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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1025   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Pours an Opaque brown colour with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, chocolate, dark malts and hints of floral hops and copper. Initial taste is roasty, caramel, dark chocolate and slight bitter hops. Finishing with a a chocolate palate that is above average. Mouthfeel is slight sticky with a soft carbonation. Minor head retention of just a light ring around the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Courtesy mgumby10, thanks Mike. Poured a very dark brown with very little head. The aroma was of roasted malts and nuts, dark sweet fruit, and a little chocolate. The taste is pretty similar with the roastedness coming through of the malts and nuts, but dark fruits come through also giving it a nice sweet taste. This one got sweeter as it warmed up. It had a good full body that finished sweet with some semisweet chocolate. This one was nothing crazy, but pretty good all around. I will have to try this again come christmas time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Dark dark brown with a with a thin dense tan greyish head. The nose is very much in line with a stout or strong porter. Big chocolate and caramel malt. A bit of roast. Some small hint of spice seems to come in. A bit of bubblegum. A bit creamy on the palate with some decent body and relatively subdued carbonation. Sweet caramel and chocolate malt is joined by a stronger roast, spice and slight hop character. A bit of alcohol. A relatively dry bit toasty roasty finish. Really pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2007
16.9 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown, not quite black, with a thick, luscious, tan head that lasted to the bottom of the glass and left light sheets of lace. Very nice aroma of caramel, raisins and bitter chocolate. Not quite as flavorful as the aroma would inidiate, but still pleasant with notes of caramel, bitter chocolate and alcohol. Moderate bitterness and warming at the finish. Medium bodied. I’d like to try this again around the Holidays instead of August!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2549) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Pours a three finger thick brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is roasted chocolate, some sweetness but a baker’s chocolate finish. The high ABV is hidden. I wouldn’t call this a Strong Ale, more like a porter on steroids. $7.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Rich chocolate and coffee aroma, dark malts and roasted barley. Pour very dark brown almost black, with a tan head. Strong hop flavor which surprises me, molasses, chocolate malts, sweet, with hints of pine resin from the hops. Pretty good winter beer! Even though i’m in florida and its over 90 degrees.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2009
6/24/2007 and 11/07/2007: Nøgne Ø Winter Ale has an opaque dark chesnut brown color. There is some sediment suspended in it after the pour. It looks pretty thick! It also has a creamy tan-colored head. The aroma is creamy and has some light chocolate, smoke, and nutty notes to it. The flavor is creamy with roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark caramelized fruits, coffee, and a hint of tobacco. This beer is strong in flavor and the alcohol seems reserved. The finish is dry and has a great dark chocolate flavor. The body of this beer is medium and it has a smooth and creamy texture. Perfect for the style. This is a great Winter Ale and it is probably my second favorit of the Nøgne Ø beers (behind the Porter) so far. I really hope that this beer makes it to Southwest Ohio this coming Winter!

500 mL bottle (19° Plato, 30 IBU, 8.5% Alc/Vol) via trade with hopscotch. Thank you Eric! Shared with Rob, Lance, and Matt (mball581) at the Oatmeal Stout Brewout on 6/24/2007. Rating #200 for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
This was quite possibly my favorite christmas beer. Brown color with a tan head. Some sweetness of chocolate and caramel, a bit of fruit and a bit of spice. Quite a bit going on here, great mouth-feel with chocolate, lots of malts - roasted, chocolate - some caramel and toffee. Interesting and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3806) - Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2007
1 pt .9 fl oz bottle from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN. Pour is a deep brown with some redness. 1/2 inch khaki head goes away pretty quickly. Aroma is caramel and some raisin sweetness. Also a bit of smokiness in there as well. Taste is roasty - smoky malt. A bit of nice hop bitterness at the finish and a touch of sweetness (almost more cherries in the taste) throughout. A nice, interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Bottle via trade with The_Epeeist, thanks Chris! Pours a dark ruby/mahogony color eith a smallish tan colored head. Aroma is fruity, caramel, soem chocolate. Flavor is is dried fruit, sweet fruit, rasins, figs, caramel, toffee, coffee, chocolate. Palate is full bodied,, medium carbonation, finishes sweet and sticky. This is my first Nogne, and there will be many more for sure. This was a spectacular brew, with a rainbow of flavors, brilliant silky texture, and an punch of alcohol warmth. I drink it any day of the year.

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