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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1042   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (4950) - Tallinn, - NOV 13, 2012
On tap at Håndverkerstuene. Dark brown with a reddish hue and a beige to off-white head. Roasty aroma with licorice, caramel and hints of dark fruits, spices, hops and smoke. Sweet and malty with a nice and bitter finish. Well balanced. Medium to full body. Nice and delicious Christmas beer with a lovely bitterness. (2012-11-01

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evilkniamhel (686) - 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 (513) - 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 (94) - 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 (18) - 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 (2263) - 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 (1614) - 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 ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LLaurin (358) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2016
Pours really nice in very dark brown and with beige head. Nose is caramel and some fresh herbs still in the range of Swedish Pepparkaka. Taste is clear and bright although sweet with caramel and coffee notes. Almost scents of buttertoffe (dark). Palate is lasting but not quite remarkable. Also toffee notes and invigorous velvety notes. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AnG_BrgNor (599) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2016
Bottle. Almost black with very nice lasting foam. Aroma is mal, plums and some spices. Taste is malt, dark dried fruits, herbal hops, chocolate and some wood (juniper...?). Med to full body. Very complex beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malin_aiisa (993) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle at Martythesmarty and Hirigalzkars xmas beer tasting. Dark brown, white head. Aroma of rye, malt and caramel. Taste sour and tart. Cherry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mariuspoenari (1929) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2016
On tap at Murphy’s Law. Dark pour with a fine-grained tan head. Notes of dried fruit, sweet spices, chocolate, light cognac. Medium body and carbonation.

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