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

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RATINGS: 1023   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.



3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Dark pour with a lively body and modest head. Aroma of strong caramel/chocolate malts and a touch of spice. There’s a bit of a burn and a bit too much heat, giving what might ordinarily be a complex spiced beer a bit of a dull personality, or at least duller than one might hope. Certainly enjoyable but, given the pricing, not something I’d eagerly seek again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
undsioux7 (870) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Pours dark brown with a nice big dark tan head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate. Taste is mostly the same with a very clean taste and a bit of a bite in the finish. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5379) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2007
This was a real treat after getting past one heck of a gusher bottle. Pours very dark brown with a sturdy tan head. The aroma has heavily roasted malt, coffee-esque bitterness that is very dark and dry, brown sugar traits offering some sweetness as well as some molasses. This comes across as a jacked up american brown ale. Medium / full body that’s smooth with semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts of like the aroma and is very full, rich and lush with the flavors. The finish has lots of spice (mainly pepper and cinnamon) and a clean roastiness. A very well done beer that I’d get a lot more often if the price was a bit lower.

3.7
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1104) - 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.

4.3
   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.

4
   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.

3.5
   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.

4.3
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4344) - 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.


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