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Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: American Strong Ale
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 967   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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In the US this is called "Winter Ale".

A dark ale brewed specially for the Christmas season, with a rich, complex taste of caramel. This is a strong, dark and rather sweet Christmas Beer – just the way we think a Christmas beer should be.

Recommended serving temperature 12°C/53°F. Great with cheese or nuts. Ingredients: Lager, Munich, caramel, black, and chocolate malt; Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

19°P, 30 IBU, 8.5 % ABV.



3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neongolden (680) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2015
(Bottle from Systembolaget, brewed July 7, 2012) Pours lightly hazy cola color with a fairly small tan head that fades to a ring leaving lace. Aroma has overtones of sweet soy or hoisin sauce, oxidized? Beneath that, some toffee/caramel sweetness, toasted bready malt, a bit of dried fruit, like Christmas cake. Kind of hidden by that oxidized tang. Palate fairly sweet and malty, but dampened by oxidation’s metallic character. Core is least affected, with brown sugar, toffee, toast. Some of that dried fruit, muddled, maybe nuts or unsweetened chocolate hints. Finish is pretty much dominated by oxidation, dry and thin and lightly bitter. Bit thin bodied for the style with light prickly carb. Some alcohol in the aftertaste. I do not think this bottle is at its best, Systembolaget probably shouldn’t be selling things from previous years’ releases if they cannot store bottles properly. Disappointing, but I am not convinced the brewer is at fault for that at all. I would try a bottle again if bought fresh.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alteregoo (153) - POLAND - JAN 10, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2015 Po przelaniu do sniftera ukazuje nam się olbrzymia czapa beżowej piany, średnio i drobno pęcherzykowa, pod nią powoli ukazuje się naszym oczom ciemno brązowy nieprzejrzysty płyn. Po kilku minutach piana w końcu redukuje się do trwałego kożuszka, pozostawiając wyraźny lejsing na szkle. Aromat bardzo przypomina wyleżakowanego Portera Bałtyckiego. Przede wszystkim czekolada, a właściwie likier kakaowy i kawa espresso, lekkie palone nuty, suszone owoce. Po ogrzaniu czuć też laktozę, dokładnie taką jak w milk stoucie. Ogólnie pachnie dość słodko i przyjemnie. W smaku bardzo treściwie, wręcz oleiście, dość słodko, jest tu kakao, śliwka w czekoladzie, pumpernikiel, wanilia, są też ziemisto-popiołowe akcenty, co również potęguje gęstość piwa (taki efekt, o jeszcze wyższym natężeniu, był w świetnym Leann Folláin). Alkohol wyraźnie rozgrzewa, jest dość dobrze ułożony, średnia ziołowo-chmielowa goryczka fajnie dochodzi do głosu na finiszu. Wyczuwalna jest także kwasowość od ciemnych słodów. Nagazowanie średnie do niskiego. Ogólnie bardzo szlachetnie, skrzyżowanie RISa i Porteru Bałtyckiego. Taka interpretacja piwa świątecznego przez browarników z Nogne O odpowiada mi najbardziej - nie potrzeba wcale masy różnych przypraw i pseudo pierników, żeby zrobić fantastyczny trunek na zimowe wieczory!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rami_pl (240) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 5, 2015
(przeprowadzka z excela: 2014-08-15, Czeska Baszta, kran) Dziwny, inny aromat - chyba najbardziej suszona sliwka, ale tez karmel, czekolada, kawa, chleb (duzo pumpernikla), generalnie aromat ciezki. Smak slodko-karmelowy, nieco goryczki ale nijak nie chmielowej (tzn jakas taka przyprawowa), znow chleb, czekolada, znow sliwki (suszone), pierniki, jakies przyprawy dziwne - slad anyzku? dziwne piwo, pierwsze lyki z mocnym alkoholem pozniej już nie. Fanem nie jestem, ale na pewno warto sprobowac. Chetnie bym powtorzyl, ale tym razem 0,3 :) Bardzo "lepkie" w ustach, nieco likierowe mimo ze pelne.
Jedno z dziwniejszych piw jakie pilem.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (347) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle @ home. 2009 edition, BF 2013-06, aged approx 5 years. Almost back with a medium and lasting tan head. Delicious sweet, malty and vinous aroma of dark fruits, licorice, wood, biscuits and a bold caramel backbone. Also notes of spices, red berries, nuts and chocolate and a hint of sulfur. Quite dry, sweet and with a big mouth feel and smooth carbonation. Flavors of caramel, licorice, nuts, vinous raisins and dates, oranges and chocolate. Finish has charcoal, nuts, chocolate and spices with rather low but still okey bitterness. And it was a wonderful beer except....the lingering aftertaste carries some quite annoying metallic band aid notes (but then again, this one has been aged past it’s best before date)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nordcore (1093) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle 50 cl. Black with a nice lightbrown head. Dark fruit aroma, with some chocolate, spices and coffee sence. Medium sweet, light bitter with a Nice soft coffee and spices end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FinkBeer (15) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Get ready for an amazing Christmas style nose, but don't be surprised, it's smokey taste will kick right in. A very nice syrupy experience, deviating a bit from your typical Scandinavian Christmas winter ale styles. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (2793) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from Den Nordiske Ølhandel, Copenhagen - very dark brown pour with beige head. Aroma and taste is heavy sweet malty, medium roasty, some caramel, chocolate, dried fruits and a plethora of spices. Great winter warmer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nudiebear (167) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
2013 bottle @end of 2014. Poured a dark brown with a very lively light brown head. Smells of citrus, christmas spice (caramel), chocolate and coffee malts and something close to peat (earthy?). Tastes like fizzy coffee, bitter and slightly smoky. Heavy on the palate. Good

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbertels (157) - NORWAY - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours like a stout and a good one! Big, brown head that reveals spicy aromas and caramel richness. Marched by the actual taste which is one of the richest winter warmers I have had. A through and through fantastic ale!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Senka (810) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2014
50cl bottle. Brewed 14.03.13 Batch 934/936-B Opened 30.12.2014. Served at 12degC, as advised. Feels like a stout, and a good one. Pours clear dark brown, with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and sulfur. Slightly tastes of iron and sulfur, but no indication of going sour. Was not exposed to sunlight. Stored in a closed compartment. Long aftertaste of burned rye and sugars on a rusted spoon. Alcohol is a bit straightforward - present all around the palette. Did not met my expectations. I love Nøgne Ø, but this is a miss for me. I will try to get a this years batch.


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