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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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1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
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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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of beckje01
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
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 -23.3%
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 -22.5%
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 -21.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour has a dark black color and leaves the same colored body with a nice ringy lacing clinging very nicely to the pint glass in rings - nice show. The smell is very coca cola-like initially, but as it warms, some light cherry/raisin comes forth. The taste has some sweet malty Coca-Cola like qualities with some roasted malty notes and the cherry/raisin like qualities coming back. It has a smooth Coca-Cola like aftertaste with a long sweet somewhat watery finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium, comes across somewhat sessionable. Carbonation seems a bit smooth for the style and for me, interesting creaminess coats the mouth and tongue. Overall, this is not a bad winter warmer, pretty interesting with that coca cola aroma and flavoring.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of Crosling
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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 -17.2%
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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3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
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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3.44/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
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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