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

bottled
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RATINGS: 969   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.



Uhlen's rating

3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, - DEC 26, 2012
2011 ed. Dark dark amber liquid with almost no head. Almost.no aroma. Taste of dark fruits, some alcohol, and some caramel sweetness. I found the 2011 batch to be better than the 2012-ed.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (619) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkydodson (485) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - APR 17, 2015
the aroma is caramel and toasty with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla and licorice... the taste is caramel and chocolate with notes of roasted malts, nuts, dark fruits, coffee, licorice and red wine... sweet, dry and warming aftertaste...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antonstoop (231) - - APR 13, 2015
Bottle 50cl. Dark brown with a big, dense, creamy, dark beige head. Aroma of nuts, coffee, earth, soy, dark fruits. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, earth, wood, dark fruits, some spices. Full body, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation. Aftertaste is roasty, sweet malty, earthy and a bit wooden. A tasty, dark malty, creamy winter warmer. Very smooth to drink, the ABV is completely hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frode (347) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle 50 cl.
Red-brown, brown head. Heavy malt, chocolate, smoke and alcohol. Heavy flavour, sweet, roasted and nicely bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (912) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown looking almost black in the glass. Medium dark tan head. Aroma of leather, burnt sugar, roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is abit sweet but still pretty balanced. Dark fruits, dark chocolate, a whiff of alcohol and a light bitter finish. Close to full bodied with avg co2 levels.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (2968) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2015
(Nøgne Ø God Jul) Bottle 500 ml at home, served into a snifter. ABV 8.5% dark brown colour on the body, leaving some light passing through it and getting red ruby hues because of it. Small and thin beige head with average retention, leaving light lacing on the glass. Aroma of plums mainly, more dark fruits, spices, molasses. Sweet taste, light caramel, plums, raisins, spices, stewed red fruits, marmalade, light roasted malts on the finish, and some bitterness there with good duration. Medium thin body, average carbonation. Very good, tasty winter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1746) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head, almost looks like a stout. Alcohol on the nose, pretty strong, some roasted malts as well; follows onto the palate. It’s only 8.5%, but it smells like it should be 15%. Pretty boozy on the flavor too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hugi (437) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2015
Dark brown, cloudy, with a medium brown head. Aroma of biscuit, malt, caramel, dry fruits balanced with some hoppyness. complex maltiness, medium bittter, fruity finish. Some notes of esters present at the end. Full body, a bit sweetish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (5595) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is spiced, coffee, chocolate, taste is similar, rich, fruity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (698) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 22, 2015
500 ml bottle from Beer Store Vienna, brewed 24.06.14.
Dark brown body, with a big, dense, creamy, dark beige head.
Aroma of nuts, coffee, earth, soy, dark fruits, subtle hops.
Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, earth, wood, dark fruits, citric hops, some spices.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes roasty, sweet malty, earthy, a bit wooden and subtly hoppy.

A tasty, dark malty, creamy winter warmer. Very smooth to drink, the ABV is completely hidden. Really pleasant winter ale!


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