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

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RATINGS: 1043   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2007
In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Mostly black in color with a suggestion of sepia brown. Has a quickly disappearing dark beige head. The aroma of PDQ chocolate mix in milk. A very silky palate. The texture rings the tongue. Slightly smoked, but a BIG chocolate bolus throughout. This is like a southern chocolate pie!

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smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2007
dark with reddish head. Very sweet and very spicy with cloves and chocolate. This ones enjoyable

3.9
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
"Winter Ale", 19 ºP, 30 IBU, 8%ABV. 22oz bottle. Pours opaque dark brown. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate. Nice chocolate flavors. Flavor is rich malt backbone. Very Balanced.

3.7
LinusStick (3473) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Nice American strong. Very Christmasy. Aroma of sweet caramel malt. Pour was a cloudy dark brown with a one finger tan head. Taste was very malty-mostly caramel malt and tasted a little like a chocolate malt milkshake. Could use a tad more carbonation, but all in all a very nice beer.

3.7
SpringsLicker (3644) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Dark brown, murky and light blocking. Huge persistent, three-dimensional head of light tan. Rich caramel aroma, light date-nut bread. Sweet and full bodied. A big, all malt show here.show here.

4.1
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2007
2007 bottle from WLV. Dark brown color with medium beige head. Wonderful roasty sweet malt aroma with bourbon-like notes such as vanilla and alc, also dark fruit and chocolate. Flavor is very roasty, dark fruit, yeast spiciness, medium sweet, very nice. Full body with creamy carbonation. One of the better winter seasonals.

3.9
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2007
bottle.....pours a cloudy dark brown almost black with an off-white pour.....scents of dark fruit and chocolate malt with little to no roast....flavors of porter/stout some roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, the typical go-around. everything comes together in a nice package....

4.1
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2007
1 year old bottle. Strong winter spice, lightly lactic aroma. Big malts, very chewy and rich. Super-thick, perfect body, carbonation is dead on. Flavor has less spice than the flavor but is really balanced, and has combined well over the past year. Slight hints of booze. Beautifully aged.

4.2
Gr0ve (2176) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2007
500 ml bottle. Dark brown with a hint of red. Medium-sized beige head. Rounded malty aroma with hints of chocolate and caramel. Full-bodied. Thick texture with lots of flavour. Caramel, rich malts, syrup and a bold hop flavour. Lots of hops indeed, but they balance the huge amounts of malts. This is an excellent brew. Perfectly balanced and with lots of character. This years version (2007) is even better than previous years.

4.9
nearbeer (5462) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2009 500 ml, "God Jul" version. ("Winter Ale" version for 2009 update). Huge head fizzes out of the bottle on this opaque black beer; settles down and lasts well with some nice frosty lace. (Winter Ale version head was much more tame - even better!) Chocolate, evergreen, juniper, vanilla, orange-caramel and slight hickory on the nose. Front taste is spicy orange, cocoa, dark-roasted nuts and coffee balanced well by some earthy-spiced whiskey and toffee. Charred mesquite and bitter-grass herbs catch up and finish strong, leaving a cured tobacco, charred oak, whiskey and peanut aftertaste. Medium-heavy body is roasty dryish, and drinkably smooth with some light tingle. Super complex brew. God Jul indeed!


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