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

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RATINGS: 924   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.



3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickok (3415) - 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 (4058) - 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 (343) - 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 (6776) - 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 (108) - 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 (579) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2014
500ml bottle into a mug; served cool. Aroma: Rich and nutty. Milk chocolate. Boozy for sure. Cream and caramel. Just wonderful! Appearance: Hazy, near opaque, exceptionally dark brown body, with a massive, creamy, khaki head. High amount of visible carbonation. Great lacing. Taste: Smoked meats. Smoky and boozy. Didn’t expect that at all! Palate: Full bodied. Slick, smooth texture. Medium length on the finish, ends on smoke. Overall: Heavy stuff! Packs a punch. Smoky and delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wischylini (120) - Grimstad, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
Pours dark brown, almost pitch black, and with a huge, dense tan head that lasts forever. Aromas are absolutely intense; brown sugar, burnt sugar, dried figs and dates, cognac, liquorice, and alcohol. The taste is very sweet, and the mouthfeel is sticky, but not too sticky, and the alcohol gives the beer an astringency that rounds of the sweetness very well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3301) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle shared by Ben. Pours murky brown with thick, frothy tan head. Aroma is cookie and caramel malts, fig, dates, floral notes, light spice, and faint roast. Flavor is chewy malts, light roast, alcohol spice, dark fruit esters, and a smooth finishing chocolate bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (1864) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2014
From a bottle. Pours opaque brown with a thin, fizzy tan head. Tastes like sweet raisins, strongly of dark, dried fruits, alcohol, with hints of caramel and chocolate. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells strongly of raisins, booze, and toffee.


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