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


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RATINGS: 958   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3656) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
sorry, not only do i not get the "spice" notes in this beer, but...there are NO spices in this beer, so why it’s classed as a spice beer, who knows. 5 malts, heavy on the chocolate and carmel. 3 hops, English ale yeast, and local water. NO spices!! Poured a beautiful dark brown, between a porter and a stout. Neverending head is the theme. Still there 20 minutes later. Good mouthfeel, and it hides the 8.5% dangerously well. I can kind of see where one reviewer gets the "irony" taste, but there is nothing unpleasant in this beer. Great balance of hops and sweet malt in both the nose and flavor. Only 30 ibu’s...really?! GREAT balance. Lots of caramely chocolate in the flavor, especially as the beer warms. Nice, warming finish. I want more. Gotta give Nogne O some props...pretty solid after 4 of their beers."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1394) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
50 cl bottle @ home (2011 vintage). Pours dark brown with quite a bit of sediment and a light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, chocolate, hops, and coffee - with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3316) - Radom, POLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Bardzo dobre mocne ale w stylu swiatecznym. czarno brazowe z wielka i trwala i gesta piana. zapach toffi cynamon korzenne ciasteczka i estry alkoholowe szlachetne niczym sherry. W smaku niesamowicie palone, gorzkie, slodowe i karmelowe. wszystko rownowazy sie doskonale, wywazone perfekcyjnie. Solidne piwo swiateczne troche przyciezkawe i tresciwe. W sam raz na zimowe chlodne wieczory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Baton (33) - Łódź, POLAND - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear black with big head which disappears quite quickly. Aroma: dark malts, dark chocolate, dried fruits, alcohol. The same in taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomekk1978 (611) - Ząbki, POLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Barwa: ciemna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita i utrzymująca się. Aromat: słodycz, alkohol, ciemne słody, cukierki czekoladowe, owoce, lekki alkohol. Chmielu zbytnio nie wyczułem. Smak: pełny, umiarkowanie słodki z nutą kwaskową. Następnie ciemne słody, orzechy, czekolada, ciastka. Bardzo przyjemny.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (1241) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2014
@ Havregatan. Flaska (500ml) från Systembolaget (48:-). Rostad malt med en aning rökiga toner, humlig och kryddig, choklad och lakrits, rökta charkuterier, hög sötma och viss sälta, medelbeska. Rejäl avslutning med toner av humle, kryddor och rök.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5151) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 19, 2014
Draft at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy light tan head and some broken lace. The aroma is roasted malt, caramel sweet fruit. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich boozy alcohol liqourice palate and a long bitter finish. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Only 8.5%? It seemed stronger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3710) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle from winter 2012. Pours deep clear black with a large creamy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark malty, toffee, cocoa, figs, burned caramel. Flavor is a bit simpler, medium sweet and malty with lots of chocolate and caramel, a bit of ash, just a touch of juniper. No real sign of the CCC hopping other than light residual bitterness after this much time in the rot box. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bunget (578) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear brown body, huge mocha head with good retention. Boozy aroma: candy sugar, yeast, figs, blackberries. Taste of roasted malt, booze, herbal hops a bit woodsy. Heavy.

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