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 AgentMunky
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a cervoise glass. No visible best before date. (19P, 30IBU, 8.5%)

A: Three fingers of head. Not amazing retention, but still pretty damned impressive. Darker brown. The body of the beer is black; opaque. Good lacing.

S: Incredibly fruity. Really nice! Subtle, spicy, Christmas fruitcake. This smell is exceptional. Caramel-sweet, malty base.

T: Oh yum. Lingering caramel and bright fruit are the obvious flavours. The hops are administered heavily, and the ensuing bitterness is both pleasant and balancing, but also almost (but not quite) metallic. The endtaste is tart and (almost) puckery, but the endtaste is malty-dry. Not as excellent as I expected, but still damn good.

M: Not quite thin, but not heavy. Hoppy-dry, malty-rich. I'm a fan.

O: Nøgne Ø is consistently excellent. Highly recommended. Would drink again, if it weren't for the price. Excellently spiced winter ale.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with an inch of light tan head that retains a good while before trickling down to a 1/4 inch head and leaving a full coating of lacing behind.

S- Heavy wafts of clove and anise along with some nutmeg. Maybe some cardamom.

T- The cloves are nearly overpowering before the big malts come around and bring about some equilibrium. Some hops are detected but the spices steal the show with notes of anise, rosemary and even thyme. As one drinks on, there's eventually a warming caused by the high alcohol...but one does not care, for this is tasty. A bit of a metallic taste is sensed upon pouring the rest of the bottle into the glass and taking a sip, but this is easily overlooked.

M- Quite succulent actually. Borderline chewy. Medium-high carbonation.

O- Spectacular across the board.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at TJ's Restaurant and drinkery served chilled and allowed to gradually increase in temp.

The color is as black as coal with no light passing through and thick light tan cap. The bead is fine and retention is good. The smell is very malty with cocoa dominance and slight caramel essence with a light alcohol impression. The feel is mostly sweet with good body if perhaps on the thin side for the style. There is a lot of roast but it stays in balance with mild alcohol.

The tast has some bitter roasted grain with subtle creaminess from the caramel which brings some sweetness and there is a chocolate character which is more dark chocolate in flavor with very mild bitterness. The finish is mostly dry with a slight alcohol presence. Overall this is a big porter which is very drinkable and may just be a little dry for the style but has plenty of malt flavor. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a roasty strong porter.

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

Bottle Poured into over sized wine glass around 50 F, and warmed while drinking.

A - Very dark with a nice head that stayed for a while but eventually went to some very nice lacing. At first glance the colour of the beer was black, but on further inspection in decent lighting, one could see very dark red/mahogany colour shining through. It is very beautiful.

S - Very nice aromas of roast and chocolate malts, with a slight alcohol smell. There might be a spice/floral notes in there from the American Big-C hops, but they are hidden beneath the maltyness.

T - Roasted and Caramel malt flavors at the forefront, some malty sweetness. The hops are very much in the background, and it is not that bitter. It is extremely well-balanced, lightly carbonated, with a nice bitter/chocolate aftertaste. The mouth-feel is lighter than I expected for such a high ABV beer that is this dark, but this is a pleasant surprise. It goes down really smooth without much hint of the alcohol.

O - A fantastic beer, very drinkable, and fantastic for the Holidays. This is my first beer from Nøgne ø, and will without doubt keep me coming back in the future for more beers from the uncompromising brewery.

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Photo of garuda
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, with a tan head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Nice robust earthy roast character, with some smokiness and mild leafy, grassy hoppiness. Some dark chocolate peeks through in the finish with more of the coffee roast.

M - Full body, low carbonation, thick, chewy. Just like a big porter should be.

O - Splendid. I wouldn't hesitate getting this again.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first beer from norway! looks absolutely gorgeos, raisin brown color with a thick and creamy off-white head that laces like crazy. smells malty and festive, tobacco and dried cherries on the nose as well. not fruit in the taste, just a very well balanced richness followed by a fine alcohol finish. not sweet in the slightest, but way beyond what i would call an english porter. this is an extremely complex, robust, and memorable beer. i will absolutely buy this again, really sensational

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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 mynie
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, organic licorice dark and deeply effervescent.

Smells really nice, a big blend of sweet and savory spices that balances itself out very well, so it's never cloyingly candyish or too much like old timey patent medicine. Stout malts are backed up by molasses, ginger, orange zest, cinnamon, and a solid dose of American hops.

Tastes like it smells. Lightly bitter barley up front, bittersweet fruit and spices near the middle, and then a combination of spices and medium strength hops near the end. The relatively high strength is belied by the wonderful balance of the beer.

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Photo of NilsFrisk
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
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 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 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 dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly opaque dark brown colour with a creamy, small, tan head.

Roasty, chocolatey aroma with plenty of fruitiness and earth character. Nice alcohol note with a touch of caramel.

Rich, sweet malt with plenty of chocolate and roast. Mild coffee. The alcohol adds depth. Much better than the barrel aged version.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A delicious Porter. The combination of chocolate, coffee and alcohol is well balanced along with the caramel and fruit notes. Truly great.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a beautiful ebony with dark chestnut brown tones. A finger and a half of tan head crowns this lovely vixen of a brew. Great head retention with sticky lacing to boot!

S- God Jul gracefully glides past the typical roastiness of simple chocolate and coffee you come to see in every stout/porter bringing depth and complexity. Starts off with a base roasted malt with notes of French press coffee and dark chocolate. Burnt caramel, over ripe cherries and currant notes sing in the middle. Finishes with a hint liquor like alchohol and herbal minty hops.

T- bready slightly chaulky malt with a superb roastiness comes through initially. Aggressive caramel characteristics flush out in the middle with fruity notes of dates, black cherry and fig. A light touch of spicy herbal hops balances things out nicely with some warming alchohol tones on the finish. Coffee bean and caramel linger on the palate for what seems an eternity.

