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Underlig Jul | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
15°P, 30 IBU.

Also sold as "Peculiar Yule".

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, caramel, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Cascade hops; 5 different spices, English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water

Added by Sigmund on 11-03-2004

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spuyten & Duvell. Dark brown with nice head, lace. Yeasty, spicey, quite drinkable. Describe as a Norway biere de Garde. Pleasant citrus from C-hops, and a well blended melange of spices, chocolate malt. CInammon, mint, a bit of ginger, allspice. I like this brewery.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep reddish brown color with a nice looking cream colored head on top. The retention and lacing where pretty strong on this beer. The smell of the spice comes out big on the nose. Plenty of cardamom and cinnamon aroma fill the nose on this. There is plenty of spice in the flavor of this one as well. The malt adds very little sweetness to the beer, it's herbal and dry in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side, I would have liked it to be a bit heavier to really add some depth. Overall it's a decent Winter brew but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Peculiar Yule labeling could be called Peculiar pine because of the unordinant amount of pine flavor in the beer.

The base is likely a big Brown Ale or a moderate Porter with heavy notes of nuts, toffee, caramels, toasty, bread crusts, and lesser notes of chocolate and coffee. Very malty and firm from beginning to end in true Nogne O fashion.

The heavy pine and resin-forward hops dominate the substantial malts with IPA strength and bitterness. Hops are complimented and compounded by a huge burst of nutmeg, allspice, and other Christmas spices.

The beer is well formulated and well brewed but if you think that the downfall of Chrismas Ales are the over use of spices then this will definately be too much. Enjoy!

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mysteriously dark brown color with a tawny cap that leaves a very nice pattern of lace behind

Smell: Complex combination of malts provide hints of chocolate and dark German bread, with the spices wafting above; cardamom and coriander seem to dominate

Taste: After the malts bring out a dark bread and chocolate character, the spices move forward, bringing strong herbal elements such as cardamom and coriander, with hints of cinnamon, ginger and clove; by mid-palate, the piney hops add bitterness and, after the swallow, while the pine and herbal flavors dominate, the malts still remain in the background

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A most unusual beer; while I am not a big fan of the flavor profile, it was very interesting to pick out the flavors

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a murky dirty brown color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with notes of cinnamon and cardamom dominates with some light citrus hops notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by solid caramelized malt with some cinnamon and cardamom notes. Light toffee and chocolate notes can also be detected. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting use of the spice with good balance to keep the whole mix drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nogne Peculiar Yule
16.9 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness date

Nice appearance. The body is a clear mahogany brown with ruby and ruby-orange highlights beneath a pillowy head of lightly orange-tinted tan that leaves thick rings and sheets of lace about the glass as it goes.

The aroma is mainly piney, but perhaps contains some other spice, and it's gingerbready in combination with the toasty and toffee-ish malt included. I'm reminded of Ivin's Famous Spiced Wafers (which are apparently ONLY famous in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and lower New York areas).

The flavor follows the aroma but with more maltiness, and as it warms it becomes much more rounded and not quite as sharp with pine. It's bready, toasty, spicy with ginger/nutmeg (and perhaps other spices, maybe all-spice), and piney. I'm not sure if the pine is coming from hops or not, but whatever's going on seems to be working well with the spices. There's not a lot of bitterness, but their needn't be as it finishes dry with a light touch of raspy evergreen. Looking deeper into it you'll find notes of caramel, light chocolate, toffee, and a good bit of nuttiness. It's fairly complex, and somewhat rich, yet it doesn't seem filling or overpowering.

Overall, definitely spicy. A good holiday beer. Well-rounded and balanced. Nicely done!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful blood orange that explodes with a bonfire-like radiance when backlit with morning sunshine. At least half the glass filled with foam on the initial pour. And what a lovely lid it is: pale gold, whipped creamy, significantly sticky and a lace generator extraordinaire.

The nose was easily appreciated as soon as ale splashed into glass. An intriguing potpourri of spices is the reason why. The list includes ginger, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Believe it or not, all of them are appreciated, although I would only have been able to identify a few of them if blinded. The American hops give the beer a citrusiness that isn't out of place at all.

Peculiar Yule was brewed to be similar to glogg (pronounced 'glug'), which is a mulled wine served in the Scandinavian countries at Christmastime. Its original name was glodgad vin, which means 'glowing-hot wine', later shortened to glogg. Other than the spices listed above, other ingredients can include almonds, raisins, honey, vanilla, orange peel and dried cherries.

