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

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RATINGS: 913   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.



3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Bottle. Very dark brown color with some red highlights when held to the light. Medium sized tan head. Chocolate malt aroma with some brown sugar and a light hop presense in the background. Lightly bitter roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate and hazelnuts. Quite dry, with a fairly thin body. Tastes kind of like a dry stout, but not as much of a roasted malt character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 27, 2007
50 cL bottle, labeled "Winter Ale". Pours a dark brown core; medium tan head with a scattering of small bubbles at the edges. Generous, dark chocolate aroma; hints of citrus and spice. Medium-to-full, chewy, dark-chocolate mouthfeel: a bit overly sweet, with nougat and caramel; average carbonation; hints of smoke and charred malts throughout; slightly hot. Long, somewhat dry, bitter chocolate finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Milk stout with sweet fruit hop notes. Fully opaque with large light brown head. Excellent lace. Pretty good retention. Nice flavor. Dark chocolate malt. Good balance; sweetness and some hop. Very smooth. Nice flavor. A little under carbonated. A very nice, enjoyable brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfishho (586) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2007
I’m pretty sure that this is the same as the Nogne Winter Ale, which is its name for the US market. This beer poured a dark brown with a cola colored head that held on thinly for the duration of the drink. The aroma was interesting. Mild, but somewhat complex with notes of roasted malt, cocoa, and some alcohol. The flavor is dominated by the malts which are big and roasty with chocolate notes and are joined by sweet baking spices and little if any hop bitterness. Finishes somewhat clean on the palate considering the type of beer that it is. Overall, one of the best Christmas beers I’ve ever had, but that doesn’t really say a whole lot.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 Dark brown pour, chestnut hues woven softly into the slightly cola tinged body. Quickly receding head, but still a good amount lingers. A jagged looking body, jutting out in a braintease of three diminsional shapes. Aroma contains soapy yeast esters up front, hot alcohol, brown sugar like that which is glazed, scorched on the bottom of a saucepan. Light chocolate malt rounds out the soft blend of aromas. All together it had a nose that was leaning toward mint, but didn’t quite make it there. The flavor is at first grainy and a little salty. Chocolate and slightly bitter and stale coffee also appear briefly. Also noted was pancake batter, an interesting twist. Palate was at times watery. Overall a good brown ale of sorts, but thinner than expected for a winter beer from a very good brewery. Seemed to me like a European style winter beer expression of Lost Coast Winterbraun(current batch), and not really much better.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (4830) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2007
0.5 l bottle. Black color with creamy tan head. Roasted, vinous and hoppy aroma with strong citrusy and mentholy hop aroma, chocolade and some alcohol. More chocolade, coffee and flowery hops in the aroma. Sweet, hoppy and roasted finish. Soft and full palate. Nice beer, although american hops roll over other aromas and flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2007
Bottle, brewed Sep 24, 2006, rated xmas eve, 2006. Hazy, very dark brown -- nearly opaque -- with a thick, creamy yellow head. A real looker, this one! Dry, heavily roasted chocolaty aroma with not so subtle hints of hop and yeast, and a faint sweetness in the background. Very dry, heavily roasted malt aroma with a hoppy, alcoholic aftertaste. Very creamy mouthfeel, full body, and moderate carbonation. Lovely porterlike thing, a bit dry in the long run, but perfect after a heavy christmas dinner. Lots of yeast sediment in bottom of bottle. Wouldn’t believe it’s 8,5abv.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (9963) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2007
Fynske Øldage 2005, Odense. Dark brown with a nice head. The flavour is sweet with notes of roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits and a hint of clove. It has a nice bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden, and that is a potential danger - at least when beer tastes this well! It’s almost like a Barley Wine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swarzbeer (43) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2007
Bottled, black ,very strong aroma and very special taste, little roasted barley lazerice

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle. Dark red / brown color with a large good lacing brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, hoppy, roadsted, dark chocolate, alcohol, smoky notes. Flavor is heavy and complex but in a very nice balance of sweetness and bitternes some notes of alcoholic.


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