Brewed by Oceanbryggeriet
Style: English Strong Ale
Göteborg, Sweden


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Brewed with six different malts and five differnet hops. Complex flavours and aromas. Suits the Swedish julbord or as a social drink at the pub.
Changes 2009: Slightly less amber malt. New hops: Galena (50%), Pilgrim (25%) and Perle (25%) for bittering. Cascade and Bramling Cross for aroma.
Changes 2011: Higher BU: 35 30 minute hop: Willamette Late Hops: Willamette & Cacade. Black Malt added instead of amber malt. Over all more hops are used both for bittering and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2008
Draught at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö. Dark brown with tan head. Medium body. Malty roasted aroma with dark fruits. Flavor is malty and roasted wit moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6295) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2007
(Draught at Bishop’s Arms, Vasagatan, Stockholm, 12 Dec 2007) Ruby red colour with brief, beige head. Fruity, malty nose with dark fruit, wild berries and black-currant. Malty taste with notes of dark fruit, black-currant, raspberries, slightly smokey hints and fresh hops in the finish. Medium body, balanced sweetness. Another nice beer from this new brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (15217) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2009 2009-12-01, draught at Nya Tröls, Malmö, 8-4-6-3-13=34
Hazy amber color. It has a very nice hop aroma, a bit fruity, and some caramel. The mouthfeel is drier than I would like, dry caramel flavor, a bit dusty, but this is expected from Ocean.

2007-12-13, cask conditioned at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, 6-3-7-3-13=32
Dark brown color with ruby shades. The aroma, initially fresh, turns into some simple caramel. Easily drinkable, with a down-to-earth caramel flavor, light chocolate and toffee, medium body strenght, quite strong ending bitterness, with roasted malt too. Plain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19932) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Draught at Bishop’s Arms Vasagatan, Stockholm. Clear dark ruby, small head. Fruity nose with dried plums. rather sweet with rounded dense mouthfeel. Roasty and solidly maltySoem hay-like hops stay in the background. Good late bitterness. Well balanced and well made. Quite warming and in fact quite delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2007
Draught. Black, thin head. Malt, fruit and some smoke? A hint of herbs? Medium body. Dry and bitter finish. Nice Christmas beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5625) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2010 Draught at the Rover, Göteborg, Sweden. Deep reddish with a medium beige head. Malty and fruity aroma with dark berries, roasted and almost smoked notes, herbal hops. Medium bodied and smooth. Dry and bitter with a salty touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2007
On draught at Bishops Arms, Västra Hamngatan, Göteborg. Semi-dark brown colour with a tint of red. Creamy beige head. Aroma is dominated by a nice fruitiness, backed up nicely by toffee, caramel and diacetyl/butterscotch. Flavour is a bit toasty, with buttery notes, and hints of vanilla. Overall dry malty beer with lively maltiness. Great mouthfeel as always(hehe) with Ocean Beers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (2160) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2007
Dark amber with a small tan head. Malty and spicy tones. Caramel, fruit, herbs and spices. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 0712. Sample from tap. Julölsprovning at Haket, Göteborg. Brown/red color with a beige head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, red berries, roasted malt and some hops. Tastes of roasted malt, toffee, red berries, caramel, nuts and fruit. Balanced bitterness. Nice one! 081129. On-tap. Haket. Roasted, malty, smoky, chocolate, fruit, coffee, balanced by hop bitterness. Probably my favorite among the swedish christmas beers this year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7975) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 First rating
Draught at Bishops Arms, V. Hamng, Göteborg
Date: November 30, 2007.
Clear dark coper color, tan head. Hoppy and slight bitter taste, some herbs. Also roasted with a faint touch of alcohol. Rather fresh aftertaste with roasted tones in it. Hoppy and fruity scent, also some alcohol. Some toffee as well. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Very nice! I wish Göteborg had been given a higher piece of the cake ;)

Rerate at Ölrepubliken, Göteborg, on November 23, 2010
Very clear dark red color, tan head. Sweet, yet dry and herbal, fairly bitter taste with a crisp, clean, herbal, mineral, bitter finish. Some bready notes and hints of cream too. Medium full moussy light co2 mouthfeel. Medium high herbal bitterness. Sweet and fruity scent.
When served this cool almost felt like a dark lager or at least bottom fermeneted. When warmed up quite a bit the fruity notes got more potent though. I spoke with the brewer a bit this evening and the beer had fermented at 21 C, and was brwed with a top fermented yeast.
Very drinkable, very nice, though for a Christmas beer I personally want some spices, but hey, I’m like that...

50 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg. On November 30, 2013.
Clear brown color, small teal head. Sweet, fudge, butterscotch scent. Sweet, malty, butterscotch taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.

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