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


on tap

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RATINGS: 969   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3457) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2007
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with an oatmeal head. Vinous, woody morels. Molasses, cinnamon and mace. Taste is French Roast coffee and plum pudding. Medium body, light carb. Licorice finish with restrained bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2007
Bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Deep brown - almost black - with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate and spice. Medium bodied. Fantastic flavour - dark malt, toasted nuts, chocolate - and it hides that alcohol so well. It seems like a really nice porter to me rather than an APA. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 9, 2007
Bottle. Winter Ale label. Pours pitch black with a huge, very frothy tan head. Woody, malt aroma with some chocolate and prunes. Smoked malt flavors with some decent bitterness. Spicy and fruity. Chocolate , coffee and tobacco notes. Exceptionally dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a tan head. Complex aroma, dark fruits, nuts, chocolate & coffee. Big flavour, roasty with notes of orange peel & ginger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours dark with a two finger thick cola colored head. The aroma is of caramel, chocolate, roast, and some sweetness. THe flavor is sweet, caramel, chocolate, smooth, with a mild hoppy presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Pours a nice brown, almost black color.Hints of spice, chocolate and nuts on the nose.this is definately reminding me of some good xmas beers.Medium body with coffee, nuts, spice, and caramel.Finish was a bit dry but overall this was pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. Has a lot of roasted and burnt malt flavor. Some sugars and spices. Finishes with a dry burnt flavor on your tongue. Thanks to Dragonstout for the beer dude.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Dark Brown, almost black body… fluffy tan head. Aroma of toffee, burnt sugars, some sweet figs, date sugars, molasses, a hint of smoke… the flavor brings all the same but more notes of coffee and chocolate. Creamy palate, a distinct English strain of yeast, A rather well done beer… I very much enjoyed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Pours a dark brown tha is still penetrated by light and a light brown head. Aroma was of a little peatiness , malt, and maybe some light spicing. Flavor finished nice and dry and had a light roastiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Pours a very dark brown with almost no head. Very light nd fizzy. Some roastiness, dark fruit, and dark malts in the nose. Not very profound though. Had to work for it. Taste is pretty roasty somewhat like the brown but wth a more fruity taste. Very subtle fruit though. Slightly sweet, get more of it as it warms a few degrees. Pretty good.

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