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

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BA SCORE
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323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 70
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Norway

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 mxchap
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(served in a 15cL sample glass)

Appearance: Very dark brown, hint of red. Rich creamy head
Aroma: Dark chocolate, coffee, and smoked malt.
Taste: Caramel, chocolate throughout, candied fruit, and toffee. A smokiness is also present.
Mouthfeel: Perfect! I wish most dark strong ales could match this. Dry finish but enough residual sugar to balance it.
Overall: Excellent winter ale!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, spices, and soy sauce aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke and slight band-aid flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly heavy on soy sauce and smoke aspects in the aromas and flavors.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. A slow gusher upon opening. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice fairly dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, apple, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, toffee, molasses, clove, pine, floral, light smoke, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity notes. Taste of raisin, apple, chocolate, toast, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, dark bread, molasses, floral, light pine, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, toast, roasted malt, floral, light pine, light smoke, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent English porter! Great balance and complexity of robust dark malt and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

my first norwegian beer. i think. still special. had a heck of a time trying to locate it on BA, though.... a small grammar/language/typo barrier...
an 'english porter', it's the typical super dark with small tan head on top. 2nd pour was of a thicker head.... and thick lacing down the sides.
smells fig-gy and fruity sweet. interesting. kind of a cross of a super malt and a stout.
taste is also very interesting. earthy, dark-fruity, malty and thick. at 8.5% abv, this is quite a product. the website doesnt list a description for this one particular brew but i am intrigued with learning about this brew and company. it's a smooth drink, a little bitter, a little thick, a slight spice and a lot of sweet malt taste.
at 8.5%, they did a great job on the flavor. i honestly wasnt expecting much; i was thinking it would be more along the lines of those pathetic russian Baltika beers that really just suck (see? capitalism IS a good thing!). but it serves a definite and distinct purpose and i like it! not to be unoriginal, but 4.25 straight across the board.

Photo of BrownNut
3.93/5  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?

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Labeled as "Winter Ale" - Product of Norway

LOOK: Pours a pitch blackish brown. Light whipped cream like head tops a solid two inches and has staying power. Leaves plentiful lace down the pint glass.

SMELL: Roasted malt, cocoa and dark chocolate aromas. Alcoholic esters are in full force with hints of fruit and anise. Dark breads and more than a whiff of hops.

TASTE: Chocolate and molasses flavors are well defined from the malts used. There is also a considerable hop presence chiming in with pine, resin, peppery spice and earth tones. Very light acidity but noticeable. Astringent roast adds a drying note in the finish. As it warms, coffee, wood and slight heat come through more or less in balance.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth creamy consistency with adequate carbonation level for the style. Does finish ashy, roasted and dry.

OVERALL: The kind of beer that grows on you, by the time the bottle was finished I really enjoyed it immensely. A homage to a once again relevant export trade, this is a fine porter. I would recommend this beer to any dark beer drinker.

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 TheQuietMan22
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. No freshness date. The bottle cap was quite dusty so I assume it has been sitting around for a while. Hopefully not too long.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is very cloudy black; it turned to a murky, deep amber brown when I held it to a lamp. There is quite a bit of sedimentation. Three fingers of dense, cappuccino-colored head dissipated slowly.

Smell: Brandy and a forest along the NorCal coast. Very sappy and evergreenish. The aroma is very intense and boozy, but it also has a very enticing and festive spiciness. Very herbal and woody (as oppose to tinny). Others have pegged it as juniper and I will refer to them. Underneath is a solid malt base of caramel and chocolate, but the spice and booze dominate.

Taste: The booze is completely masked by the herbal, woody spice. (Juniper? Perhaps. It tastes a little like pine, too.) Unlike the smell, though, the malts are much more pronounced and effective; caramel, toffee, and chocolate. The herbal spice and hops leave a subtle bitterness after each sip.

Drinkability: In essence, it tastes like a spiced Christmas wreath. And I have no problem with that because it is tasty as hell.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ultra dark copper/amber, looks brown obviously but lots of colorful highlights. billowing off white head that slowly fades away. Dried cocoa, vanilla, little bit of paint thinner, herbal noble hop.

