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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1020   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (601) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 22, 2015
Really dark brown color with medium brown, creamy head. Aroma has really nice malts, caramel, a bit smokey, chocolate and some faint dark fruits. Taste is slightly sweet at first with dark chocolate, cacao, butterscotch and roasted malts. Finish is slightly hoppy, roasty and bitter. Really heavy body with smooth carbonation. A very good example of a winter beer, heavy bodied, balanced, smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (504) - DENMARK - DEC 21, 2015
Stor smag af lakrids og en fin fylde i denne porter. Der er ikke meget jul i den, men passer alligevel til årstiden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (415) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2015
500ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours very dark brown with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, prunes, plums, raisins, molasses, caramel and liquorice. Flavour is fairly sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied, oily texture, average carbonation. Finish is sweet and vinous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerheart65 (1229) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2015
Clear dark brown, black in glass, 2 finger creamy dense light brown head that stays long and gives nice lacing. Sweet aroma has salty licorice, mild bitterness, bit chocolate and coffee, spices. Velvety feel, smooth, soft carbonation, medium roasting gives good balance to sweetness, long bitter finish. Excellent, tasty, great flavors, one to enjoy in peace.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marstonlad (655) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. A dark brown, almost black color; medium-sized, slightly brownish head. The aroma features abundant dark and roasty maltiness; plenty of dark chocolate, plummy, dark fruitiness and some rye pudding and licorice – very stout-like. Taste offers initially mainly prominently sweet malty vibes but afterwards the palate gets richer: chocolate, bun and plum are accompanied by a subtle, yet very noticeable touch of hoppiness that leaves a lingering bitter note in the mouth. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy and soft in carbonation. Simply one of the best Christmas beers I have had: rich yet balanced, assertive yet refined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (193) - Livorno, ITALY - DEC 7, 2015
Versa di colore marrone scuro, con riflessi rubino; sormontata da una superba schiuma, cremosa, beige, con un’ottima allacciatura. Aroma di caramello, malto tostato, melassa, cioccolato e caffè. Si avverte anche un po’ di piccante, agrumi e luppolo. In bocca troviamo frutta secca, caffè e cioccolato; al palato arriva una leggera amarezza di agrume, già percepita al naso. Il retrogusto è perpetuo, ed ecco che arrivano una moltitudi di spezie: chiodi di garofano, liquirizia e cardamomo. Nel finale scarsa amarezza, persistenza di caramello e si malto tostato; corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione medio-bassa. Rimane una bella bevuta, cremosa al palato.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1824) - FINLAND - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle. Deep brown color with a thick foamy beige head. Aroma of spices and caramel. Sweet, medium bitter taste with some sourness. Bitter, dry finish.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (836) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2015
0.5 l bottle from ’Firma Bier’, bottled in August 2014 (a bit older than a year). Minimally gushing. Clear, very dark, purple red to black with a huge, dense, almost stable, brown head. Sweetish, fruity and roasty-malty aroma of dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, licorice, toffee and some peat. Sweetish, fruity and roasty-malty taste of dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, burnt nuts, caramel and licorice, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, roasty and minimally warming finish. Medium to full body, effervescent and creamy mouthfeel, average to lively carbonation. Very nice beer, rather complex and tasty, although the high carbonation doesn’t work too well here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nazzty (1156) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2015
Mild, creamy and well balanced. Licorice flavors together with roasted notes. Some background bitterness makes this a very interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (1168) - Minsk, BELARUS - DEC 3, 2015
Bottle 500 ml (Bottled 11 aug. 2014). Dark brown color with tan foam. Aroma: cake or biscuit with chocolate and caramel, raisins and other dried fruits, a little brandy with floral honey. Taste: biscuit, caramel, candy, chocolate, dried fruits, prunes, a little citrus marmalade, brandy. Good and warming ale.

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