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

Pours a beautiful thick brown, with a nice frothy light brown head that sticks around.

It has a gloriously rich aroma, with hints of raisin, caramel and possibly molasses. Has a nice balanced mix.

The taste is much the same as the smell, with a nice mix of dark fruits, caramel, and a sort of mocha highlights. The woody hops are present and balances the malt nicely.

Goes down very smoothly for a porter. A very drinkable beer that is very complex and delightful. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking some up.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, .09 fl oz dark, brown bottle copped for about $7.99 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Special thanks to in-house proprieator Dan Ratti for recommending this one...
First beer from this brewery, and off-the-bat I was really impressed by the outstanding dark black, opaque appearance which included a gigantic foamy and frothy five-fingered head that exhibited some serious staying power...
Smell was likewise powerful with strong nuances of dark chocolate, rich espresso, and strong latte...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma with warming essences of roasted malts, cappuccino, alcohol, and rich cocoa...
One of the best depictions of the style that I've encountered for sure, with an ultra-thick and rich creamy mouthfeel and taste which left nothing to be desired and everything to be appreciated...
The bittersweet and richly flavored cocoa and chocolate flavor was bursting through on this one and really made its presence known...
Excellent stuff... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of theformula
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to GeorgiaBeer for the trade!
Beer# 36 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/5.

A: Pours a mahogany (nearly black) body into a tulip glass. A massive khaki head retains really well. Sweet looker.

S: This has a great aroma, very rich & interesting like a good Christmas beer should be. Not so much intense as it is complex. Big caramel malts flex their muscles w/ dark fruits (prune, raisin) and a wood or pine note in there, as well as a semi-acrid tartness. No alcohol is evident. Soft, piney hops.

M: Med. body that's very full and incredibly soft, like velvet.

T: The taste follows the aroma and has a huge flavor profile, rich and fruity. Big, sweet caramel, dark chocolate, black cherry and a woody hop flavor that is nicely bitter and balancing. Alcohol provides some spice.

D: An extremely tasty Christmas beer, one of the best I've had. It has nearly everything: big flavor and complexity, warming yet the alcohol is well-guised. Solid.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours rich, dark and thick. It's hard to make out the more detailed hues since the lighting's not particularly illuminating where I am. Respectable head.

S-Caramel and chocolate w/mocha. Deep toasted malt; light hops.

T-Dry dark chocolate is the most apparent trait, w/mocha tones. I also got a hint of fruit, most likely from the hops, and some tobacco-raisin feel.

M-Medium-light in body with faint carbonation. The overall mouthfeel is good, but a little lighter than I expected. Very smooth.

D-Drinks easy and smooth, very enjoyable.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - Looks black, but it more of a dark brown clor. Crazy fluffy head formed, never seen big bubbles like this. Had a nice tan head that stuck around on the first full glass pour. Little bit of lace stuck, nothing noticeable.

smell - Cofee beans, and chocolate.

taste - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Little bit of bitterness at the end, but I didn't notice it at first.

mouthfeel - Medium-full body.

drinkability - With all the hype on this brand, this was a good find. One of the best English porters I have had. Would buy this again, enjoyed it big time.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with full, foamy, cream-colored head and when held aloft to the light -- chunky bits everywhere! This beer is obviously a creature of the night, so please keep it far away from sunshine and harsh, bright lighting.

Smell: Dark malt aroma with notes of dark chocolate, licorice shavings, and a mild roastiness.

Taste: Dark malt flavors of dark chocolate with some roast. Twinge of tart fruits. Sip of cool mint water. Herbal hops. An earthy, roasty bitterness builds as you drink, obscuring the sweeter malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid winter release from Nøgne Ø.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz bottle at Bauer. Popped the cap, turned to grab the glasses, and in that brief time it was foaming all down the side. Quickly poured it into two glasses and let it settle a bit. Pours with a huge head that lasts for quite some time. The color was motor oil black, very opaque. The smell reminded me of a winter porter/ale, bur when I tasted it, this beer reminds me a lot of the Belgian Stout made by De Dolle. A very tasty example of the style, with plenty of coffee notes present. I particularly enjoyed the depth of the mouthfeel. Much richer than other winter beers I've enjoyed. The only other drawback to this beer was the presence of those pesky yeast floaties swirling at the bottom of the glass. A good introduction to Norwegian beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly effervescent mahogany/black with 1 finger of tan colored head. Below average lacing & head retention

S: Licorice & coffee, plus some booze & leafy hops, once warm

T: Coffee & roasted malt dominate up front, along with a bit of licorice. Some chocolate & mint, oaky dryness, plus vanilla as this warms. Finishes dry with leafy hops, much roasted grain & baker's chcolate.

