Psytron (1287) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smell of tar. Black with brown head. Aroma of ash, roasted malt, some tar. Bitter. Ashy palate, very soft but rich carbon. Suomenlinna usually is mid-range, but this one is great.
VastActiv (2656) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Villi Wäinö, Helsinki. Originally rated 08052012. Colour is dark brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts.
Lambister (205) - FINLAND - APR 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at hbf 2014.Dark brown color with small brown head. Aromas of light roasted coffee, one dimensional. Light bodied, roasted coffee, some bitter notes. Too fresh batch.
k0mpsa (1084) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - APR 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at hbf 2014. Black color, nice brown head. Aroma is light roasty, little coffee. Light body, roasty, some bitter notes, maybe too fresh.
Andy_ (644) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 500 ml bottle @ Brygga Streetbar
Dark cola coloured beer with a big cloudy blonde head leaving lacing. Aroma is mild but has roastiness, chocolate and oats. Flavour is dry with almost sour roastiness and bitter coffee. Finish has little bitterness leaving the burned roastiness in the aftertaste. Thinner than medium with medium carbonation. Your basic dry stout, surprisingly good from Suomenlinna.
Oakrock (102) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich in flavours. Chocolate, Coffee, maneur, Black currant, basement. A bit too much grapefruit. Great balance, great palate. Well done again Suomenlinna (feels more Alco than 5?)
tlind2 (1118) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught@SOPP2012. Black color, tan head. Coffee aroma. Very dry flavor with more coffee. Dry finish. Medium body, medium-light carbonation. Slightly one-dimensional.
Tide (1695) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at bar. Black color, beige head. Bittersweet taste with chocolate, vanilla, earthy notes, nuts and roasted malts. Bitter finish with hops and coffee. Good stout, with a twist.
Ernest (6162) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught (at Oluthuone Kaisla).
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, burnt popcorn), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of berries.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
An Americanized, hop-bomb example that I tried hard to like but just couldn’t commit to. Some burnt popcorn came out as it warmed, but otherwise it seemed clean. Just too much hops for my tastes, ultimately.
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Oluthuone Kaisla.
Dark. Heavy roast with somewhat strong English and American hops in the nose. Some pine sap, some black patent char, some yeast film / siltiness. Bitter, mostly dry, roast-heavy, a bit acidic and a bit sour with a lot of citrus fruit flavor and acidity. My palate may not have been in tune with it at the time. After being wowed by the drafts and bottles at Suomenlinnan Panimo the next day I started to doubt I did a good job evaluating this one. It also may have been in poor shape or good shape, that is the problem with only having something once. Certainly worth another few tries the next time I’m in Helsinki.