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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Gusler's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2007
The pour reveals a deep brown almost opaque body with a mountainous creamy light brown head that ever so slowly fades leaving curtain of lace to drape the glass. Nose has a rich toasted malt aroma, hops also peek through, caramel and spices end this wonderful nose. Front has a toasted grain sweetness, the hops provide the bitter contrast, top is moderately full in feel. Finish has a spicy hop presence, sweet grains, bittersweet chocolate and the acidity determined quite dry aftertaste, and a real unexpected treat in my humble opinion.

Milter (1069) - Nyborg, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2017
Wow, virkelig en god og spændende juleøl. Masser af humlesmag. Masser af fylde.

stupre (538) - Nanterre, FRANCE - NOV 2, 2017
50cl bottle purchased @ Mille et une bières Cormontreuil. Robe pétrole avec fine mousse brune. Belle attaque sur le réglisse avec petite touche épicée.

BuckeyeBoy (8568) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2017
500ml bottle pours out black topped with a small brown head. Nose is Chocolat roast malt smoke ginger and some spice. Taste is nice sweet chocolate molds caramel a little smoke and some spice.

DoctorHU (607) - UKRAINE - JUL 5, 2017
500 ml bottle. Pours dark black color with high beige, mostly lasting head. Aroma - biscuit with chocolate and caramel, raisins and other dried fruits, a little brandy with floral honey. Taste - biscuit, caramel, candy, chocolate, dried fruits, prunes, a little citrus marmalade, brandy.

kajser27 (2065) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 29, 2017
Dark brown to black colored, medium to strong cream tan head. Aroma is of some roasted malt, strong chocolate, caramel, spice, very light floral hops. Taste is medium+ sweet malt, roasted, caramel and chocolate, spices, bit nutty, medium bitterness, some toasted bread, some light floral hops, subdued alcohol. Medium+ bodied, soft carbonation, nice and creamy. Aged bottle... past BB date but very, very nice!

martythesmarty (407) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2017
Bottle. Pours brown with no head. Really heavy aroma. Not good, too much alcohol.

SimonBlok (804) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2017
50cl bottle, courtesy of Gyhallmanti. Appearance: dark brown wth medium khaki head. Aroma: juniper, red fruits, berries, coffee, chocolate and a hint of smoke. Taste: fairly high sweetness and medium bitterness. Notes of red fruits, juniper, coffee, yeast and a trace of ginger freshness. Palate: medium to full bodied, oily texture and medium carbonation.

gyhallmanti (700) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2017
50cl bottle split at home with SimonBlok. Pours a pitchblack colour with a medium creamy brown head which slowly dissipates to a thick layer on top. Aroma of citrus, juniper berries, blueberries, raisins, ginger, dark malts, dark chocolate. Taste isedium sweet, moderate bitter with a medium dry finish. Notes of coffee, nuts, dark malts, slight roasted malts, ginger, dark chocolate, dark dried fruits, anise. Texture is thick and oily, full bodied woth average carbonation

vinivini (3075) - Gomel, BELARUS - MAY 3, 2017
Deep brown. Opaque. Nice staying beige head. Aroma: caramel, rosted malts, nuts, esters. Medium body. Rich dark malts on taste. Vinous. Estery. Light bitterness. Splendid

MelvinKalksma (1762) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2017

Medium aroma of malts, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, smoke and spices.

Opaque dark brown/black beer with a slight/medium beige/brown head.

Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts, smoke and spices.

This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Lovely sweet chocolate flavour with some smoke and spices in the finish. Delicious Christmas beer overall. Perfect appearance and a great palate, but the aroma could have been stronger.

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