Archive for December 1st, 2009

One of my finds at the Systembolaget store in Charlottenberg was Midvinternattens Mörker. A lovely name, meaning the Darkness of Midwinter Night.

This is a beer from Sigtuna Brygghus, a micro brewery in the Stockholm area. At a pinch it could be included in the list of breweries at airports, it is just a few minutes away from Arlanda airport.

As the name implies, this is a black beer with a lovely velvet feel to it. It has a sour edge and reveals layers of flavour. Raisins, port, a little soot and roasted grain.

Lovely finish with just the right amount of sourness. Not extreme, but extremely well crafted. Not a refreshing beer, but a refreshingly different beer.

I prefer this to  most English old ales, it has a slightly higher alcohol level which I thing adds depth in itself as well as making the most of the other elements.

Beer of the year? No

Surprise of the year? Probably. Catch it if you can.

I have no photo of the beer, I had not planned to blog about htis when I opened it for a nightcap. No photo of Sigtuna, either, the Stocholm suburbs are not very good looking. We’ll try a pic from Longyearbyen instead, where the midwinter night lasts for 4 months or so.

Longyearbyen at noon

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