kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; "winter ale". Deep brown, with a thick tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Roasted chocolate malt up front with notes of caramel. Piney hop flavor is weak at first, but builds towards the finish. Long, well balanced finish.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkest coloration, nearly black, with a nice, active toasted tan head. Looks really good!
Aroma is slightly sweet, black, chocolate malt at work, subdued cocoa feel, whispers of spice, anise, etc, but quiet, mellow...
A smooth, dusky affair once in the mouth, thick, rich, roasty. A bit smokey. Hints of caramel, but not as much as the label promises, this is a darker, richer character than that. So beefy, I’d stick it in the stout category. Very supple mouthfeel, big time flavor, huge body, quite tasty.
Not sure I’d pop $5 a bottle for it too often though...but I was happy to try it out!
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (500ml). As "Nøgne Winter Ale". Opaque deep reddish brown, solid lasting plug of tan foamy head (4.5 but hey why not 5?). Deep almost burnt roast grainy malt, heavy overtones of currants, raisins, figs, increasing alcohol, dark baker’s chocalate and molasses. The taste is THICK, bitter chocolate, burnt malt, background of tart fruit (more like cherry), the alcohol isn’t really detectable in the miasma of roast and bitterness. Thick, chewy body, almost viscous, mild carbonation, pretty intense bitter chocolate and syrupy malt - I’d call this a reduced stout, but whatever, another fantastic beer from this brewery - t’umbs up, baize!!
blankboy (6426) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, labeled ’Winter Ale’. Pours a very dark brown, practically black, with a large mostly-lasting tan head -- nice! Slightly mild aroma of caramel malt, a little roasty, with chocolate, some sweetness and a hint of alcohol. Flavour of caramel malt, nuts, chocolate and a good amount of hops. Tastes better and better the further you get through it and it warms. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium bodied. What a great beer, Nogne haven’t disappointed me yet.
mabel (7048) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[258-20070412] 1pt0.9floz (w/ jerc). Boozy chocolate malt aroma has nutty hints of raspberry fruit. Dark brown black red-hued body with a long-lasting creamy brown head. Dark chocolatey roasted malt flavour has lots of nut and wood notes. Full body is boozy and fairly bitter after. Points for blending a winter warmer but bitterness brings out too much nut.
frankenkitty (1965) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating for Nøgne Ø Winter Ale
Deep garnet, impervious to light in my wide-bodied Duvel glass. A creamy, khaki head is slow to form yet rather quick to leave... soon only a frothy, mochaccino skin. Light soaps and shoe leather corrupt an otherwise well-malted base aroma which finds semi-sweet chocolate and dark fruit as well as coffee bitters and spice. A full, fluffy mouth carries rich, malted flavors and a citric fruitiness before a finish which finds a bitterness that sways between the chocolate and coffee found in the nose. By far my favorite of the four beers I’ve tried from this brewer in the past few weeks.
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Sammy (9279) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
IThis black ale is a cross between a porter (albeit some coca-cola taste from the carmel etc.), a stout from some toasted barley, a dark ale, shwartzbeir, and an underlying citrus without being overhopped. Well done! chose this as #2100 review, as this brewery is up and coming and I’m really enjoying what they produce.
jercraigs (8289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, shared with Mabel. Very dark brown almost black body with a good creamy brown head. Roasty acidic aroma of dark roasted malts, very light touch of raisins or plums, mild chocolate. Flavour is a touch simpler than expected, but with plenty of roast and hop bitterness. Just enough malt sweetness to offset the bitterness a bit. Pleasant glimpses of dark bitter chocolate are fleeting, but frequent, before coming into a more solid presence in the aftertaste. Minute coffee notes to the roast. Gains flavour complexity as it warms, Average to medium palate (3+). Very nice.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 14, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
NorCal tasting Apr 07 - This beer seems to be a bit of an enigma to me. I can’t figure out if it’s supposed to be a spiced ale, barleywine or some sort of a strong ale. It seems to hop around in all the catergories and not really finding a home in one. The aroma mostly roasted malts and it had this bloody, irony character to it. Flavors was sweet malts, some spice like anise or cardammon with some alcohol present. I’ve been impressed by their other beer I’ve had, but this one just didn’t do much for me.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by sliffy. Black pour with a light tan head. ARoma of caramel malt, light chocolate, some roasty and spicy notes. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, some more spiciness and some nuttiness as well. Smooth carbonation, roast/spice finish