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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1044   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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fb (51) - NORWAY - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle, batche #300 and #301. An excellent christmas beer. #300 seemed a bit more fizzy to mee, but nevertheless excellent...

thewolf (12757) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle, bought @ SuperBrugsen, Bramdrupdam. Pours a deep ruby red and brown with a big beige frothy head. Powerful aroma, roasted, toffee, chocolate and spices. Some cinnamon and smokyness in there as well. Very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is roasted, some slight coffee and chocolate. A relatively powerful bitterness sticks to my teeth and tongue. Good for dessert.

mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2007
bottle. average light brown creamy head (mostly dissapating) into black body, with good lacing. aromas of coffee, chocolate, light caramel, as well as some light vinousnous. moderately long duration length. Good beer.

Defreni (3286) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2007
Flaske. Dufter som en god joint. Nogle ville kalde det for en græsset duft, men helt klart en god joint. Overraskende nok fortsætter duften i smagen, som også har et meget kraftigt bid. Speciel øl, men jeg kunne lide den.

Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2007
(bottle) Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Faint aroma of caramel and roast smells. Taste has some nice caramel sweetness which rounds out to a hoppy finish.

faroeviking (11119) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a huge nice beige good lasting light brown head. Aroma of spices with roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some vanille. Good mouthfeel. Roasty and quite spiced flavour with liquorice, some chocolate and dry hops. Good spiced and roasty finish. Tasty Christmas brew.

beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle. Nice tan head with good carbonation. Notes of coffee, chocolate, alcohol and mild spice in the nose. Dry roast/chocolate finish that is mouth-coating. A bit more aroma hops would really help smooth this beer out. A nice winter beer that is satiating.

alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - OCT 28, 2007
Thanks again to Drewbeerme for another great newcomer. Tipical Stout style with more hops and caramel than ususal, smells sweet but palate is very dry and even salty. Smokey finish with some underlying dark fruits. Goes great with cheese.

Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - OCT 28, 2007
Hazy dark brown, with a nice thick foamy brown head, leaving lacings. Heavy aroma of roasted/smoked malts and chocolate, with underlying porty notes. Lots of dusty hobs in the flavor along with roasted bitterness. On the sweet side we have the underlying overripe darkfruits, but its mainly a complex bitter roasted/hobby brew i think.

Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Deep, dark mahogany body with crimson highlights. Small, asymmetrical, bubbly khaki head. Minimal sudsy lace. The aroma is rich, robust, and inviting with darkly roasted caramel malts, dark chocolate, coffee, oak, and hazelnut liquor showing through. The taste is exactly what a winter warmer should be. Rich, creamy coffee blends smoothly with bittersweet chocolate, burnt oak, dark caramel, hazelnuts, and a touch of vanilla. Very earthy in its use of wood and nut flavorings. Some piney hops show on the back end, adding bitterness. Well balanced, and not too sweet. Substantial body. Very smooth. Lingering, dry roasted finish. A nice, warming, roasty slow sipper. Great beer.

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