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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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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.



4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyBudgie (756) - 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 (323) - 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 (2269) - 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,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blade86 (617) - Wrocław, POLAND - FEB 17, 2014
chocolate and a little alcohol aroma; very dark, hazy, small off-white foam; medium sweetness, light bitterness; full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long bittersweet finish; Overall: not my glass of beer, too strong, too sweet yet undoubtedly very well made

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickok (3693) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - FEB 11, 2014
Large stable frothy tan head over a black body. WIntery spices, juniper berries and clove. Roasted coffee malts, bit woody and some old leather. Sweaty but not necessarily fruity yeast. Some residual dark sugar. Tasty mouth feel, fairly foaming. Not entirely convinced by the balance though, the bitterness is a bit astringent and the sweetness a bit simple. The spices make it a bit medicinal too. Perhaps the yeast that doesn’t quite work for me with the dry roasted malts. I don’t know but I’m not blown away. Aroma is nice though and the mouth feel top notch. (50cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4139) - Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Rated 5-11-2010 - This bottled beer pours a large very fizzy tan head that mostly diminishes, mostly opaque dark brown body, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, chocolate, hops, and some yeast. The taste is caramel malt and chocolate. The palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is very quaffable, has a nice warming sensation, worth trying, and a beer I would enjoy having again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbopslt (350) - New York, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Dark brown pour. Thick creamy chocolate colored head. Strong alcohol and malt aroma. Sweet start, bitter finish. A very different Winter Ale but enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (7847) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
500ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit großer Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, alkoholisch, leichte Holznoten. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig süß, Honig, alkoholisch würzig.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5lickv1c (112) - DENMARK - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle. Sweet and boozy aroma, with charcuterie and maple syrup. Good mouth feel with sweetness and a slight smokiness. Usually not very fond of the charcuterie flavors but it works for me in this one. Also gets hints of coffee, jam, milk chocolate and banana. Quite enjoyable and complex.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (672) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 18, 2014
Color: deep dark beer with no carbonation and small brown foam. Smell: spices, caramel, brown sugar & high malt domination. Taste: medium viscosity, spices as cinnamon, malt and brown sugar. Aftertaste: high malty taste with rye bread.


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