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


on tap

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RATINGS: 945   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16 (1207) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Bottle. Pored a dark brown, opaque with a moderate tan head. Nice full malty aroma with a nice blend of spicy and fruity sweetness. Rich and creamy in the mouth tastes of caramel, and a raost character. Bitterness is subdued. Almost oily feeling in the mouth, but quite nice - very rich all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Deep cherry-mahogany body with a thin, silky tan head that fades. Abundant caramelization in the aroma with strong Munich malt signatures, sweet peated earthy tones, bready yeast, and a note of chocolate. Dark fruit flavors with sweet and bitter cherry skin qualities, plus an element of coffee. Slight impression of oxidation. Richly sweet and malty overall, with latent bitterness. Velvety texture. A sweet, slow, and decadent winter warmer, but a little too much sticky unattenuated malt for me to truly love. Should be listed as an English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Onyx pour with 2-finger, creamy tan head and floaties. Marvelous appearance. Aroma of Roasty dark malt, chocoff, nutmeg, molasses. Tastes roasty chocolate malty, with a big chocoff and molasses hit coupled with cinnamon, nutmeg, and sprucy finishing hops. Thich, rich, complex mouthfeel. This one is one of the better Christmas beers I have quaffed, and I recommend it to anyone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2007
500ml bottle "Winter Ale." Poured a dark brown to black with a cascading creamy light brown head. Sheets of lacing. Chocolate and dark roast coffee aroma, with some earthy and minerally notes and a trace of licorice or prune. Flavor of bittersweet chocolate and a great dark roasted maltiness which borders on but does not cross into that burnt leaf character. Smooth and rich mouthfeel. Going great with the roasted almonds I’m snacking on. A bit too pricey here however at $7 per 500ml, especially when several less expensive domestic Impy stouts are equal if not better in drinking pleasure and nut/cheese pairing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2007
thanks to sersdf for hanging on to this so i could get my 71st style--an ale--which was wrongfully taken from me, and now it proves evasive again due to recategorizing. not a whole lot of aroma. Smells like some type of spice ale. aroma and flavor is that burnt rubber/pine. definitely more of an english strong ale despite the fact that it’s neither british or american. overall, not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
pours very dark. smells spiced. doesn’t taste particularly good. this needs to reclassified back to an ale so i can have all the styles. it’s kinda got a burnt malty taste. a bit thin. didn’t like it at first but after a little while, it’s pretty solid. totally hides the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Bottle poured a brown with full head. Nose was chocolate, much more then I expected. Taste had some lactose, more like a stout/porter to me. Loved this baby, no presence of %. Lactose in here, as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roastiness, and milk. Flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a smooth, creamy, wonderful mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle. Deep brown color, full foam. Very mild aroma, a hint of dark malt and weedy, herbaceous hops. Flavor is very interesting and complex and I can see why others like it, but I just don’t enjoy the profile. It has a lot of hints herbal tea, resinous hops and light malt components. Doesn’t seem very together. However, I had their Imperial Stout a couple days ago. Top notch stuff.

   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.

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