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RATINGS: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Huvila Arctic Circle Ale is a chestnut coloured ale with a malty/fruity odour. It tastes of dark fruits and caramel malts and finishes off with a nice bitter hop tail. It is brewed with both juniper twigs and a large dose of Finnish attitude. It is available on tap an in bottles in bars and restaurants across Finland. The beer has also featured among the seasonal Christmas beers at Alko, the Finnish monopoly retail distributor of beers with more than 4.7% Alc. Arctic Circle Ale is also imported into the US through Shelton Brothers.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (23995) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bottle. Hazy dark amber color, medium off white head. Aroma of caramel and pine. Taste is herbal caramel, sweet start but bitter finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sandorf (50) - - MAR 17, 2012
coffee, fruits, floral, clear, brown, minimal head, tan foam, lightly sour, medium sweetness, average carbonation, medium body, was really enjoyable for the first sips, but after a while it was rather hard to finish it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Burnt caramel, juniper fruitiness and grassy hops merge in this Wee Heavy-like sweet sipper.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the dull dark brown.
-That burnt caramel sure does last long.
-The soft carbonation struggles to support the sweetness.
-The bitterness is redolent of some hoppier Barley Wines.

Bottle. Thx Phil and Anna!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5856) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Pours light mahogany into an English pint. Tan head with god retention recedes leaving trailing sheets. Thin with sweet malt and caramel aromas. Sweet molasses and tofee upfront turning to earthy bitter jumper on the lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhammaren (1785) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2012
Color: Cloudy dark amber. Small head, white/tan. Sweet hoppy aroma. Some pepper and pine. Flavor is caramel and plenty of hops. Some bitterness and herbs. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (9222) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
[4265-20120120] 1pt0.9floz bottle. Grainy heavily toasted malt aroma has just a hint of licorice bark. Slightly hazy, brown amber body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Toasted bread malt flavour has muted grains but a bold base. Medium-full body. Tasty, drinkable but not seeking pints. (6/3+/7/3/14) 3.3
(w/ jerc, JoeMcPhee, Radek Kliber)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Bottle thanks to Mora2000. Dark amber pour with a slight head. Aromas of spice, sugar, and caramel. Flavors of brown sugar and caramel malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nisse666 (7143) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2014 Draught at BAJT 2014-12-08 Göteborg AR: roasted malt, wee dried brittish fruits AP: clear reddish amber, F: dry, caramel, dried brittish fruits New rating: 3,4 keep the higer rating Bottle from Alko Åbo cons 2012-02-19 Göteborg Ar: vinos, red grapes, brandy, marzipan Ap: deep ruby colored body, 1 cm high thick wee bubbly dark beige head F: red wine, bitter dry grape fruit, brandy fudgy, alcoholic - store it on some wiskey barrels for some years and it will be much better... Best in Finland? - Note, updated 2014 : NO! Old; rating: 3,3

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TEJA (2973) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2012
Bottle from Alko, Kouvoula. Thin brown head. Dark-red-amber color. The aroma is fruity with black currants and violets and a litle rancid. The taste is smooth malty with some burnt caramell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (3504) - ESTONIA - FEB 5, 2012
Dark brown, off-white head. Nose is sweet malt, some hops and juniper notes. It all blends together very well and is a complex and pleasant harmony. Taste has a more pronounced bitterness, but that is balanced out by the slightly sticky sweetness. Juniper blends surprisingly well together with the hops. Medium bodied, gentle carbonation. Good stuff.

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