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

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the US this is called "Winter Ale".

A dark ale brewed specially for the Christmas season, with a rich, complex taste of caramel. This is a strong, dark and rather sweet Christmas Beer – just the way we think a Christmas beer should be.

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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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 214
Reviews by SleepyMonk:
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 0.5l bottle poured into an english style pint glass.

When this English Porter begins to pour out into the glass you immediately get the feeling that this is a solid and substantial offering.

The chocolate dark beer rolls smoothly into the glass and even begins to look as though it will yield very little if any head at all but then things get a little bit more aggressive the head begins to grow and as you stop to reconsider if perhaps it has been poured a touch too quickly the head starts growing down from the bottom in a sharp rolling motion and then it settles down.

The aroma of this is not subtle it leaps out at you and clings to your senses even before you put your nose into the glass. The aroma in short is wonderful.

Molasses, coffee and hints of a creme brulee brown sugar glazing stand out immediately. Seated behind are equally tasty malts and fresh hops.

At first the taste is confusing. The aroma begs you to partake in a sweet blend of chocolates and toffee malts however the initial taste is bitterest of the most bitter hops until it tames off a bit to give away a chewy burnt taste with alcohol dryness.

The mouthfeel is robust and the sensations are just as much of a rise as the taste palate. Initially upon the first sip and the next few mouthfuls that follow, it is as though all of the characteristics occur simultaneously. This then introduces bitterness, then a chewy sugar sensation before drying off ever so slowly.

This is beer worthy of recommendation, although only perhaps those partial to the style. I am really starting to develop a strong appreciation for this brewery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Crafted
4.32/5  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..

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BTPete
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle recieved in Mahar's advent beers.

Poured to two pint glasses.

A: A dark brown with 2 inch dirty head. The bottle was left unattended while I grabbed a glass and it gushed all over the table.

S: Malt driven with some chocolate and coffee and maybe toffee or caramel aromas. It's got a really interesting smell.

T: A unique flavor. Malty but some bitterness at end. Due to hops or maybe cocoa? It also has an interesting floral or sourish type flavor that is subtle but is there. Very unique.

M: Pretty carbed up and active. Like I said the bottle gushed over when left alone.

D: Drinkable and interesting. Had after a Central Waters coffee stout so it seemed a little less flavorful than that but was a good beer. All that sampled enjoyed.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Liverpool08
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown with a thin brown head, Aroma is malty with a hint of spice and coffee. Flavor is very full and complex. Dark coffee, a little caramel, nice malty flavors. As it warms it gets even better. A great example of an English Porter given even more complex.

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Photo of samie85
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a pitch black with some yeast floaties in suspension and a two and a half finger light brown sugar head.

S-Smells of fruity yeast and some dark chocolate with a bit of earthy hops.

T-Bitter chocolate upfront with some bitter coffee notes and maybe a hint of spice on the finish.

M-A little thin for my taste for a porter with a crispness and low to medium carbonation.

D-Pretty nice and complex but the body is a little lacking in my opinion.

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Photo of denimdemon
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a very dark brown with a thin small dark brown head. Nose is very light, malty rich and sweet.

Taste is malty rich, a bit sweet and a bit spivey from the year. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly thick. Overall very good drinking.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich, roasted, sharp dark ale. Nice chestnut color with modest head. Unusual nutty flavor with roasted malt that ranges all over the map. Sweet malt with a raw grainy, alcoholic flavor. Spritzy mouthfeel. Nose of warm caramel.

Quite deserving of a taste if you like dark malty beers. Blindfolded you might think it was an Imperial Stout. Quite bitter aftertaste after you sip a while. Label says only 30 IBU so maybe there is a lot of burnt malt. Taste is quite powerful but the very bitter edge gets tiresome after a while. "Winter Ale" is the name on the label.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of crossovert
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz bottle.

The beer gushed upon removing the cap, I tried to pour as fast as possible.

It pours a dark dark brown with no light permeating the brew. The head is a deep tan and leaves nice lacing.

It smells amazing and decadent. Huge malt whiffs produce tons of carmally chocolate scent. There is also raw cocoa, coffee, and alcohol in the scent. The big surprise here is a nice bit of hops that can be found in the background.

It is sweet but not overpowering, with dark chocolate covered caramels being the main focus. Tastes like candy literally. The mouthfeel is nice, though perhaps a bit over carbonated. The alcohol seems to be less noticeable in the taste than in the scent.

This is one heck of a warming brew, by far the best English porter I have had, though it is close to Russian imperial stout/Baltic Porter territory.

