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


on tap

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RATINGS: 975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (1000) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown looking almost black in the glass. Medium dark tan head. Aroma of leather, burnt sugar, roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is abit sweet but still pretty balanced. Dark fruits, dark chocolate, a whiff of alcohol and a light bitter finish. Close to full bodied with avg co2 levels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (3303) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2015
(Nøgne Ø God Jul) Bottle 500 ml at home, served into a snifter. ABV 8.5% dark brown colour on the body, leaving some light passing through it and getting red ruby hues because of it. Small and thin beige head with average retention, leaving light lacing on the glass. Aroma of plums mainly, more dark fruits, spices, molasses. Sweet taste, light caramel, plums, raisins, spices, stewed red fruits, marmalade, light roasted malts on the finish, and some bitterness there with good duration. Medium thin body, average carbonation. Very good, tasty winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head, almost looks like a stout. Alcohol on the nose, pretty strong, some roasted malts as well; follows onto the palate. It’s only 8.5%, but it smells like it should be 15%. Pretty boozy on the flavor too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hugi (467) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2015
Dark brown, cloudy, with a medium brown head. Aroma of biscuit, malt, caramel, dry fruits balanced with some hoppyness. complex maltiness, medium bittter, fruity finish. Some notes of esters present at the end. Full body, a bit sweetish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (6790) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is spiced, coffee, chocolate, taste is similar, rich, fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (1120) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 22, 2015
500 ml bottle from Beer Store Vienna, brewed 24.06.14.
Dark brown body, with a big, dense, creamy, dark beige head.
Aroma of nuts, coffee, earth, soy, dark fruits, subtle hops.
Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, earth, wood, dark fruits, citric hops, some spices.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes roasty, sweet malty, earthy, a bit wooden and subtly hoppy.

A tasty, dark malty, creamy winter warmer. Very smooth to drink, the ABV is completely hidden. Really pleasant winter ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leini (1366) - SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2015
500ml bottle, 2012 edition. Dark brown body, no crown. Roasted malt, soy, liquorice. Tastes a bit oxidated and lacks depth. Propable due to aging. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
morri (254) - NORWAY - FEB 3, 2015
500ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Muddy dark brown body. Tiny light brown head with good lacing. Aroma is nutty. Roasted malt, coffee and leather. Mostly bitter on the tongue before it gets really sweet and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (952) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Dark brown, medium tan head. Aroma: Caramel, dark fruits, coffee, cocoa . Palate: medium to full body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neongolden (804) - 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.

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