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

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304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 60
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
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 Ghenna:
Photo of Ghenna
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into an Orval Chalice. Inky black. Froofy coffee colored head that lingered on top of the beer until it was finished.

Heavy spice on the nose, reminds me a lot of the general profile of the Anchor Steam Xmas ale. General malt sweetness, a bit of alcohol on the back end.

Again, pretty similar to to AS Xmas ale. bit of roast, bit of sweet, a bit of chocolate/roast, plenty of spice. I'm not sure if it is mental conditioning or what, but along with the chocolate flavor I'm getting a bit of andes chocolate mint. Weird.

Does what the Anchor Steam tries to, and accomplishes it without the inclusion of Worcestershire sauceiness.

Ghenna, Jul 15, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Poured a deep dark brown with a large 1 1/2 finger beige colored head leaving a a few globs of lace as it settled slowly in the impy pint glass.Big fruit and brown sugar notes in the nose with a sprinkling of earth and molasses as well.Some real nice complexities on the palate juicy fruitiness and brown sugar and caramel and as some others have noted there is a slight smokiness underneath that lingers well,somewhat raw and earthy in the finish with a light herbal note.Very nice beer here a medium mouthfeel doesnt make you feel like your drinking a heavy beer wich this is somewhat ,I have enjoyed both Nogne brews I have had no doubt.

oberon, May 02, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

On tap at When Pigs Fly. This was one of the best beers, if not the best, that I've had in 2012.

In a snifter the beer was a very dark brown with a hint of red. A small tan head left a smatttering of lace.

Roasted malt aroma. Strong coffee, chocolate, cocoa.

Amazing taste. Espresso, dark chocolate, a hint of sweet cocoa. A little bit of charcoal.

Dry mouthfeel. Great depth.

If you ever have a chance to drink this beer, grab it!

lordofthewiens, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Beerswag
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Beerswag, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Pay attention here, this beer is a slow gusher. Meaning if you spend more than 5-10 seconds after popping the cap to pouring the foam will slowly some out like a charcoal snake firework. Oddly when I poured it out it simply left a more than ample head rather than a half glass of foam. Go figure. Very dark brown color, almost dark enough to cover up the few turbid yeast chucks floating in the beer. Subtle yet very pleasing dark malty aroma of toasted cocoa nibs, light molasses and cake batter. So damn smooth with a creamy full body and semi-crisp carbonation. Lots of chocolate and cocoa flavors, slight charred malt and dark roasted coffee in the back. Suggestions of dark fruit (burnt raisins) lead to a mildly warming and deceiving alcohol, deceiving until the beer warms up a little and then there is a clear breath of the 8.5% abv. Finishes dry.

I visited this beer for the first time at the annual Christmas Party @ Track 84 in RI this past December. All I have to say is that at first sip I could not get away from this beer, its not about being perfect its about being a favorite and this beer is certainly up their as an all time favorite.

Jason, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Bottle pours a dark mahogany body with an impressive three finger cocoa shaded head. Excellent retention and attractive sheet lacing.

Aroma is bold. Dark fruits(figs and dates), anise, dark chocolate, booze, and roasted coffee beans.

Nice mouthfeel is almost full bodied, thick and coating, with low medium carbonation.

Taste is complex. Chocolate, dark fruits, roasted coffee, anise, and an earthy hop bitterness, all play off each other. The malts contribute some nuttiness midway through. Alcohol is well concealed. Well balanced, all things considered.

An excellent strong porter for the colder weather seasons.

merlin48, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of henryclay_
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to my brother for bringing this one to me from Lafayette.

Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate. You also get some alcohol. Flavor is a lot of smoky dark fruit as well as some roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and high drinkability.

Mora2000, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

"Winter Ale" bottle. Deep brown, nearly opaque pour with a frothy, cascading tan head. Molasses hits you right in the nose. Some roasted malt, earthy spice, and instant cocoa as well. Smooth taste of molasses, but blended nicely with the caramel and chocolate malt. The hops give it a porter-like balance, as well as a spiced quality. This is exactly what I want out of a winter warmer.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

500ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a very dark brown with a thin small dark brown head. Nose is very light, malty rich and sweet.

