Oppigårds Winter Ale - Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
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Reviews by OttoBomb:
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured from a 1 pint, .9 oz bottle (500 ml) bottle into a DogFish Head signature glass (September 5, 2010). There is no freshness dating.
Eyes: Pours a very dark, burnt, brown sugar color which only allows light to pass through the edges. A lighter brown sugar color is the thick foam that erupts above the rim of the glass. A beautiful, hearty looking beer.
Nose: No spice on the nose, which might be a problem, but at least it won't be over spices like many winter warmers can be. Thick malt aromas dominate. Some mild grassy hops suggest their presence.
Tongue: Very nicely done here, good hop flavors atop a nice roasted malt. The ingredients seem simple, but their complexity is high.
Mouth: I'm surprised it's so light for the style and appearance. Not watery at all, but I'd prefer a bit more retention.
Libation: I'm a big fan of the winter warmer style. And while this has no spice and lower ABV, two things that push them away from the standards of the style, the pleasant malt and effective hop additions create a hearty, complex brew.
09-07-2010 02:27:44 | More by OttoBomb
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +6%
Poured into a becker a russett brown with a thin wispy slight off white head.A good mix of chocolate malt and leafy hops,well rounded and appetizing.A tad thin the feel,I would have liked a fuller feel to compliment the flavors.Chocolate malts and leafy hops match together well on the palate,with a fuller mouthfeel this would be really top notch.I liked this beer it seemed to be a hopped up American brown ale,again with fuller mouthfeel it would be great,as is its solid.
01-13-2012 22:59:21 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
01-22-2010 18:08:27 | More by generallee
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Unibroue snifter.
A: This great looking beer is a deep red-orange-brown color, with a large off-white head that is exceptionally durable and leaves the glass well coated.
Aroma: medium malts and a nice splash of hops, with hints of vanilla and light spices.
T: The taste starts out malty and lightly sweet, with some caramel and brown sugar. The hops presence then kicks in creating a fairly well balanced mix. The after-taste is slightly bitter, bready, spicy and hoppy.
M: Quite smooth; medium body; medium carbonation sufficient to render the beer a bit lively.
O: A fine hoppy brown ale that will function as a Christmas Ale.
03-27-2013 23:25:50 | More by chinchill
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
ruby colour, beige head, some lacing. aroma is hoppy, pine. lemon, grapefruit. Flavour is full of hops, pine, some sweetness too. mouthfeel is rather lively, the bubbles are small. I really like this beer, together with Jämtlands the best swedish beer for the winter season I've tried so far.
12-06-2008 17:18:15 | More by linnet
3.56/5 rDev -3.3%
Appearance - Pours a hazy burnt orange color with an off-white, rust tinged head that sits just under 2 fingers thick. Fair retention. Leaves a thin layer of microbubbles on the surface. Solid lacing around the glass with good stick.
Smell - Mild sourness at first. Fades as the beer warms, giving way to moderate cocoa notes and a healthy amount of ester fruitiness.
Taste - Moderate cocoa and hints of caramel character from start to finish, complimented by both sweet and mildly sour fruity esters; red apple and slight grain mid-taste while touches of Eureka lemon can be found near and into the finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium in body with a fair amount of soft carbonation. Near creamy. Goes down well.
Overall - A solid winter ale. That said, I dont feel I'd be missing much if I never had it again. If it were even just a bit more roasty, maybe I'd be thinking otherwise.
03-24-2013 03:59:01 | More by TheSixthRing
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
500ml brown bottle served cold into an imperial pint glass. Distinctively shaped bottle with farmers on the label.
The entire bottle pours into the glass with no sediment in the bottom. The beer has a nice ruby-brown color with good clarity. There is barely any head and what was there settled quickly.
Aroma is sweet with soft winter spices.
Flavor is not bad but not what I was expecting either. This is really more of a dunkelweizen or doppelbock than a winter warmer. It definately has the characteristics of a dark wheat beer. Nice caramel malt backbone with mild hoppiness, a slight bit of roast, and some light spiciness. It works well as a winter style but I wouldn't consider this one a winter warmer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lowish carbonation. Fairly well-balanced but leaning towards the sweet end of the spectrum.
Overall a good beer, probably over-priced, definately miscategorized.
12-16-2009 23:24:56 | More by GilGarp
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
Doesn't look like much, laggerish light after initial foam.Somewhat cheesy aroma. The taste is somehwhat hoppy and refreshing. A natural casklike carbonation. Bit of light lemonlime aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Taste is one of those 3.7 impossibilities.
05-18-2008 03:22:38 | More by Sammy
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
It is supposed to be 81ºF on Saturday - guess I'll have to close my eyes and imagine snow drifts while listening to some Swedish black metal (in this case, Abruptum) while polishing another Winter seasonal from the frozen North...
Poured from a 500mL bottle into a snifter.
Burnt orange body with red-ish flame highlights, dark but clear capped by a voluminous crown of heavy beige merengue. Sticky, pasty, three-dimensional lacing.
Brandy, clove-studden oranges, hints of sherry (suggesting mild oxidation), and stewed dark fruit in the nose. A hint of grassy noble hops contributes some additional evergreen and juniper fragrance.
Tart up-front but this is quickly balanced by hay, grain, and an unusual malt bill. Hints of oak throughought. Mild yet complex bitterness mid-palate leading into an earthy, almost dusty, dry herbal finish...some sweetness returns in the aftertaste hinting at muscavado sugar.
