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 opwog
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now listening to: Beach Boys - I Just wasn't Made For These Times

A- dark, dark brown with off white/light tan haead. About two finger head comes down to a consistant ring without any lacing.
S- lots of dark fruit, especially half way through drining it, enhanced with holiday spices.
T- just like aroma only maybe some chocolate
M- good carbonation, despite the head. good maltiness
D- F'n aye, man! Serve me another! Happy Holidays!

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Photo of Bung
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly dark brown pour with tan head. Lacing from the tan head throughout the beer. Moderate smell of spiciness, more mocha, toffee, hazelnut coffee. Tastes of the same. Clean lingering finish. REALLY smoothes out and the flavors REALLY come out as it warms. Worth trying.

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

"Winter Ale" bottle. Deep brown, nearly opaque pour with a frothy, cascading tan head. Molasses hits you right in the nose. Some roasted malt, earthy spice, and instant cocoa as well. Smooth taste of molasses, but blended nicely with the caramel and chocolate malt. The hops give it a porter-like balance, as well as a spiced quality. This is exactly what I want out of a winter warmer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the man known simply as SeaBass in our circle.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with some ruby highlights showing thru. The head is medium in sized and off-white in color. Little retention and no lace.

S: The aroma is loaded with caramel malts and dark fruits. There are light notes of pine and xmas spice as well.

T: Very much like the aroma but the dark fruits really come to the forefront. Tons of raisin and fig are the first thing you notice. A caramel sweetness is there along with a bit of chocolate. A touch of spice can be picked up as well.

M: Medium in body rather smooth and creamy.

D: Not bad, a very solid winter seasonal.

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

Clear very dark brown colored beer with a good light brown head.

Smell is sweet with a coffee aroma and a ginger bread scent. Licorice and sandal wood aromas. Little bit of grape and smoke.

The taste starts out semi sweet and smoky, charred malt aftertaste. Quickly develops a wine sour snap. Some chocolate flavor but this is really slightly sour on the tongue and not sweet. Mellows out as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

It is an OK beer but not quite what I had expected. Dry and a little sour with a quite strong smoky flavor, not sweet and spiced though.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a huge light tan head that possesses excellent retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass as well.

S- The aroma is absolutely fantastic! The aroma is dark and slightly roasty with dark fruits, coffee, cocoa. The aroma is also surprisingly sweet as well.

T- The taste much like the aroma is sweet and roasty with some coffee and cocoa flavors along with a quick roasted bitterness in the finish. Very solid.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Not a bad brew. It is a little on the sweet side, a little more bitterness would help balance things out a tad. Overall though, this is a solid beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle, listed as Nogne Winter Ale,

A: Pours a very dark red, looks black if not in the light. Creamy off-white head has good retention, lacing is spotty.

S: Strongly aromatic, with notes of coffee, star anise, licorice, and fig.

T: Sweet off the bat, a mix of treacle and espresso. Spicy notes - light nutmeg and cinnamon even though this is not a spiced beer. Roasted undercurrent throughout.

M: Soft mouthfeel, I thought there was a tad too much carbonation bite, but overall a solid feel. Medium/full bodied, with a high gravity thickness, sweet and lightly acidic finish.

D: A fabulous winter beer from Nogne. This shows they can do spiced and non-spiced winter warmers right, though I do wish they had kept the original Norse name on the bottle.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with great carbonation and nice brown had. Nose was faint with cocoa, caramel. Taste was thinner bodied than I expected, while good with cocoa, caramel, toffee and a good spiciness on the end, perhaps some cinnamon, nutmeg. Mouthfeel was nice with that cocoa and caramel mixed with the slight zing at the end. A smoke blast on the end was nice too. Very drinkable and darn tasty.

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Photo of froghop
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet foamy black with a medium size foamy khaki head, some lacing too.

smell is of dark fruit, cocoa, spice, and a whiff of caramel.

taste is smooth, chocolate, some spice, coffee, some caramel, a little licorice, sweetness is hiding in the back.

overall very stoutish

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Photo of timtim
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

georgeous looking dark beer with a khaki head that hangs in there and leaves a good deal of lace. i get something different every time when i go in for the nose. cocoa, chocolate, roast coffee, and some smoky, charred scent that is very nice to my senses. taste has a few surprising nuances that i didn't get from the nose too much, particularily the nice hop characrter and the caramellyness. proper porter mouthfeel, if not a tad on the thick side, but i think it's just about rght. 8.5 with just a touch of boozy dryness, so 1 is all i can fathom right now, but this is a very exciting brewery that has yet to really let me down.

