There is really only one reason why I purchased Oppigårds Winter Ale. OK, maybe two reasons. One, all I needed to see was that it was made in Sweden. YES! Another country for Kris to add. Or, more to the point, NOT add (16+ years of doing this, this is the first beer from Sweden I've seen). Personally I think eliminating all Nordic countries and creating "Scandinavia" would be easier, but I think until I learn how to do the editing, I doubt that will happen. Oh, and reason two, that Swedish letter "å" which will make people wonder how the hell to pronounce it. I think it makes it sound like an "o", so it might read like Oppigords. But I could also be making that up. Anyway, this is malty and sweet, with caramel and toffee notes, but not particularly alcoholic for a winter ale. Then again it's almost always winter in Sweden, where they pretty much need vodka or akvavit in order to keep from freezing to death, so maybe beer is a nice summery beverage when it's less winter than other times of year. In other words the parts of winter when the sun shines, like June and July, instead of the 20 hours of darkness the rest of the year. I kid of course. I'm just happy to be able to talk about Sweden for once! Anyway, if you want to see Scandinavia better-represented, just let Kris know, he'll get right on it.
Reviewed: April 08, 2013