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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: 968   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.



3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbertels (171) - NORWAY - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours like a stout and a good one! Big, brown head that reveals spicy aromas and caramel richness. Marched by the actual taste which is one of the richest winter warmers I have had. A through and through fantastic ale!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Senka (828) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2014
50cl bottle. Brewed 14.03.13 Batch 934/936-B Opened 30.12.2014. Served at 12degC, as advised. Feels like a stout, and a good one. Pours clear dark brown, with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and sulfur. Slightly tastes of iron and sulfur, but no indication of going sour. Was not exposed to sunlight. Stored in a closed compartment. Long aftertaste of burned rye and sugars on a rusted spoon. Alcohol is a bit straightforward - present all around the palette. Did not met my expectations. I love Nøgne Ø, but this is a miss for me. I will try to get a this years batch.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tandembrauer (430) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 Bottle at home. Pours black with big beige head. Aroma of cacao, caramel, vanilla, chocolate liquor, liquorice, leather. Taste sweet with coffee, liquorice, nuts, caramel, spices, raisins, some alcohol. Long lasting bitterness with burned notes.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (314) - Moscow, RUSSIA - DEC 28, 2014
A lot of spices, sweet, caramel, cinnamon excellent warming ale. Good christmas beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andy_ (867) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2014
500 ml bottle, brewed 2013-03-22
Dark brown, almost black beer with light brown big head. Aroma has chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, spicy christmas loafy bread and little refreshing crisp berries. Flavor has light toasted malts, spicy christmas loafy bread, chocolate, licorice and bitterness. Palate is full with quite strong carbonation. Finish is long with quite strong bitterness. Aftertaste has licorice, light toasted malts and spices. An excellent christmas beer, perfect for slow sipping.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rollerton (121) - SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from SB, actually from 2013 but still in stock. Very malty aroma and taste, very complex and rich. A good beer, although I prefer less malty ones.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (411) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2014
The aroma is malts - coffee, chocolate some sweetness. Pours very dark almost black with a very creamy lasting light brown head, not much lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium/full, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and the finish bitter. Had this bottle for a few years, turned out pretty good!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blogmeabeer (23) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2014
Dark brown with tan head. Heavy licorice and dark chocolate to the nose, also a hint of roasted notes. Dense dark fluid with licorice, dark rye bread, and chocolate. Complex yet well balanced. I really like this one!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lilja (1944) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
5 årig flaska från SB, batch 367. Smak och doft av choklad, torkad frukt, karamell, marsipan, rostad malt med toner av aska. Fantastiskt gott, välbalanserad, rund och len, lagom söt med fin bitterchokladbeska. Så värt att vänta på att smakerna skulle gotta till sig.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sebilinz (784) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle. Dark Brown nearly black body with tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with licoriceand some hints of coffee. Taste is also licorice and coffee and some hints of dried fruits. Aftertaste is roasted malts bitterness with some coffee. O.K.


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