Taste is malty rich, a bit sweet and a bit spivey from the year. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly thick. Overall very good drinking.

kingcrowing, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -2%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of doremite
4/5  rDev -2%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Dark Cola almost pitch black body wit a dark tan head, fine soft carbonation speckled lacing is left behind. Aroma has dark roasted malts a bit of toffee and cocoa dusted in the air, with an interesting spruce, pine, and light anise character. Flavor has herbal notes more spices with an astringent dark chocolate, herbal tea acidity. Actually quite enjoyable lighter than it sounds medium bodied natural soft carbonation a complex and satisfying winter ale that has aged well.

WVbeergeek, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a two-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light caramel malts with hints of black malt and unsweetened chocolate. As the beer warms leafy and slightly spicy hop aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more robust. Dark caramel malt flavors with mild amounts of black malt kick things off and are joined midway through the sip by good amounts of cocoa powder. Before the ending mild amounts of citrus and leafy hop flavors enter into things then carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer if a bit understated. Worth a shot.

glid02, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2%

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a jet black opaque body with a thick bubbly but creamy tan head. There are microbubbles stuck to the side of the glass but none are floating visibly.

S- The smell of dark raisins has a green raisin quality and some smooth roasted dark black malt notes.

T- This beer has a dark black bitter malt flavor with a molasses and dry chalk note to it. There is a note of caramel and a tartness that comes through when the beer warms a bit. The finish is a soft green bitterness with an herbal hop note to it. The bitterness of black malt and hops linger together after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light chewiness in the texture and no alcohol heat in the finish.

D- This beer has a smooth dark rich flavor with some nice green hops flavor to it. Well balanced and just right for the cold winter months.

rhoadsrage, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of LeoPanna
4/5  rDev -2%

LeoPanna, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Beer poured a deep black color into my pint glass with a nice tan head and lacing on the glass. The aroma gives you some solid roasted malt notes. The taste gives you more of the same along with a caramel character that is pleasing and at the end you get a slight hop bitterness that is warming. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel.

ggaughan, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured an attractive dark tea color with a smallish tan head that never seems to completely disappear - rather leaving some faint lace in it's wake.

Aromas are roasted malt with what appears to be spices at first but is actually a mixture of the roasted chocolate type malt with some citrus hops.

Taste is dark roasted to burnt malt and dark bitter chocolate followed with a citrus bite hop and a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel is moderate and aftertaste is cleanly the dark chocolate with lemon.

Very, very nice and unusual for a Winter Ale.

IntriqKen, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev 0%

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black, with a huge light amber and creamy head, with good retention and raindrop lacing all over the place. Looks like it's going to be a good one.

Smell: Interesting initial mix of tobacco and roasted malt and cocoa. Raw sugar cookie dough and butter just-cooking. A bit of wet dog. A bit of funk. Some caramel. Swirl it around vigorously and both sponge and chocolate covered cherries come through. What a wild aroma overall. I dig it.

Taste: Dark roasted malts, subtly, on the tongue initially, with some chocolate covered cherry taste, and almost some gusher (the candy) too-rich high fructose corn syrup cherry taste also, which is an interesting mix. A hint of cough syrup too. A bit of mild coffee and acrid citrus bitterness at the end. A long finish, maybe a bit too bitter, but exhibiting many different qualities. There's a lot to discover, to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy and pleasant all the way through, with tickly carbonation, no residual sugar cloying nature, and it seems fairly medium-bodied overall.

Drinkability: This is expensive stuff, as all the Nøgne Ø beers are, but it was certainly worth a bottle. Very different from all the others of the style I've had, which makes it quite an experience. I'm looking forward to trying more, along with the #100 and Imperial Stout I still have also.

asabreed, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2%

I chose this as #2100 review, as this brewery is up and coming and I'm really enjoying what they produce. Best yet, I needn't have to bring everything in from Europe anymore, several are now available in the New York area. This black ale is a cross between a porter (albeit some coca-cola taste from the carmel etc.), a stout from some toasted barley, a dark ale, shwartzbeir, and an underlying citrus without being overhopped. Well done!

Sammy, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a wide-mouthed generic tulip.

Red-tinged dark chocolate brown with faint auburn highlights; otherwise opaque. A finger of beady beige cream recedes slowly leaving a strange series of craters on the surface. There is a pleasant gradient of lacing and thin sticky legs.

