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


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RATINGS: 928   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.

Holmen1's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2581) - Stavanger, - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 2011-årgangen fra cask på Cardinals juleøltreff nov-12: ingen karbonering og naturligvis intet skum. Fyldig og smaksrik som en god portvin. En flott start på kvelden! I runde 4 i den store juleøltesten ombord på Fridtjofen (flaske): aroma av asfalt. Lang ettersmak med mye litt lakris. Ble nr. to av to i denne runden. Flaske på brygga med Willy, batch 383 (brygget 24.09.08, best før 24.09.13): fantastisk myk og smaksrik, ingen skarpe kanter, en minneverdig stund. Flaske batch 842/845A, brygget 30.7.12: 2 cm kremet skum i mitt Duvel-glass etterlater en film på glass og overflate. Dufter slik en virkelig god kaffe burde, og smaken er vinøs, kompleks og inviterende. Stor munnfylde, myk og med balanse som en linedanser. Ettersmaken varer og varer... Høyner ratingen fra 3,8.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
sorry, not only do i not get the "spice" notes in this beer, but...there are NO spices in this beer, so why it’s classed as a spice beer, who knows. 5 malts, heavy on the chocolate and carmel. 3 hops, English ale yeast, and local water. NO spices!! Poured a beautiful dark brown, between a porter and a stout. Neverending head is the theme. Still there 20 minutes later. Good mouthfeel, and it hides the 8.5% dangerously well. I can kind of see where one reviewer gets the "irony" taste, but there is nothing unpleasant in this beer. Great balance of hops and sweet malt in both the nose and flavor. Only 30 ibu’s...really?! GREAT balance. Lots of caramely chocolate in the flavor, especially as the beer warms. Nice, warming finish. I want more. Gotta give Nogne O some props...pretty solid after 4 of their beers."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
outlawskies (964) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie say string Malays undertone a lot of hops. Gives 2.7. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1259) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
50 cl bottle @ home (2011 vintage). Pours dark brown with quite a bit of sediment and a light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, chocolate, hops, and coffee - with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3261) - Radom, POLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Bardzo dobre mocne ale w stylu swiatecznym. czarno brazowe z wielka i trwala i gesta piana. zapach toffi cynamon korzenne ciasteczka i estry alkoholowe szlachetne niczym sherry. W smaku niesamowicie palone, gorzkie, slodowe i karmelowe. wszystko rownowazy sie doskonale, wywazone perfekcyjnie. Solidne piwo swiateczne troche przyciezkawe i tresciwe. W sam raz na zimowe chlodne wieczory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Baton (33) - Łódź, POLAND - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear black with big head which disappears quite quickly. Aroma: dark malts, dark chocolate, dried fruits, alcohol. The same in taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomekk1978 (509) - POLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Barwa: ciemna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita i utrzymująca się. Aromat: słodycz, alkohol, ciemne słody, cukierki czekoladowe, owoce, lekki alkohol. Chmielu zbytnio nie wyczułem. Smak: pełny, umiarkowanie słodki z nutą kwaskową. Następnie ciemne słody, orzechy, czekolada, ciastka. Bardzo przyjemny.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (1000) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2014
@ Havregatan. Flaska (500ml) från Systembolaget (48:-). Rostad malt med en aning rökiga toner, humlig och kryddig, choklad och lakrits, rökta charkuterier, hög sötma och viss sälta, medelbeska. Rejäl avslutning med toner av humle, kryddor och rök.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4634) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2014
Draft at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy light tan head and some broken lace. The aroma is roasted malt, caramel sweet fruit. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich boozy alcohol liqourice palate and a long bitter finish. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Only 8.5%? It seemed stronger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3321) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle from winter 2012. Pours deep clear black with a large creamy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark malty, toffee, cocoa, figs, burned caramel. Flavor is a bit simpler, medium sweet and malty with lots of chocolate and caramel, a bit of ash, just a touch of juniper. No real sign of the CCC hopping other than light residual bitterness after this much time in the rot box. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bunget (561) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear brown body, huge mocha head with good retention. Boozy aroma: candy sugar, yeast, figs, blackberries. Taste of roasted malt, booze, herbal hops a bit woodsy. Heavy.

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