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


on tap

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RATINGS: 967   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.

HonusWagner's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1680) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Some mild pine hoppiness with a semisweet chocolate, kind of smoked maplewood, and lightly ashy aroma. Flavors are similar, semisweet, mild bitterness in the finish, a bit of a sea salty closing note, nice sticky mouthfeel, excellent beer with a year of age on it. This is the best bottle of it I’ve had, but it’s quite awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frode (317) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (880) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (2898) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1703) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (5345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is spiced, coffee, chocolate, taste is similar, rich, fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (606) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leini (1100) - SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2015
500ml bottle, 2012 edition. Dark brown body, no crown. Roasted malt, soy, liquorice. Tastes a bit oxidated and lacks depth. Propable due to aging. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
morri (235) - NORWAY - FEB 3, 2015
500ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Muddy dark brown body. Tiny light brown head with good lacing. Aroma is nutty. Roasted malt, coffee and leather. Mostly bitter on the tongue before it gets really sweet and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (582) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Dark brown, medium tan head. Aroma: Caramel, dark fruits, coffee, cocoa . Palate: medium to full body, average carbonation.

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