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God Jul - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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outstanding

301 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 59
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
19°P, 30 IBU.

Ingredients: Lager, Munich, caramel, black, and chocolate malt; Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-01-2003)
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Reviews by BrownNut:
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BrownNut

Florida

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4.75 - Black unless you hold it right up by a light bulb, then it's deep ruby red around the edges. Thick, creamy, textured, beautiful, cream-colored head with a shiny moist look like pudding. Endures for quite a while. Now that's a head. A beautiful beer.

S - 3.5 - Wet malt, faint coffee, a little chocolate, fruity in a way that's hard to put your finger on, almost a candied yam element. But fairly faint. Would score higher in aroma if not so faint.

T - 4.0 - Mild malt sweetness, a little tangy, with that same vaguely yam thing going on. Reminds me of the liquid in a can of candied yams. Faint bitterness from black malt, hint of milk chocolate. A mature bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M - 4.0 - Medium body, slightly sticky, yet very easy drinking. Feels good in the mouth.

O - 4.0 - Very enjoyable. Mild yet flavorful and interesting. I had a fresher one a couple years ago and I think it's better fresher. The difference was significant. I think some of the char fades and the sweetness comes forward. It's still very good at that point but somewhat less complex. I've since found that you definitely want to pour the sediment rather than leave it in the bottle - it adds some of that complexity you want.

Original review from Thanksgiving 2011:
Wow. This is one of those beers that makes you realize beer is an art. I haven’t had a beer this well crafted in a long time. It's hard to put this taste into words. The aroma is something like leather - reminiscent of Ardmore scotch in that way. That’s not something I expected or wanted, but it makes for an additional interesting facet.

When I poured it, I thought that the marvelous head could be eaten with a spoon. So I ate a mouthful. The flavor I got was moderate hop bitterness, that’s all.

But when I drank that thick, black, viscous stuff, I got something so smooth, with something almost fruity in there. Somewhere in here too is the taste of ash or char, a bitterness that's not a hop bitterness, which adds a nice layer of complexity. So rich and thick and smooth and complex and balanced. Aftertaste on the exhale is ash with a hint of dark chocolate.

It’s gone now and I’m sad. These Nogne O people know what they’re doing. Everything of theirs I’ve tried so far has been excellent. Norway, what other treasures are you hiding?

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 15:51:21 | More by BrownNut
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Norway has created a very good brew and this one is easy folks. Strong deep color that pours with a lasting dark amber head, strong sweet aroma of caramel, strong flavor of caramel and nut, strong abv of 8.5 that is dangerous if you let it.... the Vikings did this beer very well.

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Monster foam pour. Dark brown beer, thick+creamy tan head which eventually falls to about a finger. Great retention and some lace left.

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