The beer does tastes peculiar, but in a good way. Actually, the flavor profile is reminiscent of Anchor Brewing's Our Special Ale. It's hard to believe that spruce boughs aren't among the ingredients. Nevertheless, there can't be too many ales that taste this Christmas-like. At the same time, the spices aren't overpowering... as long as you enjoy spiced beer in general.

The brown ale-like base beer just does manage to hold its own against the spice attack. It's moderately sweet and nutty, and is complemented by a citrus peel bitterness that hopheads should love. Nogne doesn't shy away from using a ton of American hops, which is why I love most everything they brew. Imperial Stout, Porter and #100 Barleywine are all fantastic.

It's amazing how, again, each one of the spices can be appreciated as soon as the taste buds and brain are focused on it. They work together beautifully as well. None of them charge into the foreground and none of them disappear into the background.

The mouthfeel, although not bad for a 6.5% beer, could be more full. Since glogg is such a high-octane drink, I'd love to see a 12.0% version that uses both candi sugar and honey to boost sweetness and alcoholic punch. Drinkability is limited only by what is becoming a fairly high spice load as the bottom of the bottle approaches.

Without question, Nogne is one of my favorite (non-Belgian) European breweries. With the possible exception of India Pale Ale, everything they touch turns to beer gold. The bottom line is that Peculiar Yule (Underlig Jul) is one of the best Christmas-themed spiced ales to have ever entered my glass. God Jul!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with almost no tan head. Nose is super spiced. Almost like a cinnamon, clove, and minor tar thing. The flavor is much smoother than the nose was leading me to believe. Spices are there yes, but in no way overpowering. Smooth feel on liquid and carbonation. Easy to drink as it is rather smooth. But the spices do make it more of a sipper than a drinker.

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Photo of jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a fluffy tan head that stays, leaving creamy lacing.

The smell is interesting - "peculiar" indeed - in a very good way...pumpkin pie/winter spicings with some chocolate, but also classic English Maris Otter aroma and some citrus/pine. It could "go in different directions", but it doesn't. A unique, inviting, aroma.

The taste is of plenty of spicing - ginger, cardemom, cinnamon, etc - pumpkin-pie-ish - yet doesn't get to be "too much". It is backed up with chocolate, and something coffe-ish with characteristics of nuts and dried fruits. Complex, yet with a firm maltiness that makes it approachable. Very tasty! It has a nice bitter touch - "American" style - piney/citric - in the finish.

It is more effervescent than expected, giving it a lighter/more airy body than is typical of a winter-spiced brew. Yet it adds to smoothness and drinkability. I like it!

The spices, maltiness and hop touch combine well here. A nice seasonal, spiced, yet balanced, brew!

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark murky chocolate brown in color with pale brown highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma was heavy on the herbal spice notes alongside chocolate caramel malts and hints of booze as well.

T: the chocolate malts were more apparent on the taste but meshed well with the herbal spice flavors and had caramel accents. It did have mild hop character with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate corbonation which had a sweet, herbal, spice, and mild hoppy finish.

D: was not an easy drinker due to how potent the herbal character was but was a decent herbal spice brew.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong spice (ginger), sweet malt, slight oatmeal, hint of hop, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of a Herbed / Spiced Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, strong ginger, dry hop, spice, citrus hops, and a hint of yeast. Overall, the best ginger spiced beer I've ever had. Great appearance, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a kick ass ginger nose along with moderate contributions of cinnamon and clove. The taste is awesome. It has a solid malt base that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It's light going down with loads of ginger and hops in the finish. It's quite refreshing actually. The ginger really stands out. The cinnamon and clove just round out the flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific beer with tons of flavor. I love the hop/spice combo. They seem to play off one another.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's make it three for tonight. Nøgne Ø, you're next. On to the beer:

Boderline dark brown/black color, topped with an inch of somewhat creamy head. The lacing webs itself around the glass, leaving a great after drink spectacle. One whifff an you know the spices have been worked well. The first split second, it smells like a bar of soap. Eventually, your brain is able to findbig doses of cinnamon and gingerbread. A festive aroma.

Brown ale with spices? I can dig that. The cinnamon and ginger work well together, and there's enough brown ale to keep the spice from being overbearing. It's medium bodied, with a gentle buzz of carbonation, and is a pleasure to drink.

