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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: khiasmus on 11-26-2010

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of kaelingirl
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Chrisdslap
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of lschro5
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of redleaves
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost a year old. Creamy head, more than you would think with the age. Pitch black. Nice nose, roasty molasses and malty. Very roasty flavor, more molasses nice maltiness. Very full flavor nice carbonation. Dark fruits, cherries and plums. Once again more than expected. This beer would go a few more years and cut out the bite, but I don't think I want that. There is nice bitter at the end a dries slowly. Very complex. Wow unbelievable beer, I could drink this all night, awfully pricey but worth it. 2nd best winter warmer I've had.

Photo of Listers
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of drpimento
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy, what a beer! Pours with a large, thick, creamy, foamy, frothy, tan head with brown highlights that settles right down to a ring around the edge of the glass and no lace. Color is an opaque very dark brown. Aroma is complex with different spices, malts, cocoa, roasty, and toffee. Flavor is very similar and adding to that some fruitiness and some bittersweet flavors. Lots going on. Body is excellent and so is carbonation. Finish is a little boozy and fairly long with almost all the characteristics hanging tough. Good sipping beer although it's good enough to take some mouthfulls, but the alcohol gets a little too bold. Then again, it is a winter warmer; but still, not quite a session brew.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle 9,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Batch 1 bottled 03/08/2010 *Note: this is the batch prior to the one pictured above - this bottle has a white label with a small picture.

I bought this beer because Hans Langseth is on the bottle - he is my idol - I would love to have his beard!!! I hope the beer lives up to the awesomeness of the man on the bottle!

Appearance: Wow, this looks like an imperial stout - pitch black body, topped by a massive, creamy, light mocha coloured head that displays great retention, but doesn't leave much in the way of lace. Light alcohol legs are visible on the glass.

Smell: Wow, I could smell this from the minute I cracked the cap. The initial aroma reminds me of mint laced dark chocolate!
A few more sniffs reveal one of the most complex noses I have encountered. I have no idea where to start.
It almost seems like every sniff yields something completely different.
Some of the most prominent notes include spruce, juniper, wild sage, mint, fresh coriander and strong spices (nutmeg and crystallized ginger). The base notes are dark chocolate, dark fruit (cherries and plums), dark caramel, peated malt, smoke and lots of molasses. As the beer warms the Imperial stout notes become stronger and some vanilla and oak character is also noted.

Taste: As with the nose, this is one of the most complex flavours I have come across. Deeply roasted malt, dark fruits and dark chocolate are overlaid with juniper, spruce, mint, nutmeg and an array of other spices. Wood, molasses, dark toffee, peat and smoke are also noted as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Full, slightly sticky body with velvety smooth carbonation - I could just gulp this stuff down!

Overall: Stunning! One of the most interesting and complex beers I have come across. If I ever see another bottle I will most certainly buy it.

Photo of jdhilt
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brown, three-finger head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Oak, chocolate nose, flavor is oak and sweet baked chocolate, higher ABV is hidden. Really good winter ale. Expensive at $11.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this was a crazy beer. having decided to crack it open right with dessert last night i had no clue what i was getting myself into. served cold and into a snifter.

the pour was a thick dark brown with only slight bits of light coming through to change it from a back note. a huge tan head then rose up from the depths and settled across the top of the glass. really just a thick look to it.

the aroma was boozy, with lots of peat and smoked malts that really filled the air. hints of molasses, chocolate, rich caramel and dark fruits all make their presence known. with the thickness of a milkshake the first sips slide over the palate doing their best to coat it so fully you do not even know where to start. just tremendous in every aspect. rich smoked malts and sweet flavors finish the job with a kick of smooth boozy oak and bourbon to round it out.

overall a massive beer. a great change from earlier in the day and just a really great example of how to go big with the style. could do this one again anytime.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 8/3/10.
jet black with a huge mocha head thay really takes its time going down. it looks like an awfully comfortable pillow of bubbles both big and small.
smells like big thick spices, and i almost think of fezziwig initially. i get alot of the thick pungent spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. it brings me back to september october and some of the nice spiced pumpkin beers that i enjoyed.
there seems to be some chocolate malts and some other roasty apsects that blend well with the spice, it really is brewed perfectly.
the moderate carbonation really makes the spices pop and just attack my tongue, and im left tasting this beer well after ive taken my sip. the abv is well hidden, which really lets the flavors shine. has to be one of my top winter warmers, hands down.

Photo of jcoulighan
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of andant
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into my trusty Loterbol tulip.

9% ALC/VOL
Bottled on 03 Aug 2010
Total Bottles 2160

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a thin layer of chocolate brown at the edges. An enormous tan head that reached about four creamy fingers hung around for quite a while and left some subtle whisps of lace stuck to the glass. Carbonation was obvious but not at all excessive.

S: Awesome aromas of campfire, peat, spices, dark chocolate, blackened malt, fudge drizzled cherries, and smoky dark fruit.

T: Exactly as above with even more emphasis on the smokiness. Frigging excellent.

M: Thick and sticky with a hint of pepper (from the spices? alcohol?). The finish is full and sweet with a tantilizing prickle.

D: This was incredible! These guys can brew some amazing stuff and this actually made me felt like I was sitting in front of a Nordic fireplace with friends and family. Killer beer!

Photo of Brevbin
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is very dark brown, almost black, with a foamy head that quickly dissipates to a thin cap with a thicker ring around the glass.

Aromas of smoky burnt wood logs, juniper, brown sugar, prunes, dark chocolate.

