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


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RATINGS: 928   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 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2340) - 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 (535) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2014
On the first sitting with this beer the lively carbonation took over adding a great aroma but masked the flavors on the tongue. It was so off-putting that i re capped the half of the bottle and am drinking it a day later. I must say this did wonders for this beer. It really opened up giving off flavors of roasted malt, sour cherry jam, blackstrap molasses, and tobacco, while the sharp carbonic acidity dissipated into a velvety texture, overwhelmed by the flavors. Overall I can’t justify giving this beer a very good rating based on my first impressions but if you have patience and can get past the lively carbonation, this beer has allot to offer.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (5863) - .....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..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Dark Brown in color, clear with a thin head. Nice easy drinking winter ale . Rich and spicy.

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