Special Holiday Ale - Nøgne Ø/Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales/Stone Brewing Co. - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
Appearance: pours a clear dark brown color with a 1" tan colored head. Some spotty lace develops.
Smell: a nice aroma here as nutmeg, yeast spiciness, and malt sweetness are easy to detect.
Taste: big malt presence with plenty of spices such as nutmeg and sage, along with rye, berries, and a mild nuttiness. Floral bitterness is mild overall. Alcohol is barely noticeable here.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly dry throughout with soft crispness at the start and a smooth finish.
Drinkability: this is a bold flavored beer and great for the cold weathe, but one bottle is enough in a session.
12-22-2009 13:36:24 | More by Gavage
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
Poured into snifter...
A: Pours a very dark chocolate bordering on black with a huge frothy khaki colored head that is very thick and creamy and hangs on forever!
S: Huge aroma of sage and juniper with a menthol mint background aroma. Very faint caramel malt is barely detected as well. Not sure what to think at this point. The nose is huge but very different....and very one note...herbs.
T: Roasted caramel malt upfront that is quickly dominated with sage, juniper and mint flavors, a little spicy and floral hop note is detected on the finish that lingers long after the swallow. Good, but a little too minty and floral for my taste...Need more malt to balance things out.
M: Smooth mouthfeel of a medium body, carbonation is right on.
D: Too floral to be highly drinkable, very smooth and the abv is well hidden but too many herbs get in the way of this one.
12-22-2009 05:44:02 | More by RedBrewer83
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
At this point in time, this is the one beer you can get in Minnesota with the name Stone on the label.
A: Hazy mahogany in color with a cream-hued head that retains itself very nicely. The foam coats the glass.
S: Very unique aroma. malty at first, with caramel and slight fruitiness, but then overpowered with juniper, herbs and floral hop notes.
T: Malt is present up front, with caramel, honey, and dried fruits. The herbs and spices are almost overwhelming in the middle, while the hops take a back seat to everything else. That I find to be just a bit dissappointing.
M: Medium bodied. I would'nt have minded a bit more body on this one. While the flavors are strong, the finish is rather short-lived.
D: This release is very good, and easy to drink. It could have used just a bit more assertive hopping though. That would have bumped up my score.
12-20-2009 07:13:34 | More by WYVYRN527
3.35/5 rDev -14.5%
A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.
S- The aroma is pine and juniper berries. There is also an almost minty freshness to it. Almost smells like a cleaning product, but not in a bad way.
T- The taste like the aroma starts out with a nice spiciness that is complemented with juniper, pine, a touch of rye and an array of other spices.
M- The mouthfeel is full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Very nice!
D- Overall, this is an interesting brew because it is different but I don't think it is outstanding enough to purchase again. Worth a shot though.
12-16-2009 05:17:32 | More by cjgator3
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
Have had this twice, impressed both times I tried it.
The appearance is dark rust. Nice one finger khaki head with medium lacing.
The smell is superb. Juniper and sage are overwhelming characteristics, along with some sweet caramel notes.
The taste is so pungent in the beginning that it takes you back a bit. Juniper berries are such an interesting flavor in this. Sage paired with Juniper make a dry flowery taste, but the Juniper berries sweeten it up a bit. Towards the end your palate starts getting used to the tastes and a mild caramel malt characteristic shines through.
Delicious brew, dry in the tastes but sweet in the end. More people need to drink this one.
12-15-2009 03:57:12 | More by Jmoore50
4.18/5 rDev +6.6%
500mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a dark, dark brown out of the bottle and sits almost black in the glass with hints of mahogany around the edges. There is a tight, thick beige head that shows very good retention and some legs on the sides.
The aroma is dominated by the spices and juniper, with an almost minty character in the nose. There isn't much of the underlying malts or rye.
The taste is much better and shows a complexity that I think the aroma lacks. The initial taste is dark roasted malts with the juniper coming out right after. The finish starts with a smooth spicy rye with some sage as well.
The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of things and extremely smooth with the rye doing its thing. The carbonation is soft but full of tiny bubbles on the palate.
I think this is a tad better than last years version, though they are certainly very close. The aroma is a bit spicy for me but the taste is excellent, as is the super creamy mouthfeel. Creative and tasty.
