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

bottling
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on tap
available

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RATINGS: 1053   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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3.6
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - OCT 28, 2007
[Bottle] Pours brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is weak, a little malt, a little vanilla, maybe a tiny bit of chocolate. Taste is hops, roasted malt, almost a fruity character. medium thick. Good finish.

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Habanero (4637) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2007
Pours dark brown with a fine light brown head. Nose ofmlt and spices. Flavour of malt, raisins, coffee and juniper. Nice bitter finish. A well composed x-mas ale.

3.9
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2007
The aroma was aromatic with chocolate and caramel. The caramel contained a light sweetness and a bready and biscuity presence. The beer poured into the glass clear black with an amber highlight and a tannish head which lasted to lace the glass. The flavor was nutty and chocolately with a winey character of dark fruits, namely raisins and prunes. The flavor also was nutty and bready and contained a light bit of roast which was never overpowering. The bittering was well achieved, but the malt characteristics ruled the day. The finish was dry with a lasting chocolate character lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium-full with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy texture on the palate. A really nice Strong Ale, more of a Porter, very smooth and interesting. 16.9 ounce bottle. Labeled as Winter Ale.

3.6
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2007
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pours a dark brown with a decent size khaki head and spotty lacing. aroma is grainy malt, some spice and vanilla. flavor gets a bit more interesting with additional flavors of molasses and a hint of smoke and nuts. very enjoyable. thanks to RLB for the 19 oz. bottle.
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3.8
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Bottle consumed on Sunday Ocotber 21st, the day the Red Sox beat the Indians 11-2 to win the American League and advance to the world series. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, a little smoke. Flavor is strong with more vanilla, molasses, and some dark fruits with a warm finish. Unique winter ale.

3.9
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Bottle via beerlando and somebody else(forgot). Dark purple/reddish color. Smell of caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, malt, hops, spice, coco and alcohol. Taste of heavy caramel, hops, malt, toffee, nuts, bread, spice, plums and a watery taste at the end. In my last sip, could taste some alcohol and vanilla. Still a wonderful brew.

3.9
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2007 Pours a dark brown color with no head.Aromas of chocolate,caramel and raisins.Taste of coffee,chocolate and vannila/ Slight hint of alcohol in the background.Not bad! Thanks KingpinIPA!

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brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Aroma has heavy emphasis on caramel cake, with slight hints of chocolate and vanilla,attractive and promising,taste is a slight letdown thinner then I would expect, caramel soft tones with some toffee and vanilla and a chocolate bitter finish. Still an excellent brew,thanks again Kingpin

3.8
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Pours dark brown this thin tan head. bready aroma with flavors of malts, caramel, filburt nuts, chocolate, and roast. well balanced with a nice bitter finish

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muzzlehatch (4950) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2007
500 ml bottle from Cellars Wine and Spirits on Larpenteur, Roseville MN (June 2007), drunk at cellar temperature from a Chouffe tulip. A huge, lasting caramel-crème head tops the darkly translucent molasses body, lacing thickly as it gently drops….spicy-bready aroma, wonderfully “Christmasy” with caramel, molasses and hints of nutmeg, dark bready yeast….the body is very full, moderately sweet, rather yeasty, very Belgian dubbel-esque with bready, caramelly malt characteristics, little in the way of hops, a hint of orangepeel….lightly tart towards the finish, low to moderate carbonation; this is excellent.


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