Ringnes Brewery was founded in 1876 by Amund and Ellef Ringnes, together with investor Axel Heiberg. The Ringnes brothers enjoyed hiking, fishing and hunting and had an interest in Norwegian culture, sports and science. When the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen went on an expedition to the North Pole in 1893, the founders of Ringnes, together with Thomas Fearnley, became ship owners of the expedition and provided provisions and capital. Ringnes Imperial Polaris is a doppelbock brewed in the honour and memory of this expedition. In 2012, this beer was brewed in collaboration with Brooklyn Brewery’s brewmaster Garreth Oliver. Ringnes Superior Polaris is a fraction of Ringnes Imperial Polaris that has been aged for 9 months in bourbon barrels before bottling. Only one batch was released in 2013.
Ringnes Superior Polaris has a dark mahogany colour. The aroma is complex and rich in notes of port wine, vanilla, spices, prunes, raisins, honey, oak and malt. The taste is full-bodied, as well as complex with a rich malty sweetness and a mild, but smooth bitterness.
Pairs nicely with brisk desserts or chocolate.