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


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RATINGS: 926   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1384) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnicolaescu (785) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2425) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1284) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4371) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1088) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (4596) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle from Bottle Park, Bratislava. Dark brown color with huge beige head. Aroma chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oranges. Taste, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, hops, lot of hops. Hoppy bitterness in chocolatey finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smmaaren (219) - NORWAY - MAR 21, 2014
50 cl bottle. Pours almost pitch black with a huge beige head. Aroma sofa caramel, coffee, spices, citrus and flowers. Taste is sweet with an oily texture. Happy christmas in march!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2268) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
1/8/2012. From bottle labeled as Winter Ale. Dark brown with a tan head. Spicy and malty aromas with chocolate, caramel, dark malt. Sweet ad spicy flavors and not overly hoppy. Very nice seasonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hens (528) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - MAR 13, 2014
0.5L bottle. Coffee color and creamy, brown fat top. Smoky, caramel hop aroma. Alcohol, strong overcooked sugar, coffee, oven cheese, sour overcooked vegetables. Quite attractive. Smoky bitter end. After few seconds is alcohol taste on mouth.

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