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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1026   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marstonlad (760) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. A dark brown, almost black color; medium-sized, slightly brownish head. The aroma features abundant dark and roasty maltiness; plenty of dark chocolate, plummy, dark fruitiness and some rye pudding and licorice – very stout-like. Taste offers initially mainly prominently sweet malty vibes but afterwards the palate gets richer: chocolate, bun and plum are accompanied by a subtle, yet very noticeable touch of hoppiness that leaves a lingering bitter note in the mouth. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy and soft in carbonation. Simply one of the best Christmas beers I have had: rich yet balanced, assertive yet refined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (232) - Livorno, ITALY - DEC 7, 2015
Versa di colore marrone scuro, con riflessi rubino; sormontata da una superba schiuma, cremosa, beige, con un’ottima allacciatura. Aroma di caramello, malto tostato, melassa, cioccolato e caffè. Si avverte anche un po’ di piccante, agrumi e luppolo. In bocca troviamo frutta secca, caffè e cioccolato; al palato arriva una leggera amarezza di agrume, già percepita al naso. Il retrogusto è perpetuo, ed ecco che arrivano una moltitudi di spezie: chiodi di garofano, liquirizia e cardamomo. Nel finale scarsa amarezza, persistenza di caramello e si malto tostato; corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione medio-bassa. Rimane una bella bevuta, cremosa al palato.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1961) - FINLAND - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle. Deep brown color with a thick foamy beige head. Aroma of spices and caramel. Sweet, medium bitter taste with some sourness. Bitter, dry finish.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (2158) - Hagen, GERMANY - 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 (1271) - 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 (2348) - 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 (2884) - 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 (884) - 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 (277) - 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 (849) - 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.

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