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


on tap

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RATINGS: 989   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.

nsquishee's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (632) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Smooth, malty, foamy, and roasty. Roasted chocolate malts matched with a bold chocolate-hop finish. Very nice sipper for the cooler months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kustie (521) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown color with a quite small head. Aroma has caramel malt, ripe fruits and toffee. Taste is malty sweet with sweet somewhat bitter aftertaste. Flavors of caramel, malt, syrup, ripe fruits, coffee. Nice one for the Christmas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
panzerwolf (225) - FINLAND - NOV 27, 2015
A dark taste, coffee and roasted malts, slight taste of toffee and caramel. A very full, nice aroma and body fitting for Christmas!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kosmokrator (668) - ITALY - NOV 27, 2015
Scurissimo color ambrato con schiuma beige. Al naso caramello, frutta essicata, legno, mou; al palato riprende le stesse note dolciastre che sfociano in un amarognolo breve ma intenso dove compaiono luppoli, lievito e spezie. Corpo medio, effervescenza (troppo) debole, struttura leggerissimamente acquosa: se fosse più "strong" guadagnava i punti necessari.

   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 (892) - 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 (105) - - 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 (2708) - 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 (6112) - 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 (141) - - 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.

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