Svesse (7262) - 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 (14562) - 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 (2029) - 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 (2810) - 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 (3070) - 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 (3050) - 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.
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - DEC 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full big nose of caramell, raisins. Dark brown color, quick scumy head. Toasted malt body, sharp quick spicey end. Woody too. Watery body. An alcohol effect emerges through the glass.
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks a lot Santa Jonas - it is a treat every time we open one of your bottles you sent. Nice roasted malt nose. Opaque colored - nearly no head visible. Very intense licorice, nutts and moccha taste. Charcoal aftertaste - well., why not, it is a winter ale and winter is heating time ;-)
jonas (6301) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red chestnut colouring, low head.Aromatic pine aroma.
Roasted nurtty flavors, edgy oranges oranges abd a good herbal and pinelike hop profile.
Medium body. Roasted and pine aftertaste.