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

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 59
Gots: 11 | 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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ChillMike

Alabama

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

Continuing my trend of reviewing on sale winter brews, had been wanting to try this for a while now. Here's hoping it's a good one.

A: Pours a really dark and opaque brown, with a two fingered khaki head that leaves a nice coating of lacing all around the glass.

S: Smells of bitter chocolate, coffee, caramels nice smell.

T: Heavy on the coffee flavor, that melts into a nice, bitter, dark chocolate and finishes off with a nice roasted nut taste.

MF: A nice balance here, can't complain.

D: Very drinkable beer, great taste perfect for a chilly night.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 05:06:43 | More by ChillMike
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark, mahogany red with a spongey, 2 finger head that was medium khaki in color. Retention was excellent, still sturdy and strong with hardly a trace of give even after 5 full minutes of sitting about. The lacing was thick and lustrious making for a full sheet coating.

S: The aroma was equally impressive with a nice wintery pine scent, a rich caramel with a hint of fresh warm chocolate and cocoa notes. The Columbus hops provide a beautiful dry floral orchid aroma that is very distinguishable for those familiar with Anderson valleys hop ottin.

T: rich chocolate and cocoa, with a big helping of pine resin hopping. The Columbus hops soon kick in providing a pungent floral taste. A beautiful slightly burnt caramel sweetness, pine and spruce woodiness compliments the malting creating a wintery warm sensation and feel for this beer. Some light citrus, black cherries and dry holiday spicing rounds things out here. The flavor was exceptionally good, well balanced and was very smooth in transition of taste from start to finish.

M: light and silky, very luscious on the tongue with a warming feel and a soft carbonation. Very nice, with a dry fade of pine, coffee, and light charred woodiness for a fade and finish.

D: Drinkability was of course was very good, with a warming, beautiful winter feel that was beautifully exceuted making for a great example of style. One that is sure to warm and cheer you up.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 22:33:18 | More by beerthulhu
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Crafted

Colorado

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

My first offering from Nogne O..

a: Dark.. very dark, 3 finger coffee colored head..

s: Sweet malty complexity.. hops.. caramel

t: Amazingly good.. Sweet caramel.. Smooth.. Easy drink for an 8.5%

m: Rich coffee.. Thick and right.. Malty..

d: I just finished it and i want another.. Cant wait to get some more of this.. And some other offerings by Nogne O..

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 01:27:59 | More by Crafted
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m1ked

California

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Compliments of Hamilton's fine selection.

A- Dark root beer brown with a big bubbly head starting at 1/2" shrinking to 1/4" with considerable lacing.

S- Brown sugar, cocoa powder, light booziness & caramel.

T- Brown sugar, cocoa powder with a slight metallic tone, marshmellows with a fine anise finish.

M- Medium to moderate weight with good carbonation. chewy.

D- Another fine offering from this brewery. A heavy chewy winter selection that I would reach for again. A slow sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 17:03:23 | More by m1ked
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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

Poured from the bottle a deep dark brown, almost black, with a huge mocha colored head.

Big aroma of malts, caramel, and chocolate.

The bottle says winter ale but this is a porter. The taste is much like the aroma. Big taste of malts, caramel, chocolate, and nuts. The alcohol is well idden.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

This was a really enjoyable porter (winter ale). Try one if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 03:30:49 | More by Monkeyknife
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

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

Poured from a large bottle to a snifter the liquid is very dark with good carbonation. The head is dark mocha, thick and leaves nice lace.

The smell is rich, roasty with chocolate notes.

The taste is good very rich and roasty, chocolate notes, quite a uber porter.

The mouthfeel is full and thick with good carbonation.

The drinkability is good but one gets to be enough.

Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 20:57:28 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, complex, malt scent that boasts of burnt toffee, chocolate and hops. It also has a slight roasted character. The taste is great! It has a smooth and creamy caramel malt flavor with a moderate roasted feel and light chocolate notes. It goes down easy with some yeasty esters in the finish. The mouthfeel is outstanding. It is a full bodied beer with near perfect carbonation. This is an exceptional winter ale. It's quite complex and very easy drinking; a real treat!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 19:21:28 | More by WesWes
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beveritt

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 00:24:45 | More by beveritt
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prototypic

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 03:02:00 | More by prototypic
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fab, man, fab! Really interesting play on characteristics. Poured with a big foamy frothy tan head with lots a lace. Very dark brown. Aromatic that's like the taste: Sweet yet dry; luscious yet stark, and bittersweet even so. Lots of bitter chocolate, coffee, dark ripe fruit, heavy hops. Lots going on here. Superb beer. Long finish. Not a session beer. But that's ok.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 02:49:10 | More by drpimento
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simonjohansson

Sweden

3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 01:04:16 | More by simonjohansson
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Murchmac

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy tan head that sticks with this dark brown beer. Looks almost black.

Caramel, chocolate, subtle. Wish it had more in the nose, like Robert Downey Jr. in the 80's.

Black Malts, kinda tastes like the Stone 11th. Very tasty, complex, every changing swirl of chocolate, dark malts, cocoa. This is one voodoo hoodoo beer.

What a great beer, the only weak part is the subtle smell. Excellent brewery, i'll have to buy more of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 18:10:55 | More by Murchmac
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charlzm

California

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

Consumed 12/27/08.

Pours a deep brown into a tulip glass. Mahogany highlights. Not many active bubbles, though there is a nice two finger tan head at first.

Sweet, roasted chocolate malt in the nose. A note of vanilla, some caramel.

Roasted chocolate flavor, a little vanilla and some cocoa on the finish. Some alcohol warming, even. Almost like a rich porter... Oh wait, this IS a porter! D'oh! With a name like "Winter Ale", I was expecting...

Never mind. This beer is unlike a standard porter in that it has a silky, smooth and slightly thick mouthfeel - almost stoutlike.

This beer is closing in on "imperial porter" territory due to its strong flavor and high alcohol content. Delicious and worth seeking out if you like stouts and porters.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 01:41:34 | More by charlzm
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beerkat

California

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm sad to say I was a little disappointed by this beer. Nogne has been a favorite of mine for a few years (they make one of the most outstanding IRS's out there).

This beer poured beautifully, with a nice, dense, cream-colored head, and a dark amber brown color. Smelled lovely, too--heavy burned caramel aromas with a hint of spice. However, the flavor just didn't do it for me. It tasted much too strongly of molasses and raisiny fruit to please my palate. I let it warm up a bit and the molasses just got even more overpowering--a little too sweet for my taste. The mouthfeel was just fine, a medium to heavy body with very pleasing carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 08:13:24 | More by beerkat
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: I graded this beer as a porter since it didn't resemble a Belgian dark ale at all. I think "Nøgne Ø Winter Ale" may be the same as "Nøgne Ø God Jul".

Poured into a goblet/snifter/wine glass type thing. It was the best thing I could find.

Apearance: Champagne-like head erupted from the top upon opening this one. A slow steady pour produced an active, two finger, reddish tan head. Body is blackish brown and nearly opaque, however shades of red can be seen around the edges when held to the light. Head dissipates rather quickly, and what's left clings to the sides of the glass. EDIT: Upon the third and final pour, the head started draggin some massive lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, malted milk balls, coffee, and dark currants. When I really dig into it, I get whiffs of some VERY astringent alcohol (almost like rubbing alcohol).

Taste: Roasted malts, caramel, molasses, coffee, dark fruits, and dark chocolate, with some whiskey and piney hops in the finish. Roasted flavors seem to dominate, making me believe that this is a PORTER and NOT a BELGIAN DARK ALE. The whiskey aftertaste is kind of strong at first, but fades as the session progresses.

Mouthfeel: Rich, very creamy, and smooth. Carbonation is hardly felt. Body is thicker than your average porter, but not to a point where it hinders the drinkability. Aftertaste a bit chewy and dry.

Drinkability: As stated above, this appears to be a porter. I looked around and found "Nøgne Ø God Jul", which has the same logo as this beer sans the name. If this were listed as a porter, it would be a damn fine one, with much more flavor than any other porter out there and a very smooth mouthfeel. Not worth the money on a consistent basis, but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 23:35:26 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20
3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 03:08:16 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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scottoale

California

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

500ml. brown bottle with a simple wrap around label, with no freshness or bottling dates that I could see. Not really needed as it is seasonal with a high enough ABV to better with age, than do it harm. It pours a very dark mahogany with rust highlights, when held to the light. The head is 1/2" cream tan with good retention and carbonation is fit for the style as well.

