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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.

Added by Sigmund on 12-01-2003

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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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.

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Photo of becktone
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes 12-10-09

Eye: Good head retention and formation, creamy in appearance...and though the retention is pretty good, it could be better. Color of the head is dirt brown, well its got some reddish orange tint kinda like dirt with some iron in it, but not too much. Lacing forms in sheets. Color is extremely dark brown, so as to look black, opaque. Really a nice looking brew.

Nose: Stoutish in aroma. Lots of dark malt, roasty/toasty notes, chocolate-milk chocolate-, but nothing burnt or black though. Light notes of toffee, light candied aroms such as Worthers Orginal candies-butterscotch. Candied malt ball aroma too, there's also something so familiar and very likable about this that I just can't put a finger on...feel like its some candy from my childhood. Awesome, very nice!

Edit: Ah! I got it! that aroma is reminiscent of candy corn, the white, orange, and brown kind...so, yeah, chocolate

Tongue: Definitely roasted in flavor, dryness from grain, but not really roasted bitterness. The flavor isn't quite like that of the aroma, I feel that there was much more depth in the aroma. Chocolate notes, but not as in the aroma-not like the candy corn....this is more like dark chocolate not milk. All in all very nice, great to drink on cold days. I'd alsmost say its like an American Imperial Stout meets Russian Imperial Stout meets Porter, great stuff...this may beat out Old Rasputin for me.

Feel and Drinkability: Low carbonation, but fine give this beer a full feel and a thick body. This one is just too much, feels great in the mouth. Velvety and creamy in the mouth. This is one I am sad to see quickly disappearing from my glass...hahaha. I'm definitely enjoying this beer and am strongly thinking about buying another. Definitely pick this up, its perfect on a cold day after trenching out in the snow after some hard work. Give it a go, it'll definitely warm body and soul.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Nogne Winter Ale lives up to it's name. The beer is a dark beer and pours with a smooth dark flow with a thin medium foam which thins out completely. The smell of the beer is malty, with hints of caramel, and chocolate. The longer the beer sits and acclimates the more pronounced the scents become which awesome in my opinion. The taste is perfect for a dark winter ale with the flavors all coming out in each taste along with small blast of alcohol at the end. This winter ale has a great mouthfeel and is full from beginning to end, love it! I would enjoy this great beer little by little to get all you can from each taste. It just keeps getting better and better! I will be getting more of this beer.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a great "christmas present" from Nøgne Ø. Didn't get the chance to drink it this christmas so I had it a few days ago at Bishop's Arms - Karlstad.

Dark brown-almost black color with a big beige head that lasts a long time. Lots of sediment in the bottle.

Smells great of some smoke, chocolate, fudge and some nice spices (maybe imaginary 'cause it's a christmasbeer).

Tastes lots of chocolate, fudge, cascade-ish hops, smoke, coffee and a nice hoppiness, pretty sweet beer. 30 IBU is kind of ideal for this type of beer I think.

A new favourite, I will surely buy a few of this next christmas!

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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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!

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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.

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4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at Bishops Arms, Karlstad, together with Bananaman. Also tried it last Christmas eve, and I could definitely see a change since then. This was bottled 13 august last year, If I'm not misstaken.

When the bartender opened the bottle it almost exploded. Some beer poured out at the floor. Weird, you think a year would calm down the beer a bit...

The color is darkbrown with a large foam. It remains in the glass until the beer is finished. Nice.

The smell is of some smoke, chocolate, and some christmas-like spices.

The taste is chocolate, fudge, slightly of coffee, smoke, hints of grapefruit and citrus from the american hops.

Mouthfeel is very fullbodied, creamy and thick.

Nøgne Ø is one of my favourite breweries, and this could be their best beer. It tasted good in december, but tasted even better now in august.

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4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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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!

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4.65/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter?? I could swear this was a stout. Imperial stout at that.

A: I'm actually backing it up to before the pour. When I popped the bottle it started to slowly expand out of the bottle. Carbonation that didn't want to be contained. It pours a deep dark brown/black that light cannot penetrate except around the edges. The head is tan and incredibly fluffy with big bubbles that eventually settles down to a persistent layer that leaves some good lacing.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. I'm picking up some spices in there and alcohol.

T: It blends it all: chocolate, coffee, smoke, citrus (hops), maybe a hint of spice. Sweet with just a little bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium to heavy body. Despite the creeping out of the bottle and the incredible head there isn't that much carbonation to this. It continues its complexity to be creamy and dry at the same time.

D: I love this one but, after all, I am a fan of the dark side. I'm a little surprised that this doesn't carry an Imperial tag with it. I love the complexity and depth of this beer. I would put this on the list of beers you have to try.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: deep dark brown, nearly ebony color, nice lacing body.

smell: nice chocolate/coffee aroma and roasted aromas

taste: tons of caramel but not sweet. rich flavor, mayeb the best porter I have ever had. Probably because it's like an imperial. Like the bitterness on the back vs sweetness

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: quite possibly the best porter I have ever had. american or english

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Photo of auxiliary
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - Looks black, but it more of a dark brown clor. Crazy fluffy head formed, never seen big bubbles like this. Had a nice tan head that stuck around on the first full glass pour. Little bit of lace stuck, nothing noticeable.

smell - Cofee beans, and chocolate.

taste - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Little bit of bitterness at the end, but I didn't notice it at first.

mouthfeel - Medium-full body.

drinkability - With all the hype on this brand, this was a good find. One of the best English porters I have had. Would buy this again, enjoyed it big time.

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Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. Some floaties present. There was an inch and a half of long-lasting, tan-colored, foamy head. Excellent lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of malt, chocolate, spices, coffee, and barley.

T: Tasted of nutmeg, chocolate, coffee, malt, and barley. Very complex and easy to drink. Not a classic English Porter, but in my opinion better than most in the style.

M: A well carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Absolutely excellent. One of the best porters of any kind I've had in awhile. Highly drinkable.

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4.57/5  rDev +12%
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.

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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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