Dominant taste is charred malt, with some bitter chocolate upfront. The charred malt and chocolate flavor continues into the mid-palate where there is an addition of prune/dark fruit. The carbonation is very effervescent in the mid-palate, but the carbonation diminishes with more time in the glass. Finishes very clean with lingering char notes and a bit of mint (probably from the juniper or other botanical oils).

Body is full and the tight carbonation provides a creamy, if not mousse-like mouthfeel. Very nice evolution of flavors on the palate with the creamy texture of this beer.

This is a very delicious, rich, and drinkable winter ale. I am so dying for a chocolate yule log cake to go with this right now.

Overall, this is a very rich and delicious spicy winter ale. The botanicals (juniper berries or tips) are very well balanced with a strong charred malt/chocolate depth, and it is very smooth. Very nice indeed.

Photo of MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of larbush
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of khiasmus
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A flip dark chill winter bastard, of course. Muddy snow settles atop the dark brown earth, small clouds, as it were being tossed aside as we trudge through the winter haze and slush. Thick dark brown muck on the paths, with as thick light tan muck atop it, and we look forward to the warmth that awaits us at Grandma's house.
We crest the hill and can already smell the gingerbread wafting towards us, the notes of nutmeg and cider and egg nog and the Christmas tree that's sure to be next to the roaring fire in the cozy old bungalow.
We tramp up to the porch and knock the ancient brass lion on the door, and there's the old familiar shuffle coming towards us as we blow into our hands and stamp on the porch, trying to restore feeling in our bemittened hands and booted feet.
Hugs all around and "I've got a smattering or two of some cakes and such, would you like some cider? cocoa? Coffee?"
And out comes the drink, the aromas of the place wafting all about us, the Christmas tree and pumpkin spice and port wine, and now we take sips.
It's a blend, of course. A spicy, warm, Christmas blend of the highest order. We snuggle into the couch and kick off our boots before the fire as the snow falls outside and the fire crackles before us. Nutmeg and egg-nog, gingerbread and robust roasted coffee, sweet and spice and roasted grain and a little warmth in the finish.
Thick, this one. Like a Baltic porter with tremendous holiday spices and a clean, nutmeg-filled warm roast on the finish. A winter warmer of the highest order, perfect for nights such as this, perfect for relaxing before the fire in the Christmas-tree excitement that only comes for a few weeks of the year, but constitutes some of life's best moments.
Cheers. And Merry Christmas.

Photo of Bung
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. Sturdy brown pour, finger or so of frothy layered dark tan head. Very good retention.

Aroma, malty and some chocolates, more earthy spiciness or woodiness, juniper?.

Layers of maltiness, chocolates and earthy spice. Coriander and lighter nutmeg. Finishes with the cocoa and nutshell woodiness. This was really nice and the flavors continue to unfold as it warms.

Extreamly smooth and creamy. Nearly full bodied I'd say. Warming, but no presence of alcohol. Goes down very easy for 9%.

Would definetely seek this out again, but I wish their brews were a bit cheaper. Up their with the Odins Tipple as their best brew.

Photo of Gmann
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near pitch black color with a moderate sized tight creamy tan colored head that settles into a solid cap.

The aroma is of a rich brown bread with plenty of herbal spice. Some dark chocolate, cocoa, and juniper. A bit of a band-aid aroma. Not super strong but pleasant.

The taste is of a dark bready malt with some chocolate notes and a hint of smoke. This is followed by some ripe cherry, juniper, and tobacco. Very interesting blend of sweet, sour, herbal, and bitter. I love the earthy quality to this beer, my vision of a winter brew.

Solid moderate body with soft carbonation which leads to a soft and silky feel. Primarily sweet on the palate but has sour and some bitter notes. ABV well hidden.

This is basically my perfect winter warmer. Nice malt body with juniper and other earthy spices. Tastes like a nordic christmas.

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color with ruby tints and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A great aroma of spices, malt, and a slight herbal quality.

T: Tasted of malt, spices (nutmeg), a little chocolate, and the advertised juniper. An interesting and complex take on the Winter Warmer flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, tasty, drinkable beer.

Photo of danieelol
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black but with a thin looking body and a big substantial fizzy head. Head dies to nothing quickly (it gets reinvigorated with a refill).

Smell is very lightly smoked chocolate. Very, very chocolatey. Berry/quince notes which remind me of Redoak's (infected) Christmas Cheer. There is also a nice, fresh combination of milk and green apple underlying this. I cannot work out if this is imparted by yeast or hop. I also get some "coffee stout" in the nose, think Peche Mortel. Guessing this has coffee in it. There's also a cola/spicy element. Definite brandy and christmas cake notes. Finally a vinous, cherry character which thankfully cuts off before it gets to vinegar or "Flanders Red" levels. Also some almond and alcohol notes.

Taste is straight off prosciutto and parmesan. Definitely pick up smoked malt in this, although it's not overbearing. Definitely get some spicy bitterness from (I think) both roast malt and hops. Also get some very subtle and enjoyable alcohol on the back palate. These factors limit the beer to a sipper but also prevent it becoming cloying. There's also definite coffee in the taste.

While it looked thin, in the mouth the body feels about medium, because there is substantial residual sugar. You can taste the sugar but the roast and alcohol does keep it in check. Very high carb, particularly for the style and ABV. Works though.

Overall this is actually very good. Good candidate for busting out at a tasting. A 500mL bottle to oneself may be a bit ambitious but I think it has the complexity to keep you till the end. This is the sort of beer which I can see as being extremely in-demand if it happened to be limited release. Almost tastes like it's come out of a barrel already. Edit: Yes, personally I couldn't finish a whole bottle in a single session. Definitely recommended for sharing.

Photo of HuskyHawk
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Bestefar from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.