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

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

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full finger of dense dark brown microfoam, barely dimples and leaves sheets down the glass walls rather than lacing streaks, very slow to dissolve. Completely opaque black with the barest hint of orange at the rims. Powerful nose of black licorice, juniper, Vienna roast coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, caramel and nutmeg, moderately fruity, mainly plum, black cherry and blackberry, the breadiness is dense like a scone, no attempt at relieving the constant weight in your nostrils. Full-bodied, whereas its sweetness is not to be denied, the first thing which strikes you are the powerful hops which ratchets up the bitter bite, especially with grain, straw and pine notes. This helps keep the pacing brisk and shed extra poundage around the middle. All that coffee, dark chocolate, anise, vanilla bean, coconut flakes, ginger there in spades, again sweet but nowhere near "sugary," more like a dessert truffle or German chocolate cake, more focused on flavor intensity than satisfying a sugar jones. Indeed, almost an electric mouth presence.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 03:26:01 | More by farrago
Photo of billyshears


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Coffee colored 2 finger foam, sticky lacing. Very dark. Looks like a RIS.

S - Dark fruits, a bit of coffee, dark malt, some sort of cocoa smell I cant put my finger on; hint of alcohol

T- A lot going on in this porter. Dark fruits, roasted malts, coffee/espresso, noticeable hop spice. As it starts to warm up a pronounced licorice taste emerges

M- tingly and creamy.

First time I've had a Nøgne Ø brew and I'm pretty impressed. Hope I get a chance to try their other stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 19:42:00 | More by billyshears
Photo of babaracas


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamed a bit, then poured an opaque brown/black with khaki two-finger head, fine lacing. Smell: caramel, cocoa, wood smoke, roasted. Taste: roasted, milky sweetness, thin coffee, unsweet chocolate, a little C hop profile that blends with the roasted flavors. Sweet. Feel: prickly carbonation then creamy but thins out quickly. Alcohol is completely hidden but caught up by the end of the 500ml. Enjoyable, but way overpriced in its bomber shaped but not bomber sized bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 06:38:15 | More by babaracas
Photo of scottyshades


4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an opaque black color that produces a fluffy mocha colored head that retains well and looks very creamy and tightly-knit. Guinness-esk creaminess.

S: A lot of lactose and caramel on the nose. Very sweet overall. Hops are not really noticeable at all, and with only 30 IBUs it's no surprise. Creamy and milky and definitely malt-dominant.

T: Very similar to the nose; creamy, milky, lots of lactose, chocolate, slight coffee, roasted/burnt flavors, and a touch of hop bitterness to back the malt wall. Very very sweet, with a touch of dark fruits, caramel, and molasses.

MF/D: Very creamy and viscous, amazing carbonation (barely any), with a lactose/chocolate finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 21:35:04 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a dense khaki colored head that dissipated into a solid cap. The aroma is of roasted malt, mocha, wet wood, and caramel. Nice porter aromas. Nice roasted malt, caramel, coffee and chocolate flavors. Some burnt wood and coffee. This is a solid ass porter. Great flavor though a touch thick. The feel is very chewy and stout like, prickly carbonation, sweet caramel and roasted malt flavors provide a solid balance. Very flavorful brew. Great porter flavors. It is a bit thick for my liking. I prefer my porters thinner to distinguish itself from a stout. This is great, wish I had a 6'er of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 05:50:14 | More by Gmann
Photo of merlin48


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 21:10:14 | More by merlin48
Photo of deapokid


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impenetrable and deep black in color. Head is a brown, creamy tuft. Carbonation seems to be limited. Looks creamy and delicious.

Smell is sweet and candied. Think licorice, berries, coffee and caramel. Nutmeg and holiday spicing also peak out with the alcohol at the tail end. Smells like a holiday dessert.

This is more of a sweet porter than a smoky roasted one. Definitely boasts a cold weather vibe. Getting anise, an eggyness, raisins, dried fruits, nutmeg and espresso. Reminds me of an imperial stout, due to its thin body and strong flavors. Immediately feeling warm just after a few sips. Conclusion is dry, leaving hints of flavor on the back of the tongue. A real treat!

Not a subtle ale, depending mostly on its boozy and flavorful conclusion to fire up the taste buds. This isn't a bad thing whatsoever and the liquid has the tingles and dry patches that make a strong winter beer so appealing.

Honestly, I could see myself wanting two or three of these, but at its ABV and with its bevy of well-pronounced flavors, I think one pint is enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 01:11:12 | More by deapokid
Photo of dolemite77


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost opaque, with a sliver of reddish/brown at the top of the glass, and a frothy tan head. This definitely tastes like a winter warmer, but with the dark malts balancing out the typical "brown ale" type winter warmer aspect. Aroma is very hoppy, with the american hops being prevalent. Flavor is more fruity, with dried fruit being the major flavor you get... candied apples, plums, raisins... they are all here... hops are noticeable, but not as much as the aroma would indicate... moutfeel is chewy and thick... this does seem to blend a few styles together, and the label of english porter might not be the most accurate to me... more of a holiday stout in my opinion... the local liquor store just got this in from a new distributor, and I think I'm going to have more than a few of these over the next couple of months.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 23:41:52 | More by dolemite77
Photo of SpdKilz


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark brown color with over two fingers of billowing head. The head dissipates somewhat fast but is leaving some great looking lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - I can immediately smell the molasses, malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and a hint of licorice. Wow, this is one potent smelling beer.