MF- rich smooth velvety mouthfeel with a medium body. Creamy carbonation.

D- high drinkability.

Overall a wonderfully crafted brew.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very dark, murky brown color with a 1 finger head of light brown head. Slow fading, decent lacing.

S - Has an herbal aroma. Cinnamon, nutmeg like aroma. Kinda smells like egg nog.

T/M - Great matching of smell to flavor on this one. I get the herbal, cinnamon on the front, with a dry roasty malt finish. Perfect carbonation, medium semi-syrupy mouthfeel.

O - This is a great winter beer, perfectly suited for a nice slice of apple pie ala mode. It kinda smells like the holidays if that makes sense.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out with a nice looking richness to it. The color is black and has some highlights of red and brown in the light. The head fades but leaves a light brown colored film over the top of the beer. The smell of the beer is roasted, with some slight spice and herbal notes. The taste of the beer is chocolaty with some minor warming flavors in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little thicker than most English Porters but that seems to be common with Nøgne Ø. Overall this brew was good, I would probably drink it again in the winter.

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Photo of nickd717
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review dated 1/9/2009, from 500ml bottle.

Excellent, complex winter ale. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a medium tan head. Aroma is porter-like roastiness plus some hops. Flavor is really complex: molasses, roasted malts, coffee, licorice, spices, floral hops, and some alcohol. The only flaw in my opinion was that it seemed a little boozy at times. Smooth palate. One of the best examples of its style that I’ve had this year.

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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 jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle, no date. label is the "Winter Ale" version

appears very dark brown, almost black, with thin off-white colored head. aroma is very savory. almost smells of a beef roast with italian herbs. very similar to the aroma of #100.

tastes of rich sweet malt with some chocolate flavors but also some spice. smooth thick body, lower carbonation.

overall, a great winter beer or one to age until the middle of summer

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Photo of doucmehu
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle poured half at a time into a 25oz Waterford snifter on a cold, rainy WI evening. Time to enjoy the last "Winter" beer I have been saving.

A: Pours cloudy deep smoky brown, with a hint of red on swirl. Fairly thin and quickly dissipating tan head. There is definite visible sediment, though it is so dark it reminds me of coffee grounds. Great glass retention on swirl.

S: Heavy on the malts, not overly sweet but with a hint of brown sugar and smoked wood. Develops as it warms, moving more toward the smoky and a bit of cocoa.

T: I found this beer to be quite complex, and changed quite a bit as it warms. I poured it fairly cold (~40f) and sipped for quite a while. At first, i got a lot more spice and sweet malt, with cinnamon and nutmeg present along with dark chocolate. It only got better, moving more towards smoked malts and less sugar, with a definite earthly smoked malt aftertaste. Closer to the end I really picked up the subtle piney hops on the back end.

M: Rich and creamy until it neared room temp, where it got progressively more bitter, similar to dark chocolate. The hop presence only came out as it got warmer, but by the end it was definitely noticeable.

O: This is in my top 10 all time, I highly recommend it. As a fan of RIS and good rich porters, I absolutely loved this beer. I am not sure I would call this a porter without being told so, its a pretty good cross of an RIS and a strong English Porter.

EDIT 1/29/12: Had another bottle of 2010, and it was absolutely fantastic! Just a ton of roasty chocolate malts in the nose and rich chocolate flavor.

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

Serving type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan brown, slight head at end of pour. Decent lacing.

Smell - Dark malts, lager, yeast, spices, coffee, smoked nut. Molasses. Sweet chocolate, some hops and slight alcohol leaks through.

Taste - First drink was really bold and smooth. Plenty of malts and smoke flavor. Coffe and choclate taste is present but not overpowering. Hops are mixed in there with the lager yeast taste. Alot of flavor, yet simple and balanced. Wow

Mouthfeel - Very dark and bold but not bitter at all. Thick so mouth is coated with mentioned flavors, yet left very refreshed and ready for more.

Overall - Fantastic. Easy to drink, too easy, no way i would have guessed this at 8.5%. Very flavorful and smooth, fun to drink. I am amazed by this brewery so far, everything ive had so far has been world class, and this is right up there.

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Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's yearly Belgian Christmas on 12/15.

A - Deep brown almost black pour with a nice one finger head that clings to the sides nicely.

S - Smells like well, a smokey porter. Nice roasty malts and some chocolate and even some toffee notes.

T - Again, this is a solid smokey porter. Touch of vanilla and some light sweet notes with just a touch of hops as well.

M - Light carbonation with a very nice fresh porter type feel to it.

D - This is a pretty dangerous porter. It goes down just far too easy for a 8.5 %.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An English Porter? I guess so. This is a great beer aside from the fact that it was like a fountain pouring all over my floor when I opened it.

A - a deep brown with tannish head that leaves bits of lace, retains well
S - caramel, a bit of roastiness
T - caramel and chocolate mostly, not very complex but definitely enjoyable, only hints of alcohol with flavor not unlike whiskey
M - on the heavy side of medium bodied but also well-carbonated, a very nice combo
D - very drinkable, the 8.5 is barely there

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights when held up to the light that had a half finger of frothy head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I was able to detect caramel, toffee, and chocolate notes upfront on the nose with some sweetness I believe are from the malts and faint roasty character.

T: the roasty character was more apparent on the palate but got some hop bite mid palate with chocolate toffee accents and a touch of caramel.

M: the brew was medium in body with a nice amount of carbonation which had a roasty, mild hoppy, sweet, and creamy finish.

D: actually had a good balance overall and was a pretty tasty beer that drank good. I ve always enjoyed these brews from norway.

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