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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: 1026   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.



4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ANZUShophunter (280) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2016
From bottle in tulip glass. Pours deep mahogany with 1 cm tan head and a bit of residual yeast and has a nice broad aroma of Christmas fruit cake. Dark malts provide significant sweetness and mask the alcohol on the palate. I’m a few weeks late cracking this one but God Jul!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GJF (1513) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle from Benz. Nice roasted nose. Dark pour. Thin head. Some interesting piney and spice flavors, but I found it a little too colaish for my taste. It’s good, but not one of my favorite seasonals.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hermod (6414) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2016
50cl bottle, batch #1483, brygget 23.07.15. Pours cola brown in color, lovely thick brown head. Citrusy hoppy nose at first, followed by fresh liquirice, roasted malt, ashy tones and coffee. I could sniff this all day. Flavor has citrusy hops, coffee, ashy notes, liquirice, slightly burnt malts. Lingering coffee notes, some dark fruits there in the back as well as dark chocolate. Massive beer. Very flavorful. 8.5% is nowhere to be found. Feels like a heavy black IPA at first, but also got that bodied caramelly malty stuff in there. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
metalspice (659) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2016
Svart, men noe lys slipper gjennom. Intens duft av mørkt brød, syltede kirsebær, dadler og filen. Smaken har nøtter, jord, tørket frukt og en mørk fruktig bitterhet i avslutningen. Denne var god og nytes til pepperkaker med blåmuggost.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
500 ml bottle. Pours a ruby reddish dark brown to black with a resilient dark beige head. Aroma is spicy: anise, black licorice, cloves and mint. Flavor is spices, anise, peppermint, chocolate and coffee. Finish is chocolate, burnt caramel, booze, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Lingering chocolate and coffee, light booze. Full body, velvety and oily mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation. Great Christmas ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erasmus_ro (2505) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle, 30/12/15, batch #1483, BBE 23/07/19. Pours a dark cola with a decent, beige head. Aroma is chocolate, some fruitiness, citrus, light liquorice, roast. Taste is roast, chocolate, some fruitiness, liquorice. Some earthiness. Very full. Really nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarpa (1372) - 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 (352) - 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 (108) - 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 (5272) - 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.


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