rickgordon (3830) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From draught at SMÖF.
Copper colour with low head. Elegant smoke and juniper in aroma. Smokey backbone in flavour with with rounded mouthfeel. First ashes, then smoke, then ashes again in a clean, less fruity body. A bit of house character was sensed I believe, in terms of dark plum. Pretty light bodied and a fair bitterness was sensed. Great beer.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at the first, great, Borefts Beer Festival 2009 @ De Molen. Very nice story from the brewers about the origin of this beer. Amber, brown colored brew. Aroma is smoky, juniper, tree. Flavor is also a lot of the whole juniper tree that went in there. Smoke, malty, some hops. Nice brew, great.
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - NOV 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Örebro Öl & Whisky Festival. Pours a nice amber color with a white head. Very nice smoky, juniper twig aroma, also some light hops on a solid bready maltbase. Flavour is really good malty, with nice smoke, juniper, and light hops. Somewhat bitter finish. Medium to fullbodied. Very tasty and a fun experiment, more of this please!
omhper (18348) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Örebro Öl- och Whiskeyfestival. Clear brownish amber, fairly small head. Gotlandsdricke-like juniper twig aroma. Smokey with near full body and well rounded mouthfeel. The combination of strong juniper twig flavour and smoke makes it flavourwise very close to traditional gotlandsdricke, but the clean flavour profile, probably a result of bottom fermentation, makes it less fruity, estery and rustic. Finishes with slight bitterness. Damn good beer - and very interesting too!
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate. Draught at 1st Borefts Beer Festival.
Amazing red amber colour with a thin but lasting off white head. Full on smoke and ashtray stuff but in the best way. Stunning juniper notes that are not over done at all. All the other juniper beers I have had have been awful, this was the exact opposite. The smoked malt is about the best I have had. Schlenkerla eat your heart out. Seriously. Excellent berry notes in the finish followed by even more smokiness. It’s a real love or hate thing clearly, and it doesn’t do a great deal but what it has, really hits the spot for me. Really enjoyed talking to the Narke guys about the making of this and the photos of the boiling tree were just hilarious!
Frovigalning (2479) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a hazy golden liquid with a small yellow foam that left some lacing. Smell of smoke and smoked ham. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste of smoke and smoked ham.
Fin (6640) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at the Borefts Beer Festival, De Molen Brewery, Bodegraven, Netherlands 30-10-09 Pours amber, this is crystal clear in appearance. There is a thin rim of head. This is nicely smokey, there is a fresh twigginess on the nose. Soft mouthfeel, really lovely, strength well hidden. A7 A5 F7 P4 Ov14 3.7
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at 1st BBF at De Molen. Poured an amber burgundy color with a tan head. Aroma is fruity and provides some malt tones as well. The taste is berry, a bit smokey and bitter at the same time. Nice mouthfeel.
Ober (2805) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ 1ste Borefts. A clear orange colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma is fruity of elderberry and juniper berry. there are some malts. The taste is bitter, fruity with some smoke and notes of moss. The aftertaste is bitter and dry.
thewolf (10538) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ 1st BBF, De Molen.
Pours red brown with a small, film head. Aroma is smokey, some meat character, caramel malts. High carbonation, light dry mouthfeel. Flavour is smokey, sweet caramel, sugary. Light hoppy dryness in the finish. Light smokey aroma, but the flavour is just a little too little of everything.