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

A: Initial head is small, but is beautiful and thick with tiny mocha bubbles. Between black and a deep burnt sugar brown.

S: Brown sugar, prunes, dark fruits, toffee, croissants. Unusually sweet nose.

T: Big porter, bigger than some baltic porters. Rich and smooth toffee and chocolate. Nice alcohol mixes with prunes and finishes off with a delectable roasted coffeeness.

M: Velvety, juicy, smooth carbonation. Very good.

D: Great porter. Sweet in a good way with toffee and fruits, good coffee/chocolate presence in the back drop. Not sure what prevents this from being a Baltic Porter even. Great beer that should be year round, the only heartbreaker is the price tag: around nine bucks for a bomber.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice tan head , lacing to the end of the glass. Dark brown in color.

Very faint floral hoppy aroma.

Sweet caramel malts and balanced hoppy character leave this beer nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick. carbonation is good.

Overall an easy drinking porter for 8.5 %.

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

500ml. bottle: This one had the "Winter Ale" name on the label. This beer pours a dark, murky opaque brown color. There was a bit of a dark tan head on mine. It subsides quickly and leaves some lacing. Nice nose to this one. Chocolate, caramel, raisins, hints of coffee and other fruits. What a full rounded flavor. Chocolate and coffee up front, but very well balanced with the caramel malts. Very tasty and easy to drink. You have no idea that this is 8.5%.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, the legendary Nogne brews, what a travesty I cannot get these in Tx.

Light black color with a fat dark tan head that just gets creamier and thicker the more I stare at it. Mad lacing!!

Roasty, toasty malty nose with a grassy hop twinge to it. Hints of strawberries, cantaloupe and yeast.

Yes, it tastes like some funky, fruity yeast. Interesting that is has some Belgian (yeast) and German (caramel) characteristics that work really well. Very bready with hints of pine needles, nuts, bananas and roasty malts.

Exceptionally smooth, this is an excellent ale but not sure how true to either a porter or winter warmer it is...perhaps Euro Strong Ale?! A bit on the pricey side, but well worth trying.

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Photo of Ljunkan
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at Bishops Arms, Karlstad, together with Bananaman. Also tried it last Christmas eve, and I could definitely see a change since then. This was bottled 13 august last year, If I'm not misstaken.

When the bartender opened the bottle it almost exploded. Some beer poured out at the floor. Weird, you think a year would calm down the beer a bit...

The color is darkbrown with a large foam. It remains in the glass until the beer is finished. Nice.

The smell is of some smoke, chocolate, and some christmas-like spices.

The taste is chocolate, fudge, slightly of coffee, smoke, hints of grapefruit and citrus from the american hops.

Mouthfeel is very fullbodied, creamy and thick.

Nøgne Ø is one of my favourite breweries, and this could be their best beer. It tasted good in december, but tasted even better now in august.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a great "christmas present" from Nøgne Ø. Didn't get the chance to drink it this christmas so I had it a few days ago at Bishop's Arms - Karlstad.

Dark brown-almost black color with a big beige head that lasts a long time. Lots of sediment in the bottle.

Smells great of some smoke, chocolate, fudge and some nice spices (maybe imaginary 'cause it's a christmasbeer).

Tastes lots of chocolate, fudge, cascade-ish hops, smoke, coffee and a nice hoppiness, pretty sweet beer. 30 IBU is kind of ideal for this type of beer I think.

A new favourite, I will surely buy a few of this next christmas!

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

500 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a dark ruby-tinged mahogany body capped with a huge soft pillow of mocha-colored foam. The head of the drink is extremely fine-bubbled and retains at a creamy sheet, leaving fluffy bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell is roasty and caramel sweet with a solid vibe of fruity, herbal American "C" hops. A dark chocolatey note arises as the drink warms.

The taste is reminiscent of cafe au lait with bold notes of dark chocolate-covered caramels laced with bitter orange and juicy grapefruit. Though the drink lacks the stereotypical mulled spicy character I expected from a "winter ale", the hops and alcohol present a peppery, herbal surprise that fills any perceived gap in the flavor profile very nicely. A touch of coffee and plenty of fruity hops linger in the finish and the aftertaste.

