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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1046   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2177) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nearbeer (5189) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Pours next to black in color w/ a tall, fuming head. Even right out of the cold fridge, this thing pushes up a frothy fountain high into the sky. Hanging in there forever this one has some seriously sticky lacing. It’s leaves a full downy canopy and a fat island to ponder life upon. Aromas of roasted coffee and sweet malted herbs. Boasting a full oily body and texture, the carbonation is a tad modest. Fat blackened molases w/ a huge roast. Only mildly sweet, this brew is pretty intense. Roasted coffee bean w/ bit-o-pine spice, and herb. Black mocha pudding could describe this brew. There is a defined hop presence, yet only mildly, is effective. This brew is thick, chewy, and very warming. It’s the kind of brew you smoke w/ a fat cigar. The finish is generous and lasting w/ good bittering. Eat it with a knife and fork. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5777) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Pours mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head recedes to skim surface. Sour pit fruit and alcohol aromas. Creamy and sweet upfront with a thin, lasting bitter chocolate and espresso finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - DEC 6, 2007
Nearly foamed over after uncapping despite being well-chilled, poured a frothy cocoa-tinted massive head over near opaque body with rusty highlights. On the nose a pleasant mix of fruity wheat cherries and musty caramel, hinted oakiness; a deliciously smooth melange on the palate, starting off full bodied with cocoa, dark berries, flowing nicely into tobacco and wooden, tingly hops. A delicious winter beer, and another impressive release from Nøgne.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (1071) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
The snowflakes on this Winter Ale bottle label were a slight departure from the stark Nøgne Ø bottles seen before. The beer came out dark brown, and formed a four finger thick beige head. The smell was a wonderful symphony of raisins, plum, chocolate, and hops. The taste was similar, and felt a little like biting into a chocolate coated rum raisin candy from a Christmas gift tin. The finish was a little astringent-roasty and presented some mouth drying hops. A bit small and coarse in the mouthfeel department. Another winner from the brewery that refuses to disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2007
I very much enjoyed this winter ale from Nogne, and would not hesitate to recommend. Its flavor is not the most complicated beer flavor in the world, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good! This beer poured an opaque black with lots of very sticky head. Aroma was a nice roastiness...potent and uncomplicated. Flavor was roasty with some bourbon-ness. Mouthfeel was a bit viscous and very pleasant. I heartily enjoyed this beer, and would definitely recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2007
First things first, I was very surprised by how dark this one poured. A very dark brown as you pour, it glows with a cloudy ruby color when held to the light. It appears very dense as it pours as well. Some roasted coffee in the nose that gives way to loads of caramel and toffee. Mild hop bitterness in this one but it’s mostly a lovely caramel mocha slice of liquid heaven. This one’s gonna warm me all freaking winter long.

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