Taste - Malts, chocolate, licorice on the forefront. I can taste the sweeter molasses during the middle and it ends with hint of bitterness reminiscent of coffee. [edit] The more this warms up the more I get that chocolate covered cherry taste (like the ones you have at Christmas) - which lends itself to just a hint of "fake" taste but overall nothing like say SA Cherry Wheat fakeness.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I would have expected - medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a nice amount of carbonation that prickles the tongue.

Drinkability - This is my first Nøgne Ø beer and it is rather enjoyable. It is finally a cooler night here in Southern California which is why I decided to open this up. I can taste a bit of the alcohol as it warms me on the way down. Not in an unpleasant sense, however. One bottle of this and I would be done. Wish it had a bit more spiciness to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 02:30:36 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of Asgeirr

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nøgne Ø God Jul Anno 2007 pours a pitch dark, and obviously opaque, brown with a sepia-coloured crown of striking thickness eventually leaving plenty of lacing.

Smell: Tar, a lot of fucking tar to be precise, counterbalanced by ginger as a prominent freshness. Simple yet astonishingly impressive.

Taste: Wow! Obviously resounding of tar, thanks to the smoked malt we also get some liquorice. However this time around ginger makes a much more humble occurrence. This beer is extremely bold in its flavour, almost bordering at a whiskey-feel.

Mouthfeel: Medium full, as presumed low in carbonation, rather smooth but punishingly coarse in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: As anachronistic as it may seem, I tried this Yule-brew on Midsummer's Eve but Lord (Chtulhu ) oh Lord was it ever so delightful. Additionally, this particular beer goes great with chervil, tarragon and juniper-graved reindeer fillet -- enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 20:44:04 | More by Asgeirr
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gem that was pulled up and out of the cellar. I am not sure why I decided to go with this one last night, but seemed as good a choice as any. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/14/2009.
Wonderful pour here again with a dark brown liquid that was only barely translucent. Huge head of tan foam on the top that settled down only briefly to coat the sides of the glass with a thick, spider like web of lace. Dark roasted malts are all over the aroma. Notes of molasses, cocoa, hints of brown sugar and light touches of everything from licorice to dark fruits. As it warmed it got a touch one sided as some elements of peat started to break the surface. But taken the first sip all was forgotten. Just huge rich notes of chocolate malts and a touch of licorice just come across the tongue in waves of flavor. Rich and very sweet, hints of molasses and roasted coffee now come across the tongue. Very well put together I have to admit, just a wonderful mixture of flavors. Little light on the palate but still serves its purpose well. For over 8 percent I have to admit I was quite pleased overall.
Solid here and other fine offering from them and one I would love to try again. They seem to really be quite solid in all they do and this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 21:52:42 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of CoolJosh


3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 00:12:51 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of allengarvin


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon opening this up, it quickly gushed over the top. Had to run to the bathroom to get it over the sink, and it dribbled on the table and floor. Very annoying.

It pours a dark black color with a good half-inch of tan foam atop it. The aroma has a pleasant toasty blackpatent smell, as well as some very pleasant hops--not your average English style porter. The flavor offers a more roasted edge, with plenty of caramel backing, and offering American levels of bitterness (well, think craft porter 20 years ago, not the overhopped ones that have come out lately).

The body is quite carbonated (see prefatory remarks), but not as heavy as one would expect from the strength.

Very solid beer. They just need to get that carbonation under control, or make some adjustments in other ways to keep the gush away.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 01:58:06 | More by allengarvin
Photo of champ103


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This is a slow gusher. Though manageable to pour. Very dark brown with some ruby highlights. A tan head rises to a little over two fingers. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Lots of dark toasted malt. Chocolate, vanilla, and light coffee flavors. Warm toffee and chocolate covered brownies.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of dark roasted and toasted malt. Chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. The alcohol overpowers the flavor a little bit though.
M/D: A medium body, but a bit over carbonated for my tastes. There is lots of prickly heat from the alcohol which makes this a little harder to drink than I would like.

This is a really good porter. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 23:48:50 | More by champ103
Photo of BedetheVenerable


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz brown pop top with attractive label with a nice little ditty about the beer and the brewery

Appearance: Murky dark dark brown beer with garnet highlights and a big sand-colored head with great retention...a few small-medium sized chunks of yeast in suspension

Smell: Big aromas of dark fruit, earthy yeast, and bittersweet chocolate...the aromas are delicious, and pretty typical of a robust English-style porter

Taste: Dark fruit and dark roasted grains up front; the flavors are nicely balanced between an almost sweet dark fruitiness (blackberry or cassis?) and bitter roasted grain. Big burnt grains on the finish, hint of coffee, you definitely pick up on the black malt here. Ends a bit husky, like fresh-milled grain. Alcohol is readily perceived in both taste and mouthfeel, though it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and rich

