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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1026   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.

leaparsons' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9942) - Wigston, Leicestershire, - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown with a beige foam. Aromas are cocoa with toffee and cream. Raisins with fudge and some meaty smokiness. Lemon and grapefruit with earthy notes. Flavours are toffee and raisins with earthy hops and light soy saltiness. Spicy and dry to finish. Happy Christmas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (3158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2016
500 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with little head. Aromas of dark caramel, trail mix, molasses, and metallic coffee grounds. Flavors of licorice, dark molasses, nutty acidic dark chocolate, and dry dark fruit. Complex stuff. Chewy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mice (818) - FINLAND - JUL 21, 2016
Hyvin tummanruskea, lähes musta olut vaahtoaa beigenvärisenä todella runsaasti ja tiiviisti. Tuoksu monimuotoisen jouluinen. Siitä löytyy makeaa maltaisuutta, paahdetta ja suklaata, mutta myös marjaa ja havuisuutta. Maku paahteinen, salmiakkinen, havuinen, hieman palaneen kahvinen, mutta hyvin kermaisen pehmeä jouluinen kokonaisuus. Täyteläinen suutuntuma on kermaisen samettinen ja suupielet sokerisen makeiksi saava. Hiilihappoisuus hyvin pientä. Todella laadukas jouluinen nautiskeluolut pimeisiin iltoihin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (516) - POLAND - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle. Sensoric. Dark brown with tiny, light brown head, almost no lacing and head retention. Aroma is spicey, licorice, some nice citrus and ashy along with dried fruits - raisins, plums. Taste is semi-sweet with almost no bitterness some malty flavors. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, finish is sweet and spicy. In overall it’s top on omg list of christmas beer next to Hoppin Forg and Fantome ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (2436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2016
Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, spice, dates. Medium bodied, lightly creamy mouthfeel, lightly spicy on the palate. Taste is dark fruits, spice, hint of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2016
500ml. bottle shared with Quevillon.The color is a hazy dark amber with a dark beige head.The aroma is of hops,alcohol and malt. The taste is as above plus more ingrdients,but the alcohol overpowers the rest but it remains a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PiwnyMarek (891) - Lomza, POLAND - FEB 19, 2016
Ciężko ocenić te piwo. Z jednej strony mamy świetny wygląd i spoko smak, z drugiej nikły i przeciętny aromat. Mimo to piwo ma coś w sobie i jest pijalne...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (2914) - NORWAY - FEB 6, 2016
Shared bottle at HNB’s yule beer tasting on board Fridtjofen 11th/12th of December 2015. 2015 vintage. Dark brown. Dark nalt, liquorice and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbonde (315) - DENMARK - JAN 26, 2016
40 cl from tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen in straight glass@approx 10 degrees C. Pours dark brown, almost black, with beige head with good retention and some lacing. Roasted aroma with a hint of hoppy fruitiness, liquorice, chocolate, alcohol and dark dried fruits. This is mirrored in the taste which is not overspiced, but much akin to a Black IPA or even a porter: Again roasted malt, liquorice, warm moderate alcohol, chocolate and dark fruits. Hops kicks in again in a moderate degree in the aftertaste. To be enjoyed slowly: Mouthfilling, warming, satisfying, good!.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (4018) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods labelled as Winter Ale. Nothing exciting on the pour, flat dark brown pour, non-existent head. Malty, woody aroma, dark roast, burnt toast, peat. Some alcohol heat evident in aroma, very warming on taste. medium weight, slightly slick and oily. Hints of savory spice finish the whole thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mauritsio (774) - FINLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle from Alko. Black with medium brown head. Some roasted and dark berries. Round lasting bitterness. Some sweetness.

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