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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1035   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (14527) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 3, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2010 500ml bottle. Batch #309 Extremely dark brown, thin head which fades, then pretty flat. Served a bit cool, slightly spicy and cascadey aroma, some graininess as it warms. Sticky sweet mouthfeel, fairly fizzy in a creamy way, surprising given how flat it appears in the glass. Very richly roasted malt, quite burnt, and pungent bitter hops in the taste. I just burped pure hops!(6:3:8:4:13=3.5)
Rerate (keg, pikkulintu) (6:4:6:3:13=3.2)
Smoky aroma. Rich burnt taste, very spicy, and alcoholic. Smooth slick palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Real dark brown pour with minimal white ring around the haed. Nose of cocoa, malt, barley with a touch of spice and smoke. Flavor brings out a heavy coffee and smoke flavor with a big chocolate malt presence. Complex enough, but just missing something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2007
500ml. this one exploded on me spouting dark brown foam all over my counter top. color is coal black. the head stands thick well formed and tall leaving solid lacing in its wake. interesting perfumed aroma, with caramel everywhere, in the taste odor, and texture. clean and sweet with a complex roasty finish. a very attractive and well crafted beer. unique with distinct characteristics. this shows american influence, but stands on its own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle from BotteTrek.com. Pours dark like a stout. Aroma and flavor are similiar: chocolate and coffee. Mild sweet maltiness with a mild smoke taste. Slight bitter finish, medium mouthfeel. Rich and complex, but a little rough around the edges. Still one of my favorite brewers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Pours deep black with thin tan head. Wonderful nose of dark chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aru (105) - Smørum, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2007
Again a very very dark beer from Nøgne Ø. The huge amount of choclate malt gives it a very smokey taste, with not so many other notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2007
chocolaty slight fruity aroma. Deep black with a generous thick light tan head. velvety smooth flavor of chocolate malt and fruit. nicely balanced. finishes wet and slightly sweet. a very well balanced rich winter ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5796) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2007
A mild gusher. So a few quick sips/slurps prior to getting to my glass. Very Dark brown, with little light passing through even at the edges. Tall, somewhat expected, head that is quite stable and has a light cocoa froth appearance. Decent lace. The bubbles look quite large at the base of the head, but are quite small when forming the lace. Dark chocolate, molasses and sorghum, dates, orange zest and a touch of peat in the aromas. LIghter feel with all the effervescence. With the pre sips and consequential sips this is a true winter ale. Lightly roasty with chocolate, dark caramel, cashews and heavy syrup. Some mild spice with a touch of mace and cardamom. A nice balance, easy drinking, stronger ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
50cl bottle from systembolaget. After kicking myself for not getting any Nøgne Ø while in Oslo, I headed straight to systembolaget and picked up this as a consolation, even though with prices in Norway, its probably cheaper here. I’m still trying to get my head around that one. Well, its beautiful out of the bottle, with a near black body and huge lasting tan head with plenty of lace as i make my way through. My first impression is imperial stout, but the aroma reveals belgian qualities, with a little roast and not as much yeast, sweet brown sugar, some peat, and some floral hops. The flavor is thick and sweet, with some chocolate, alcohol, and a nice hop bitterness to finish it off. The body is full and silky, with a little stickiness in the finish. This is a really good beer; it reminds me of a Belgian strong crossed with an imperial stout. Unique and pleasant. Now I wish that I had gotten more Nøgne ø in Oslo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle from about a year ago - Darker brown color with a nice tan head. Aroma is dominated by cocoa, nut, and some floral hops. Flavor is an interesting earthy-cocoa-nut mix with some nice hop remnants. Nice mouthfeel. Not sure why I waited so long on this one, but I should seek out a fresher bottle.

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