Cedar, well water, roast malt, prunes, black bread, coriander and caraway aromatics. Served a little too chilled for the style, so I could be missing some nuances here.

Molasses, brown bread, peper, prunes, charcoal, and waves of malt form the flavor profile. This brings to mind a Baltic porter more than an English one in many ways, although the waves of varying roast level and use of ale yeast rather than lager yeast do clearly distinguish this beer as the latter. Hints of caramel, but still pretty dry in the finish. Well done, and very refreshing (once again, that Grimstad water!).

Medium bodied, well carbonated, with moderate (and quite pleasing) astringency.

The potency of a Baltic porter with the refinement of an English - this is a very well balanced and unique take on the style. Worth seeking out.

augustgarage, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.49/5  rDev +10%

Nøgne Ø Winter Ale
16.9 oz bottle, no apparent freshness dating.

As it is the month of May as I sit down to review this beer (labeled "Winter Ale") I highly doubt that this bottle is even close to being fresh. I'd guess it's about 8 to 10 months old. Surprisingly, it shows no signs of oxidation. Of course it does appear to be bottle-conditioned, which would help. As for the hops or anything else, I'm not sure. Keep that in mind...

It's a very dark mahogany brown in the glass, but not black. Initially it was clear, but once I roused the yeast it became cloudy. Of course that's fine for such a dark beer. The head is an orange-tinted dark tan, and although it drops, it does maintain a silky surface covering; and it does leaves nice spots of tiny lace around the glass.

The aroma displays dark fruit (cherries, raisin), light chocolate, some lightly smoky/roasty notes, and a bit of peppery and piney character. It's interesting and welcoming.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a distinctly dextrinous edge. The carbonation is median, and it's delicately bristling before warming to become creamy smooth.

Flavor... ? The flavor is exactly as the aroma suggests it will be, but fuller. I get more fruit, including plums, figs, and some juicy apple; and I get more chocolate, fudge and toffee/dark caramel. What I don't find is a lot of dark roastiness, which I appreciate. If this is an English-style porter then we can leave that behind. There's a bit of coffee-like roastiness, yes, but it's more like a sweet and creamy coffee than espresso. It's not harsh or acidic, but as it warms it really opens up, and a much more smokey note appears. It becomes much rounder, and softer as well, with the sharper notes of the fruitiness fading into the cushion of the milk-chocolate and caramel drizzled malt. Ahh, and there are hops! It's fairly well balanced by a bitterness that keeps to the lower end but pushes at the malt, but there are also some pine and spruce-like and leafy hop flavors that appear in the finish. Quite nice. I'm thinking East Kent Goldings for the leafiness, but I'm not sure where the spruce and pine is coming from (Chinook? Actual spruce tips?). Surprising! Who would have thought it could be so complex at the start of the glass?

Overall, it's quite an impressive ale. It's surprisingly complex, and it takes the taster on a journey through several different types of flavors (fruitiness, maltiness, and hoppiness) while always displaying a varied 'listing' in each category, and never going overboard on any one of them. Nicely balanced. Superb!

Note: The recommended serving temperature for this beer is "12˚C/53˚F", and I would totally agree with that. However, I started this beer cooler, and without doing so I highly doubt you'd find such a variation of flavors.

NeroFiddled, May 21, 2013
Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep dark brown color with garnet highlights, topped by a half-inch of creamy, light tan head. Aroma of rich, roasted malt, along with a good dose of sharp, citrusy hops. Palate is huge on the roasted malt up front, providing a nice rich, sweetness throughout. A mildly bitter hoppiness comes through right before the swallow, leaving a well-balanced aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with a slightly oily finish. The considerable alcohol is well-hidden, making the beer quite drinkable. This is an interesting interpretation of an English porter brewed by a more Baltic-style brewery. Good stuff.

ElGordo, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

16.9oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a huge light tan head that possesses excellent retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass as well.

S- The aroma is absolutely fantastic! The aroma is dark and slightly roasty with dark fruits, coffee, cocoa. The aroma is also surprisingly sweet as well.

T- The taste much like the aroma is sweet and roasty with some coffee and cocoa flavors along with a quick roasted bitterness in the finish. Very solid.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Not a bad brew. It is a little on the sweet side, a little more bitterness would help balance things out a tad. Overall though, this is a solid beer that is worth a try.

cjgator3, Dec 08, 2008
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God Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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