The drink is wonderfully smooth and medium-fullish in body, with just the right amount of carbonation to make it superbly drinkable.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is big malty, lots of toffee/caramel/chocolate. The taste is malty, slight sweetness, nice notes of toffee/chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from Nogne, highly recommended.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black opaqueness with a thick, creamy cappuccino froth. Thick caramel nose mixes with notes of berries, raisons, and hints of cocoa. Complex malt flavors, caramel, burnt brown sugar, cocoa powder, and licorice. Fruity notes of berries and prunes. Well balanced hops offer up a nice spiciness, bitter, and a bit of pine that ends minty in the finish. Full bodied and a thick mouthfeel thats just shy of chewy and medium carbonation is just perfect. Overall a rich, roasty beer that is a must for the winter.

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Photo of edchicma
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brown pillow head, good lacing. Strong malt notes with some hop undertones. Malt and a hint of oxidation on the taste. Mouthfeel is slightly dry with a decent light bitter finish. Drinkability is good, except for the hint of oxidation. Would be a good pair with something sweet, including chooclate.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A little over one finger of light beige head that lessens to a ring of foam. The color is a dark nut brown with deep ruddy garnt highlights. The aroma is a roasted and toastd nutty malt with a light hint of green mint chocolate. The first sip si a deep roasted chestnut, walnut, all kinds of nut with a lttl dry chocolae middle and a muted cream, hop, and nesquik finish. Very dark roasted palate with a lightly integrated hop profile. This beer feels just outstanding on the tongue. Hard to not want another bottle of this beer if it wasn't 8.5% abv.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - As the beer pours, one finger of medium brown foam forms on top of the black body. The beer is quite opaque, with only a hint of brownish amber showing around the edges when held up to bright light. The head settles slowly and leaves a small amount of lace in its wake.

S - Nutty, brown malt aroma, complimented by notes of banana, raisins, cinnamon and brown sugar. The overall effect is very reminiscent of spiced baked goods.

T - It begins with a thick, rich malty note with hints of brown sugar. This is followed by clove, nutmeg and some dark fruit. In the middle, roasted malt and chocolate come out and slowly fade into the same nutty, banana bread like character from the aroma. The dark chocolate notes return to linger in the finish along with a some minor hop character and a hint of tobacco.

M - Thick, silky body, high carbonation, and a surprisingly dry finish.

D - This is a complex and impressively drinkable winter brew. The high carbonation and dry finish help to prevent the malt and spice character from becoming cloying in the way they tend to in other winter beers. At the same time, it retains the impressive complexity that is characteristic of Nogne O beers and manages to evoke a distinctly wintry atmosphere for the drinker.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago.

Dark color, a shade off of black, with a thick tan head.

Nice roasty smell with a little sweetness. Caramel and raisins. Smells awesome.

Roasty malt flavor too, with coffee and caramel, with an earthy hop presence. A little alcohol too.

Smooth medium- to full body. Very soft in my mouth.

Awesome beer. A nice example of the style and a great cold weather beer.

Tasted on 2/26/08.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

winter ale

A- deep brown with a 1/2" tan head, decent retent, settles to a foam ring that holds well

S- dark chocolate, caramel, dark grain cookie

T- caramel malts, rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, bran cookie, pine, pine/caramel/roasted chocolate aftertaste

M- creamy medium body

D- amazing winter brew, absolutely delicious and complex, highly recommedned

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a few moments after uncapping, a plug of foam starts slowly creeping up the neck in the bottle. It emerges slowly and I figure now is a good time to get this into a glass. With only part of it poured I wisely hold up as three fingers of foam threaten to push over the sides. It peaks right there and slowly works its way back down. There is a smooth layer on top like melted marshmallows in hot cocoa. Bends and swirls of lace are thrown in haphazard fashion around the lip. The beer has a purplish red cast, but needs a strong backlight to show it.

Aroma - roasted malts with a doughy edge. Has a slightly full feel to it, but fades a little too much after set up.

Taste - nice evenly malt flavor, dark and delicious, not burnt or even toasted much. An undertow of light sweetness helps balance the malt with some notable hop flavor on the swallow and following. No hint of the 8.5% abv, nicely hidden. The aftertaste has a little more hop pronouncement, but not overly so. The finish still has plenty of dark grain character, a late showing of dark chocolate. Abv does start to peek through with warming, it's a nice addition for this sub-20 degree February evening.

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated, releasing some of that works for me. Smooth and gliding, though not heavy.

Drinkability - this is a fine fireside sipper, at 8$ it deserves savoring.

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