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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1052   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamsen78 (5291) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2016
Bottle. Pours cloudy very dark brown with airy tan head. Clear aroma of malt, dried fruits and chocolate, with hints of cinnamon and touches of yeast. Bitter, roasty flavour, enhanced by notes of dark chocolate and hops, with sweetish notes of fruit, malt and yeast. Hints of cloves. Roasty and estery aftertaste with mildly acidic hints. Warming alcohol presence. Well-balanced and very enjoyable, especially on a cold winter’s eve. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tjomleif (215) - NORWAY - DEC 1, 2016
0,5l bottle. Aroma of chocolate, roastiness, and milk. Flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a smooth, creamy, wonderful mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (4309) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle from Kisjes Slijterijen, Meppel. Aroma is dark malt, caramel, chocolate, raisins, spices, hops, ripe fruits, touch of liquorice and roast. Flavour is sweet and above moderate bitter. Body is above medium, smooth and rich. Nice complexity, it’s rare I find a ’spiced winter ale’ I really like but this one is remarkably balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MGantzel (260) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2016
Denne juleøl har et sort udseende med et medium brunt skum. Øllen har en sød chokolade aroma og smager deraf med smag af karamel og lakrids. God cremet. Lav karbonering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerGantzel (410) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2016
Aroma of roasty malt, chocolate and coffee. Black with a nice brown foamy head. Medium-high sweetness and light-medium bitterness. Long lasting taste, creamy texture, full body and average carbonation. Very tasteful Christmas ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
exRAID (154) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - NOV 2, 2016
Шикарны& богатый аромат, хорошее плотное тело, послевк& слегка спиртуо& но общие впечатл& самые наилучш&

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (3563) - 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 (932) - 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 (1050) - Sosnowiec, 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 (2585) - 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.

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