Brewed by Oppigårds Bryggeri
Style: English Strong Ale
Hedemora, Sweden


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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (1240) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
Aroma: Distinct smell of grape fruit, combined with grass, bread and a bit of ... almond? In all very floral.
Appearance: Clear dark amber liquid, much foam with remaining laces.
Taste: The taste is dominated by the hops in citric aromas combined with sweet caramel malt, a well balanced brew.
Palate: Good carbonation which makes it pleasant to drink.
Overall: Perfect on a snowy evening like this!
Note: Bottle. 2012-01-21: A vertical tasting of ’11, ’10 and ’09 shows that storing does not improve this beer. Reviewed 2009-12-15.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maltmann (4) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2012 does not count
Bottle, Systembolaget. As nice as ever, maybe it should have been a bit heavier considering the winter season.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
binarybrew (1) - - DEC 3, 2012 does not count
Lacks spice and aromas found in most winter ales, no cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cloves notes in the flavors or aromas. Low ABV is not as warming as other winter ales. There is a great hop flavor that is typically uncharacteristic of most winter ales, more bittering hops than aroma hops This is also missing the malty sweetness found in higher gravity winter ales. Overall this is a great strong ale, but not necessarily a great winter ale when compared to the typical styles of other winter ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
peral2 (568) - SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
Flaska från SB. Ingen typisk julöl utan mer som en traditionell Red Ale. God och uppfriskande men kanske inte så mycket mys i kyla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klas (231) - SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2012
bottle from systembolaget. 26 Sek 50cl. More focus on hops than malt. rather bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Garlic_of_Doom (394) - SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2012 Bottle from Systembolaget, 2012 edition. Pours dark amber with a big off white head. Malty sweetness, some red jelly candy I cant put my finger on, citrus hops to the nose. Taste is a well balanced combo of dry piny, bitter hops and sweet malts. Long long bitter after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
7stern (357) - Bromma, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2012
Copper colour, mefium head. Aroma of caramel and wood. Sweet malt and full body. Lasting bitterness.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Abrakarl (278) - SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2012 Don’t care at all for the aroma. Find this one a bit odd and I’m disappointed. But usually don’t like christmas beer that much. Will not have this again, unless next year I forget that I had this already.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tjoxen (167) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2012
Pours dark copper with white head. Aroma of fruit and roasted malt. Taste is fruity bitter with a long bitter finnish. Good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (538) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a huge long lasting creamy tan head. Very good head retention and lacing through out. Aroma of dark roasted caramel malt, dark fruit, espresso and cacao esters fill the senses. Taste is roasted dark caramel malt, espresso beans and cacao, a bit of dark fruit with some mild bitterness. Palate is a full body, creamy texture with mild carbonation. Finish is of roasted dark caramel malt, yeast, espresso beans and cacao, some dark fruity notes ending has some mils bitterness with some lingering roasted espresso flavor. Overall a very good, flavorful and enjoyable brew, nice.

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