Nisse666 (3771) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tapp at Bishops Arms Örebro 2009-10-31.
AP: Dark ruby red, light head with a stouty caracter.
AR: Smokey wiskey + maltynes
F. Speyside wiskey, juniper berries, bitternes with that is lasting, had that flavor in my mouth for hours afterwards. Dosen’t go toghether with food!
MesandSim (7119) - 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!
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by H.G. at the Zoiglstube. The smoked malt on first whiff seems peat-like but further passes show it’s more reserved and meaty and the juniper gives it a quiet herb and twig and forest rain character. Creamy, soft carbonation, very clean throughout, malt is soft and supportive. Lingering mild juniper spice in the finish with an exceptionally rich meat and peat smoke quality. Low sweetness with a beefy full body and rich frothiness. Truly remarkable flavor expression and balance.
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.
dEnk (3484) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 On tap @ In de Wildeman, light brown colour, slightly hazy with foamy, long lasting head. Aroma full of smoke, slight coffee hint. Long lasting taste of smokey oak with hint of coffee. Wicked beer.
hirigalzkar (2114) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught@Akkurat. Dark red color, creamy white head. Aroma is sweet (caramel), smokey and spicy (juniper and fertilizer!). The taste is as complex as the aroma. Caramel, small sourness, smoke, lingonberry, orange and fat hops. Medium bodied.
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Borefts 2012. Very ruby amber and a head that looks like milk with coffee. Nose is that of clean charcoal, defined sharper smoke, leather and some almost peated smoke in there.Taste is moderate easier smoke, leather, some tad sweeter darker malts, cleaner fresh-made charcoal, some mild berries, light touch of clean sourness. Medium bodied. This feels like a porter-like beer they probably made way back - what a take back from the description this is a doppelbock. Närke does appear to hark back to traditions which I do like. Probably lovelier to just drink as well than to just have a tasting glass of this.
ClubGonzo (3512) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap sample @ Haand Festival 2013. Orange-brown hazy "sunset" body with a medium off-white head - this beer looks stunning! :-) Aroma is smoke, honey, forest, moss, hints of wood and juniper twigs. Taste is honey, wood, grass, moss, dark caramelly malts, grains, hints of syrup and herbs. Really nice. Full body, medium carbonation. Original and great stuff.
skortila (4347) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ 1st BBF, de Molen. The aroma has smoke, wood and spicy juniper stuff. Red-brown coloured beer with an off-white, lasting head. The taste is bitter, quite smokey and with all the junper berries there. Medium bodied beer. Very interesting and well-brewed.
omhper (18963) - 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!