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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1026   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle from about a year ago - Darker brown color with a nice tan head. Aroma is dominated by cocoa, nut, and some floral hops. Flavor is an interesting earthy-cocoa-nut mix with some nice hop remnants. Nice mouthfeel. Not sure why I waited so long on this one, but I should seek out a fresher bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle. Light caramel aroma. Deep chestnut color with an off white head. Full body with a light sour or bitter palate. Very light spicy notes. Plain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (1098) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Mahogony color; small, lingering head. Smoke and rich malt aroma. Rich roasted dark malt flavor, with notes of smoke, oak, molassas, clove, spice, pepper, espresso, walnuts, & bitter chocolate. Not overly sweet or smooth...a tad rough and rowdy but tasty.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
undsioux7 (871) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5863) - 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.

   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 (1117) - 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.

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