The nose is sweet, spicy and definetly boozy...just like a brew for the winter should be. Caramel, vanilla, ripe fruits, yeast and plenty-o-alcohol smell like a rich and decadent dessert.

The taste is sweet and malty from the start, it rounds to a meaty ripe fruit and eventually tapers to a hoppy, spicy yeast finish. Great flavor and well balanced, the alcohol doesn't come on as strong as the nose leads you to believe...well done.

The body is big, the carbonation complements, but there is a little smoky yeast that lingers on the tongue. Not a bad thing, it's just different.

Overall it's very easy to drink and definetly gets you in the holiday spirit, kinda like eggnog and ? Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 04:19:26 | More by scottoale
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opwog

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now listening to: Beach Boys - I Just wasn't Made For These Times

A- dark, dark brown with off white/light tan haead. About two finger head comes down to a consistant ring without any lacing.
S- lots of dark fruit, especially half way through drining it, enhanced with holiday spices.
T- just like aroma only maybe some chocolate
M- good carbonation, despite the head. good maltiness
D- F'n aye, man! Serve me another! Happy Holidays!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 07:35:45 | More by opwog
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Bung

Michigan

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

Fairly dark brown pour with tan head. Lacing from the tan head throughout the beer. Moderate smell of spiciness, more mocha, toffee, hazelnut coffee. Tastes of the same. Clean lingering finish. REALLY smoothes out and the flavors REALLY come out as it warms. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 01:26:28 | More by Bung
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magictrokini

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 22:30:55 | More by magictrokini
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tpd975

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the man known simply as SeaBass in our circle.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with some ruby highlights showing thru. The head is medium in sized and off-white in color. Little retention and no lace.

S: The aroma is loaded with caramel malts and dark fruits. There are light notes of pine and xmas spice as well.

T: Very much like the aroma but the dark fruits really come to the forefront. Tons of raisin and fig are the first thing you notice. A caramel sweetness is there along with a bit of chocolate. A touch of spice can be picked up as well.

M: Medium in body rather smooth and creamy.

D: Not bad, a very solid winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 20:23:35 | More by tpd975
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Zorro

California

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear very dark brown colored beer with a good light brown head.

Smell is sweet with a coffee aroma and a ginger bread scent. Licorice and sandal wood aromas. Little bit of grape and smoke.

The taste starts out semi sweet and smoky, charred malt aftertaste. Quickly develops a wine sour snap. Some chocolate flavor but this is really slightly sour on the tongue and not sweet. Mellows out as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

It is an OK beer but not quite what I had expected. Dry and a little sour with a quite strong smoky flavor, not sweet and spiced though.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 03:40:30 | More by Zorro
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cjgator3

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 06:40:42 | More by cjgator3
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Halcyondays

California

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

16.9 oz. bottle, listed as Nogne Winter Ale,

A: Pours a very dark red, looks black if not in the light. Creamy off-white head has good retention, lacing is spotty.

S: Strongly aromatic, with notes of coffee, star anise, licorice, and fig.

T: Sweet off the bat, a mix of treacle and espresso. Spicy notes - light nutmeg and cinnamon even though this is not a spiced beer. Roasted undercurrent throughout.

M: Soft mouthfeel, I thought there was a tad too much carbonation bite, but overall a solid feel. Medium/full bodied, with a high gravity thickness, sweet and lightly acidic finish.

D: A fabulous winter beer from Nogne. This shows they can do spiced and non-spiced winter warmers right, though I do wish they had kept the original Norse name on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 04:36:39 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with great carbonation and nice brown had. Nose was faint with cocoa, caramel. Taste was thinner bodied than I expected, while good with cocoa, caramel, toffee and a good spiciness on the end, perhaps some cinnamon, nutmeg. Mouthfeel was nice with that cocoa and caramel mixed with the slight zing at the end. A smoke blast on the end was nice too. Very drinkable and darn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 02:39:17 | More by barleywinefiend
God Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
91 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.