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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: 1045   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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3.9
Beerlando (3343) - 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.

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 (4847) - 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 (1183) - 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 (4068) - 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 (2693) - 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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