scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear ruby with tan head. Aroma of caramel, malt and orange peel. Medium body. Palate: Starts malty and finishes bitter. Nice fruity apricot taste.
ekstedt (5623) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with firm and steady off-white head. Nice malty aroma, a little roasty, dried fruits, and eathy hops. A mild sweetness on the tongue which is balanced by a sturdy bitterness.
gnoff (7975) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Bishops Arms, Västra Hamngatan, Göteborg) Clear brown color, small tan to brown head. Fresh scent with a roasted touch. Hoppy bitter taste with some roasted coffee right in the beginning and then again in the aftertaste. Nice high bitterness. Medium mouthfeel.
Svesse (6285) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Dark amber colour with ruby notes, huge off-white head. Fruity nose with toffee, caramel, some chocolate, cardamom, orange, herbs and lots of fresh hops. Fruity, hoppy taste with toffee, caramel, chocolate, spruce needles, orange, dark bread and spicy hops. Seriously hoppy finish. A bit unbalanced, but with a great hop character that makes my day.
MiP (13773) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught, 5.3%. Very slight fruity aroma. Dark red/brown colour. Small, frothy white head. The flavour starts off roasted, turns a bit malty, then quickly bitter. Late roastedness in the aftertaste and slightly sugary.
Furseth (1979) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 25/11-2006:
Bottle:Darkclear red colour, with anice creamy head. Aroma is hopy,lots of malts,citric and flowery.
Flavor is coffee, tar, burned coffee beans, dark dry chocolate, with a werry nice hopy finish. Medium body, medium finish.
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:lovely malt, rich yeast, figs, bitter almond, Seville orange, vaguely cheesy & salt, sourish, wet cardboard, oatmeal, hot liqueur scent.
Appearance: clear, cherrycordial red, light beige head that appears good.
Flavour: initial sweetness followed by meaty full-bodiedness, mild bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste like toast. Fruity vanillanotes, nutty and hopbitter in a way that appears sourish. Very rustic. The hops appear more as the temperature rises. Proper beer.
Palate: very good, smooth, feels stronger than it is, not that much co2 - good.
thomat (2155) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Bottle. Amber with a heavy off-white foam. Fruity, malty notes with a hint of flowers. Medium body with a very nice bittersweet finish.
Marsiblursi (3028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Pours clear dark red. Beautiful. Fruity aroma with some butterscotch/toffee. Some rasiny hops. Earthy. Minerals. Pretty clean nose. Chocolate hints. Chocolate flavour with good bitter hops. Light peppery palate. Good balanced afterbitterness. A bit spicy, medium body.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500 ml bottle: Obtained 01-Mar-06 in trade with bogdi1, thanks Juha!) Dry, earthy and moderately roasty with kind of a mocha-like finish, but also balanced with a very herbal, hoppy, bitter kick that really becomes my lasting impression of this beer. The nose really emphasizes the herbal nature of this beer, with the lightly roasty aroma very much in a supporting role. Body is medium but thanks to the herbal nature, the palate is fairly clean for a dark beer. Carbonation is very light, but there’s enough zing on the palate to keep the mouthfeel lively. Cloudy, brick red body. No head on the pour because there was barely a wimper when I opened the bottle. The most I get is a slight filmy layer forming on the pour, and that fully dissipates within a few seconds. As I keep trying more of the Scandanavian beers, I’m getting a sense that herbs play a much larger part in their beer-making than in most other areas of the world. It’s different, but quite good.