Quite effervescent, the carbonation gives the beer a "whipped" feel almost. Not especially warming with the session-able ABV.
This is an unusual beer, spicier/earthier and more restrained (in terms of fruit, sweetness, oxidation, strength, etc) than many Old Ales, though it isn't far off in style. Would pair very well with Falukorv and some fried potatoes or a similar hearty simple Swedish meal...
01-14-2011 03:37:22 | More by augustgarage
4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
Oppigards Winter Ale pours a hazy (it's bottle-conditioned), deep chestnut brown body beneath a thick head of tan foam that holds quite well and leaves jagged patches of lacing about the glass.
The aroma is malty and hoppy, expressing a delicate toastiness, scorched sugar, a hint of chocolate, and leafy, grassy, and delicately citrusy hops.
In the mouth it's medium bodied and pillowy soft as the carbonation is released.
The flavor delivers a solid maltiness that's a bit roasty with a darkly caramelish edge, and suggestions of chocolate. A brisk bitterness backs it, and it's balanced by some lightly citrusy, spicy (perhaps piney?), and leafy hops.
09-15-2009 21:50:58 | More by NeroFiddled
3.66/5 rDev -0.5%
A thinnish, fairly clear ruby brown pour. The head is pretty stellar, but can't make up for the watery look from the pour. Lots of carbonation leaves a huge head, several fingers thick...offwhite color, the sides fall in before the center. Lots of sticky lace.
Not much scent, it's Earthy and biscuity. A slight spice profile, but you really have to have your nose in it to pick it up. Caramel malts?
There's nothing to indicate this is a winter beer. There's a faint spice character, but little else. Very malty with caramel and pilsner malts providing both some sweet soda flavor and a balancing bitterness. Tiniest bit of cinnamon taste in the finish.
It's got layers of complexity with some sweet, some spicy and some bitter, all at different points. Medium bodied despite the water look upon pour. Lots of carbonation in the pour, but nothing in the way of feel. The savory bitterness and faint spicy feel lasts in to the swallow.
Fairly good beer. Not much in the way of a winter warmer as it lacks any warming alcohol or thick spiciness, but a good beer overall. Goes down easy with good taste and better complex feel.
02-03-2013 05:08:58 | More by RickS95
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
Two fingers of tan head on a copper colored body.
The smell is candy, wet grain and lemon.
The taste is a moderate bitter and malt mix. A little unbalanced. The sweetness comes through stronger beginning to middle with dry bitter ending.
Moderate carbonation and medium body with a slight sticky feeling.
An enjoyable drink.
12-30-2012 04:06:09 | More by Fatehunter
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours amber/caramel with 3fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Some breadyness & fruittyness
T: A bit of cakeyness & some gingerbread. As this warms more breadyness & brown sugar. Finishes with leafy hops, dryness & toffee
MF: Thin/medium bodied with some carbonation
Drinks good, not sure I'd call this a winter warmer. More of a brown, not worth $5 a .5L for sure
01-02-2008 05:06:19 | More by russpowell
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
1 pint, .9 fluid ounce rounded brown bottle lacking brewed or bottled-on date.
Pours clear red-edged dark brown with an inch of creamy tan head and nice lace. The aroma is quite nutty and spicy. Biscuit and carmel malts provide the base, while herbal hops tickle the senses. The beer is quite dry and hoppy for a British-style winter warmer. Initial caramel malts round into a chewy and rather smoky nut center. Finishes with brisk medium-dry pine-needle hop tones. The beer is rich and creamy in the mouth, with sufficient (but limited) carbonation.
A great take on winter bitter from Sweden.
01-07-2008 03:23:00 | More by dgallina
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
Random sale pickup at my local - it's a particularly cool evening, so this'll do.
Into a pint glass a maple syrup brown with minimal head that quickly dissipates.
Nose is dark sweet malts, a bit bready.
Thin and very malty with a slightly toasty caramel presence. Prickly carbonation, some hop earthy bitterness that's almost gingery at the end. Malt really dominates, would have liked more spice from the hops to recognized it as a winter warmer. Also, almost too crisp for a warmer. Still quite drinkable.
Malty and clean but ultimately a little too light for the style I think.
05-09-2011 01:34:56 | More by OldIronLungs
2.98/5 rDev -19%
Had on tap at SMÖF 2012.
Pours a very nice dark amber. Some haziness.
Smells a little of alcohol, otherwise quite dull.
The liquid is light, and doesn't leave me with the impression I was looking for. There is, however a satisfying, long lasting bitterness.
Looks nice and is nice to drink, but the taste and aroma leaves me disappointed.
10-29-2012 16:11:42 | More by ohoh
3.89/5 rDev +5.7%
500ml bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a huge long lasting creamy tan head. Very good head retention and lacing through out. Aroma of dark roasted caramel malt, dark fruit, espresso and cacao esters fill the senses. Taste is roasted dark caramel malt, espresso beans and cacao, a bit of dark fruit with some mild bitterness. Palate is a full body, creamy texture with mild carbonation. Finish is of roasted dark caramel malt, yeast, espresso beans and cacao, some dark fruity notes ending has some mils bitterness with some lingering roasted espresso flavor. Overall a very good, flavorful and enjoyable brew, nice.
07-08-2013 01:38:47 | More by Samp01
Oppigårds Winter Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
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