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


on tap

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RATINGS: 967   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
djoeye (2067) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2014
Brown black body, light beige head, some modest lacing. Aroma; dark malts, roasted malts, leather notes, tannins, liquoriced hops, dusty meadow with fermented almond notes. Taste; dark malts, liquorice, anise, candiced hops, black syrup, sweet wood and spices. Finishes in direction of chocolate. Feels nice in the mouth, just enough carbonation to push nice aromas forward, and the alright body. Too sweet for main dish, better afterwards. Overall fine evening sipper. [50cl br btl, abv8.5% 22° IBU30, #1127/1134B, BB240218, 9€, B@Vinmonopolet Tromsdalen, T@höme]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruigo (1381) - PORTUGAL - DEC 8, 2014
50cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a thin tan head. Liquorice, smoked and roasted malts and some dark chocolate. Soft carbonation and full to medium oily body. Taste is complex but no so balanced. Overall, I was expecting more but a good beer, thou.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
Humlehode (149) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2014
2014 edition. Pours black with quickly disappearing head. After a while no head and no lace. Oily aroma. Harsh taste of burnt rubber. Almost undrinkable, must be infected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xXbaptisteXx (97) - - NOV 30, 2014
Couleur bien noir on ne voit pas à travers la mousse et couleur noisette Elle est assez gazeuse Au nez on va trouver des arômes caraméliser, fruit sec, boisée, moka En bouche on va sentir des saveurs de marrons, pomme de pain, bois fumer, fruits secs, pain d'épice L'amertume est assez présente Personnellement je la trouve trop sèche en bouche pour moi ... Mais se vois bien en mangeant

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bobhund (441) - - NOV 30, 2014
Köpt på Systembolaget Boländerna, Uppsala. En fin öl på många sätt, se betyget för mer info. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (644) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 29/11-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Roasted malty, some smokiness, notes of chocolate, licorice. Taste: Roasted malty, chocolate, some smokiness, sweetness. Body is medium, chocolate in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogniskowicz (284) - POLAND - NOV 27, 2014
Aromat: gorzka czekolada, suszone owoce, toffi, karmel, generalnie jest bardzo słodko. Wygląd: ogromna czapa piany i nieprzejrzysta czerń W smaku najpierw potężna czekoladowa podbudowa, karmelowe cukierki, toffi, ciasto drożdżowe przełamane dość sporą goryczką i grzejącym alkoholem a’a likier czekoladowy. Jest ciężko, zawiesiście i zaskakująco pijalnie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nilsas (1947) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 25, 2014
Lukt: Duft av frukter, lakris, røyk og sjokolade.
Utseende: Tilnærmet sort farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Tykt dekkende skum som sitter, heng langs kant.
Smak: Smak søtlige frukter, sjokolade, lakris, krydder. Fin fruktig/sjokolade ettersmak.
Hvor: "Kjøpt@VP Straensenteret, Nydt@Hjemme
Medium: Flaske@500ml
Kommentar: Dette kan jeg gjerne kalle God Jul.
OBS! Mye karbonering, hell forsiktig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleksander9 (614) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2014
Dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, prunes, coffee and some spicy alcohol. Slick and sticky palate. Aftertaste is caramel, spice, coffee, noble hops, spicy alcohol and lingering sweet finish. overall: Very nice! The spicy alcohol notes is excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3927) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2014
500 ml bottle labeled as "Winter Ale" bottle is a year old. Damn near pitch black color, with some lasting head. Aroma is spices that remind me Christmas time (mild however) light chocolate, caramel and licorice.

Taste has a earthy spice throughout with a nice smooth texture in the mouth. Molasses, old coffee grounds and chocolate flavors. Overall it is a nice winter ale but something about it didn’t get me real excited. Maybe I feel like I don’t want to even think about winter… it’s drinkable for sure, and absolutely no problems… I don’t know, you judge it.

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