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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1023   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (1583) - 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 (1212) - 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 (1728) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (2761) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2015
Bottle from Geers. Dark brown, beige foam. Nose of red fruit, dark malts, caramel, brown sugar. Sweet and warming alcohol. Very well balanced. Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kustie (739) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown color with a quite small head. Aroma has caramel malt, ripe fruits and toffee. Taste is malty sweet with sweet somewhat bitter aftertaste. Flavors of caramel, malt, syrup, ripe fruits, coffee. Nice one for the Christmas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
panzerwolf (250) - FINLAND - NOV 27, 2015
A dark taste, coffee and roasted malts, slight taste of toffee and caramel. A very full, nice aroma and body fitting for Christmas!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kosmokrator (813) - ITALY - NOV 27, 2015
Scurissimo color ambrato con schiuma beige. Al naso caramello, frutta essicata, legno, mou; al palato riprende le stesse note dolciastre che sfociano in un amarognolo breve ma intenso dove compaiono luppoli, lievito e spezie. Corpo medio, effervescenza (troppo) debole, struttura leggerissimamente acquosa: se fosse più "strong" guadagnava i punti necessari.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kokkenrolv (274) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2015
Bottle. Aroma is licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted notes. Black, nice beige head. Medium/heavy sweetness, taste is dark coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, dark red fruits. Medium/full body, medium carbonation, big and long aftertaste. Deep and complex, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dermi (1074) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2015
50 cl, bottled. BB 23.07.19, batch #1483. Pours nearly black with a nice tanned head. Aroma: Licorice, gingerbread dough, spruce and fruits. Spices. Some notes of dark chocolate. Taste: Medium sweet, licorice, spices. Some notes of warming alcohol. Doughy flavours, hints of coriander/soap. Pleasant roasted malty flavours. Nicely balanced. Palate: Above medium body, quite oily feel. Very pleasant brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1302) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 17, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2015 330ml bottle served in a snifter glass. Bottle says 9.5% ABV. Pours a dark brown color forming a solid and creamy beige head with medium retention and lots of spotty soapy and molasses lacings left in the glass. Nose is very sweet and boozy. Strong notes of caramel malts, crystal mats and candi sugar. Dark dry fruits. Raisin, plum and date fruit. Licorice. Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel and honey. Vanilla, oak and earth. Quite sweet,in overall. Medium bitterness. Heavy body,low carbonation. Caramel and roasted malts in the aftertaste. Good drinkability. Good stuff..

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