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Sigtuna Midvinterblot (2012) - Sigtuna Brygghus

Sigtuna Midvinterblot (2012)Sigtuna Midvinterblot (2012)

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very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.04%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 11-08-2012)
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Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with some black chocolate notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by some roasted malt with light dry coffee notes and some black chocolate notes. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Easily drinkable for the style with just enough complexity to be interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 17:47:06 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for $3.30 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in pint glass

A- Pretty good. Opened well. Poured with a TON of head for a stout

S- Pretty good. Caramel, roasted malt and chocolate.

T- Not too bad. Nothing to wait on

M- Excellent! This beer's saving grace.

O- Not bad. Won't benefit from more aging so I have one more for the spring to drink!

Food Pairing

This ok stout paired well with... Lamb shank and root vegetables in a reduced red wine sauce.


Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 01:50:34 | More by DaveBar
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Walnut black under a moderate head that settles to a heavy ring and partial film. Some lace.

Charcoal, some slight dark fruit, a whiff of alcohol. Just pedestrian.

Similar tastewise. Lots of ash and tar. Missing much of the chocolate, fruit, and coffee that you might expect from a brew like this. Lingering coffee finish, however. A touch of sourness. Slightly drying finish. Pretty thin bodied.

Unremarkable in comparison to similar brew. Too understated, nothing pops.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 01:07:41 | More by TerryW
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Black pour with half finger of tan head. Good carbonation. No lace and no retention.

S - Super chocolatey, some coffee, milk chocolate.

T - Coffee, chocolate, iced coffee, quite sweet. Good coffee and chocolate intermingling.

M - Bitterness to finish, medium creamy carbonation, medium creamy body.

O/D - A nice sweet chocolatey Imperial Stout. Enjoyable stuff, but nothing too extreme. Well put together with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:17:49 | More by tbeckett
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't speak a word of Swedish, but I believe Midvinterblot has something to do with winter - it looks as dark as a late December night. There is, however, one big difference between this and a Swedish winter scene: a lack of white. The powder in this glass is mocha brown.

Though the beer received no special treatment, it has an aroma every bit as powerful as one aged in a barrel; it has similarly intoxicating notes of dark fudge, espresso, vanilla, and cigar smoke. It smells like a collaboration between a brewer, a baker, and a barista and is way richer than you'd expect from its (relatively modest) 8% alcohol content.

Midvinterblot was brewed to help ward off the mid-winter chill. Indeed, it tastes like it has enough calories to last us until spring - nothing this flavourful can possibly be low-cal. Is there anything more rich than brandy-infused dark chocolate truffles? How about when the truffles are dusted in cocoa powder and served alongside a cup of black espresso?

One thing you never want an Imperial Stout to be - not even one intended to warm you at the coldest time of the year - is burning. No issue here. There's layers upon layers of gooey chocolate, coffee oils and roasted barley but not a trace of alcohol. It's actually very approachable for something so strongly flavoured.

Midvinterblot is named for an ancient winter solstice festival where Vikings would make sacrifices in an attempt to keep the darkness at bay (which is kind of ironic given the beer's so black and opaque). Still, something this special would certainly have appeased the gods.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:33:34 | More by biegaman
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gigtuna Midvinterblot
Dark black with a solid dark tan head, excellent retention of a solid whispy film and good lacing. 4.25
S- dark and super robust, dark roasty malts, licorice, fruity coffee, some restrained chocolate, mostly a big dark malt profile, fruity leafy hops, pleasantly balanced and robust. Some chocolatey sweetness, alongside plenty of earthy notes. 4.25
T – richly malty, then cocoa powder comes in with some roasty coffee notes. Coffee and fruity chocolate. Light caramel sweetness against some moderate bitterness works to make this both a satisfyingly rich stout and a lightness. Slight salty bitterness, this has some hops but they blend very nicely. Rich chocolate flavor, slightly leathery, black cherry. Leaves a dry finish, lingering dark malts. 4.25
M – sublimely smooth, moderate feel with a coating creaminess, moderate soft and playful carbonation to liven the body, not an overly heavy stout but very robust and satisfying in feel. 4.25
Awesome stout, very drinkable and lively. Good interplay of the dark chocolate flavours with the fruity and hop character, a light on the lighter side but overall works very nicely. No problems found, would make a very nice winter stout that has an array of solid flavours melded very nicely. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 17:46:13 | More by mick303
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this Swedish beer from LCBO recently. Looks like this is the 2013 brew. Served chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown, virtually black with only a half finger of creamy off white head. Ok retention leaves a soapy cream on top of the liquid.

Smell - Chocolate, with a bit of hoppiness there ad also trace licorice aromas. Some dark fruits and a smoked aroma as well. Remind me of St. Ambroise RIS, but the lighter version of that. Quite nice overall.

Taste- Chocolate and coffee with an extremely roasted character to them. Smokey on the back end. Quite a bit going on here and a lot of moving flavor profiles.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, rich and even a bit oily. Medium-high carbonation for the style. Bit of an alcohol burn in there too.

Overall - Pretty good effort and enjoyed this. While I enjoyed others more, this is pretty decent for the price point and has a subdued effect of the interesting licorice and smoked characteristics that I seem to like albeit in smaller quantities.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:51:24 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Dec. 17 2014. I believe this is my first Swedish beer review, and I'd just like to add that it's nice to not tick a new country with yet another industrial-style pale lager. Served at cellar temperature, and poured into a tulip.

