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

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common

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common

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RATINGS: 925   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.



3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Draft at Blue monk. Dark Brown body with A thin light brown head. Nose is leather and spice, dark chocolate. Taste reflects the nose.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Korsarz (4) - POLAND - MAR 7, 2014 does not count
Very flavorful, interesting beer. Strong and warming - perfect for a winter evening. Few cookies that were promised;) Still, a very good beer! Norwegian delicacy!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2014
Backlog 2010-edition. Bottle from Systembolaget. Remember this as a slight disappointment. i have a hard time with many winter-seasonals and this just didn’t make the cut.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
stthophead (2) - - FEB 27, 2014 does not count
Was a bit disappointed after other stellar ones from them. The aroma seemed to be quite strong of alcohol to my nose which overpowered some of the more subtle I am sure. Had a hardy mouth feel to it and not much of a head which I suppose is to be expected..... It wasn’t bad but not like others where I would rush out make get another

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (5806) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
had as Winter Ale, bro .. . deep brown .. squirrel belly foam .. . lots of spice, spiked jam, and piney booze .. . would be good in a mince pie, other than that, nothing i’d want again .. . . The downside of DVR is getting freaked out by tornado warnings from four days ago..

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hockeybeerguy (1855) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 24, 2014
The pour has a dark black color and leaves the same colored body with a nice ringy lacing clinging very nicely to the pint glass in rings - nice show. The smell is very coca cola-like initially, but as it warms, some light cherry/raisin comes forth. The taste has some sweet malty Coca-Cola like qualities with some roasted malty notes and the cherry/raisin like qualities coming back. It has a smooth Coca-Cola like aftertaste with a long sweet somewhat watery finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium, comes across somewhat sessionable. Carbonation seems a bit smooth for the style and for me, interesting creaminess coats the mouth and tongue. Overall, this is not a bad winter warmer, pretty interesting with that coca cola aroma and flavoring. Would I have this again, unsure ... but I’m starting to think I should stop reviewing the darker winter warmers as I seem to be straying from a fair amount of them.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4890) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Dark Brown in color, clear with a thin head. Nice easy drinking winter ale . Rich and spicy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyBudgie (692) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
Brown with tan head, Aroma of chocolate and liquorice. Flavour of raosted malts and dark chocolate. Fullbodied with high carbonation (too mutch compared to 2012) sticky texture and dry finish, One of my favourites christmas beers. Solid

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolfunnj (321) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
big chocolaty caramel coffee and toasted malt flavors along with some subtle spice really nice lets you know what youre in for...dense dark brown/black color,no light gets thru..thick foamy tan head lots of lacing on the side of the glass..tastes like coffee..licorice..caramel and chocolate maybe a holiday ale but tastes like a Russian imperial stout ..hops just for tingle at the end more than taste..big beer with thick creaminess otherwise low carbonation and full body..so this is what Norway calls a winter ale..this stuff will warm you up

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2222) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Very dark brown. Aroma of chocolate and oranges. Roasty, sweet and really rich. with clean mouthfeel. Dark chocolate dominates. Salty aromatic finish. An excellent, complex,


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