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


on tap

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RATINGS: 974   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andy_ (1000) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2014
500 ml bottle, brewed 2013-03-22
Dark brown, almost black beer with light brown big head. Aroma has chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, spicy christmas loafy bread and little refreshing crisp berries. Flavor has light toasted malts, spicy christmas loafy bread, chocolate, licorice and bitterness. Palate is full with quite strong carbonation. Finish is long with quite strong bitterness. Aftertaste has licorice, light toasted malts and spices. An excellent christmas beer, perfect for slow sipping.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rollerton (184) - SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from SB, actually from 2013 but still in stock. Very malty aroma and taste, very complex and rich. A good beer, although I prefer less malty ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (423) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2014
The aroma is malts - coffee, chocolate some sweetness. Pours very dark almost black with a very creamy lasting light brown head, not much lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium/full, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and the finish bitter. Had this bottle for a few years, turned out pretty good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blogmeabeer (28) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2014
Dark brown with tan head. Heavy licorice and dark chocolate to the nose, also a hint of roasted notes. Dense dark fluid with licorice, dark rye bread, and chocolate. Complex yet well balanced. I really like this one!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lilja (2171) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
5 årig flaska från SB, batch 367. Smak och doft av choklad, torkad frukt, karamell, marsipan, rostad malt med toner av aska. Fantastiskt gott, välbalanserad, rund och len, lagom söt med fin bitterchokladbeska. Så värt att vänta på att smakerna skulle gotta till sig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sebilinz (1112) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle. Dark Brown nearly black body with tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with licoriceand some hints of coffee. Taste is also licorice and coffee and some hints of dried fruits. Aftertaste is roasted malts bitterness with some coffee. O.K.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1320) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 9, 2014
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau. Dark, rich fruit and a slight coffee tinge. Alcohol noticeable throughout. Deep brown with beautiful brown head. Booze is a little too much at the forefront here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cimbasso (353) - - DEC 9, 2014
Sampled from a bottle purchased at a Vinmonopolet in Oslo. Black colour with a yeasty haziness and a beige head. The taste is very rounded with toasted malts dominating. The mouthfeel is quite oily and the taste is sweet, with flavours of good coffee, chocolate, resin and vanilla. There are also woody and vinous flavours in there. The finish is moderately bitter with a big, long-lasting coffee flavour. A beautifully balanced and complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
djoeye (2520) - 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 (1622) - 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.

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