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Sigtuna Midvinterblot (2012) - Sigtuna Brygghus

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Sigtuna Midvinterblot (2012)Sigtuna Midvinterblot (2012)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Sweden

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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Reviews by Digimaika2:
Photo of Digimaika2
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Digimaika2, Dec 16, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

JohnnyBarman, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of TheBrk
3.75/5  rDev -6%

TheBrk, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

aztraz, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of DaveBar
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Enjoy!

DaveBar, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of ThinkAgain
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

ThinkAgain, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of WillAndSarah
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

WillAndSarah, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, mostly opaque, a little ruby tinge when held to the light, 3 fingers of tan head and nice random lacing.

S: Chocolate, licorice, cherries, pear, hazelnuts, nuttiness, walnuts, dark toasted notes, a little wood smoke.

T: Licorice, dark chocolate, cherries and pears, walnuts. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Thick bready and syrupy body with medium low carbonation and a smooth finish.

O: A good Russian Imperial Stout from Sweden, and a cool bottle to boot with the bear paw. Interesting nuttiness for this style.

patre_tim, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

spinrsx, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

RedAleMan, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

liamt07, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

thehyperduck, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of rarbring
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

rarbring, Dec 03, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

headstash, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

byronic, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

-steve-, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

DenisKolkin, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.19/5  rDev +5%
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!

jrenihan, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Kaizoku, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

MNPikey, Feb 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

brutusmuktuk, Feb 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Saksis, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of ToddMopps
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

ToddMopps, Aug 19, 2014
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Sigtuna Midvinterblot (2012) from Sigtuna Brygghus
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.