Lots of sweet chocolate up front. Minty oddly, herbal. Nice crisp clean mouthfeel. Good balance. Touches of dark fruit beneath it all. Lots of different flavors going on with a very strange minty alcohol heat like presence. Full bodied lots of complex flavors and hidden layers but some off flavors though too. Letting the beer warm and air out, it comes together a bit more. Flavors are strange but work together a bit. Kind of like a malty mint chocolate herbal cookie. Pretty nice. The boosted alcohol is probably what gives this english porter its unique flavor profile.

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

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.

Photo of BostonHops
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber served in a SA "perfect pint" glass.

pours an opaque dark brown/borderline black with a creamy, two-finger mocha-toned head. impressive retention, doesn't seem like this thing has designs on receding anytime soon; middling lace.

in the nose i get chocolate, roasted malts. a touch of coffee. not getting the hoppiness others have noted. good smell though not spectacular. flavor follows the aroma but with added complexity. here i get more of the hoppy characters and some caramel. this is a really tasty, very well made porter. smooth, medium-plus bodied mouthfeel.

originally reviewed: 12-29-2010

Photo of beergoot
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, ruby-red body with a thick, light tan head.

Aroma hits you with pine and juniper hop aroma with hints of rich malts. Licorice. Spicy...

Rich, smooth, and complex taste and mouthfeel. Rye, licorice, anise mix well with a nice, dark roasted malt character. Some brown sugar and molasses hints in there, too. A very pleasing bitterness at the finish, balancing nicely with the alcohol. A relatively medium bodied beer for something with so complex taste.

Wow! I wouldn't call this an English porter as such; definitely a winter / fest beer of sorts and delivers on its Northern Europe dark beer roots. Very enjoyable and highly recommended to anyone looking for a distinctive dark beer experience.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a cervoise glass. No visible best before date. (19P, 30IBU, 8.5%)

A: Three fingers of head. Not amazing retention, but still pretty damned impressive. Darker brown. The body of the beer is black; opaque. Good lacing.

S: Incredibly fruity. Really nice! Subtle, spicy, Christmas fruitcake. This smell is exceptional. Caramel-sweet, malty base.

T: Oh yum. Lingering caramel and bright fruit are the obvious flavours. The hops are administered heavily, and the ensuing bitterness is both pleasant and balancing, but also almost (but not quite) metallic. The endtaste is tart and (almost) puckery, but the endtaste is malty-dry. Not as excellent as I expected, but still damn good.

M: Not quite thin, but not heavy. Hoppy-dry, malty-rich. I'm a fan.

O: Nøgne Ø is consistently excellent. Highly recommended. Would drink again, if it weren't for the price. Excellently spiced winter ale.

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with an inch of light tan head that retains a good while before trickling down to a 1/4 inch head and leaving a full coating of lacing behind.

S- Heavy wafts of clove and anise along with some nutmeg. Maybe some cardamom.

T- The cloves are nearly overpowering before the big malts come around and bring about some equilibrium. Some hops are detected but the spices steal the show with notes of anise, rosemary and even thyme. As one drinks on, there's eventually a warming caused by the high alcohol...but one does not care, for this is tasty. A bit of a metallic taste is sensed upon pouring the rest of the bottle into the glass and taking a sip, but this is easily overlooked.

M- Quite succulent actually. Borderline chewy. Medium-high carbonation.

O- Spectacular across the board.

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at TJ's Restaurant and drinkery served chilled and allowed to gradually increase in temp.

The color is as black as coal with no light passing through and thick light tan cap. The bead is fine and retention is good. The smell is very malty with cocoa dominance and slight caramel essence with a light alcohol impression. The feel is mostly sweet with good body if perhaps on the thin side for the style. There is a lot of roast but it stays in balance with mild alcohol.

The tast has some bitter roasted grain with subtle creaminess from the caramel which brings some sweetness and there is a chocolate character which is more dark chocolate in flavor with very mild bitterness. The finish is mostly dry with a slight alcohol presence. Overall this is a big porter which is very drinkable and may just be a little dry for the style but has plenty of malt flavor. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a roasty strong porter.

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

Bottle Poured into over sized wine glass around 50 F, and warmed while drinking.

A - Very dark with a nice head that stayed for a while but eventually went to some very nice lacing. At first glance the colour of the beer was black, but on further inspection in decent lighting, one could see very dark red/mahogany colour shining through. It is very beautiful.

