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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1020   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Dark black with almost no head formation. Aroma like raisins and caramel. Flavor is roasted with a chocolate sweetness and maybe some cola. This is incredibly smooth and stout-like. A real pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1100) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Deep and complete black pour with a thin, yet lasting, tan head. Aroma has a lot of chocolate, espresso and roasty notes. Body initially feels light but then, a whole lot of flavor and carbonation come through. Again, a lot of chocolate and there is also some smoke. Middle reveals a citrus hop bite and some nuttiness. Finish is bitter, lingering roastiness. There is a lot going on in this brew... awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Deep opaque black amber body with a fluffy off-white head. Great brew. Smokey/peaty. Full-bodies, rich quality with flavorful malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 21, 2007
black with a large creamy brown head. big hoppy aroma with some chocolate, caramel and coffee. flavor is a good blend of many flavors. lots of chocolate/coffee, some sweet buttery caramel, and a pretty big hop addition. medium bodied. bittersweet. nicely done as usual from the norwegian fellers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 17, 2007
Nose of caramel & spice, yeast, cola and alcohol. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. The enormous stiff tan cola head is fully lasting with a thick sheet of lace. The flavor is interesting...tastes like a belgian mixed with a brown. Well balanced, both sweet and roasted and no acidity. The full creamy body is soft.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Fairly dark brown pour with tan head. Lacing from the tan head. Moderate smell of spiciness, more mocha, toffee, hazelnut coffee. Tastes of the same. REALLY smoothes out and the flavors REALLY come out as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4187) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle at home. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma moderate/heavy malty (cloves, chocolate, roasted). Flavor moderate sweet. Medium/full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4189) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle. Large beige thick creamy head that really lasted. Excellent lacework. Dark mahogany color. The initial sniff was roasted malt, liquorish, hint of chocolate and Christmas spice. Some dried fruit and almost port wine like. Over the palate burned malt, caramel and liquorish are dominating the picture. But some hoppy and even smoked notes can also be detected. Full bodied with an average carbonation and a hint of alcoholic texture. Well balanced moderated bitter and sweet flavor. Bitter burned malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2007
The aroma has hops, coffee, caramel and burned malt. It’s dark like a stout, and the flavor is very malty with tones of hops and some burned flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle labelled Winter Ale. Poured a dark brown color with a smallish light brown head. Fantastic aroma of chocolate, nuts, caramel, dark fruit and vanilla. Somewhat thin palate and somewhat creamy; a slight smokey finish. Flavor really starts to come out with a little warmth. Chocolate, nuts and caramel dominate the flavor.

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