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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1020   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle. Dark red / brown color with a large good lacing brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, hoppy, roadsted, dark chocolate, alcohol, smoky notes. Flavor is heavy and complex but in a very nice balance of sweetness and bitternes some notes of alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black and with a dense and huge tan head. Aroma is solid pine needle and spiced with a slight orasted chocolate note. Sweet, roasted malt, smooth chocolate ad solid pine flavour. Solid bitterness into the finish alongside a smooth roasted chocolate note. Has a slight sharp herbal edge before the finish...and yes this goes fantastic with cheese.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (32172) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2004
A red-brown beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet and spicy especially with notes of cloves. The flavor is also sweet spicy with cloves and chocolate standing out as the most dominant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25068) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2007
(Bottle 50 cl) Vintage 2004. Pours a hazy, dark brown with a small, beige head that dissipates in no time. Aroma of dried fruit and vintage port. Quite full-bodied, a little low in carbonation with sweetish, roasted malt, dried and overripe fruit, vanilla and port accents and a whiff of coffee. Dry, lightly hoppy finish. Excellent - this really has aged gracefully. 240907

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2005
Black colour with beige head. Stouty aroma with notes of vanilla, chocolate and liquorice. Sweet flavour with notes of chocolate, spices and alcohol. Powerful aftertaste with notes of hops and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (23913) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2006
Bottled. Pitch black colour, big brown head. Aroma is caramel, spices with slightly roasted malts and alcoholic notes. Flavour is roasted malts with some caramel and licorace. Spices become present after the roastiness and caramel vanishes. Pleasant and smooth, but it does feel "quite" standard compared to a few of the other Xmas theme beers from Nøgne Ø. Hides the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (22307) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 Bottled. Very dark brown. Aroma of chocolate and oranges. Roasty, sweet and really rich. with clean mouthfeel. Dark chocolate dominates. Salty aromatic finish. An excellent, complex, warming christmas beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20882) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black colour with a tan head. Malty spicy aroma, hints of licorice. Also some hoppy hints. Sweet malty flavor with some spicy hints. Hints of caramel and licorice too. Malty finish with spicy hints. Bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (20066) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
3rd August 2008. Soft black beer with a tan head. Chocolate malt and a touch of fig leading to a subtle hop finish and a pronounced cinnamon like spice ending. Complex, unusual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (19005) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2011 At Home in Bottle Thanks Tom for sharing this... Deep Solid Black ...High Hop nose ... odd for such a dark beer ... roast coffee ... very smooth ... soft mellow ... lots of soft roast malt ... touch of chocolate . mmm

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