MikeKeller (956) - Kemi, FINLAND - APR 22, 2010
Bottle from Systembolaget BBE 01.05.2010. A bit hazy reddish amber colour with brownish bubbly head. Grainy malty and hoppy aroma. Some roasty malts in the dry taste and bitter hops too.
Very nice palate and good balance. Medium body. Familiar good quality Oppigårds style, this time with a bit more maltiness and roastyness than usually. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brune body with a tan head. Malty caramel toned body with obvious notes of oxidation, light moth and soy. Soapy hop tones with a mild malt bill and a mineral like finish. Past prime. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Orange pour with off white head and lace. Light citrus/orange and malt on the nose. Caramel malt, bread with a light medium bitter finish. Medium bodied decent carbonation. A pretty nice beer. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 12, 2010
THOUGHTS: Very British, but not all that wintry. Flavor started with hops, then malt in the middle and then tons of hops in the end. A little hop heavy, but it balanced out a little when it got quite warm. The yeast seemed to balance things out when poured in at the the last couple sips.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, dark brownish red that was bright red in the light with an average, creamy, off-white head that kept a nice sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma was light to moderate nutty and milk chocolate malts; moderate resinous hops; and slight soured milk that came and went. The initial flavor was sweet, acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was sweet, heavily bitter and slightly sour with a fairly long duration. There was caramel and nutty malt, herbal and perfumy hops, piney and resinous hops, a little sour fruit, some citrus rind, a hint of chocolate and coffee, ever so slight soured milk and yeast. The medium body was dry with fairly fizzy carbonation and a metallic, dry and lightly astringent finish. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Courtesy of omhper. Pours brown with a soft white head. Smells of earth, some chocolate. Tastes bitter and of saccharine, some astringent hints. Strange brew.
marcus (10878) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Pours copper with a decent tan head and a marvelous toffee aroma. The flavor is less sweet than I expected, and is mostly burnt malt, with some hop bitterness. madmitch76 (26440) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
4th November 2008. Hazy brown beer. Small tan head. Malty start with a sweet malt mid. Then a few hops and spices in the dry finish. Well joined up. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt .9oz bottle into a mug. There appears to be no freshness date.
Appearance: Its head builds up tall and foamy. It is firm and rocky, light tan color and slow fading. A small thin cap hangs on till the very last sip. On the way down the glass it leaves some nice rings of lace. The body has a deep, very dark reddish amber/old copper color with some visible carbonation.
Smell: The aroma has a modest presence of spicy/herbal hops with a hint of holiday spices and something citrusy.
Taste/Palate: The flavor has a solid hop presence with citrus and spicy/leafy notes. The hops are supported by a mildly sweet and dark bready maltiness. Within it are also notes of brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon. In the finish hop flavor picks up and adds dryness and bit of bitterness. The body has a medium to full feel with a slick smooth texture and active tingly carbonation.
Notes: Overall this was a pleasant Winter Warmer.
17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a darker near clear lovely red with a tall thin sudsy sticky cream-colored head. Aroma is near identical to Struisse Rosse, which is a good thing, robust amber malt, sour grains, apples, lightly stinky hops. Flavor follows, some diacetyl, very grainy, grassy, amber-like, robust malts, very good and very drinkable! larsga (7680) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2009
Medium offwhite head. Red body. Roasty dusty wooden aroma with raisiny spicy notes. Dry-sweetish roasty chocolatey earthy taste with spicy wooden notes. Mid-bodied. Harmonic. Dusty mouthfeel, faintly buttery. Dryish roasty malty wild berry aftertaste with spicy papery wooden notes. Lingers for a long time. Very nice! (0.5l bottle, Systembolaget, Charlottenberg.)