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 beerwolf77
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +7.8%
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 +5.6%
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 +5.1%
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 +3.9%
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 +13.7%
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 +0.2%
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 +1.5%
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 +11.7%
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 +5.6%
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 -2.2%
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 +13.7%
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 +2.7%
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 -0.2%
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%
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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Photo of dolemite77
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost opaque, with a sliver of reddish/brown at the top of the glass, and a frothy tan head. This definitely tastes like a winter warmer, but with the dark malts balancing out the typical "brown ale" type winter warmer aspect. Aroma is very hoppy, with the american hops being prevalent. Flavor is more fruity, with dried fruit being the major flavor you get... candied apples, plums, raisins... they are all here... hops are noticeable, but not as much as the aroma would indicate... moutfeel is chewy and thick... this does seem to blend a few styles together, and the label of english porter might not be the most accurate to me... more of a holiday stout in my opinion... the local liquor store just got this in from a new distributor, and I think I'm going to have more than a few of these over the next couple of months.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark brown color with over two fingers of billowing head. The head dissipates somewhat fast but is leaving some great looking lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - I can immediately smell the molasses, malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and a hint of licorice. Wow, this is one potent smelling beer.

Taste - Malts, chocolate, licorice on the forefront. I can taste the sweeter molasses during the middle and it ends with hint of bitterness reminiscent of coffee. [edit] The more this warms up the more I get that chocolate covered cherry taste (like the ones you have at Christmas) - which lends itself to just a hint of "fake" taste but overall nothing like say SA Cherry Wheat fakeness.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I would have expected - medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a nice amount of carbonation that prickles the tongue.

Drinkability - This is my first Nøgne Ø beer and it is rather enjoyable. It is finally a cooler night here in Southern California which is why I decided to open this up. I can taste a bit of the alcohol as it warms me on the way down. Not in an unpleasant sense, however. One bottle of this and I would be done. Wish it had a bit more spiciness to it.

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

Appearance: Nøgne Ø God Jul Anno 2007 pours a pitch dark, and obviously opaque, brown with a sepia-coloured crown of striking thickness eventually leaving plenty of lacing.

Smell: Tar, a lot of fucking tar to be precise, counterbalanced by ginger as a prominent freshness. Simple yet astonishingly impressive.

Taste: Wow! Obviously resounding of tar, thanks to the smoked malt we also get some liquorice. However this time around ginger makes a much more humble occurrence. This beer is extremely bold in its flavour, almost bordering at a whiskey-feel.

Mouthfeel: Medium full, as presumed low in carbonation, rather smooth but punishingly coarse in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: As anachronistic as it may seem, I tried this Yule-brew on Midsummer's Eve but Lord (Chtulhu ) oh Lord was it ever so delightful. Additionally, this particular beer goes great with chervil, tarragon and juniper-graved reindeer fillet -- enjoy!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gem that was pulled up and out of the cellar. I am not sure why I decided to go with this one last night, but seemed as good a choice as any. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/14/2009.
Wonderful pour here again with a dark brown liquid that was only barely translucent. Huge head of tan foam on the top that settled down only briefly to coat the sides of the glass with a thick, spider like web of lace. Dark roasted malts are all over the aroma. Notes of molasses, cocoa, hints of brown sugar and light touches of everything from licorice to dark fruits. As it warmed it got a touch one sided as some elements of peat started to break the surface. But taken the first sip all was forgotten. Just huge rich notes of chocolate malts and a touch of licorice just come across the tongue in waves of flavor. Rich and very sweet, hints of molasses and roasted coffee now come across the tongue. Very well put together I have to admit, just a wonderful mixture of flavors. Little light on the palate but still serves its purpose well. For over 8 percent I have to admit I was quite pleased overall.
Solid here and other fine offering from them and one I would love to try again. They seem to really be quite solid in all they do and this one is no exception.

