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


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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2011
First beer from Nogne. Ridiculously good. I was impressed by the complexity and depth. Thick mouthfeel, with many deep dark malts present. Very warming but alcohol was not a standout flavour. The hallmark of an excellent beer. Had to fight with my wife over the last sip. Hops balanced extremely well with malts. Gonna try to go back and get more of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
charlotte (5274) - rødovre, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle.Dark brown colour with small beige head.Aroma is roasted and vinious with flavor of dark dried fruits and caramel,low carbonation with flavor of burnt malt and cocoa,oily and sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grima (2393) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle from a trade wirh Cunningham, huge thanx!!
Brewed 2011! Pours deep black with a solid off-white head. Aroma us rich malty, roasty with chocolate. Taste has lots of bitter coffee notes, paired with hazelnut, licorice and some sweet chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McWorta (1601) - LUXEMBOURG - JAN 28, 2017
Black with a small lightly tan frothy head. Aromas of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, caramel, coffee, spices like gingerbread, and light spruce notes develop. Fine carbonation full bodied and slick. Rather sweet with a light roast bitterness rounding off the beer. Lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenL8 (125) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 27, 2017
0.5l bottle at home. Pours a thick very black colour with a very fine head. Very little visible carbonation. Aroma: loads of dark malts but with a slightly sour twist. Surprisingly hoppy and quite spicy. Quite smokey! Mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and creamy. Flavour: intense and complex, very dark and malty, quite sour, very herbal, lots of spices (especially cinnamon), some smoke, very long finish, very dark (dark chocolate, coffee) flavours. Very nice Christmas beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evilkniamhel (788) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2017
From bottle. Pours opaque black, thick fawn head. Nose of Christmas cake, mocha cherry chocolate. Taste is rich, spicy, sweet, full bodied, chewy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonev (589) - POLAND - JAN 4, 2017
Piwo lekko metne w kolorze brunatno czarnym z dosc obfita sredniopecherzykowa piana w kolorze bezowym. W aromacie swiatecznie, sa suszone owoce i czekolada, troche przypraw i lekka kwasnosc od palonych slodow. To samo powtqrza sie w smaku. Jest polslodkie z lekko ziolowa goryczka i wysyceniem na srednim poziomie. Na finiszu czuc lekki alkohol, niestety mi jakos nie podeszlo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
simontomlinson (205) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Pours a dark beige head on a jet black still body. Sweet malt, raisin, spice & dark sugar aroma. Thick oily texture, smooth, minimal carbonation & dry on the aft. Rich flavoured with licorice, aniseed, brown sugar, malty, spices & dark fruit. What an excellent Christmas/Winter Beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sbstuba (23) - Trondheim, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2016
Dette har vært en favoritt i flere år. Perfekt desertøl. Mørk og fyldig med en lite lag skum. Masse smak og fin julefølelse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RW80 (2363) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2016
0,5l Bottle Apperance: Very dark brown with very nice lasting ofwhitte foamy head.. shared. Aroma: Dark malt, caramel, liquorice, raisins, spices, hops, ripe darkfruits, hints of roast and chocolate . Taste: Is sweet, with above moderate bitterness, some spices, dark fruits and liquorice tones, with a solid hoppy bitterness in the finish, with tones of chocolate,roast,caramel. nice complex Body is above medium, smooth and rich. Silky texture Good one. for a winterbeer !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1772) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2016
Winter ale dans le sens américain, mais qui remplit la pleine définition d’une bière de Noël pour le brasseur .. Après dégustation, nous sommes tout à fait d’accord avec lui et heureux de ses concepts … Bière de 8,5 % abv (pour 22° plato à mon exemplaire, ce qui est plus que sur le site .. se serait-elle renforcée depuis .. je ne sais pas, mais j’opte pour cette version-ci sans problème). Ebu de 30, 5 malts, 3 houblons : chinook, columbus et centennial. Mon exemplaire avait 2 ans et 4 mois, ce qui ne lui a fait que du bien … Couleur noir intense, à l’opacité très forte. Mousse en nappage brun moyen soyeux, et superbe... Arômes de café doux, moka, ganache, cappuccino, pointe de noisettes. Très grand nez. 1ère bouche veloutée sur un ensemble café/chocolat/malt torréfié. Arrière-bouche large, dense, forte, corpulente. 2ème avec un prodige d’association des saveurs. Arrière-bouche parfaite : complète, riche, complexe, longue. 3ème avec des nuances très savantes. Arrière-bouche d’une richesse exemplaire. Longueur avec équilibre et harmonie, en travaillant tous les registres de l’hiver malté. Jambes huileuses, longues. Levure boisée, riche, très grande ligne. Alcool qui fait un travail exemplaire de maestro sur l’ensemble de la gamme. Finale suave. CONCLUSION : bière prodigieuse, que j’attendais à ce niveau-là, mais ce n’est pas Noël tous les jours … Je connais donc deux grands Jules : celui de Rome qui aimait la Gaule (à sa façon), et celui-ci qui est un dieu … c’est bien mieux qu’un empereur, même romain ...

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