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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1053   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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GothGargoyle (2587) - 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.

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.

PiwnyMarek (1068) - 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...

Holmen2 (3568) - 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.

tbonde (357) - DENMARK - JAN 26, 2016
40 cl from [email protected], Copenhagen in straight [email protected] 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!.

stevoj (4966) - 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.

mauritsio (907) - 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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ANZUShophunter (426) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2016
From bottle in tulip glass. Pours deep mahogany with 1 cm tan head and a bit of residual yeast and has a nice broad aroma of Christmas fruit cake. Dark malts provide significant sweetness and mask the alcohol on the palate. I’m a few weeks late cracking this one but God Jul!

GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle from Benz. Nice roasted nose. Dark pour. Thin head. Some interesting piney and spice flavors, but I found it a little too colaish for my taste. It’s good, but not one of my favorite seasonals.

Hermod (7695) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2016
50cl bottle, batch #1483, brygget 23.07.15. Pours cola brown in color, lovely thick brown head. Citrusy hoppy nose at first, followed by fresh liquirice, roasted malt, ashy tones and coffee. I could sniff this all day. Flavor has citrusy hops, coffee, ashy notes, liquirice, slightly burnt malts. Lingering coffee notes, some dark fruits there in the back as well as dark chocolate. Massive beer. Very flavorful. 8.5% is nowhere to be found. Feels like a heavy black IPA at first, but also got that bodied caramelly malty stuff in there. Awesome.

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