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

Nice winter beer. This was among my favorites of the couple of cases of various winter brews I bought this holiday season for friends and family to share. This one pours black with a dense head, fairly high carbonation, and okay retention. The smell has warming spruce and juniper notes as well as a hint of cinnamon. A bready note underpins it all. Taste echoes the aromas. Delicious dark breadiness and spice notes are reminiscent of spice cookies, but the sweetness is quite restrained and there is a bit of that pine note at the end. The mouthfeel is nice and full, but smooth and creamy as well. This one really evokes the feeling of the holidays for me, exactly as I think a Christmas beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 21:08:54 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Jason


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 05:20:47 | More by Jason
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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~12oz of a 22oz bomber into Scandanavian mug.

Deep opaque brown hue with very thin amber and red edges along the bottom. A two finger tan head forms at the top and slowly settles to a thick cap. Some of the yeast settlement is left on top of the head, actually making a brown figure 8 on the surface of the head.

The aroma is some slightly bitter malts with light chocolate mixed in.

The flavor has bitter malts mixed in with a bit of hop bitterness as well. Some dark roasted coffee flavors are there as well. Full bodied with a very smooth and sticky feel. The finish is the lingering dark grains.

I certainly wouldn't consider this one an English Porter, far from it. This one seems more like a Baltic Porter, although brewed with an Ale yeast. An American Porter could be considered as well. It's a pretty solid brew with a good amount of complexity in the flavor. It's not the best in class (whichever class that is), but it's certainly a solid beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 01:26:42 | More by BeerSox
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce (500 ml) bottle, "winter ale" version. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours pitch black with a huge overflowing tan head. It didn't gush out of the bottle, but the head just kept going and going! Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is very malty, it smells like chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and even a bit of oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of coffee and dark fruit (fig/raisins). It starts off sweet, and finishes bitter and a bit dry. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with above average carbonation. It's also smooth and silky. Drinkability is pretty good, if it wasn't for the high ABV it would be quite sessionable. Overall I think this is a good beer. I'd definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 23:37:59 | More by bluejacket74
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't expecting this one to be a gusher, so of course I was far from any sink and surrounded by virgin white carpet...and nearly broke my Piraat snifter in my rush to keep the spew contained. So yeah, watch out for that. This one seemed appropriately named for one of the colder nights in awhile, with a low of 26. Yes I know, I live in NC.

a: Pours a healthy dark khaki head that shows just above average retention. Little to no lacing. The beer is a very dark brown in color.

s: Great blending here of dry bittersweet chocolate with lightly roasty black malt aromas, rounded out with a light-moderate milky sweetness. The chocolate presence smells delicious...very well integrated. An ever-so-light note of ethanol gives a sorty of spicy sweet aroma that combines well with a touch of wood way in the back. Notes of rich chocolate cake with heavy cream icing. A near perfect hopping allows the complexity to come through.

m: Smooth carbonation on the high end of medium, with a delicately medium-full body.

t: A gentle lactic sweetness smooths out a backbone of black malt and dusty, dry chocolate with a touch of light roast. Subtle, benign earthy hop flavor. Nice finish, with a light bitterness cleaning things up and a gentle roast and cocoa lingering. Extremely well made and beautifully blended...the subtle complexity makes me work for it, and thereby enjoy it that much more.

d: The ABV is practically a no show, great drinkability. Let this one warm a bit before drinking.

bottle from Bruisin' Ales

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 05:56:37 | More by blackie
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a very generous tan head. Malty nose with chocolate tones. Flavor is syrupy sweet. Slight molasses hitting your palate with a quick hit of alcohol that just as quickly vanishes. There is also a slight dusty kind of taste to it as well I think. Feel is thick on the liquid. A pretty good level of carbonation hitting your mouth. Basically this feels like a porter or a stout would. Overall drinkable, yes. A bit thick on the mouth, but it's a winter warmer. Certainly not light, but certainly not a bad beer. Worth a shot. Just be ready for something a bit thick.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 17:08:35 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle

A: Pours a pretty thick brown under a big tan head. Lighter hints of ruby throughout. OK retention, no lace.

S: Sweet caramel, light chocolate and some hop character are the first things that hit the nose. Some creamier sweetness appears as well. Very good for a porter.

T: A big sweet roasted malt character up front, even a creamy sweetness is apparent ending in a nice roasted and smokey character with a decent dose of bitterness. The transition from sweeter beginning to more roasted malt is a little off balance however. It's a bit of nitpick, but just something I noticed, might be just me. Alcohol is hidden very well. A certain hint of chocolate tends to linger as well.

