OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Ahhhhh!!! I don’t know many things better than a good winter brew on a saturday night. Pours a nice, dark amber with a foamy tan head. Some lacing. Very aromatic with a nice sweet and spicy taste. Nice hops in this one. A very impressive, smooth, warming beer. Garlic_of_Doom (665) - SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2012 Bottle from Systembolaget, 2012 edition.
Pours dark amber with a big off white head.
Malty sweetness, some red jelly candy I cant put my finger on, citrus hops to the nose.
Taste is a well balanced combo of dry piny, bitter hops and sweet malts.
Long long bitter after taste.
rarbring (2290) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
Aroma: Distinct smell of grape fruit, combined with grass, bread and a bit of ... almond? In all very floral.Steinus (4) - - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
Appearance: Clear dark amber liquid, much foam with remaining laces.
Taste: The taste is dominated by the hops in citric aromas combined with sweet caramel malt, a well balanced brew.
Palate: Good carbonation which makes it pleasant to drink.
Overall: Perfect on a snowy evening like this!
2012-01-21: A vertical tasting of ’11, ’10 and ’09 shows that storing does not improve this beer. Reviewed 2009-12-15.
Dark ruby red. White head dissolved quickly. Smells wonderfully of bread then citrus. Taste of cocoa. Aftertaste of figs. I like this ale and would recommend it. RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Pours a nice very slightly fogged amber with a small crème head off a careful pour. Nose is pretty boring. But the flavor is very nice indeed. Starts off nice and hoppy. Then I get some nice funk on the edge. Then I get a kind of smoked aftertaste. I like this. Feel has a nice level of carbonation to it. Liquid is smooth. This is very drinkable and has an interesting flavor profile to boot. Definitely worth trying. I wish I had more. I wonder if this would ever become available on tap.
Cunningham (8529) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 Egentlig helt enig med Mr dnoaksson sin beskrivelse. En ren nytelse så ti still og drikk :-)
Bottle. Reddish colour with a white head. Delicious grape nose. Floral fruity flavour with a well balanced malty background. wildbeercat (359) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2014
500ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cold.
Aroma: Pine needles, caramel, lots of hoppy bitterness.
Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep mahogany body with a massive, creamy vanilla-white head. Medium+ visible carbonation. Superb lacing.
Taste: First flavors I get are pine needles and moderately bitter hops, followed by caramel malt, a maple-esque sweetness. Full flavored and delicious!
Palate: Medium body, low carbonation. Long finish that ends on pine-y hops. Slightly warms.
Overall: A pretty fantastic winter ale! It reminds me of Christmas trees. Great stuff!! deft (84) - SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2008
50cl bottle at home. Red/brown color with medium tan head. Sweet smell, with nuts and bread. Taste is bitter and a bit hoppy and a long bitter aftertaste. I’ve had several of these and under the right conditions this one is wonderful. 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.
mikeyswede (37) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
I really like this winter ale it has a fresh fresh taste and I’ll have it any time