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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 glid02
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a two-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light caramel malts with hints of black malt and unsweetened chocolate. As the beer warms leafy and slightly spicy hop aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more robust. Dark caramel malt flavors with mild amounts of black malt kick things off and are joined midway through the sip by good amounts of cocoa powder. Before the ending mild amounts of citrus and leafy hop flavors enter into things then carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer if a bit understated. Worth a shot.

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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black, yep, can't see through this puppy. Real foamy tan head stays and stays. Thick, clingy lace.

Has a very roasted malt aroma. Some coffee and burnt sugars.

Roasted malt taste. Like the aroma you pick up slight coffee and cocoa. Burnt quality to it. Alcohol is very noticeable.

Full and smooth in the mouth. Creamy with low carbonation and an alcohol bite.

Nice brew. Much enjoyed.

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Photo of bilyboy65
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pouring my first glass almost caused the head to overflow it. After reading Jason's review I can say his warning is warranted.

Except for the brown head and the brown chunks of yeast floating in the glass this beer is pitch black. I'm guessing a million candle watt light to shine through this sucker. Nothing really marking the path on the glass however. This beer is very complex and as it warms to room temperature the more that becomes apparent. Starts off with the simple porter characteristics...malty, yeasty and somewhat bitter. Then as it warms it seems to develop a nice chocolate, caramel and slight hoppy scent to it. The taste follows the same path and it's awesome to drink in it's transformation. Very smooth heavy bodied beer, with surprisingly only a slight oily trail. This is easily one of my favorites and this is the first time I've ever had this beer.

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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 four20man
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass. Rich, creamy head flows up the glass immediately leaving a cloudy, deep amber-brown, but thin body underneath.

Not much aroma. A faint dark toasty scent that smells a bit chocolaty to me (I have a slight cold).

The chocolate notion is reinforced by the taste (Choc malt). Sweet, carmely, malty flavor that lingers on the back of your tongue. Delicious beer for a after dinner, or with soft, creamy cheeses and nuts or just for a night cap.

Little to no lacing on the glass, yet the head stays consistently creamy throughout. A decent amount of sediment is built up on the bottom of the bottle can be poured for a nuttier flavor at the end.

Would buy again next winter. Good Job Norway!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's nothing like a warming ale on a cold evening. 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

One word to describe the appearance: rich. Thick, whipped, luscious head on top a body of pitch black, which resists the shine of a light. It's too bad the aroma isn't the same as the sight though. Some mild dark malt tones. It hints chocolate fudge. Very low on nose power. As it warms, some cocoa intensifies, resulting in one more notch of the aroam score.

Mellow and balanced. There is some semi-sweet chocolate in the begining. The chocolate becomes drier and less sweet. Some hops are present, which provide a tocuh of piney flavor. Smokey as well, almost like the aroma of bacon. In the start of it all, I was getting a few plastic notes, but that has dissaperaed. If it weren;t for that, this beer would probably score even higher. The strength is hidden incredibly well. There's no sign of booze, and it's never "heavy" on the palate. Extremely smooth. I find it incredible how this bottle is nearly gone, yet it is 8.5% ABV.

In short, Nøgne Ø Winter Ale is great. This beer is just another reason why Nøgne Ø is my favorite of the "new school" European brewers that I've tasted.

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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 Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for bringing this one to me from Lafayette.

Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate. You also get some alcohol. Flavor is a lot of smoky dark fruit as well as some roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and high drinkability.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep, opaque, coffee-like sable with a frothy beige head. Aroma is malty with an overtone of molasses and hints of smoke and spice. Rich flavor has tones of molasses, unsweetened chocolate and coffee with just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is thick and heavy, smooth and fizzy, leaving a finish like smoky molasses. Happy Holidays!

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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 JohnnyP3
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch number 456, brewed on 30 Sep 09. Purchased from either the Sola or Kvadrat Vinmonopolet (Norwegian state-run liquor store). Poured from a 0.5L bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, basically a fudge brown with an extremely creamy, large tan head. Laces along the sides of the glass very well and the head never completely disappears.

S: Chocolate and cocoa galore. Makes me think I'm about to bite into a chocolate bar instead of drink a beer.

T: The chocolate beer fan will definitely enjoy this one. Dark chocolate and cocoa flavors enveloped me and gradually eased into a dark berry fruit finish...perhaps blackberries? A remarkable transition and combination. The flavors linger in the mouth and remind me of ripe berries dipped in chocolate. Also caramel and a dark chocolate bitterness from the hops.

M: I could really chew on this one and appreciate the transition of tastes. Very smooth and silky. Good carbonation...what's not to like?

D: Simply put, was a pleasure to consume slowly and deliberately, contemplating the character of the beer. It is 8.5%ABV and a substantial beer, so you're probably not going to use this as a session beer, but for the winter holidays, this is perfect. Great for desert, with cheeses, or a hearty Christmas meal.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown in appearance with a slight frothy lace (ie. that lace that sits on top of hot chocolate) that tends to stay for the life of the beer.

Smell: My god the smell on this one is fantastic. Deep notes of chocolate and caramel hits you right in the face. As soon as the bottle was opened and began to pour it, the smell was overwhelming! Very nice.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Complex in taste. Much like the smell indicated, that dark chocolate chalky taste is very prominent, along with a syrupy caramel flavor. This one will warm up your insides. It's full and robust during the life of the beer and slightly sweet (ie. raisin flavor) at the end.