M/D: Mouthfeel is good, full bodied, carbonation helps create a nice creamy feeling. Drinkability is good on this one as well as the only drawback should be the ABV. Even though porters aren't my favorite, I still know a pretty good beer when I see one, and this one is good, but could use the slightest bolstering to really put it over the top.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 02:46:29 | More by NCSUdo
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was almost a gusher - began to slightly pour out of bottle after opening - pours black with a towering tan head that leaves some sticking lace. Nice head retention.

The smell is of caramel, chocolate with a nice citric touch.

The taste is of caramel, chocolate, some dark graininess. Juicy hops lend a citric background with only a touch of bitterness. A touch of smokiness comes through as it warms. It has a semi-sweet finish.

Medium-bodied, pretty smooth - a bit sticky.

It's nice - I do remember liking the other porter by this brewery more. Something about this one could be richer, but good as it is. I like the innovation of this brewery to create unique brews that use Pacific NW hops with English malt/yeast. The beers are a bit pricey, but worth the money for ocassional treats (well...at least the porter and this one - as these are the two I've had so far).

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 14:36:47 | More by jwc215
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from BRoss242 as part of the BA Secret Santa '07. Beery Christmas!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice thick mocha colored head that has some good stickage. Color is a murky dark brown to almost black.

Smell has a fantastic malty blend. There is a mix of some dark fig, burnt raisins, coffee, and just the lightest hint of chocolate. Taste does not appear to be as tight as the smell. The burnt bitterness breaks up the sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, but still not syrupy or sticky.

While tasty, I was starting to loose interest towards the end of the glass. I think half a bottle is enough to satisfy me. It's a good thing I split this with my wife.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 04:05:54 | More by bort11
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased 500ml bottle under the name 'Winter Ale'. Beautiful pour. Bits of sediment floating around. Rich dark black with hints of deep brown. Nice creamy tan head that remained throughout with gorgeous lacing. Delicious baked bread aromas with a hint of espresso. Rich and malty. Taste is super smooth with little carbonation. Medium bodied. Very drinkable with little alcohol. Very enjoyable on a cold winter day!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 21:29:21 | More by paulr
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3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was purchased under the name "Winter Ale".

Nice three-finger head that has good lasting power and sticky lace. Dark, dark ruby color; light barely passes.

High oily factor from the alcohol content--almost smells like a brandy or port.

This is a highly flavorful beer. Strong black patent malt flavors but I wouldn't exactly describe it as coffee. The overall liquor is quite dry. The body is relatively thin with a high level of carbonation.

I think this is a tad too potent for me to enjoy regularly. I like the level of flavor. If I were to describe it, I'd equate it to a double porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 22:42:19 | More by smcolw
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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Richly dark black with nary a hint to its brownness. A cupcake of tan foam is parked on top which slowly floats its way to a bumpy creamy coated skim of relative remaining thickness. Patchy lacing in broad patterns of torn carpet are easily distributed across the glass.

Aroma is of browned baked breads with a light dusting of dark cocoa, some maple, dark caramel, and fresh crunchy cookies. Fairly complex actually, just not as bold and booming as it could be. Hints to roasty goodness, burnt grasses, and some dry hoppyness.

Flavors are fairly subtle and complex in nature with a smooth malty caramel front. Chocolate takes up the middle and kinda builds from there where the finish grabs most of it copmplexity. Roasty, toasty grasses, and leafy hops bitter it up with a slow dark fruity tang of date and raisin left on the lips as the palate streams a bit from roasty esters of alcohol and bittering chocolate. Inescapable finish! It makes the whole thing worth every sip.

Body is quite creamy, bold, a bit tangy, lasting, and nearly full. Especially as it grows. Each sip gains more and more girth and remains more and more each time too. Nicely handled roastyness balanced with dark tangy stuff and chocolate. And again the finsih pulls it all together in fun display of complex hops, dryness, tang, and leftover roasted fluff.

Another keeper from Nogne outta Norway! A very drinkable and complex porter. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 00:52:25 | More by tavernjef
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 00:30:15 | More by IntriqKen
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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour reveals a deep brown almost opaque body with a mountainous creamy light brown head that ever so slowly fades leaving curtain of lace to drape the glass. Nose has a rich toasted malt aroma, hops also peek through, caramel and spices end this wonderful nose. Front has a toasted grain sweetness, the hops provide the bitter contrast, top is moderately full in feel. Finish has a spicy hop presence, sweet grains, bittersweet chocolate and the acidity determined quite dry aftertaste, and a real unexpected treat in my humble opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 20:05:49 | More by Gusler
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a very dark, almost black opaque body with a thick loose but creamy tan head. No head retention at all.

Aroma- Roasted malts. Yum. Some malt sweetness with chocolate notes. Also a hint of dark raisins. Very inviting.