Just what this BA needs to end a night. Nøgne Ø does a body good, and Underlig Jul is just another feather in the cap.

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Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Batch 841B, Best before July 17, 2014.

Dark brown, deep red hues at the edges. Tan head, good retention and spotty lacing. Nose is heavy on the ginger and clove, almost minty or "winterfresh," huge spicing all around. Some sweet bready character in the distance. Taste has the hops upfront, bitter pine, ginger and herbal character. Also some roast, toasted malt and chocolate. Medium body, with some bitterness and a slight drying sensation. Not sure about this as a winter warmer, but this is fairly unique.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, with lots of thick/creamy sticky lacing to follow. The nose is very nice malty, slight chocolate/toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg. The taste is sweet, malty, with some very nice cinnamon/nutmeg, and some chocolate/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, very tasty, never had a medioca brew from this brewery to date.

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Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is old enough to have collected specs of dust on its cap that resemble little snow flakes but nonetheless made a fresh and healthy 'psst' sound upon open and followed suit with a caroling of crackles on the pour. The result was a thick, cottony mound of head that, in a sort of ironic way, strongly resembles a giant bank of virgin snow.

The beer isn't black - not 100% of the time, anyway. Different angles and different distances from the light will eke out minor, but colourful, tones of red and orange (the latter serving as a permanent baseline). It's rare to catch a glimpse of clarity but not impossible.

Peculiar Yule smells just that, peculiar. The spices, five in total, were not afterthoughts and indeed they play more than an accessory role. It's hard to pin just one principal component - none are inconsequential - but cardamon and clove seem to stand out most to my nose. (Note, however, that it does really help to have a cheat-sheet!)

And that's not to say that the others (coriander, ginger and cinnamon) are negligible; the bouquet smells of a very well-stocked pantry. There is a better chance, however, of noting them in the aroma than finding them in the taste - a sweetish, gently roasted wave of chocolate malt and a green, zesty drop of C-hops earn the taste buds' full attention.

This would taste pretty darn good without the spices - with them it tastes incredible. The biscuit character of the malts combine with hints of cinnamon and ginger to bring to mind delicious cookies; the Cascades and Chinook, which offer more than a hint of orange peel, seem a natural fit with the coriander and clove. A magnificent recipe!

Never mind a White Christmas, I want a Scandinavian one! This is the best spiced ales in recent memory and a few more bottles of it will be on my list to Santa. I've enjoyed this bottle about as much as I enjoy the holidays themselves (which is to say a lot!)

Between the ample hopping, the layers of malt and a studded cast of spices, this beer drinks something akin to a jazz improvisation. With every sip a different note, a different tempo, a different instrument comes forth, all the while the whole trio stays in the same key, and in unison. It was a fantastic jam and well worth the price of admission.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, bought at the Long Beach BevMo,

A: Pours a very dark mahogany, with a pillowy cap of light tan, capuccino coloured foam. Lacing is very light, but the head retention is outstanding, get a minimum of a centimeter throughout the whole pint.

S: Strong notes of holiday spices, most notably cinnamon and clove, ginger snaps evident as well, very enjoyable.

T: Huge amount of cinnamon and ginger right off the bat with a hint of the listed coriander. Malt comes into play offering baker's chocolate, sweet toffee from the Maris Otter malt, and a bittersweet character that works well with the spices. A light piney hop character comes out in the finish with a bit of orange peel and clove. As it warms to room temperature the spice comes more into balance and makes it that much more drinkable.

M: Solid mouthfeel, very spicy. Medium/full body with light carbonation.

D: After being dissapointed with the Nogne Pale and Imperial Stout, the Dark Horizon and this beer right here have changed my mind about this Norse brewery. A very good Winter Warmer, although the $9 price tag will limit my purchase of this wonderful winter ale.

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored beer with a small light brown colored head.

Smell is very spicy. Strong scent of spruce and allspice berries. The spruce/pine/cedar evergreen scent is quite over powering. Smells a little sweet with brown sugar and rye bread aroma.