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & oilyness

Drinks fairly well for the ABV, a very nice porter. A little too big & complex to session on. A great one for the dessert or cheese & nut course

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice winter beer. This was among my favorites of the couple of cases of various winter brews I bought this holiday season for friends and family to share. This one pours black with a dense head, fairly high carbonation, and okay retention. The smell has warming spruce and juniper notes as well as a hint of cinnamon. A bready note underpins it all. Taste echoes the aromas. Delicious dark breadiness and spice notes are reminiscent of spice cookies, but the sweetness is quite restrained and there is a bit of that pine note at the end. The mouthfeel is nice and full, but smooth and creamy as well. This one really evokes the feeling of the holidays for me, exactly as I think a Christmas beer should be.

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pay attention here, this beer is a slow gusher. Meaning if you spend more than 5-10 seconds after popping the cap to pouring the foam will slowly some out like a charcoal snake firework. Oddly when I poured it out it simply left a more than ample head rather than a half glass of foam. Go figure. Very dark brown color, almost dark enough to cover up the few turbid yeast chucks floating in the beer. Subtle yet very pleasing dark malty aroma of toasted cocoa nibs, light molasses and cake batter. So damn smooth with a creamy full body and semi-crisp carbonation. Lots of chocolate and cocoa flavors, slight charred malt and dark roasted coffee in the back. Suggestions of dark fruit (burnt raisins) lead to a mildly warming and deceiving alcohol, deceiving until the beer warms up a little and then there is a clear breath of the 8.5% abv. Finishes dry.

I visited this beer for the first time at the annual Christmas Party @ Track 84 in RI this past December. All I have to say is that at first sip I could not get away from this beer, its not about being perfect its about being a favorite and this beer is certainly up their as an all time favorite.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~12oz of a 22oz bomber into Scandanavian mug.

Deep opaque brown hue with very thin amber and red edges along the bottom. A two finger tan head forms at the top and slowly settles to a thick cap. Some of the yeast settlement is left on top of the head, actually making a brown figure 8 on the surface of the head.

The aroma is some slightly bitter malts with light chocolate mixed in.

The flavor has bitter malts mixed in with a bit of hop bitterness as well. Some dark roasted coffee flavors are there as well. Full bodied with a very smooth and sticky feel. The finish is the lingering dark grains.

I certainly wouldn't consider this one an English Porter, far from it. This one seems more like a Baltic Porter, although brewed with an Ale yeast. An American Porter could be considered as well. It's a pretty solid brew with a good amount of complexity in the flavor. It's not the best in class (whichever class that is), but it's certainly a solid beer. Recommended.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce (500 ml) bottle, "winter ale" version. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours pitch black with a huge overflowing tan head. It didn't gush out of the bottle, but the head just kept going and going! Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is very malty, it smells like chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and even a bit of oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of coffee and dark fruit (fig/raisins). It starts off sweet, and finishes bitter and a bit dry. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with above average carbonation. It's also smooth and silky. Drinkability is pretty good, if it wasn't for the high ABV it would be quite sessionable. Overall I think this is a good beer. I'd definitely buy it again.

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Photo of blackie
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't expecting this one to be a gusher, so of course I was far from any sink and surrounded by virgin white carpet...and nearly broke my Piraat snifter in my rush to keep the spew contained. So yeah, watch out for that. This one seemed appropriately named for one of the colder nights in awhile, with a low of 26. Yes I know, I live in NC.

a: Pours a healthy dark khaki head that shows just above average retention. Little to no lacing. The beer is a very dark brown in color.

s: Great blending here of dry bittersweet chocolate with lightly roasty black malt aromas, rounded out with a light-moderate milky sweetness. The chocolate presence smells delicious...very well integrated. An ever-so-light note of ethanol gives a sorty of spicy sweet aroma that combines well with a touch of wood way in the back. Notes of rich chocolate cake with heavy cream icing. A near perfect hopping allows the complexity to come through.

