, caramel, milk chocolate/chocolate covered coffee beans and bread. Tiny hints of tropical fruits, rhubarb, gooseberry peels, pine soap and plums lurking in the background. Good balance between the US hop profile and the robust English-inspired malt backbone. Light salty in the nose. The flavour is light sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic with notes of citrus/grapefruit, pine, burned cookies, caramel, mild roast and hints of fruits. The bitterness overshadows the nice malt blend. The mouthfeel is round and silky malt wise, but the bitterness is too aggressive in the finish. Alcohol also a bit too present. Lingering hoppy aftertaste of resin and earth. Medium (almost medium to full) bodied. This is a well-made brew - great malt bill and I have no problem with the aroma and flavour hops but the afterbitterness is not my friend.
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown with beige head. A nice aroma of hops and after that some malt. Dark bread.A lot of hops really. Citrus. Grass. Not much co2. Dryish after taste.
Plovmand (7057) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish brown body with a medium off white head. Fruity and light roasty arom a with some caramel and hops. The flavour is malty and fruity with some hops and light alcohol.
Nisse666 (5168) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2009
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle 2009 edition. Christmas tasting 2009-11-27
AR: hoppy aroma
AP: amber body, light brown head
F: hopy, but bitter, bitter
olsvammel (4243) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It poured a very dark hazy red liquid with a medium sized beige foam that left a nice lacing.
The smell was filled with fresh hops.
Smooth mouthfeel with a medium-high bitterness and med-high thick body. Tasted of lots of hops, both grassy and fruity. After a while I noticed some herbs and spices hidden behind all the hops.
A very nice beer, but it didn’t really feel like a christmas beer. But for all the hop heads this might be the beer for you this christmas.
Theis (14481) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear brown - white head. Bitterness, high hoppy, grassy, piney, citrussy, burned notes, chocolate, light nutty, dark bread. Nice - new brewer ???