Pours pitch-black with a few reddish-brown highlights, with two fingers of puffy, creamy, beige-coloured head exploding from the surface. It takes more than five minutes to recede into a dense cap, while coating the glass in a smooth sheet of lovely lacing. Nice aroma, but nothing especially noteworthy given the style - molasses and butterscotch sweetness, baker's chocolate, roasted coffee and a light whiff of smoke are detectable, in addition to some hints of raisin and fruitcake.

Much more of a roasty, bitter flavour than the aroma let on, but I'm good with that. Caramel and molasses sweetness soon give way to roasted malts, dark chocolate and raisins. Light smoke and charred wood come through toward the finish, with some very slight ethanol warmth interacting with this bitter, roasted flavour nicely. Bittersweet aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Full-bodied, with delicate, restrained carbonation that lightly agitates the tongue. The mouthfeel is very smooth and almost silky; this stuff is a pleasure to drink.

Final Grade: 4.24, an impressive A-. Sigtuna Midvinterblot may not be the best RIS I've had so far, but it's still a great one that, in the future, I'll be keeping my eye out for. This is a bold-flavoured stout that manages to remain balanced and impressively drinkable considering the style. A solid introduction to the Swedish craft beer scene, and a very respectable selection for my 550th review. Skål!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 18:00:52 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BB Dec 17, 2014

Beer is black with a small to moderately-sized tan head.

Nose is quite nice. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and a milky scent.

Taste is also very good. Roasted malt with a bit of a burnt bitterness, along with chocolate and the same milky flavour as highlighted in the nose. Slight coffee. Finish is mildly bitter.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Very silky and smooth.

Overall, very nice. Will probably have to grab a few more of these while it is still in the LCBO!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:25:22 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Pours very dark with a reddish-brown tinge and a thin bubbly head that quickly dissipates. Patchy lacing down the glass.

(4.25) S: Plums, molasses, caramel, woody smoke, brown sugar, leather, and dried fruits (raisins & dates). There’s an enticing boozy aroma that compliments everything well.

(4.0) T: Smoke, burnt caramel, dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, raisins and dates. Very smooth and easy-drinking with a certain mellowness. A solid dry bitterness steers the flavour away from the sweeter elements. Another positive is the subtle boozy-raisin like taste.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel that is slightly textured.

(3.75) D: Mellow, very easy-to-drink, with a standout woody smoke quality that makes this worthy of a try. Agree with other BA's in that this reminds me more of a strong porter. Also must say that it is nice to see a RIS (or any higher ABV style) at the LCBO in the 330ml format.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:35:47 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl bottle from the LCBO. Never heard of this brew before, nor did I have any idea what was inside of the bottle (label's all in swedish)

Poured into a goblet. Chestnut-black in colour, 1/4 inch of head that receded into a thick ring that lasted throughout what has ended up being a slow sipping session.

Nose is quite rich and pleasant - roasted malt, sweet molasses, chocolate, cherry, orange peel, chocolate loaf. Bit of coffee in there as well.

Tasty stout, though a bit thinner than I'd expected for a Russian Stout. Felt more like a porter, to be honest, but at the very least it's a damned tasty one. Rich boozy malt, cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, and a long finish that reminds me of chocolate cookies (to be honest, the exact taste I get is Rice Krispies with nutella, which I don't know if the brewer was exactly going for, but if he did - kudos to him!). Nice enjoyable sipper on a cold December evening.

Thinner bodied, sticky, initially with a strong carbonation, but a few minutes of warmth and air cleared that out a bit.

Great first brew from Sigtuna - hope to see them back at the LCBO with something new in the near future. I'm sure I'll snap up a few more of these to get me through the rest of the Vinter!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 00:16:04 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nearly jet black, ring of tan head with no lace to speak of really. Smell is a mix of roast and milk and dark chocolate, big molasses presence, bits of smoke and liquorice creep in as well, touches of plum and dark fruit as well, mild hop presence. Taste is roasty with a bit of char, chocolate, moderate bitterness made up of hops and coffee, molasses with a fruity-roasty finish. Medium carbonation and a bit prickly as well, full bodied with a bit of a sticky-oily texture. Really good stuff here, carbonation was initially a bit much for my preference but a hard swirl helped, nice depth of flavour here and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 14:54:18 | More by peensteen
Photo of rarbring


4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is dark dark brown, a high brown head, good lacing and good curtains.

Very much roasted malt in the smell, burnt bread, dark roasted coffee beans, dark dried sweet fruits.

Starting very sweet, dark syrup, figs, raisins, marmalade, dark coffee, chocolate and bitter orange peel.

Little carbonation, sticky and oily, a heavy body, a very dry finish.

This year it was even better, and at lower ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 19:26:15 | More by rarbring
Photo of bark


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The clear liquid is dark brown, almost black (90 EBC). The firm finger thick head is warm brown. Some lacing occurs. The liquid leaves some curtains on the glass.

The smell is quite mild and smooth. Sweet notes of toasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee candy and dried red berries; cherries, ripe raspberries and plums. There are some fresh clean bitter notes, too. Some well-hidden alcohol in the background.

The taste is less sweet. Lots of cocoa, some coffee and caramel. Ripe red fruits and berries, hints of matured strong wine. Some sourness and warming alcohol in the background. Medium body. The aftertaste got some alcohol, more coffee and some nuts plus burned cereals. The very long aftertaste got smooth and clean notes of coffee and cocoa. And no alcohol.

The carbonation is quite strong with lots of very small chirt lived bubbles. The liquid is smooth and a little thick.

A mild and clean imperial porter (according to the label). Will probably gain of a few yeas cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 19:10:41 | More by bark
Sigtuna Midvinterblot (2012) from Sigtuna Brygghus
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.