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

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1052   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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2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
martythesmarty (306) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2017
Bottle. Pours brown with no head. Really heavy aroma. Not good, too much alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonBlok (499) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gyhallmanti (434) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vinivini (2052) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (1462) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2017

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

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

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

Overall:
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puredelusion (375) - Lviv, UKRAINE - APR 13, 2017
0.5 bottle. Pours dark black color with high beige, mostly lasting head. Aroma of malts, flowers, perfume. Flavor is medium sweet, medium chocolate bitter. Loads of cocoa. Long rich finish with chocolate and spicy notes. Full body, soft carbonation. Perfect beer for winter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
charlotte (5327) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grima (2394) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McWorta (1627) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenL8 (166) - 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.


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