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.

Added by Sigmund on 12-01-2003

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
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.

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Photo of beckje01
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a nice spice smell for the nose, then tasting it gives good balance of spice and malt with not much activity in the mouth. But its a nice and approachable winter warmer as it hides its alcohol well. I had this as part of a tasting of all the Nøgne we could find it wasn't disappointing but it was my least favorite of their beers. If you see some around only buy this if you really like the style or the don't have any of their other beers.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: dark brown, virtually black; rich medium brown head; gothic webbed, and occasionally sheeted lacing
S: chocolate, roast
T: chocolate, coffee, raspberry, roast, a tinge of metal, bile, something medicinal, light apples
M: medium to full-bodied
O: There are some impressive parts, but they don't measure up to an enjoyable whole. The rich smell and appearance can't make the medicine/bile/metal enjoyable.
12oz / Snifter / VGP

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Photo of simonjohansson
3.16/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. This little guy has been on deck in my fridge for FAR too long and it’s time. Pours a dark, dark brown with slight red notes. Light tan head. Roasty note without being too over done, more like a light roast and caramel. Some metallic in the nose as well. Medium mouthfeel. Off the bat, to me this tastes roasty with a slight smoky note to it. Lingering roast bitterness. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of Crosling
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Deep brown color, full foam. Very mild aroma, a hint of dark malt and weedy, herbaceous hops.

Flavor is very interesting and complex and I can see why others like it, but I just don’t enjoy the profile. It has a lot of hints herbal tea, resinous hops and light malt components. Doesn’t seem very together. However, I had their Imperial Stout a couple days ago. Top notch stuff.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
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

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Photo of morebeergood
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz bottle at Bauer. Popped the cap, turned to grab the glasses, and in that brief time it was foaming all down the side. Quickly poured it into two glasses and let it settle a bit. Pours with a huge head that lasts for quite some time. The color was motor oil black, very opaque. The smell reminded me of a winter porter/ale, bur when I tasted it, this beer reminds me a lot of the Belgian Stout made by De Dolle. A very tasty example of the style, with plenty of coffee notes present. I particularly enjoyed the depth of the mouthfeel. Much richer than other winter beers I've enjoyed. The only other drawback to this beer was the presence of those pesky yeast floaties swirling at the bottom of the glass. A good introduction to Norwegian beer.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled May 2007
Pours with an ample, initially three-finger thick, creamy, lace inducing, brownish tan colored head that sits atop a deeply, blackened, amber colored brew that shows a brilliantly clear, rich, sparkling ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite fruity, with notes of raisins and figs being quite noticeable. A hint of spicy alcohol is just perceptible in the finish. Touches of toasted malt, browned-rustic bread and a hint of coffee like roast aromatics round out some more of the malt notes.

The taste is somewhat sweet, but a spicy, roast grain bitterness dries things out in the finish. The sweetness brings out a certain fruitiness, though it is not as prominent as it was in the nose; I get flavors of sweet plums and raisin. The roast grain character is actually quite a bit more noticeable than it was in the aroma; a burnt bitterness as well as a certain roast-derived acidity are quite noticeable and it mixes with a blackened barley flavor. It is interesting how the roasted malt notes really dry out the finish. At times the body and palate do not seem to have enough heft to stand up to the harsh burnt notes & hints of hot alcohol, but at other times they are in balance.

This is a pretty tasty brew, at times it can seem a bit out of balance, but it is still an enjoyable tipple.

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Photo of smcolw
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.

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Photo of samie85
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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 CuriousMonk
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter glass. Pours dark brown with off-white tan head that leaves beautiful lacing throughout; probably the best quality of this beer IMO. Rich, complex taste of caramel. This is a strong, dark and rather sweet Christmas Beer that was somewhat disappointing to me regardless of it’s high rating.

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Photo of Jredner
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50 cl bottle. Perfumey alcohol and spice dominate the aroma. It’s somewhat harsh really like a faint whiff of acetone. The body is a deep brown and holds fairly lasting thumb thick tan head. Sweetened pumpernickel, spice and lightly roasty with a soft mouthfeel and a very mild spice/alcohol heat. Never really delivers anything to make you say, "Well that's nice." But, despite that it is a decent enough brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with full, foamy, cream-colored head and when held aloft to the light -- chunky bits everywhere! This beer is obviously a creature of the night, so please keep it far away from sunshine and harsh, bright lighting.

