haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - AUG 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sampled at the blind tiger ale house in nyc. Heavy and oaky but not as heavy as avery jubilation which I had before this. Roasted nuts, oak, tiny hint of chocolate. Well masked, bitter finish
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours an opaque brown with a sudsy brown head that retains poorly.
the aroma is dark berries married with chocolate and heavily roasted malts, reminding me of some robust porters I have encountered. The flavour was bittersweet roasted chocolate malt with nice bitter hops balancing out the flavour. Some dark pitted fruits are evident, too. There is also a fair amount of yeasty esters in the tatse. The finish is chocolate mostly. The palate is velvety smooth and long lasting. Very soft carbonation adds to the silky quality of the palate.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an Opaque brown colour with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, chocolate, dark malts and hints of floral hops and copper. Initial taste is roasty, caramel, dark chocolate and slight bitter hops. Finishing with a a chocolate palate that is above average. Mouthfeel is slight sticky with a soft carbonation. Minor head retention of just a light ring around the glass.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy mgumby10, thanks Mike. Poured a very dark brown with very little head. The aroma was of roasted malts and nuts, dark sweet fruit, and a little chocolate. The taste is pretty similar with the roastedness coming through of the malts and nuts, but dark fruits come through also giving it a nice sweet taste. This one got sweeter as it warmed up. It had a good full body that finished sweet with some semisweet chocolate. This one was nothing crazy, but pretty good all around. I will have to try this again come christmas time.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark dark brown with a with a thin dense tan greyish head. The nose is very much in line with a stout or strong porter. Big chocolate and caramel malt. A bit of roast. Some small hint of spice seems to come in. A bit of bubblegum. A bit creamy on the palate with some decent body and relatively subdued carbonation. Sweet caramel and chocolate malt is joined by a stronger roast, spice and slight hop character. A bit of alcohol. A relatively dry bit toasty roasty finish. Really pretty nice.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown, not quite black, with a thick, luscious, tan head that lasted to the bottom of the glass and left light sheets of lace. Very nice aroma of caramel, raisins and bitter chocolate. Not quite as flavorful as the aroma would inidiate, but still pleasant with notes of caramel, bitter chocolate and alcohol. Moderate bitterness and warming at the finish. Medium bodied. I’d like to try this again around the Holidays instead of August!
jimhilt (2445) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a three finger thick brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is roasted chocolate, some sweetness but a baker’s chocolate finish. The high ABV is hidden. I wouldn’t call this a Strong Ale, more like a porter on steroids. $7.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, ME.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich chocolate and coffee aroma, dark malts and roasted barley. Pour very dark brown almost black, with a tan head. Strong hop flavor which surprises me, molasses, chocolate malts, sweet, with hints of pine resin from the hops. Pretty good winter beer! Even though i’m in florida and its over 90 degrees.
shigadeyo (3096) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2009
6/24/2007 and 11/07/2007: Nøgne Ø Winter Ale has an opaque dark chesnut brown color. There is some sediment suspended in it after the pour. It looks pretty thick! It also has a creamy tan-colored head. The aroma is creamy and has some light chocolate, smoke, and nutty notes to it. The flavor is creamy with roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark caramelized fruits, coffee, and a hint of tobacco. This beer is strong in flavor and the alcohol seems reserved. The finish is dry and has a great dark chocolate flavor. The body of this beer is medium and it has a smooth and creamy texture. Perfect for the style. This is a great Winter Ale and it is probably my second favorit of the Nøgne Ø beers (behind the Porter) so far. I really hope that this beer makes it to Southwest Ohio this coming Winter!
500 mL bottle (19° Plato, 30 IBU, 8.5% Alc/Vol) via trade with hopscotch. Thank you Eric! Shared with Rob, Lance, and Matt (mball581) at the Oatmeal Stout Brewout on 6/24/2007. Rating #200 for this beer.
hellomynameis (875) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was quite possibly my favorite christmas beer. Brown color with a tan head. Some sweetness of chocolate and caramel, a bit of fruit and a bit of spice. Quite a bit going on here, great mouth-feel with chocolate, lots of malts - roasted, chocolate - some caramel and toffee. Interesting and complex.