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


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RATINGS: 1034   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Unde (923) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2015
Dark brown colour with beige head on top and lots of beautiful lacing. Aroma has roasted malts, dark chocolate. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee and dry ending. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beers0mniac (122) - Joensuu, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2015
Brown almost black color with medium tan head. Inviting very Christmas aroma: Dark chocolates, cloves, roasted malts. Malty, roasty taste with some hops. Excellent Christmas beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erzengel (8039) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2015
Old rating, bottle from Systembolaget, best before 25.07.12. 50cl. Intense thick dark beginning. Very viscous, hints of smoke and wood. Dark and dry, great complex with dark malt, nuts, roast, dark fruit. Intense and long viscous aftertaste. Fascinating beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (713) - HUNGARY - DEC 23, 2015
Boldog karácsonyt kíván a Nogne Ř azonos nevű főzete, mely tipológiai besorolása alapján (legalábbis a Ratebeer szerint) american strong ale, jómagam azonban közelebb állónak érzem egy jóféle belgian strong ale-hez, miután illatában erőteljes élesztősség, aszalványos gyümölcsösség, diós súly és tejszínes krémesség hirdeti szinte kiabálva a belga javak jelenlétét a sörben. Mély és tartalmas szerkezete, mint ahogyan az a stílus jellegéből adódik, nagyszerűen megtölthető télies hangulatokkal, ha úgy tartja kedvünk, a medvecukor, édesgyökér, szerecsendió és mézeskalács-fűszerkeverék mindenesetre remek alapul szolgálnak a hideg esték italának testet öltéséhez. Selymesen lágy kortyai komótosak, simák és izgalmasak, ízjegyekkel gazdagon felvértezettek. Méltó eszközei a meghitt pillanatok eltöltésének.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (1611) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 22, 2015
Really dark brown color with medium brown, creamy head. Aroma has really nice malts, caramel, a bit smokey, chocolate and some faint dark fruits. Taste is slightly sweet at first with dark chocolate, cacao, butterscotch and roasted malts. Finish is slightly hoppy, roasty and bitter. Really heavy body with smooth carbonation. A very good example of a winter beer, heavy bodied, balanced, smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1540) - DENMARK - DEC 21, 2015
Stor smag af lakrids og en fin fylde i denne porter. Der er ikke meget jul i den, men passer alligevel til ĺrstiden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2015
500ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours very dark brown with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, prunes, plums, raisins, molasses, caramel and liquorice. Flavour is fairly sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied, oily texture, average carbonation. Finish is sweet and vinous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerheart65 (1454) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2015
Clear dark brown, black in glass, 2 finger creamy dense light brown head that stays long and gives nice lacing. Sweet aroma has salty licorice, mild bitterness, bit chocolate and coffee, spices. Velvety feel, smooth, soft carbonation, medium roasting gives good balance to sweetness, long bitter finish. Excellent, tasty, great flavors, one to enjoy in peace.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marstonlad (787) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. A dark brown, almost black color; medium-sized, slightly brownish head. The aroma features abundant dark and roasty maltiness; plenty of dark chocolate, plummy, dark fruitiness and some rye pudding and licorice – very stout-like. Taste offers initially mainly prominently sweet malty vibes but afterwards the palate gets richer: chocolate, bun and plum are accompanied by a subtle, yet very noticeable touch of hoppiness that leaves a lingering bitter note in the mouth. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy and soft in carbonation. Simply one of the best Christmas beers I have had: rich yet balanced, assertive yet refined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (256) - roma, ITALY - DEC 7, 2015
Versa di colore marrone scuro, con riflessi rubino; sormontata da una superba schiuma, cremosa, beige, con un’ottima allacciatura. Aroma di caramello, malto tostato, melassa, cioccolato e caffč. Si avverte anche un po’ di piccante, agrumi e luppolo. In bocca troviamo frutta secca, caffč e cioccolato; al palato arriva una leggera amarezza di agrume, giŕ percepita al naso. Il retrogusto č perpetuo, ed ecco che arrivano una moltitudi di spezie: chiodi di garofano, liquirizia e cardamomo. Nel finale scarsa amarezza, persistenza di caramello e si malto tostato; corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione medio-bassa. Rimane una bella bevuta, cremosa al palato.

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