Saturday, March 22, 2014

Huvila E.S.B. - Finland - 2/2/2014

The low down: 
What does extra special/strong bitter even mean? Disregard the fact that to some it's strong and to some it's special. Wikipedia provides some insight, but really it seems, special/strong is really quite subjective.

I've decided this one is special, as this beer was kind of special, not least of all because it was a magically snowy afternoon in Stockholm when I was lucky enough to stumble across it.

Beautifully bitter and floral hops, this would make for a spectacular summer beer, if Scandinavia even has summer.

Packaging: 8/10
This is a crisp design, it looks flash and modern. This score could move up or down if i was able to decipher the Finnish.
Refreshment: 8/10
Despite the hops, this would be really, really easy to session.
Flavour 8/10
Tasty. This is a great example of a bitter, special, strong, or otherwise.
Alcohol Content: 6/10
5.2% Seems higher than you would expect.
Price: 8/10
$16.00. God damn Swedish prices. I've been assured it is much cheaper in Finland and Estonia.
Total: 38/50

Finland was one of the 4 countries we skipped but had originally wanted to visit as we only had so much leave and so much money. Finland ranks highly on the next winter vacation we will take, not least of all because of the craft brewing scene. The most common meat dish in Finland is pork sausage. I can see a match.