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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 1020   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.



3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarpa (1211) - FINLAND - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle 50cl from Alko. Pours dark brown, beige head. Chocolate, caramel, cocoa, spices in the aroma. Sweet, malty, smooth flavor, with some berries and spices in the flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABT_S54 (322) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
50cl bottle served in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a nice off white head which lasts a short while. Aroma is quite a luxurious blend of sweet malts, dried fruits and spices. Taste is a winter warmer of a beer similar in style to a brown or old ale with extra sweetness and very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is well suited to the style and flavours on offer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmyohane (105) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Aroma has dark chocolate and sweet caramel. Hints of pear and vanilla as well. Pours black with a lasting beige head that leaves little lacing. Taste has medium bitterness from the hops, medium sweetness. Ash, dark chocolate and coffee. Full bodied with average carbonation. Bitter finish. Reminds porter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4528) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle (500 ml). Split 3-ways. Muddy brown with a fully lasting medium tan head leaving little lacing. Aroma is of dark and dried fruits along brown sugar, spices (cinnamon mostly), roasted malts, cocoa and tobacco. Taste is on the sweet side but not cloying and the spices - cinnamon mostly again - balance it nicely. There’s again dried fruits (raisins, plums, figs), tobacco, hints of cherries and brown sugar. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is a bit oily. Spicy finish. Decent balance for what it is. Aroma is particularly nice. Spices are well dosed. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andriesradu (636) - ROMANIA - DEC 24, 2015
Pours almost black with a moderate beige head. Heavy sweet and chocolate aroma, also some nuts. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with quite strong notes of dark chocolate also some roasted malt and dried fruits. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jyrsa (308) - - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle from Alko BBE 07/2019. Dark brown with light brown. Nuts, fruit, dark malt and some sulphur.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Unde (673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2015
Dark brown colour with beige head on top and lots of beautiful lacing. Aroma has roasted malts, dark chocolate. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee and dry ending. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beers0mniac (80) - Joensuu, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2015
Brown almost black color with medium tan head. Inviting very Christmas aroma: Dark chocolates, cloves, roasted malts. Malty, roasty taste with some hops. Excellent Christmas beer!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erzengel (6745) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2015
Old rating, bottle from Systembolaget, best before 25.07.12. 50cl. Intense thick dark beginning. Very viscous, hints of smoke and wood. Dark and dry, great complex with dark malt, nuts, roast, dark fruit. Intense and long viscous aftertaste. Fascinating beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (603) - HUNGARY - DEC 23, 2015
Boldog karácsonyt kíván a Nogne Ř azonos nevű főzete, mely tipológiai besorolása alapján (legalábbis a Ratebeer szerint) american strong ale, jómagam azonban közelebb állónak érzem egy jóféle belgian strong ale-hez, miután illatában erőteljes élesztősség, aszalványos gyümölcsösség, diós súly és tejszínes krémesség hirdeti szinte kiabálva a belga javak jelenlétét a sörben. Mély és tartalmas szerkezete, mint ahogyan az a stílus jellegéből adódik, nagyszerűen megtölthető télies hangulatokkal, ha úgy tartja kedvünk, a medvecukor, édesgyökér, szerecsendió és mézeskalács-fűszerkeverék mindenesetre remek alapul szolgálnak a hideg esték italának testet öltéséhez. Selymesen lágy kortyai komótosak, simák és izgalmasak, ízjegyekkel gazdagon felvértezettek. Méltó eszközei a meghitt pillanatok eltöltésének.


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