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