Drinkability: Not one you'd knock off several of in a sitting but pretty good for the weight/abv

Conclusion: This is a tasty winter brew; it's big, roasty, warming, and PACKED with flavor...very "English" in style, but it's from Norway which is kind of cool...not a home run, but definitely worth seeking out

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 04:13:06 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of cvfish


4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a very dark brown color that produced a moderately sized fluffy tan head which had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and smoke

T - The taste of this beer had a great caramel and chocolate mixture that was welcoming, the dark fruits came though rather artifically, like cherry runts, but the smokeness at the end masked it pretty quickly

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a creamy, medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - As a beer, this one gets good marks except for the artifical taste I got which was minor, but as a "winter" beer, I don't get anything that would classify this apart from other porters

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 02:25:06 | More by cvfish
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 20:55:31 | More by asabreed
Photo of bmwats


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into an imperial nonic.

A: Pours into a 3 finger frothy tan head. A craterous pock marked disintegrating head slowly settles leaving sticky spider web lacing as it does. Continues to leave you with thick lacing as you drink it down.

S: Roasted coffee malt, oregano, pecan shells, baked bread.

T: Strong roasted malt, licorice. A little bitter.

M: Coats the mouth. Has a robust and hearty body. Licorice aftertaste lingers throughout.

D: Great sipping beer.

Great atmosphere. Impressive appearance, and a full complex nose. Flavor is not as complex as the nose, but nicely balanced and full. Really thorough and full body. Great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 23:57:44 | More by bmwats
Photo of brendan13


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with a 2cm tan head that slowly falls away. Fair amount of lacing is left down the glass.
S - Dark fruit, caramel bit of chocolate roastiness & some floral touches.
T - Not unlike the smell with the dark fruit coming through quite strongly
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Smooth bitterness.
D - Full of flavour and something I'd drink more of. Shame it's so pricey like most beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 14:02:41 | More by brendan13
Photo of sholland119


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-A dark, murky brown with a creamy mocah head with great retention and nice lacing.

S-Dark chocolate, molasses, caramel and dark fruit.

T-Maltier than the nose would indicate and more like the style. Sweet malt in the front, then dark chocolate and a surprising bitter hop finish. Very good.

M-A bit rich on the tongue, otherwise nicely medium bodied.

D-Very tasty and nicely drinkable.


Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 01:19:30 | More by sholland119
Photo of MasterSki


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Three fingers of dark tan foam with excellent retention and lovely rings of lacing. Dark, dark, brown - almost black - and slightly lighter at the fringes. Great looking brew.

S - Chocolate malt, caramel, licorice, bread, some floral hoppiness, and a touch of booziness.

T - A touch soapy, but with plenty of dark chocolate, burnt malt, and a strong aftertaste of roasty bitterness. It's a bit of a letdown from the smell, and the soapy note is a little distracting.

M - Moderate carbonation, with a slight tingle on the upper lip. Medium to full bodied and very smooth. It's one of the best things about this brew.

D - The roasty bitterness builds up quite a bit, but otherwise it's eminently drinkable. My wife and I quickly downed the 500ml bottle.

Probably a little overpriced but I was glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 01:27:40 | More by MasterSki
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a 1-finger tan head.

Chocolate comes through in the nose with some mild spices and anise.

Roasted chocolate, a little oatmeal, but mainly roasted chocolate coming through on the tongue. Slight burnt aftertaste. Just thick enough for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 00:19:47 | More by beer2day
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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first I've had from this renowned brewery. Glad to find it at BevMo Escondido. Enjoyed in an imperial pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields a thin layer of tan head. Very dark brown (nearly opaque) liquid with red hints along edges. More head please.
S: Dark fruit, nice hops, roasted malt - very porter-like. A little alcohol is apparent.
T: Bittersweet chocolate like 70: Green & Black's. Cherry. Alcohol.
M: Bitter and perfectly carbonated. Has a great smoothness.
D: Very good. Delicious. Smooth and delightful. I see why there is a buzz about this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 02:42:59 | More by dfillius
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great offering from a great brewery. Recommended if it's available in your area.

A = Opaque black. Dark tan cap that follows the beer down the glass.

S = Caramel, chocolate, a little nuttiness.

T = Chocolate coffee. Smokey. Very well balanced. There are some strong flavors here but everything is harmonious and nothing really jumps out.

M = Smooth and rich. Really nice.

D = I should have picked up two.

Grab one while it's still porter weather.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 23:40:22 | More by johlendorf
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a deep, opaque black, with a beautiful fluffy tan head that settles into a cap that never goes away.

Nose is interesting - brown sugar and a bit of caramel, just a bit roasty, hints of cocoa and some spicy alcohol in there also.

Taste is sweet, with caramel and brown sugar mixing it up with roasty malt, hints of coffee, and a hint of soy. Tons of really nice, smooth ultra-dark cocoa in there also towards the finish, which is light and roasty, but somewhat long, and with the cocoa still lingering as well.

Mouthfeel is really well done also, creamy and plush. I would easily drink this again. And again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 14:17:14 | More by JohnQVegas
God Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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