Starts out bittersweet with a strong spruce flavor. Sensation of mint in the taste though I can't smell it. Brown sugar and molasses after the tastebuds adapt to the strong spruce flavor. Interesting bittersweet beer beer with a strong taste of spruce.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a different and tasty Christmas beer. Very recommended and tasty.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer, as is par for the course from this very cool brewery. This one is billed as being brewed so as to recall Scandanavian Glogg, a mulled beverage. I have to say they did a pretty good job. This looks a little murky, brown with a good bit of yeast swirling around and a fairly short head that fades to a thin ring. Smells fruity and vinous, slightly spicy with lots of ginger and cloves, and has fairly strong pine smell- but more like juniper than hops- almost medicinal, but pleasant. The taste has more of the juniper and herbal deep bitterness running like a backbone through the whole beer, overlayed with piney and earthy hops, more ginger, clove, and other spices, and a fruity, slightly sweet vinous quality. All in all, sort of like Glogg, if perhaps a bit more (welcome) bitterness than usual. Almost tannic in its mouthfeel, and on the thinner side. A very different holiday beer, and much appreciated in my house.

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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is deep reddish brown with a large compact tan head that settles into pretty nice lacings.

S: It smells like X-mas; cinnamon, cardamom, coriander and ginger (-snaps). Then there's malt, slightly chocolate.

T: Taste follows the smell. A little sweeter, though. Some bitterness, rather from almonds and nuts than from hops.

M: Long bitter aftertaste. Body is full and carbonation moderate.

O: They overdid the X-mas-part; too much spices dominated over malt and hops.

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2.51/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a three-finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Deep brown color, ton of yeast left in bottom of bottle. Nose is spicy and piney. Flavor is spicy and medicinal with a bitter dry finish. Spices overwhelm, not for me. Pricey at $9.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a very dark chestnut brown, almost black color with slight mahogany edges and a to finger frothy beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with splotches of soapy lacing.

Spicy aroma with hints of roasted malt, earthy hops, dark fruit and silky chocolate. Lots of ginger and cinnamon in the nose as ell as hints of plum, raisin and fig. No unpleasant medicinal cough syrup that is so prevalent n the style. Hopefully this holds up in the flavor.

Full bodied with lots of creamy, luscious chocolate malt flavor. Only slightly roasted with lots of spice and earthy bitterness up front. Hints of peppermint, ginger, coriander and clove as well as a prominent dark fruit flavor that balances things out. I'm picking up grape, dark cherry, raisin, plum and fig. Very well balanced and easy to drink with again, no cloying medicinal cough syrup presence. Very good.

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3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a black with a deep brown head. Nose was cocoa, ginger, clove and some cinnamon. Taste was roasted and chocolate malts with clove,ginger, cinnamon. Mouthfeel was creamy, pretty heavy bombied and the spiciness at the end was nice. Overall a a pretty good brew just did not fit me well.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a soft cola color with a light reddish-orange hue capped off by a dirty khaki colored head that was fizzy and barely 1 finger high, settling rather quickly to a thin, whispy film covering. A thin sheet lacing clings to the glass walls.

S: The nose was fresh ever-green pine needles with soft dried sap hints. A nice citrusy aroma blends well with the soft roasted chocolate malting which adds some nice earthy notes. What I liked most of all was the subtlety of the spices used here. The ginger, cloves and cinnamon are detected well enough but are well balanced in regards to one another and the malting providing compliment hints of spices without drowning out one another or the maltiness. Beautifully spiced, with a nice maltiness makes for a really nice nose here.

T: starts off nothing less then superb with a soft roasted chocolate malt helping with some seemingly spicy clove hints. Theres a very nice winter feel here as well (see their winter ale). Very earthy with fresh ever-green pine, cinnamon, and ginger dancing off the tongue with a spicy but well even manner with respect to one another. The munich and chocolate malting was equally superb and would be hard pressed to find a finer example of malt flavor then right here. Theres a nice spiciness of cloves but is quick off the tongue on the finish and fade providing just the right amount to be appreciated without overstaying its welcome.

M: silky with a little bit of edgeiness provided by the carbonation. Medium body and just a nice experience overall leaving a soft roasted lacing that was earthy and dry behind on the swallow.

D: Very good drinkability and one of the best by style. The perfect balance of malt and spices, balance and abv makes this a dream going down and one that should not be missed.

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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a dark dense brown body with a thick light tan head that last and last and sticks to the glass.

S- The smell of cardamom, cinnamon, and a British yeast blend together during the pour.

T- The dried ginger and mellow chocolate malt has some berry fruity esters supporting it. There is some soft spicy notes with ginger and hops blended with an interesting minty quality to the hops. The spices hang on the tongue after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation but no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a big spice flavor with the cardamom and dry spice flavor growing too strong as the beer opens up. It gets hard to drink and the malt and hop flavors get lost making this beer a bit more odd with each sip.

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