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

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RATINGS: 924   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.



3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8904) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle... Very dark, cola-colored ale with a mid-sized, frothy, khaki head. Decent retention. Chocolate and cola aromas. Rich, chocolaty malt flavor with adequate bitterness and deeply roasted notes. Balanced almost perfectly... neither sweet nor overly hopped. Full-bodied and silky with reticent carbonation. Dark, chocolaty finish. Huge KUDOS to marsiblursi for boxing this one up and floating it across the Atlantic!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2007
"God Jul" courtesy of Degarth. Bottled 020906. Best by 020910. Black/dark brown, brown edges, 2cm frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, subtle bitter, resinous hops, subtle yet pungent spice, alcohol warmth. Hops nearly disappear in the flavor, roasty malt and spices with some light alcohol. Good, but not much depth. Medium body, balanced. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Pours verry ydark brown with a small tan head that falls fast. Very rich roasty nose, chocolate, caramel, and cherry. Fruity flavors show as it warms, light licorice note in the finish. Lots of hop character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5356) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2008 <i>Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget</i>. Dark brown, opaque, with a thick beige head. Roasted dark malt aroma with notes of chocolate, and a little spicy. Velvetly smooth mouthfeel, quite well balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6309) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 11, 2007
gahl06, bottled. browny black with a lingering head. porter aroma of dark chocolate with hints of plum and licorice. some curious pear schnapps flavour but otherwise pleasant with a minty finish

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2363) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Decent sized brown head of dense and creamy bubbles of varying size. Nice rich and roasty aroma with some dark chocolate, smokey malts, roasted grains, a little anise and little dark fruit. Quite a damn good aroma. Color is a very dark brown. Rich and roasty flavor. Some more smoke, roasted grains, little bit of burnt toast (carbon) and dark bitter chocolate. If I didn’t know any better I would say that this was a nice scotch ale. Nice alcohol warming. Lingering smokey grain flavor. Long finish. A damn fine Norweigen brew. I need to get me more of this! Big thanks to etowneraser for getting me this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2007
500ml, pours dark brown with tannish white head. nose is smokey, bakers chocolate, and stale malt. taste has a healthy amount of dry bakers chocolate, oak, vanilla, dark berries, and licorice. palate is smooth and creamy but a tad watery with no alcohol. a solid beer that’s tasty and easy to drink. i vote for this to be a sweet stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10420) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2007
Bottle. Fantastic beer. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Brown colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma, but really intense. Powerfull bitter flavor and long complex finish. I could still taste this beer hours after drinking it. Oily palate. Thank you Yngwie.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2007
Bottle. Hazy brownish colour with a nice mostly lasting creamy head. Rich aroma and taste of malts and fruits. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Raters are placing votes for the style, so I’ll cast mine for a sweet stout, albeit with fruity notes. Not important. What it is is a darned fine ale, pouring a deep, dark brown body with a respectable cocoa head. It’s got a pleasing multi-level aroma, beginning with roasted malts and dark caramel, then some dark berries, a drop or two of alcohol, and a bit of anise. The flavor is roasty and has a touch of smoke. The berries are neatly rolled in for support along with a dollop of milk chocolate and a chaw of licorice. Very smooth drinking. Whatever it may be, it’s a fine Winter warmer.

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