Taste- Strong roasted notes. You know you have this beer in your mouth!! Once your taste-buds settle down, you get a more complex bitter malt flavor with some molasses and a hint of yeastiness. The after-taste lingers for quite some time.

Mouthfeel- This beer has a slightly heavy, sticky body that lends itself to giving you a long, lingering aftertaste. The carbonation level is perfect. .

Drinkability- Very nicely done. While this is allegedly a porter, think a RIP lite.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 06:52:28 | More by theopholis
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2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 21:49:40 | More by SaCkErZ9
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick tan head on a dark brown/black body.
S- Nuts, toffee, roasted malts, grass hops, English yeast, some spices, and some hints of alcohol.
T- Sweet toffee body with present roasted nuts to it. Roasted malts, and alcohol come through too. Dark fruits come out and some caramel really picks up. Alcohol gives light warming to back of throat. Grass hops leave a nice bitterness at end along with some cloves and one or two other spices. Leaves mouth pretty dry at end.
M- Full/medium body with low silky carbonation.
D- It is very tasty and will get more of their beers. Hope to find this one again before the end of the season.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 00:13:07 | More by BlindPig
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

17oz. bottle

Opaque, dark black, even when held up to light. Large, creamy tan colored head. Lots of lacing.

Scents of chocolate and caramel. Coffee. Alcohol. Spicy -- clove seemed dominant.

Taste was, initially, mild coffee. Chocolate and caramel really picked up as it warmed. Dark fruits. Alcohol. Bitter at the finish, herbal and peppery.

Medium + in body. Coating and sticky almost. Low to medium perceived carbonation. Silky mouthfeel. Pretty dry, probably more due to alcohol.

Very good! An excellent winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 14:37:40 | More by
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The snowflakes on this Winter Ale bottle label were a slight departure from the stark Nøgne Ø bottles seen before. The beer came out dark brown, and formed a four finger thick beige head. The smell was a wonderful symphony of raisins, plum, chocolate, and hops. The taste was similar, and felt a little like biting into a chocolate coated rum raisin candy from a Christmas gift tin. The finish was a little astringent-roasty and presented some mouth drying hops. A bit small and coarse in the mouthfeel department. Another winner from the brewery that refuses to disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 04:33:38 | More by rajendra82
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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I very much enjoyed this winter ale from Nogne, and would not hesitate to recommend. Its flavor is not the most complicated beer flavor in the world, but that doesn't mean it isn't good!

This beer poured an opaque black with lots of very sticky head. Aroma was a nice roastiness...potent and uncomplicated. Flavor was roasty with some bourbon-ness. Mouthfeel was a bit viscous and very pleasant.

I heartily enjoyed this beer, and would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 21:13:49 | More by BeerBelcher
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 01:08:09 | More by andrewm190
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black, with light brown head.

Nose has some roasted qualities with cookie dough.

Palate is a yummy roasty/malty monster. Very dry, nice hop balance, but overall a big roasty monster.

Finish is somewhat clean and long, with chocolate sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 04:37:55 | More by yemenmocha
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 20:41:04 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 06:31:12 | More by ElGordo
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3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Erickson's Fine Wine in Eagle, Idaho. Standard Nogne 500ml bottle. $7.49/bottle. No "best by" dating, but that's ok... not complaining here. Enjoyed from an oversized wine glass while listening to "One Track Mind" from Rythmic Cartel.

The owner of Erickson's told me he tried one and it fizzed out of the bottle; he was concerned that he accidently shook it up or something ... Nope, mine did the same thing; it wasn't a gusher or anything, but there definately was some slight carbonation issues.

Very dark brown with little light getting through... big but short lasting light tan head.... absolutely no lacing.

Smell=sweet caramel with a little lite roasted coffee... possibly a little butterscotch ... the darkness is overpowering any real hop aroma ... slight American hop nose as it warms up.

More of the same with the taste ... I am worried the fizziness is taking away from the tasted and mouthfeel .... It is not too overcarbonated in the glass, but once it hits my tongue, the carbonation sorta bounces all over the place. Barring the carbonation issues, this is a big-boned American porter .... and for a 8.5 % brew, the alcohol is no where to be found. Overall, this is a pretty good brew and would buy again for inspiration if I was brewing up a big porter.

I was sooo suprised to see a Nogne beer in Boise.... and I am stoked. I really hope we get access to the full line, I loved their RIS and really want to try Dark Horizon and their Barleywine ... Cheers to Boise's import scene getting much better, especially around the holidays ... and Cheers to Shelton Brothers... Thanks.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 04:27:21 | More by JohnGalt1
God Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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