12-08-2009 02:07:40 | More by gford217
3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
a - pours a deep dark brown color with burgundy highlights, big frothy khaki head with great retention and lacing
s - big aroma, lots of spruce and juniper berry, as might be expected, light chocolate aroma underneath the spruce and spice
t - big burst of sweet maltiness up front with strong juniper berry flavors, mid-palate is dominated by the spruce, finish is lingering pine with the chestnut addition coming through, alcohol is evident but not overwhelming
m - medium-to-full bodied, medium carbonation, well-balanced on the finish, nice alcohol warming
d - the flavors are intense though not that complex and interesting, not all that harsh on the palate
12-06-2009 03:10:13 | More by WeisGuy
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
Serving: 1pt, 9 fl. oz. bottle. Three wiseman art in the background behind the Ø. Quite a collabo from these three brewers. Served in trappist glass. I allowed the beer to warm for 15 minutes after removing from fridge.
A: Pours syrupy, very thick dark brown, thin tan head, smooth head looks like melted marshmallow. As the head dissolves is leave a pattern on top of the beer that looks like tons of rice-sized cells. Quite a sight. Give the glass a twirl and the head reforms and begins to dissolve in a new pattern like a Twilght Zone spiral. Then after a few minutes the cell-shapes appear like ghosts dotting the head (they aren't craters from popped bubbles). I think this head is a living organism!
S: pine, blast of pineyness, lime, spice. I've never smelled anything like this. It makes me feel like I can clean with it and drink it at the same time. UNIQUE!
T: I'm very anxious to taste this one. Sweetness is there but subdued in the beginning. It almost feels like it should taste much sweeter than it does. Its like unsweetened molasses in the mouth. The spices kick in at the front and taper off all the way to the end. Slight finishing bitterness.
M: Thick, very syrupy. Goes down easy and the alcohol at 8.5% is not very noticeable.
D: Drinkable. Perfect nightcap (I'm having mine as an after dinner snack while I watch some Mythbusters).
Overall: One of the best I've had in a while. Truly is a winter warmer and probably the best I've had this season (I feel ashamed for not rating the last many beers I've had, so I start again here).
12-03-2009 01:44:30 | More by jmw141
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
pours a good looking dark brown, gleaming like caramelized brown sugar with a dark tan head. smells of many spices. pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and, most of all, JUNIPER. some nice hoppiness and some dark, very roasted maltiness.
the flavor is huge on the spiciness up front. again, lots of juniper. some brown sugar sweetness through the middle, and then a blast of roasted malts in the finish and aftertaste that pretty much wipes out any hint of what came before. this beer would be better if it let up on the roastiness a little.
the mouthfeel is average at best. too thin and over-carbonated. three titans of brewing worked on this beer but give me a jubelale instead. still, a pretty good beer.
12-01-2009 05:19:00 | More by jdklks
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Beautiful dark brown pour with a nice beige head. Smell is overpowering. Juniper, and an almost warming menthol like mixture of herbs. Smells strongly medecinal, like some old world apertif. Taste and body remind me of a nice dubbel, highly carbonated. The taste is not as intense as the smell, but balances things out with a slight bitterness. Alcohol does make its presence known. Very nice sipper.
Glad I had the chance to try this. One of the more unusual beers I have ever had
11-30-2009 16:58:02 | More by Onibubba
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
this one looks really pretty to me. Nice, dark brown with a tan head that looks good, holds well and leaves nice lace on my glass. sage hits me first in the nose, followed by juniper and sweet, nutty, toasty goodness. taste is a well balanced mix of all of the above which comes together to create it's own personality, forming a taste that reminds me of the candies in my granmother's house that had a really odd boozy herbal medicine thing going on with them. the things going on in this beer are all triggers for festive christmas time moods and feelings for me all sliding down to my belly on a slick and slightly prickly bed of beer that leaves a sagey piney fresh herb kiss of a finish that really lingers in a kind of dry way. nice. out there. proper. all said and done, this could be like my anchor tradition. one a year to get me in the mood, and i can't wait for next year.
11-29-2009 01:52:27 | More by timtim
3.4/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
11-25-2009 06:56:29 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
Special Holiday Ale - Nøgne Ø/Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales/Stone Brewing Co. from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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