m: Smooth carbonation on the high end of medium, with a delicately medium-full body.

t: A gentle lactic sweetness smooths out a backbone of black malt and dusty, dry chocolate with a touch of light roast. Subtle, benign earthy hop flavor. Nice finish, with a light bitterness cleaning things up and a gentle roast and cocoa lingering. Extremely well made and beautifully blended...the subtle complexity makes me work for it, and thereby enjoy it that much more.

d: The ABV is practically a no show, great drinkability. Let this one warm a bit before drinking.

bottle from Bruisin' Ales

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

Pours pitch black with a very generous tan head. Malty nose with chocolate tones. Flavor is syrupy sweet. Slight molasses hitting your palate with a quick hit of alcohol that just as quickly vanishes. There is also a slight dusty kind of taste to it as well I think. Feel is thick on the liquid. A pretty good level of carbonation hitting your mouth. Basically this feels like a porter or a stout would. Overall drinkable, yes. A bit thick on the mouth, but it's a winter warmer. Certainly not light, but certainly not a bad beer. Worth a shot. Just be ready for something a bit thick.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle

A: Pours a pretty thick brown under a big tan head. Lighter hints of ruby throughout. OK retention, no lace.

S: Sweet caramel, light chocolate and some hop character are the first things that hit the nose. Some creamier sweetness appears as well. Very good for a porter.

T: A big sweet roasted malt character up front, even a creamy sweetness is apparent ending in a nice roasted and smokey character with a decent dose of bitterness. The transition from sweeter beginning to more roasted malt is a little off balance however. It's a bit of nitpick, but just something I noticed, might be just me. Alcohol is hidden very well. A certain hint of chocolate tends to linger as well.

M/D: Mouthfeel is good, full bodied, carbonation helps create a nice creamy feeling. Drinkability is good on this one as well as the only drawback should be the ABV. Even though porters aren't my favorite, I still know a pretty good beer when I see one, and this one is good, but could use the slightest bolstering to really put it over the top.

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Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was almost a gusher - began to slightly pour out of bottle after opening - pours black with a towering tan head that leaves some sticking lace. Nice head retention.

The smell is of caramel, chocolate with a nice citric touch.

The taste is of caramel, chocolate, some dark graininess. Juicy hops lend a citric background with only a touch of bitterness. A touch of smokiness comes through as it warms. It has a semi-sweet finish.

Medium-bodied, pretty smooth - a bit sticky.

It's nice - I do remember liking the other porter by this brewery more. Something about this one could be richer, but good as it is. I like the innovation of this brewery to create unique brews that use Pacific NW hops with English malt/yeast. The beers are a bit pricey, but worth the money for ocassional treats (well...at least the porter and this one - as these are the two I've had so far).

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Photo of bort11
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from BRoss242 as part of the BA Secret Santa '07. Beery Christmas!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice thick mocha colored head that has some good stickage. Color is a murky dark brown to almost black.

Smell has a fantastic malty blend. There is a mix of some dark fig, burnt raisins, coffee, and just the lightest hint of chocolate. Taste does not appear to be as tight as the smell. The burnt bitterness breaks up the sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, but still not syrupy or sticky.

While tasty, I was starting to loose interest towards the end of the glass. I think half a bottle is enough to satisfy me. It's a good thing I split this with my wife.

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Photo of paulr
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased 500ml bottle under the name 'Winter Ale'. Beautiful pour. Bits of sediment floating around. Rich dark black with hints of deep brown. Nice creamy tan head that remained throughout with gorgeous lacing. Delicious baked bread aromas with a hint of espresso. Rich and malty. Taste is super smooth with little carbonation. Medium bodied. Very drinkable with little alcohol. Very enjoyable on a cold winter day!

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was purchased under the name "Winter Ale".

Nice three-finger head that has good lasting power and sticky lace. Dark, dark ruby color; light barely passes.

High oily factor from the alcohol content--almost smells like a brandy or port.

This is a highly flavorful beer. Strong black patent malt flavors but I wouldn't exactly describe it as coffee. The overall liquor is quite dry. The body is relatively thin with a high level of carbonation.

I think this is a tad too potent for me to enjoy regularly. I like the level of flavor. If I were to describe it, I'd equate it to a double porter.