Smell: Dark malt aroma with notes of dark chocolate, licorice shavings, and a mild roastiness.

Taste: Dark malt flavors of dark chocolate with some roast. Twinge of tart fruits. Sip of cool mint water. Herbal hops. An earthy, roasty bitterness builds as you drink, obscuring the sweeter malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid winter release from Nøgne Ø.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger thick brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is roasted chocolate, some sweetness but a baker's chocolate finish. The high ABV is hidden. This porter is on steroids. $7.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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 jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ultra dark copper/amber, looks brown obviously but lots of colorful highlights. billowing off white head that slowly fades away. Dried cocoa, vanilla, little bit of paint thinner, herbal noble hop.

Lots of sweet chocolate up front. Minty oddly, herbal. Nice crisp clean mouthfeel. Good balance. Touches of dark fruit beneath it all. Lots of different flavors going on with a very strange minty alcohol heat like presence. Full bodied lots of complex flavors and hidden layers but some off flavors though too. Letting the beer warm and air out, it comes together a bit more. Flavors are strange but work together a bit. Kind of like a malty mint chocolate herbal cookie. Pretty nice. The boosted alcohol is probably what gives this english porter its unique flavor profile.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beers from this brewer have just become available in the Raleigh/Durham area. Their labels are certainly unique; I tried the imperial stout based on that alone! Winter ales always intrigue me. I was a little disappointed to discover this is really a porter, but my feelings changed upon the first full taste. I hope this brewer does eventually produce a true winter ale; I'd seek it out.

My surprise was evident when pouring this beer into my pint glass. The pitch black hue and slightly thicker than normal texture made me think of porter or stout. A very thick tan head formed and hung around for quite some time. The nose is of dark espresso, with bittersweet chocolate overtones and some warming alcohol and hops.

I found it interesting that the texture is thinner than I imagined it would be. It's reminiscent of a German beer with its lean mouthfeel. The flavor is of light hops and dark malts, with overtones of coffee, chocolate, and a light sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on. It's a very nice beer with a light porter profile. I can't wait to try some other offerings from this Norwegian brewer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown...little head

S-Chocolate covered cherries...also some coffee bean notes

T-Dark chocolate is the predominant flavor but it is complemented by some dark berries, coffee beans, and some mild vanilla beans.

M-Medium bodied, perhaps a little thin...a bit of a creamy texture...

D-This is decent. Definitely a treat from one of the true great beer brewing nations of the world. After drinking this I have now moved Norway to #1 on my list followed by Belgium and then Germany...This is the best Norweigan beer I've had since Nordick Wolf Light back in the 1980's...ahh check that I think that was from Sweden....anyhow I have definitely popped a little Norweigan wood after drinking this....In all seriousness this isn't bad at all but not an all-time great either..

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle, no date. Pours hazy brownish black with a huge, overflowing khaki head. Smells of sour fruit, bready/roasted malt, caramel, spice, cocoa, and earthy hops. The taste follows with sour fruit, roasted malt, caramel, spice, and hops. Lots of tartness and medium bitterness. Very high carbonation and average body.

Unfortunately, this must have been the beginnings of a bad bottle. Very disappointing because it was hard to find on the shelf and I love Winter Warmers. Will revisit this again soon.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an expensive beer at 5.99 for 500ml but I figured since the Imperial Stout was so good, why the fuck not? It looks like a porter to me, brown with a cocoa colored head. It also smells like a porter, roasty. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Taste is a little cocoa, oats, everything about this beer screams porter to me. This actually has nothing in common with the winter warmers I have had, I feel fucking deceived. I understand that beer from Norway has to cost more being an import but unfortunately this one is not worth the price unless you like obscure Norwegian porters like some kind of fucking nerd. Like me!

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Photo of danieelol
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from a week or so ago.

Pours black with white head and good lacing.

Smoke hits the nose first. Behind this there's a chocolate and licorice character. Decadent chocolate truffles, some wood and bourbon. Nice malt backbone.

More smoke and campfire in the taste. Lots of soy and chocolate.

Rather thin mouthfeel.

Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, spices, and soy sauce aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke and slight band-aid flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly heavy on soy sauce and smoke aspects in the aromas and flavors.

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