Drinkability: On any cold night, cozy up to this winter ale and it will not disappoint. Wouldn't recommend drinking multiples, but who am i to tell you what to do...i can foresee the 8.50% ABV creeping up on ya. Definitely a good Norwegian offering

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

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a wide-mouthed generic tulip.

Red-tinged dark chocolate brown with faint auburn highlights; otherwise opaque. A finger of beady beige cream recedes slowly leaving a strange series of craters on the surface. There is a pleasant gradient of lacing and thin sticky legs.

Cedar, well water, roast malt, prunes, black bread, coriander and caraway aromatics. Served a little too chilled for the style, so I could be missing some nuances here.

Molasses, brown bread, peper, prunes, charcoal, and waves of malt form the flavor profile. This brings to mind a Baltic porter more than an English one in many ways, although the waves of varying roast level and use of ale yeast rather than lager yeast do clearly distinguish this beer as the latter. Hints of caramel, but still pretty dry in the finish. Well done, and very refreshing (once again, that Grimstad water!).

Medium bodied, well carbonated, with moderate (and quite pleasing) astringency.

The potency of a Baltic porter with the refinement of an English - this is a very well balanced and unique take on the style. Worth seeking out.

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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 zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, brown colored head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malts and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, chocolate and some spicy hops. Nice bitter kick with a warm alcohol heat.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth, dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a very good English-style porter. It works really well as a winter brew.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from bosse in a recent trade.

Batch Nr: 281
Brygget(brewed): 020806
Best fore: 020810

A: Practically black with brown accents when held to the light, khaki colored head that quickly receded to an island of bubbles in the middle. No lacing to speak of. Nice looking beer.

S: Chocolate, molasses, coffee, and a slightly smoky smell. Smells malty and rich. Slightly boozey and just a hint of bitterness. Quite interesting.

T: A lot stronger on the chocolate flavor, milk chocolate, some notes of vanilla, coffee and roasted flavors come in behind the chocolate and vanilla. Almost no detectable hop presence. Very sweet. I think the aging has really made the sweetness in this beer come out. Very flavorful though.

M: Thick and rich, for a strong porter, I really enjoy this. Warm alcohol, and light carbonation. Very nice here.

D: Easy to drink, this is an excellent winter beer, and makes for a great beer on a cold night. Highly recommended.

Thanks Bo!

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Photo of farrago
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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Photo of billyshears
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Coffee colored 2 finger foam, sticky lacing. Very dark. Looks like a RIS.

S - Dark fruits, a bit of coffee, dark malt, some sort of cocoa smell I cant put my finger on; hint of alcohol

T- A lot going on in this porter. Dark fruits, roasted malts, coffee/espresso, noticeable hop spice. As it starts to warm up a pronounced licorice taste emerges

M- tingly and creamy.

First time I've had a Nøgne Ø brew and I'm pretty impressed. Hope I get a chance to try their other stuff.

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Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamed a bit, then poured an opaque brown/black with khaki two-finger head, fine lacing. Smell: caramel, cocoa, wood smoke, roasted. Taste: roasted, milky sweetness, thin coffee, unsweet chocolate, a little C hop profile that blends with the roasted flavors. Sweet. Feel: prickly carbonation then creamy but thins out quickly. Alcohol is completely hidden but caught up by the end of the 500ml. Enjoyable, but way overpriced in its bomber shaped but not bomber sized bottle.

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

Pours a near black color with a dense khaki colored head that dissipated into a solid cap. The aroma is of roasted malt, mocha, wet wood, and caramel. Nice porter aromas. Nice roasted malt, caramel, coffee and chocolate flavors. Some burnt wood and coffee. This is a solid ass porter. Great flavor though a touch thick. The feel is very chewy and stout like, prickly carbonation, sweet caramel and roasted malt flavors provide a solid balance. Very flavorful brew. Great porter flavors. It is a bit thick for my liking. I prefer my porters thinner to distinguish itself from a stout. This is great, wish I had a 6'er of them.

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Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a dark mahogany body with an impressive three finger cocoa shaded head. Excellent retention and attractive sheet lacing.

Aroma is bold. Dark fruits(figs and dates), anise, dark chocolate, booze, and roasted coffee beans.

Nice mouthfeel is almost full bodied, thick and coating, with low medium carbonation.

Taste is complex. Chocolate, dark fruits, roasted coffee, anise, and an earthy hop bitterness, all play off each other. The malts contribute some nuttiness midway through. Alcohol is well concealed. Well balanced, all things considered.

An excellent strong porter for the colder weather seasons.

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Photo of deapokid
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impenetrable and deep black in color. Head is a brown, creamy tuft. Carbonation seems to be limited. Looks creamy and delicious.

Smell is sweet and candied. Think licorice, berries, coffee and caramel. Nutmeg and holiday spicing also peak out with the alcohol at the tail end. Smells like a holiday dessert.

This is more of a sweet porter than a smoky roasted one. Definitely boasts a cold weather vibe. Getting anise, an eggyness, raisins, dried fruits, nutmeg and espresso. Reminds me of an imperial stout, due to its thin body and strong flavors. Immediately feeling warm just after a few sips. Conclusion is dry, leaving hints of flavor on the back of the tongue. A real treat!

Not a subtle ale, depending mostly on its boozy and flavorful conclusion to fire up the taste buds. This isn't a bad thing whatsoever and the liquid has the tingles and dry patches that make a strong winter beer so appealing.

Honestly, I could see myself wanting two or three of these, but at its ABV and with its bevy of well-pronounced flavors, I think one pint is enough.

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Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 334 ratings
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