Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Bottled, BB 03/07. Poured a really cool shade of clear garnet with a medium, well-retained cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, lightly-spiced English toffee and caramel notes.. rather dusty overall, with very good dark fruit coming through with warmth. The flavor shows quite a bit of degredation.. sour oxidation notes had a rather vinous quality.. toffee and some spices at the core.. finished with some sour cardboard and dark fruit. Medium-bodied and sour on the palate, but you could tell that this was good deep down. mjs (7467) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2009
(Bottle, BBE 03/08 -- thanks Kolbjørn -- on 2009-02-18) Very deep reddish brown. Small white head. Raisin and malts in aroma. Full bodied and dry palate with little carbonation. Raisin, roastedness, bitterness, sweetness and hint of chocolate in taste. Raisin in aftertaste. SaintMatty (7408) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2009
Draught? Bottle?(Stockholm Beer Festival 2009) - Dark brown with red tinges. Fruity and slightly smoky aroma with ash and dried fruit. Fruity taste with raisins, caramel, spicy malt and marzipan. The finish is fruity and slightly sweet. olsvammel (7241) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
It poured a very dark, clear, red liquid with a large beige foam that left a nice lacing.
Weak smell of bread and spices. A hint of ginger, but it was hard to pinpoint the different spices as they where quite subtile. My guess is it was a mix of dried orange peels, ginger and cloves.
Fairly smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Taste of caramell, dark bread and spices. Once again I’m leaning towards cloves and ginger. Not a bad beer but it gets a bit lost in the competition at the moment. VastActiv (7232) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2015
Tap at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is clear dark copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Some spices, harshness, caramel, some dry fruits, some hops and strong malts.
larsniclas (7102) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2003
Dark amber. A nutty, vanilla aroma; almost vinous.
Soft and smooth palate.
A hoppy, nutty flavour. ekstedt (6826) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2008 <i>Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget</i>. Deep copper color with a thick off-white, almost beige head. Very fruity, complex malt aroma with dried friuts, prunes and figs, and a little roasted note. All backed up by a steady hop character. Medium bodied, with a distinctive bitterness in the aftertaste. The relatively high abv does not reveal itself. An excellent christmas ale.
KnutAlbert (6753) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2008
Dark ruby beer, bottled.
Rich and malty. Sweet, a little burned sugar. Some hoppy dryness, though it comes across as too sweet. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Bottle courtesy of omhper. Pours brown with a rocky white head. Smells of soap, perfume, citrus, some sweet malt. Taste is of raisins, spices, pepper and some tea like hints. Lots of wintery flavors and aromas packed into this one. Very nice! Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
Dark soil brown with ruby hints. Tiny off-white head. Big citrusy hop part in the aroma. Chocolate, meat, earth, orange and spice notes. Dominant citrus and earth taste component fail at hiding pleasant caramel and nutty complements. Fairly good balance: Very hoppy palate, but not agressively dry and it made it stand out a good bit from the similar hopped pilgrim. Very good even if it could be more complex. Surprisingly thin (this seems to be the case with most of the swedish beers I’ve had), but in this case once again, it seems fitting and nicely watery, again with this fine water jamtlands seems to be using. I haven’t had many ESA yet, but 2 of those were in the last week and both kicked major bottoms. Cheers Per!