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


on tap

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RATINGS: 986   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.

mikeyswede's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeyswede (37) - Malmö, - DEC 24, 2012
A burst full of flavors even if it is very dark I still like it a lot and yes you can taste the caramel and chocolate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kokkenrolv (179) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2015
Bottle. Aroma is licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted notes. Black, nice beige head. Medium/heavy sweetness, taste is dark coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, dark red fruits. Medium/full body, medium carbonation, big and long aftertaste. Deep and complex, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dermi (891) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2015
50 cl, bottled. BB 23.07.19, batch #1483. Pours nearly black with a nice tanned head. Aroma: Licorice, gingerbread dough, spruce and fruits. Spices. Some notes of dark chocolate. Taste: Medium sweet, licorice, spices. Some notes of warming alcohol. Doughy flavours, hints of coriander/soap. Pleasant roasted malty flavours. Nicely balanced. Palate: Above medium body, quite oily feel. Very pleasant brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1148) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 17, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2015 330ml bottle served in a snifter glass. Bottle says 9.5% ABV. Pours a dark brown color forming a solid and creamy beige head with medium retention and lots of spotty soapy and molasses lacings left in the glass. Nose is very sweet and boozy. Strong notes of caramel malts, crystal mats and candi sugar. Dark dry fruits. Raisin, plum and date fruit. Licorice. Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel and honey. Vanilla, oak and earth. Quite sweet,in overall. Medium bitterness. Heavy body,low carbonation. Caramel and roasted malts in the aftertaste. Good drinkability. Good stuff..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ston3s42 (102) - - NOV 16, 2015
Almost completely black and practically no head. Complex tastes of figs, dark chocolate, dried fruits, wood, nuts and alcohol. Full body, a bit too carbonated, and a fine aftertaste. The example of a good Christmas beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (2699) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2015
Draught. Pitch black with a dense, creamy tanned head. Sweet aroma with caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, cookies, spicy notes. Taste is light sweet. Full body with an oily texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes dry and roasted with a sweet, spicy note. Lovely and rich beer to start the season.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (6053) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Black pour with a lush, light tan head. Fruity and Christmas spice filled nose, with a touch of cinnamon and toffee. Lovely deep flavor of gentle roasty sweetness, caramel, holiday mulling spices, and a touch of bitterness to counteract the slight booze.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hikeg (137) - - NOV 6, 2015
Large, creamy, light brown, mostly diminishing head, good lacing. Normal, dark brown body. Heavy malty aroma, with notes of roasted, nutty, molasses, dark chocolate and strong coffee. Moderate hoppy aroma, with notes of resin and orange. Moderate yeasty aroma, with notes of leather and earth. Notes of date, raspberry, smoke, toffee, ginger, clove, cinnamon and vanilla. Moderate sweet, moderate bitter and light acidic initial flavor. Long, light sweet, heavy bitter and light acidic finish. Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Light alcoholic, light astringent, chalky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (2004) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle a dark brown colored beer with a tiny beige head aroma malts roasted malts dark fruits spicy chocolate caramel and hops flavor roasted malts malts dark fruits spicy citrus chocolate caramel and some bitter hops in the aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kingi (555) - - 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 (1915) - Tuusula, 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.

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