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Photo of Trower
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours dark brown with a thick large tan head that dissipates into nice lacings.

S: Smoke and vanilla. Sweet roasted malt. Strong black coffee. Some spices.

T: Sweet malt together with lots of chocolate and licorice. Some bitter hops. Complex.

M: Body is full and carbonation is mild. Aftertaste is medium long and holds mostly sweetness.

D: This is a English Porter?! My low rating is based on how an English Porter should taste - I would have rated it 4.5 if I rewied it as a beer. In other words - this English Porter is better than any English Porter...

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of beerwolf77
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The little lady grabbed this the other night while we were out. So I have to split it with her.

Poured into two pint glasses the beer is a deep mahogany hue with black edges. The dark mocha head fills at least three inches of the glass. The retention on the head is about as good as I've ever seen. After a long wait the lacing left is insane. Thick rings around the glass. A half inch cap sits on top of the beer (remaining throughout)

The aroma is a complex mix of hops, roast malt, coffee, chocolate, spruce, wintergreen, and even a hint of citrus fruit. Everytime I take a whiff I smell something else. It's an amazing nose.

The flavor is roast malt and chocolate coffee right off the bat. As the beer warms things really get interesting. Hops are picked up along with toasted bread, wintergreen, oranges, and fresh nuts. Wow is all I can say.

Full thick chewy body. Maybe a trace of carbonation.

Overall a super unique and flavorful winter brew. There is alot going on with this beer. I highly recommend it for christmas beer lovers. I give my girlfriend credit for picking this one up.

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

22oz 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, one of the best i've had.

smooth, medium-plus bodied mouthfeel. very drinkable.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Labeled simply "Winter Ale" for us Americans. 500ml poured into creepy realistic human-esque Satan glass.

Monster foam pour. Dark brown beer, thick+creamy tan head which eventually falls to about a finger. Great retention and some lace left.

Big scent of dark fruits (dates, plums, cherries), molasses, some chocolate and light spices. Kind of a bold dessert/fruitcake vibe.

Taste follows the scent but also delivers a good dosage of roasted malts, borderline charred, as well as some big piny hops with maybe some citrus in there too. Still lots of molasses, chocolate cake, bread, licorice and dark fruits; it's all balanced surprisingly well.

Very hefty mouthfeel similar to a big ol stout, ample carbonation and hop bitterness. Some light alcohol warmth. Moreso than the big+bold flavors, the mouthfeel definitely makes this one a sipper. Extra roasty and dry finish.

Definitely leaning towards the imperial porter/stout side of things, but hits unique areas for a great winter warmer as well. Hoppiness is unexpected but meshes nicely. Seems a bit heavy for 8.5% (the whole 500ml is a bit much solo) but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin 1/4" head at pour, settles to a light cream colored ring around edge of glass. Dark brown color. Big minty aroma, can definitely smell the pine/juniper to this one. Also has some earthiness and licorice to aroma. Moderate carbonation. Flavor has same big mint and roast characters. Thick mouthfeel. End and aftertaste slightly reminds me of drinking mint dip juice. not quite that repulsive though. Dry hop finish. Warmth brings more roast and tames the mint skoal taste. Warmth also brings some alcohol to the nose, smooths out the mouthfeel and smooths out the complex earthiness of beer. Warmth helped warm me up to this one, robust flacors seem to mellow out making it a more drinkable. Extreme piney/mint in every aspect of this beer held me back a little at first. Decent lacing on glass. Nogne O fails to disappoint again.

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Photo of rarbring
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown, almost black, a thick tan beige, some lacing.

The smell is sweet, spicy, licorice, metal and yeast. Like fermented "julmust" (Swedish Christmas soda).

The taste is very sweet, brown sugar, dates, sherry, licorice, a slight bitterness is rounding off.

High carbonation, small intense bubbles, a bit oily and sugary, a thick body, a dry finish.

This beer is not bad, but it is a bit too sweet for my palate.

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Photo of taigor
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of josefnewsong
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An English Porter? I guess so. This is a great beer aside from the fact that it was like a fountain pouring all over my floor when I opened it.

A - a deep brown with tannish head that leaves bits of lace, retains well
S - caramel, a bit of roastiness
T - caramel and chocolate mostly, not very complex but definitely enjoyable, only hints of alcohol with flavor not unlike whiskey
M - on the heavy side of medium bodied but also well-carbonated, a very nice combo
D - very drinkable, the 8.5 is barely there

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