S - Very nice aromas of roast and chocolate malts, with a slight alcohol smell. There might be a spice/floral notes in there from the American Big-C hops, but they are hidden beneath the maltyness.

T - Roasted and Caramel malt flavors at the forefront, some malty sweetness. The hops are very much in the background, and it is not that bitter. It is extremely well-balanced, lightly carbonated, with a nice bitter/chocolate aftertaste. The mouth-feel is lighter than I expected for such a high ABV beer that is this dark, but this is a pleasant surprise. It goes down really smooth without much hint of the alcohol.

O - A fantastic beer, very drinkable, and fantastic for the Holidays. This is my first beer from Nøgne ø, and will without doubt keep me coming back in the future for more beers from the uncompromising brewery.

Photo of garuda
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, with a tan head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Nice robust earthy roast character, with some smokiness and mild leafy, grassy hoppiness. Some dark chocolate peeks through in the finish with more of the coffee roast.

M - Full body, low carbonation, thick, chewy. Just like a big porter should be.

O - Splendid. I wouldn't hesitate getting this again.

Photo of smakawhat
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Minor gush, controllable. Hits the glass and makes a perfect uniform head, off tan in color a bit foamy, lost of retention, great cap. Body color is black, very much so, perhaps some red in there. It's nearly perfect looking.

Bouquet is great roasted malts. Beefy smoke, beechwood like rauchbier hints. Faint small milk chocolate on the nose also. Just fantastic

And on the palate, it's almost none of these things that hits first from the nose. It's licorice chew and grain density that hit first. Licorice nibs like black candy, then aftertaste of faint chocolate. Prickly carbonation palate, but manages a real playful sense, but doesn't get stout like thick. Leaves wonderful coating on the lips and teeth

Overall, dam this is really impressive, a nearly perfect beer for the style.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first beer from norway! looks absolutely gorgeos, raisin brown color with a thick and creamy off-white head that laces like crazy. smells malty and festive, tobacco and dried cherries on the nose as well. not fruit in the taste, just a very well balanced richness followed by a fine alcohol finish. not sweet in the slightest, but way beyond what i would call an english porter. this is an extremely complex, robust, and memorable beer. i will absolutely buy this again, really sensational

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter glass. Pours dark brown with off-white tan head that leaves beautiful lacing throughout; probably the best quality of this beer IMO. Rich, complex taste of caramel. This is a strong, dark and rather sweet Christmas Beer that was somewhat disappointing to me regardless of it’s high rating.

Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, organic licorice dark and deeply effervescent.

Smells really nice, a big blend of sweet and savory spices that balances itself out very well, so it's never cloyingly candyish or too much like old timey patent medicine. Stout malts are backed up by molasses, ginger, orange zest, cinnamon, and a solid dose of American hops.

Tastes like it smells. Lightly bitter barley up front, bittersweet fruit and spices near the middle, and then a combination of spices and medium strength hops near the end. The relatively high strength is belied by the wonderful balance of the beer.

Photo of NilsFrisk
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears dark, with little to see through when you hold it towards the light. It has a creamy tan head.

Smells fruity, a little bit of roasty, but way less then what i've expected from the colour. A bit sweet booziness in there too.

Wow this beer is so incredibly smooth and easy, yet so heavy at the same time. A lot of bananas and caramel flavours. Moutfeel is full, creamy and very smooth.

Photo of kbutler1
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of danieelol
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from a week or so ago.

Pours black with white head and good lacing.

Smoke hits the nose first. Behind this there's a chocolate and licorice character. Decadent chocolate truffles, some wood and bourbon. Nice malt backbone.

More smoke and campfire in the taste. Lots of soy and chocolate.

Rather thin mouthfeel.

Overall a nice beer.

Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly opaque dark brown colour with a creamy, small, tan head.

Roasty, chocolatey aroma with plenty of fruitiness and earth character. Nice alcohol note with a touch of caramel.

Rich, sweet malt with plenty of chocolate and roast. Mild coffee. The alcohol adds depth. Much better than the barrel aged version.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A delicious Porter. The combination of chocolate, coffee and alcohol is well balanced along with the caramel and fruit notes. Truly great.

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