God Jul - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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2.88/5 rDev -29.4%
Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Nearly opaque black with dark ruby highlights. Beer is topped with a dense, stiff yet fluffy tan head. Some lacing is present.
Aroma is fruity and smells almost exactly like a Scottish ale. Very fruity with some subtle peppery spice underneath. Molasses and dark toffee lend nice aromas as well. Hardly any roasted barley or chocolate or anything else that is usually in a porter. I assume this wasnt inadvertent. Scottish ale, even doppelbock like.
Again, fruity and sweet. However, there is some of that typical roasted malt and slight coffee tones. Certainly dark fruits greet the tongue immediately and then transform into a more robust, bitter, roasted grain flavor. Nothing out of the ordinary; run of the mill.
Alcoholic on the tongue and in the mouthfeel. Sweet as well. I wasnt real pleased with this as a porter. Not a bad beer overall I guess. A little sweet and the alcohol is warming and becomes hot toward the end. I will not have this again.
12-11-2007 21:49:40 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.05/5 rDev -25.2%
It has a nice spice smell for the nose, then tasting it gives good balance of spice and malt with not much activity in the mouth. But its a nice and approachable winter warmer as it hides its alcohol well. I had this as part of a tasting of all the Nøgne we could find it wasn't disappointing but it was my least favorite of their beers. If you see some around only buy this if you really like the style or the don't have any of their other beers.
05-26-2007 04:52:05 | More by beckje01
3.08/5 rDev -24.5%
A: dark brown, virtually black; rich medium brown head; gothic webbed, and occasionally sheeted lacing
S: chocolate, roast
T: chocolate, coffee, raspberry, roast, a tinge of metal, bile, something medicinal, light apples
M: medium to full-bodied
O: There are some impressive parts, but they don't measure up to an enjoyable whole. The rich smell and appearance can't make the medicine/bile/metal enjoyable.
12oz / Snifter / VGP
12-24-2013 00:37:49 | More by RandomExile
3.18/5 rDev -22.1%
Great brewery, expensive beer (50 kronor for a 50 cl bottle, thats 6-7 dollars/bottle), great reviews everywhere, hence my expectations are high.
Smell: not that great, notes of coffee, chocolate and some hops. Somewhat weak, or subtle maybe (?).
Taste: quite bitter, notes of dark chocolate, coffee, maybe some toffee notes in there too; and citric hops, somekind of sour notes too. Like a porter, but not that sweet, and without those nice round creamy and malty notes that you find in a good porter. Not really complex brew at all. I found it pretty boring, actually.
Overall: there is nothing special about this beer, except for the price. Try other stuff from Nogne.
12-29-2008 01:04:16 | More by simonjohansson
3.2/5 rDev -21.6%
Bottle. This little guy has been on deck in my fridge for FAR too long and it’s time. Pours a dark, dark brown with slight red notes. Light tan head. Roasty note without being too over done, more like a light roast and caramel. Some metallic in the nose as well. Medium mouthfeel. Off the bat, to me this tastes roasty with a slight smoky note to it. Lingering roast bitterness. Overall, not bad.
12-17-2011 00:34:51 | More by kbutler1
3.35/5 rDev -17.9%
Bottle. Deep brown color, full foam. Very mild aroma, a hint of dark malt and weedy, herbaceous hops.
Flavor is very interesting and complex and I can see why others like it, but I just dont enjoy the profile. It has a lot of hints herbal tea, resinous hops and light malt components. Doesnt seem very together. However, I had their Imperial Stout a couple days ago. Top notch stuff.
04-13-2007 00:54:23 | More by Crosling
3.35/5 rDev -17.9%
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, slight roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malts, some vegetal notes. Kinda bland actually. Just not a very enjoyable beer. These winter ales just do not seem to be put together very well.
12-19-2008 03:08:16 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.43/5 rDev -15.9%
16.9 oz bottle shared with a buddy. Poured into a pint glass. This beer pours a dark brown muddy color, fair amount of sediment at the bottom. Creamy tan head provides an interesting contrast, but the body of this beer is unappealing.
The smell is very interesting, citrus hops ooze out of the glass, as the nose digs deeper it finds sweet chocolate, bitter coffee and pounds of vanilla. Some creamy scents accompany. Not too familiar with English style porters, but this does not remind me of an American porter...
Incredibly bitter coffee roasts, matched with extremely bitter chocolates. Very thin, a little harsh in the aftertaste. Slight creaminess with no hop presence, probably covered up by the coffee and chocolates. Wouldn't seek out again, it looks like all of their offerings fall pale in comparison to their Dark Horizon.
08-28-2009 00:12:51 | More by CoolJosh
3.43/5 rDev -15.9%
Picked up a 22 oz bottle at Bauer. Popped the cap, turned to grab the glasses, and in that brief time it was foaming all down the side. Quickly poured it into two glasses and let it settle a bit. Pours with a huge head that lasts for quite some time. The color was motor oil black, very opaque. The smell reminded me of a winter porter/ale, bur when I tasted it, this beer reminds me a lot of the Belgian Stout made by De Dolle. A very tasty example of the style, with plenty of coffee notes present. I particularly enjoyed the depth of the mouthfeel. Much richer than other winter beers I've enjoyed. The only other drawback to this beer was the presence of those pesky yeast floaties swirling at the bottom of the glass. A good introduction to Norwegian beer.
02-11-2008 23:41:54 | More by morebeergood
3.48/5 rDev -14.7%
Sampled May 2007
Pours with an ample, initially three-finger thick, creamy, lace inducing, brownish tan colored head that sits atop a deeply, blackened, amber colored brew that shows a brilliantly clear, rich, sparkling ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite fruity, with notes of raisins and figs being quite noticeable. A hint of spicy alcohol is just perceptible in the finish. Touches of toasted malt, browned-rustic bread and a hint of coffee like roast aromatics round out some more of the malt notes.
The taste is somewhat sweet, but a spicy, roast grain bitterness dries things out in the finish. The sweetness brings out a certain fruitiness, though it is not as prominent as it was in the nose; I get flavors of sweet plums and raisin. The roast grain character is actually quite a bit more noticeable than it was in the aroma; a burnt bitterness as well as a certain roast-derived acidity are quite noticeable and it mixes with a blackened barley flavor. It is interesting how the roasted malt notes really dry out the finish. At times the body and palate do not seem to have enough heft to stand up to the harsh burnt notes & hints of hot alcohol, but at other times they are in balance.
This is a pretty tasty brew, at times it can seem a bit out of balance, but it is still an enjoyable tipple.
06-16-2007 03:11:03 | More by Gueuzedude
God Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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