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


on tap

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RATINGS: 978   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.

BTObeer's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BTObeer (5) - Trondheim, - DEC 29, 2011
On tap@Grünerløkka brygghus. Beige foam that disappears to the edges of the glass. Earthy smell, hard to tell due to excessive intake of pommes frites at neighbouring table. Quite bitter taste that blends with roasted malts. Mellow hints of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kingi (541) - - SEP 27, 2015
Brewed 14.03.2013. Aroma is sweet. Taste is medium sweetness, no Real bitterness. Long lasting and tall head. Finish has a but of chocolate notes and light dryness. I lile this but not sure how much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
k0mpsa (1854) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle. Almost black color, big light brown head. Aroma has sweet caramel notes, some smoky notes, some spices. Sweet body, caramel, suryp, smoke, chocolste and some spices.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1295) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2015
In addition to a nice foam smells really good of chocoklate and a hard roasted malt is both caramel and smoked. The taste is expected to be very sweet, but fortunately it is not the case. It tastes slightly bitter chocolate, a little caramel and it’s also a bit smoky in flavor. I can not so much sense why it should be called God Jul (Merry Christmas), for it has nothing special Christmas flavor about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeaney (96) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
Dark brown to dark mahogany in colour to this English porter with a large off white head that is quite creamy. Aroma is fruity, sweet, has some raisins in it along with dark chocolate and lots and lots of roasted malt, coffee. Very roasted aroma, dark rye bread and cloves. Lots of spices, dark fruits like dates and also has a nice caramel tone to it. Taste is quite similar to the aroma but has some liquorice, Christmas spices, julmust/glögg to it. Molasses, burnt caramel with chocolate and a dry finish, very well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coachd (362) - Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Complex aroma of red wine, leather, tobacco, fig, dark malt, slightly boozy. Flat black color with an absolute ton of light tan foam. The taste brings out everything that is in the aroma, adding just the right amount of dark roast balanced by some malt sweetness. Slight booze burn in the aftertaste which I like. Palate is creamy and smooth. Very strong offering from Nogne, a brewery that everyone should try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (4104) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2015
Black with thin, lacy head. Initially a fairly heavy whiff of strong piney hops. Also some alcohol. Texture is thick, smooth and oily. Flavour has light liquorice, sweet dried fruits. Aftertaste has a touch of burnt, bitter smokiness. Very intense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3087) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown pour, brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, cacao and caramel. Full taste of chocolate, salty licorice, caramel, roasted malt, brown malt and biscuit. Long finish with some added bitters. Tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cagou007 (591) - FRANCE - MAY 7, 2015
Pours deep brown with thin tan head that quickly vanish. Nose is . Aromas are roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and plum. Thick-oily texture, low carbonation. Long roasty finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (3355) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle from bottle park. Really nice winter bere over here. Dark brown colour, stable head. Aroma rich malty, loads of biscuit, caramel, nutty notes. Taste goes in the same direction, full complex malty flavour, nutty, caramel, hints of roasted, slightly estery. Bitterness only in background. Quite easily drinkable and alcohol hidden well. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (703) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2015
22 oz bottle.
Dark brown with ruby edges. Thick lasting tan head above lively carbonation. Aroma is dark fruit, plum, chocolate, leather, sweet alcohol.
Flavor is creamy chocolate, prune, caramel, subtle hop bitterness.

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