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

Richly dark black with nary a hint to its brownness. A cupcake of tan foam is parked on top which slowly floats its way to a bumpy creamy coated skim of relative remaining thickness. Patchy lacing in broad patterns of torn carpet are easily distributed across the glass.

Aroma is of browned baked breads with a light dusting of dark cocoa, some maple, dark caramel, and fresh crunchy cookies. Fairly complex actually, just not as bold and booming as it could be. Hints to roasty goodness, burnt grasses, and some dry hoppyness.

Flavors are fairly subtle and complex in nature with a smooth malty caramel front. Chocolate takes up the middle and kinda builds from there where the finish grabs most of it copmplexity. Roasty, toasty grasses, and leafy hops bitter it up with a slow dark fruity tang of date and raisin left on the lips as the palate streams a bit from roasty esters of alcohol and bittering chocolate. Inescapable finish! It makes the whole thing worth every sip.

Body is quite creamy, bold, a bit tangy, lasting, and nearly full. Especially as it grows. Each sip gains more and more girth and remains more and more each time too. Nicely handled roastyness balanced with dark tangy stuff and chocolate. And again the finsih pulls it all together in fun display of complex hops, dryness, tang, and leftover roasted fluff.

Another keeper from Nogne outta Norway! A very drinkable and complex porter. Yum!

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an attractive dark tea color with a smallish tan head that never seems to completely disappear - rather leaving some faint lace in it's wake.

Aromas are roasted malt with what appears to be spices at first but is actually a mixture of the roasted chocolate type malt with some citrus hops.

Taste is dark roasted to burnt malt and dark bitter chocolate followed with a citrus bite hop and a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel is moderate and aftertaste is cleanly the dark chocolate with lemon.

Very, very nice and unusual for a Winter Ale.

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Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour reveals a deep brown almost opaque body with a mountainous creamy light brown head that ever so slowly fades leaving curtain of lace to drape the glass. Nose has a rich toasted malt aroma, hops also peek through, caramel and spices end this wonderful nose. Front has a toasted grain sweetness, the hops provide the bitter contrast, top is moderately full in feel. Finish has a spicy hop presence, sweet grains, bittersweet chocolate and the acidity determined quite dry aftertaste, and a real unexpected treat in my humble opinion.

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Photo of theopholis
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a very dark, almost black opaque body with a thick loose but creamy tan head. No head retention at all.

Aroma- Roasted malts. Yum. Some malt sweetness with chocolate notes. Also a hint of dark raisins. Very inviting.

Taste- Strong roasted notes. You know you have this beer in your mouth!! Once your taste-buds settle down, you get a more complex bitter malt flavor with some molasses and a hint of yeastiness. The after-taste lingers for quite some time.

Mouthfeel- This beer has a slightly heavy, sticky body that lends itself to giving you a long, lingering aftertaste. The carbonation level is perfect. .

Drinkability- Very nicely done. While this is allegedly a porter, think a RIP lite.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Nearly opaque black with dark ruby highlights. Beer is topped with a dense, stiff yet fluffy tan head. Some lacing is present.

Aroma is fruity and smells almost exactly like a Scottish ale. Very fruity with some subtle peppery spice underneath. Molasses and dark toffee lend nice aromas as well. Hardly any roasted barley or chocolate or anything else that is usually in a porter. I assume this wasnt inadvertent. Scottish ale, even doppelbock like.

Again, fruity and sweet. However, there is some of that typical roasted malt and slight coffee tones. Certainly dark fruits greet the tongue immediately and then transform into a more robust, bitter, roasted grain flavor. Nothing out of the ordinary; run of the mill.

Alcoholic on the tongue and in the mouthfeel. Sweet as well. I wasnt real pleased with this as a porter. Not a bad beer overall I guess. A little sweet and the alcohol is warming and becomes hot toward the end. I will not have this again.

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

A- Thick tan head on a dark brown/black body.
S- Nuts, toffee, roasted malts, grass hops, English yeast, some spices, and some hints of alcohol.
T- Sweet toffee body with present roasted nuts to it. Roasted malts, and alcohol come through too. Dark fruits come out and some caramel really picks up. Alcohol gives light warming to back of throat. Grass hops leave a nice bitterness at end along with some cloves and one or two other spices. Leaves mouth pretty dry at end.
M- Full/medium body with low silky carbonation.
D- It is very tasty and will get more of their beers. Hope to find this one again before the end of the season.

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Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 334 ratings