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Special Holiday Ale - Nøgne Ø/Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales/Stone Brewing Co. - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Special Holiday Ale - Nøgne Ø/Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales/Stone Brewing Co.Special Holiday Ale - Nøgne Ø/Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales/Stone Brewing Co.

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88
very good

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ingredients: Malted Barley, malted Rye, malted oats, hops, white sage, caraway, Juniper berries, chestnuts, yeast.

(Beer added by: SammyDavisJrJrJr on 11-25-2009)
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SammyDavisJrJrJr

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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Completely blank space follows the Batch nr, Brygget, & Best føre sections on the label, which would be a bigger problem if this wasn't a one-off... This is from the Nøgne Ø bottling of the Special Holiday Ale, so from a 16.9oz bottle. Into the Bruery tulip glass...

A - Very dark opaque mahogany body with a nice two fingers of redish-tan head. Good head retention with no lacing.

S - Yay! it's not overwhelmingly spicy! Already liking this one. Dark sweet malt with definate rye bready/spicey presence. The juniper and sage adds a nice herbal bite, helping the hops balance out the dark malts. I do love balance in a winter warmer.

T - Sweet caramel and cherry flavors are dominate in the entry, with spice and sage notes following. Before the swallow the swallow, I picked up some rye graininess, notes of banana and nuttiness. The juniper seems present throughout, but really shows in the swallow, along with the hops and a slight alcohol bite. The juniper never really dominates the beer, like it does with so many winter seasonals. The hops are balancing, but allow for a very malty and sweet finish.

M - Silky and soft mouthfeel, with just enough heft to feel full bodied. You can tell they used oats.

D - In a world of over-spiced winter brews, this one is a nice respite. Still spiced, but not to much. They did not just throw a bunch of ingredients into a beer, but crafted a brew that utilized all the ingredients to add to the beer. What results is a well produced beer, that yet somehow misses feeling spectacular, yet I can't seem to pin-point why.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 06:56:29 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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Special Holiday Ale - Nøgne Ø/Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales/Stone Brewing Co. from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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