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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 allengarvin
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon opening this up, it quickly gushed over the top. Had to run to the bathroom to get it over the sink, and it dribbled on the table and floor. Very annoying.

It pours a dark black color with a good half-inch of tan foam atop it. The aroma has a pleasant toasty blackpatent smell, as well as some very pleasant hops--not your average English style porter. The flavor offers a more roasted edge, with plenty of caramel backing, and offering American levels of bitterness (well, think craft porter 20 years ago, not the overhopped ones that have come out lately).

The body is quite carbonated (see prefatory remarks), but not as heavy as one would expect from the strength.

Very solid beer. They just need to get that carbonation under control, or make some adjustments in other ways to keep the gush away.

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Photo of champ103
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This is a slow gusher. Though manageable to pour. Very dark brown with some ruby highlights. A tan head rises to a little over two fingers. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Lots of dark toasted malt. Chocolate, vanilla, and light coffee flavors. Warm toffee and chocolate covered brownies.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of dark roasted and toasted malt. Chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. The alcohol overpowers the flavor a little bit though.
M/D: A medium body, but a bit over carbonated for my tastes. There is lots of prickly heat from the alcohol which makes this a little harder to drink than I would like.

This is a really good porter. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz brown pop top with attractive label with a nice little ditty about the beer and the brewery

Appearance: Murky dark dark brown beer with garnet highlights and a big sand-colored head with great retention...a few small-medium sized chunks of yeast in suspension

Smell: Big aromas of dark fruit, earthy yeast, and bittersweet chocolate...the aromas are delicious, and pretty typical of a robust English-style porter

Taste: Dark fruit and dark roasted grains up front; the flavors are nicely balanced between an almost sweet dark fruitiness (blackberry or cassis?) and bitter roasted grain. Big burnt grains on the finish, hint of coffee, you definitely pick up on the black malt here. Ends a bit husky, like fresh-milled grain. Alcohol is readily perceived in both taste and mouthfeel, though it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and rich

Drinkability: Not one you'd knock off several of in a sitting but pretty good for the weight/abv

Conclusion: This is a tasty winter brew; it's big, roasty, warming, and PACKED with flavor...very "English" in style, but it's from Norway which is kind of cool...not a home run, but definitely worth seeking out

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Photo of cvfish
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a very dark brown color that produced a moderately sized fluffy tan head which had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and smoke

T - The taste of this beer had a great caramel and chocolate mixture that was welcoming, the dark fruits came though rather artifically, like cherry runts, but the smokeness at the end masked it pretty quickly

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a creamy, medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - As a beer, this one gets good marks except for the artifical taste I got which was minor, but as a "winter" beer, I don't get anything that would classify this apart from other porters

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Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black, with a huge light amber and creamy head, with good retention and raindrop lacing all over the place. Looks like it's going to be a good one.

Smell: Interesting initial mix of tobacco and roasted malt and cocoa. Raw sugar cookie dough and butter just-cooking. A bit of wet dog. A bit of funk. Some caramel. Swirl it around vigorously and both sponge and chocolate covered cherries come through. What a wild aroma overall. I dig it.

Taste: Dark roasted malts, subtly, on the tongue initially, with some chocolate covered cherry taste, and almost some gusher (the candy) too-rich high fructose corn syrup cherry taste also, which is an interesting mix. A hint of cough syrup too. A bit of mild coffee and acrid citrus bitterness at the end. A long finish, maybe a bit too bitter, but exhibiting many different qualities. There's a lot to discover, to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy and pleasant all the way through, with tickly carbonation, no residual sugar cloying nature, and it seems fairly medium-bodied overall.

Drinkability: This is expensive stuff, as all the Nøgne Ø beers are, but it was certainly worth a bottle. Very different from all the others of the style I've had, which makes it quite an experience. I'm looking forward to trying more, along with the #100 and Imperial Stout I still have also.

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God Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
4.09 out of 5 based on 334 ratings.
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