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

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RATINGS: 930   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.



3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3437) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle from winter 2012. Pours deep clear black with a large creamy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark malty, toffee, cocoa, figs, burned caramel. Flavor is a bit simpler, medium sweet and malty with lots of chocolate and caramel, a bit of ash, just a touch of juniper. No real sign of the CCC hopping other than light residual bitterness after this much time in the rot box. Medium body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bunget (567) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear brown body, huge mocha head with good retention. Boozy aroma: candy sugar, yeast, figs, blackberries. Taste of roasted malt, booze, herbal hops a bit woodsy. Heavy.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3883) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
16.9 oz bottle. Deep brown with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of malt, tobacco, brown sugar, smoke, leather, fig, and raisin. Taste is of cedar, spiced apple, fig, raisin, brown sugar, and earth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4116) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle. The look is dark, brown to black in color, and has a tan head. The smell is smoke, hops, juniper, ash, malt, and tobacco. The taste is sweet, tang, malt, coffee, ash, and interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1458) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 25, 2014
Molt bona cervesa, però en el meu cas estava bastant gasificada. Muy buena cerveza, pero en mi caso estaba bastante gasificada.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnicolaescu (914) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - APR 24, 2014
BOTTLE 50CL from Gunnar. Thanks a lot! Gusher! Look: dark ruby almost black with a big beige frothy head. Aroma: very sweet, toffee, caramel and hops. Taste: intense, sweet, coffee, hops some ashes in the aftertaste.

A rich and intense beer - a hop-flavoured liquid candy!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2528) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2014
Cellared 2010, 16.9 oz. competition bottle, shared and poured to snifters, after showing good pressure under the cap, and an opaque, darkest brown color, with a modest amount of fleeting, brownish tan head foam, and light spotting to the lace. The nose was dark bread/pumpernickel, a little cocoa, some spice, and dark fruit as prune & cherry. The taste added a bit of tartness and some vinous nature, as decent carbonation carried light creaminess to the tongue. Medium bodied, with hidden alcohol, moderate bitterness, some tannins & barrel hints?, and a dry finish. A tasty Old Ale that held up quite well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1448) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle shared by czar, thanks! Pours a dark and opaque brown with a yellow (huh?) head that offers good lacing. Nose is smokey and fruity, offers some light sugar and unfortunately something I associate with cleaning products. This isn’t a disaster though and definitely something special. Taste is dry (I didn’t expect that) and offers the same smoky flavors as the nose would suggest. There is also some salty chocolate impressions. Body was medium-full and mouthfeel really lean. Alcohol was really well hidden also. Fun and definitely special, I really enjoyed that one!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4609) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
pours unclear medium dark brown with a small yellow cap, some retention and lacing. smoked raisins, salted caramel, red grapes, woodsy and almost vinous, very spicy - cinnamon - well dosed though, lots of bitter herbs, moderate sweetness. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, assertive and astringent grassy-spicy finish. awkward, interesting and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1411) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, dry, not sweet. Appearance: dark brown, huge frothy beige head. Taste: light sweet and bitter. Palate: at first sweet, chocolate, light bitters coming up. Overall: excellent American Strong Ale, complex palate. Bottle from friends.


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