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


on tap

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RATINGS: 926   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Very dark brown, nearly black - slight head, tan in color, around the sides of the glass. Deliciously dry, bitter, coffee and cocoa-filled aroma. The flavor is milky-sweet, the lactose is very pleasant to balance out the bitterness. Ever so slight astringency. Pleasant hoppiness is an interesting mix with the roastiness, woodiness and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Very dark red, kind of burgundy pour, with large, fairly well-sustained tan head - very doughy, biscuit-like malt aroma, with hints of roasted nuts, light spice presence, chocolate pudding, and a touch of brown sugar - smells very much like an english strong ale - fairly soft carbonation, with a medium body - nice balance between sweet, bitter and roasty - lots of nutty flavors, with touches of dark chocolate and mild background spices - the pudding-like quality from the aroma comes out in the finish - everything about this beer seems like an english strong to me, so much so that’s I’d call for a reclassification of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Bottle: Black pour with a tan head. Aroma, caramel, chocolate, and some roasted notes, a bit nutty. Flavor, caramel, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, some more nuts, and a bit of spicing. Interesting brew, not sure what to make of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Bottle courtesy of henrikb. Pours dark brown with a tan head taht dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate, coffee, nuts, yogurt and hints of vanilla. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, pepper and somewhat nutty. Some raisin hints emerge as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick with a finish that features coffee and sugar prominently.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2007
Deep clear crimson with a creamy brown head. Aroma of spicy hops (must be the boiled chinook), coffee, toffee and some plummy fruits. Full body with a great smooth carbonation. Flavour is very hoppy, almost tastes like cascade hops, otherwise there is a great mocha flavour and some fruity esters. Warming malty finish, suprisingly lacking the hoppiness in the aroma. Very nice but too expensive to buy all the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Roasted malt and some light hops in the aroma. Black body with a thick brown head. Medium palate. Lots of roasted malt up front in the flavor. Hints of vanilla are present, as well as a light hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Mostly opaque brown with a medium head. Fair lacing. Aroma of chocolate malts, earth hops. Tastes of chocolate, liquorice and dark fruits. Bitter finish. Medium to full body. This is my first ’ale’ style, so I didn’t know what to expect. But it seems a lot like a porter or stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Bottle at HDG. Deep dark brown in color with a nice reddish brown head that leaves a nice lacing. Chocolatety dark fruity aroma. Plums, raisins and fig notes. Malty and chocolate flavor. Medium bodied. Well balanced beer. Smooth tasting. Finish is chocolatey. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9500) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 20, 2007
courtesy of oh6gdx - opaque dark ruby-brown colour with a fine and stable beige head; beautiful lace; a bit toasty, rich aroma of prunes, honey and some undefined spices; sweet and clean mouthfeel, good malt backbone; slightly salty and bitter with a long dry aftertaste of dark chocolate and spices - a superb beer which invites to meditation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Deep, rich color. Roasted flavors dominate with wisps of bitter chocolate on the finish. Nice winter ale, albeit atypical for a Scandanavian brewery.

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