This English Porter has officially become my absolute favorite winter ale.
It is the creamiest winter ale style beer I’ve ever enjoyed and I cannot wait to get my hands on some more… I agree with Deron though, on wishing it wasn’t quite so expensive.
Weighing in at 8.5% ABV, Nøgne Ø Winter Ale pours deep, onyx black with an incredibly creamy, thick tan head (if you couldn’t gather that from the photo itself). Smells of coffee and tons of roasted, sweet malt.
And the taste? Nøgne Ø is deliciously creamy with a taste of dark coffee, sweet roasty malts and a hint of chocolate. However, it’s by no means “sweet;” you could have more than one in a row, unlike the Southern Tier Choklat or the EBC Cherry Stout. A fantastic combo, I must say. The carbonation is present but very light, allowing this English Porter to keep its smooth, rich, heavy mouthfeel. Honestly, I can’t wait to run back to Premier to buy some more.
If you dig a winter ale that’s lighter on the palate, I suggest Brooklyn Winter Ale… have you any suggestions? Tell us!
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