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 Polaris Røykbokk (Smoke Bock) is the fourth beer in the Polaris series brewed in the honour and memory of this expedition. The beer is a result of a collaboration between Roar Sandodden, Alstadberg Tradisjonsbryggeri and Ringnes' brewmaster Gunnild K. Tolleshaug. The beer is in the style of bock, and it was brewed with a small portion of traditional Norwegian smokemalt, made by Roar Sandodden. In 2015, this beer won the "Beer of the year" award in Norway. Only one batch was brewed in 2015.
Ringnes Polaris Røykbokk has a deep mahogany colour. The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate and caramel with a hint of woody smoke. The taste is full-bodied, consisting of a rich malty sweetness, a smooth bitterness and a hint of caramel and smoke.
Pairs nicely with cured meats, barbecue, game and cheeses.