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


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RATINGS: 962   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (609) - 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 (255) - 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 (1883) - 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 (581) - 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 (3773) - 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 (6286) - 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 (1425) - 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 (3345) - 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 (636) - 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.

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