ekstedt (4935) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a beatiful amber colour with medium, quickly disappearing head. Roasted, earthy, grainy, hayish malt character, some hops as well. medium bodied. Bitter finish.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Lagomswedish, thanks Darren! Best Before April 2007, drunk on 3/7/07
Nils Oscar’s lower gravity beers are a prime example of why brewers with great talent should NEVER filter/force carb their beers. This beautiful hay-straw-golden beer is sparklingly clear, with tons of bubbles rising initially, to form a white head. But the carbonation comes out of solution quickly, reducing the head to partial cover/ring very quickly and providing little/no lacing.
Very crisp hops are complemented by immensely succulent, crisp straw-like maltiness with notes of hay and barley grains. Just a slight toasted hint that adds no acidity or breadiness but gives it that much more appeal. Honey is lightly noted, as well as a bit of light fruitiness (nectarines, pears) that adds complexity. This would be one of the better 4.2 abv beers I’ve smelled, but due to the filtration, there’s no yeast to take up the diacetyl and it’s left to wreck havoc on what would otherwise be a fantastically charming aroma.
Very much the same situation in the flavor. It’s not a diacetyl bomb, far from it, and the malt and hops are so well done that it’s easy to finish the glass. But in delicate beers like this, even small amounts of diacetyl have very significant effects on the overall flavor. The buttercreamy flavors work against the overall crispness/brightness of the beer, leaving it somewhat soggy in flavor. The forced carbonation runs out of steam pretty quickly too, leaving the beer watery and loose on the finish after only 5 or so minutes. Lovely graininess, with soft, but zesty fruitiness and crisp, aromatic and flavorful herbal/grassy hoppiness.
This beer (like the god lager and lundgrens lager) has SO much potential, if they just would bottle condition it. As Per says, the bottles don’t do it justice. Hopefully I can try it on draught sooner than later!
faroeviking (10299) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber brown with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma, malty and fruity. Flavour is sweet with a good toasty maltiness, fruity and hoppy ending with a dry finish.
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear amber colour with a small off-white head. Fruity apricot aroma. Roasted aroma with a synthetic touch. Medium bitterness, short finish.
Grovlam (4150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Small foamy white head that was quickly goon. Body was clear light sparkling with an amber color. Aroma was light malty notes of caramel, grain, fruit, some smoke and hoppy notes could be felt. Light to medium bodied with a thin texture and a soft carbonation. Flavor was sweet with a light balancing bitterness. Slightly dry and bitter finish. Ok beer.
OleR (4376) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 Bottle. Shiny brownish amber. Almost headless, only a tiny ring of foam sticking to the glass. Tempting fruits and sweetish malts to the nose. Malty, moderately sweet taste, leading to a modest, but noteable fruityness. Light to medium body. Smooth mouthfeel. Nils Oscar is a reasonable man!
Maria (9909) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber with a white head. The aroma has notes of clove and fruit, and the flavour has cloves too, which disturbs my experience and makes it less inviting. The bitterness comes rather late and develops together with a citrussy note in the long finish.
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. It’s the aroma that makes this beer for me. It smells of young, slightly green freshly milled malt. Or perhaps it’s the resin I used to put on my violin bow when I was at school (I was wild back in those days). There’s peach and toffee in there too somewhere, as well as a bit of old leather.
Tastewise it’s very fresh and fruity (peach) with a nice balanced maple syrupy malty sweetness and low hop bitterness.
Good beer - great sniffer!
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh aroma, white head on an amber body. Gives an overall impression of freshness and is very drinkable. In fact I wouldn’t mind drinking it every day. Very satisfactory, a pity I had to go to Sweden to buy it. Swedes really can make a beer, despite what Danis prejuices say.
Miksu (4741) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
0,33 l bottle. Copper to amber color with small head. Aromatic malt, caramel and resiny english hops in the aroma. Dry and malty aroma with some saltiness and malty aromatics. Fruity bitter finish with caramel and resiny hops. Not the freshest bottle but still quite nice bitter.