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

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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 70
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-01-2003

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.
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Photo of Jredner
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50 cl bottle. Perfumey alcohol and spice dominate the aroma. It’s somewhat harsh really like a faint whiff of acetone. The body is a deep brown and holds fairly lasting thumb thick tan head. Sweetened pumpernickel, spice and lightly roasty with a soft mouthfeel and a very mild spice/alcohol heat. Never really delivers anything to make you say, "Well that's nice." But, despite that it is a decent enough brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up with the "Winter Ale" label. I'm placing the review here since I agree that the English Porter classification is much more appropriate than Belgian Dark Ale.

Appearance: It pours a very dark, chestnut brown color and is loaded with haze. There's a very minute amount of light getting through at the edges showing a very light red color. It's topped with an enormous light brown head that stands three fingers tall easily. Retention was very good and thick sheets of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: This is a very sweet and malty smelling beer. It's loaded with caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts. Coffee is easily noted on the nose, but plays a secondary role to the vast array of malts. It smells lightly hopped, but I'm very pleased to note their presence. I wasn't expecting that in the least. Alcohol is blended very well, but is faintly noticeable. Pretty impressive nonetheless. This is a nice smelling beer, but seems like it's needs a little something to drive it the next level.

Taste: It is indeed very malty and sweet. Caramel and chocolate malts seem to vie for the spotlight, but there's some toasted notes present. There is a very light coffee flavor that adds some character, but it's clearly a secondary component. Hops are noteable, but aren't strong enough to add the punch it needs. It just needs a little something extra that I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe it's more hops or a little spiciness. Alcohol is barely noted. Very impressive given the stature. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Mouthfeel is Winter Ale's strong suit. It's thick and has a very silky, lush feel. Carbonation is nicely done and doesn't impede its smooth feel in any way. Drinkability is good, but is a little limited by its big feel and 8.5% abv.

Winter Ale is a very good beer, but really needs a little more zeal. More hops, a little spiciness perhaps? Something for sure. It's a nice beer that's easily recommended. But, it could use a little work in my opinion.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tap and Table. I was curious and asked the manager why they had a Winter Ale in May, and he said they just like to get Nogne-O beers whenever they can. I guess now they can get it. Anyways, this beer was a big chocolatey imperial English porter, if I can make that style up. It's full of caramel, toffee, and mild (not too) dark chocolate flavors. The big, smooth candy flavors are complimented by subtle citrus hop flavors that help keep the malt flavors nice and dry. Check this beer out. It's not your average strong porter.

Photo of nickd717
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review dated 1/9/2009, from 500ml bottle.

Excellent, complex winter ale. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a medium tan head. Aroma is porter-like roastiness plus some hops. Flavor is really complex: molasses, roasted malts, coffee, licorice, spices, floral hops, and some alcohol. The only flaw in my opinion was that it seemed a little boozy at times. Smooth palate. One of the best examples of its style that I’ve had this year.

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly effervescent mahogany/black with 1 finger of tan colored head. Below average lacing & head retention

S: Licorice & coffee, plus some booze & leafy hops, once warm

T: Coffee & roasted malt dominate up front, along with a bit of licorice. Some chocolate & mint, oaky dryness, plus vanilla as this warms. Finishes dry with leafy hops, much roasted grain & baker's chcolate.

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & oilyness

Drinks fairly well for the ABV, a very nice porter. A little too big & complex to session on. A great one for the dessert or cheese & nut course

Photo of beveritt
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a Duvel chalice. Label front is very simple, a green bisected O with snowflakes falling all around. Underneath this is the name, Winter Ale. Good description on the back, including 19 degrees Plato, 30 IBU, and 8.5 ABV. Brewed with Munich, caramel, clack, lager and chocolate malts, and Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a massive head, 4 fingers of big bubbled, pillowy tan foam. This settles very slowly, eventually leaving a thin layer of foam, with a larger island in the middle above the nucleation point. Lacing is nice, with good coverage. The beer itself is a somewhat muddy brown and completely opaque. No sediment in the bottle, but there was some evidence of yeast as I was pouring the beer.

Smell: A mild, roasty malt smell, that almost reminds me of fresh rubber. A hint of cherries.

Taste: Dark chocolate and coffee, with an nice sweet, malt finish. Some alcohol warming in the finish, but nothing unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: My first beer from this brewer, in fact the first I have ever seen in a store. I am impressed with this well balanced and flavorful beer. Looking forward to tracking down more from them.

Photo of andrewm190
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black or a very dark brown with a slightly brown tint to the foam. The beer gives a medium head with good retention. The smell is interesting, nothing really dominates, but it does have the roasted malt. There is a slight hint of chocolate. The bottle advertises a bit of caramel, it is hard to pick it out directly, but there clearly is the sense of something sweet. The taste matches the smell, and it is a delicious combination. At the tail end the sense of hops comes out, while the front end give a very well balanced feel of roasted malts, chocolate, and perhaps a very slight hint of the caramel. The beer keeps a very smooth feel on the palate, not at all overwhelming in the carbonation. Not overwhelming in any way, yet full of delicious flavor, this is one of my favorites.

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