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


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RATINGS: 945   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2007
bottled as winter ale. tall rocky dark tan head. body is blackish chestnut, opaque, and lighter brown at edges. aroma is roasted malt, roasted brazil nuts, and licorice. flavor is roasted licorice malt, some chocolate malt and faint dried fig. yes this tastes like a baltic porter, quite different than a typical winter ale but that’s ok. bitter roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Poured a clear very dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was sweet and malty with a medium amount of roast. Light spiciness and chocolate on the finish. A hint of fruitiness. Sweet roasty malt flavor. Some fruits and light spice. Notes of licorice and ginger with some sweet chocolate. Bitter semi-dry finish. Nice warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a small tan head that fades to a small ring. The aroma is loaded with sweet fresh malt, licorice, and a hint of nuts and chocolate. Taste is of sweet malt and licorice with a well balanced bitterness and a nutty aftertaste. Full mouthfeel but not to thick with the alcohol being well hidden. Another great beer from Nøgne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Dark Brown Color with Sandy Head. Sweet Malt, Chinook Hop Aroma. Thin Mouthfeel. Roasted Malt Notes...Biting Hops...Some Light Chocolate and Fruit Notes. Notably Chinook..Dry Roasted Malt/Dry Hop Aftertaste..Nice and Smooth with a Wee Bit of Warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Deep brown, thin tan head, slight red in the body. Nose is cocoa, cherries, toffee, a slight hint of dark fruit, restrained hops & alcohol. Flavor is cocoa, toffee, slight burnt fruits. Strong bitterness surfaces for a moment then fruit alcohol. Very nice body and a chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1724) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and spices. Flavor is roasted malt, and spices, along with some coffee and chocolate. Thanks to mcbackus for this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of medium bitter roasted malt with some subtle spices. Taste is reminiscent of a porter with some spices and light chocolate notes with a medium hoppy finish. Body is above average with some medium carbonation and a nice creamy texture. I thought this beer was well balance throughout but would have enjoyed a bit more emphasis on spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1629) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Dense black with burgundy shades. A charminginly drinkable but still substantial brew. Aromas of whiskey, brown sugar, caramel. Tastes of chocolate, plum, flutters of port and rum. Smooth and rich palate with just the right touch of carbonated edge. Falling between the cracks classification, but doing it with a lot of style and grace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2007
I liked the creativity of the brewing here--three "C" hops, English yeast, etc. It showed. For my part, although the hops were notable for their sharpness, the biggest feature was the deep roasted quality. It lasted long into the finish and was nicely balanced by the sweetness and richness. I thought this could have easily passed as a porter, even an imperial porter. The alcohol was actually moderately present, even through as many other flavors as were going on here, which suggests it may not have been in perfect balance. Even so, good stuff. I’d take a few more bottles of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2007
1pt .9oz bottle labeled Winter Ale. Poured a dark/deep reddish-brown color with a larged sized tan head. Aromas of bread, roast, chocolate, and I’m getting some spiciness. Tastes of roast, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, and a trace of brown sugar. Alcohol well hidden. Interesting. When I dumped the last of the bottle in my glass, in came a bunch of large chunky floaters (or should I call them sinkers).

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