sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottled) Clear, dark amber color with medium, tanned head. Dry and slightly burned-malty aroma with rye bread and cookies. Malty, ashy flavor with some dark-toffeeish caramel. Even some licorice notes when warmer. Quickly fading, smooth finish. Very easily drinkable. Medium-bodied, slightly sugary and carbonated palate. Not that bad for the style, and probably accompanies a christmas dinner just fine. Clearly better than the Finnish vienna-style bulk christmas brews.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An Ikea-bought present from my Swedish housemates. Looks like Coke with head (decent head retention). Toasty, caramel, chocolate aroma. Loads of thick crystal malt flavour without being overly sweet. A bit earthy even. Quite nice.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. The foam is beige, compact and finger thick. The colour is dark ruby.
The smell is quite mild, malty and somewhat sweet sour with some notes of crisp bread.
The carbonation is quite strong with small bubbles as it should be in a Swedish Christmas lager.
The taste is malty with some sweet notes. The slowly growing bitterness got some burned and fruity notes. The finishing taste is gentle and dry.
This is a quite discreet dark lager. On the other hand, if a beer should be able to accomplish the Swedish yuletide smorgasbord with its smoked, salt, sweet, sour and peppery tastes, it might not be too robust.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Was excited when I got this as a present, but when I poured it out it looked more like a cola than a beer. While it didn’t taste like a cola, it wasn’t much better. Strange tin-like quality and other off flavors masking anything good under it all.
grefwen (7) - Jämjö, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2004 does not count
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I'm not fond of christmasbrews, and this was no exception. It doesn't taste very much, and gave an overall boring impression. I'm not saying that it should be avoided at all cost, but I wouldn't be sorry if the store was all out of it when I came to make my purchase.
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber color with an ok head. There is not much aroma, but maybe it brings some sweetness. Has a rather weak flavor, a boring beer...
fiulijn (19119) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful amber color; generous creamy head. Malt aroma, bread. Smooth, quite malty, a lot of caramel, some sweetness in the front, correctly balanced at the end, without being outstanding.
marking (20) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2003
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is not the way I celebrate Christmas. Too lightweighted and please more hops next season.
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The Christmas 2002 had many beers, much more fulbodied than this one, thin with too much sweetness in the end.
pilsnerrogge (2816) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber colour. medium head. Not much aroma, some toffee maybe. Toffee and caramel flavour, maybe some chocolate too. Some bitterness towards the finish.