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

bottled
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RATINGS: 973   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (396) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle @ home. 2009 edition, BF 2013-06, aged approx 5 years. Almost back with a medium and lasting tan head. Delicious sweet, malty and vinous aroma of dark fruits, licorice, wood, biscuits and a bold caramel backbone. Also notes of spices, red berries, nuts and chocolate and a hint of sulfur. Quite dry, sweet and with a big mouth feel and smooth carbonation. Flavors of caramel, licorice, nuts, vinous raisins and dates, oranges and chocolate. Finish has charcoal, nuts, chocolate and spices with rather low but still okey bitterness. And it was a wonderful beer except....the lingering aftertaste carries some quite annoying metallic band aid notes (but then again, this one has been aged past it’s best before date)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nordcore (1145) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle 50 cl. Black with a nice lightbrown head. Dark fruit aroma, with some chocolate, spices and coffee sence. Medium sweet, light bitter with a Nice soft coffee and spices end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FinkBeer (15) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Get ready for an amazing Christmas style nose, but don't be surprised, it's smokey taste will kick right in. A very nice syrupy experience, deviating a bit from your typical Scandinavian Christmas winter ale styles. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (3639) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from Den Nordiske Ølhandel, Copenhagen - very dark brown pour with beige head. Aroma and taste is heavy sweet malty, medium roasty, some caramel, chocolate, dried fruits and a plethora of spices. Great winter warmer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nudiebear (228) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
2013 bottle @end of 2014. Poured a dark brown with a very lively light brown head. Smells of citrus, christmas spice (caramel), chocolate and coffee malts and something close to peat (earthy?). Tastes like fizzy coffee, bitter and slightly smoky. Heavy on the palate. Good

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbertels (209) - 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 (883) - 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 (549) - 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 (349) - 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_ (972) - 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.


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