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

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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BA SCORE
88
very good

202 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 202
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SammyDavisJrJrJr on 11-25-2009)
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a deep brownish red color that had a yellowish white head on it. This beer looks super thick, it looks like the bubbles forming the head are actually struggling to get to the top for air. In the light this beer look fantastic, beautiful looking color with a nice creamy looking head. The aroma is very impressive as well, it's loaded with pine, spices, and some Christmas berry aromas. There is a slight hop aroma in there too. The taste of this beer has a healthy amount of spices, pumpkin, berries, and even a touch of mint in the late aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick and heavy, it's got the a really great feel to it for the winter months. Overall, this is probably the best Winter Warmer I've had to date. I enjoyed just about everything this beer had to offer. Look forward to having this time and time again during the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 18:53:59 | More by Knapp85
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with a place for a batch # on the label that remains empty, but it does say it is the second release. Got this as an extra in a trade a little way back (sorry, can't recall who the kind BA was that sent this to me). Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Dark, somewhat muddy and opaque brown color. Dense finger of cream colored foam with good staying power. Thick, dense and foamy lacing covers the glass.

S - Is this beer? Smells like an amaro I had recently! Extremely herbal on the nose...more than anything tho, I'm getting peppermint. Cool, pepperminty, spearminty, herbal...very interesting. It smells good, but I really have no idea what to expect for a flavor on this one. I'm staring at the full glass and thinking this is more of a shot sized drink.

T - Sweet, heavily caramelized malt sits underneath a largely indeterminate lot of herbs. The minty aromas don't really carry thru to the flavor - this is truly herbal - amaro/Jaegermeister type flavors is what I'm really getting out of this. This is over the top spices! I do get some dark roasted malt approaching the finish with some black coffee in there too. Getting the sage and carraway listed on the bottle...I'm supposing that the cool flavors in here are from the juniper berries, but I honestly can't identify this as juniper despite the note on the bottle. This is weird for a beer. I do actually like it (and not just a little) - not sure its a bottle that I can finish by myself though. The flavors are good, but in smaller volumes - I'm used to getting these flavors in an after dinner digestif, not in a ful glass pour of beer.

M - Not typical...medium bodied with a lowish creamy carbonation. Gives a distinct coolness in the mouth, especially on the exhale. Roasty on the finish (along with the cool York Peppermint Patty sensation). No trace of alcohol, even at 8.5% - all herbs.

O - I went into this one with absolutely zero expectations or knowledge of what to expect. In the right context I think this is actually a very good beer. A somewhat warm late April night might not be the best timing for this. Late night, after a good meal, snow outside, in front of the fire, sharing this bottle with a friend or two...this would be great. Hopefully I can remember to pick up another one of these for the next such occasion - although, after the winter we had here in MA, not looking forward to that occasion especially.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 01:30:37 | More by portia99
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SolomonGrundy

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man am I tired...another 65+ hour work week...This ale better be frickin' good, 's'all I have to say...

the basics: $10.49/500ml bottle (YIKES!!) and 8.5% ABV (nice)...

Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy reddish brown. More red at the edges. Head rises slowly like the waves at the beach and threathens to spill over the edge of the glass...Super creamy, dark tan, leaves velveteen sheets of lacing...Gorgeous, one of the best I've seen...

These aromas are fabulous...I get some all spice, cinnamon, maybe cardamon...A hint of hops perhaps, but fleeting, and a nice roasted malt backbone...So far, this ale is elite...

Flavor is creamy smooth...It's luscious in your mouth...The flavors are more subtle than expected, but they evolve and mesh very well...The ale itself tastes like it wants to be a porter, but they backed off the roasted malt component to let the lighter malts take command. The spices used never seem to overpower the drink at all...They seem to be melded in harmony, which is rare for a winter ale, particularly one at this ABV...This beer is unbelievably delicious...I could drink this all day it's so easy going and flavorful and creamy...It's freaking awesome...If I had to compare it to someone that is both foreign and American, I'm not sure where I'd go....Let's think...I'd call it the Czech girl that Shannon Elizabeth played in "American Pie"...She's like the newer generation's Phoebe Cates....

What I like most: The wonderful, nuanced and smooth flavor profile...

What I like least: The outrageous pricetag, but not really anything else..

Verdict: World class Holiday Ale...Absolutely worth tracking down even at this outrageous price point...

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 03:33:03 | More by SolomonGrundy
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capra12

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo, served out of a short pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark and slightly murky brown with 1 finger of head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: I get cinnamon, brown sugar, pine cones and a hint of brown malts.

Taste: opens with a subdued caramel malt profile that seems like it is being held back by a intense spike in flavor profiles from the nose, cinnamon, pine cone, brown sugar and a surprising mint. Unfortunately there is a stale brown ale and hop bitter profile that sneaks in at the very end, leaving the palate confused.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, and slightly drying.

Drinkability: I prefer the stone version of this and would have preferred to have it fresh despite it being in the fridge since purchase. I recommend this to those seeking a christmas spice beer with finish that reminds you that its beer you are drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:56:13 | More by capra12
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger tan head

smell: gingerbread spices, malts,

taste: cinnamon, all spice, malts, sweet

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

drinkability: a very nice winter warmer. would like to track down the other 2 bottles.

Cheers,
the CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 22:22:25 | More by THECPJ
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally picked this up because of my love for JP beers.

Appearance - Pours much darker than expected. One finger of rich vanilla head sits atop a completely blackened opaque beer. This looks like it is going to be very sweet. It laces to the glass like a coat of paint.

Smell - Smells of light berries and spices. A slight pine in the nose as well. To me, the nose is quite faint and isn't overpowering or pulling me in either direction. As the appearance suggested to me, I predict this to be slightly sweet.

Taste - If this doesn't taste like Christmas; I don't know what does. A huge complexity of spices that is heavy on the palate. Slight hints of cinnamon. It is extremely heavy in eggnog and nutmeg. Definitely not as sweet as I expected it to be. As with the smell, I am not pulled in either direction between sourness or sweetness. Reminds me of other heavily spiced beers; such as Harpoon's Winter Warmer paired with Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Slight pine lingers as well; with light caramel malts and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - This beer is very drinkable to me only because I enjoy the complexity of spices. If you don't like the taste of spices or are not a huge fan of Winter Warmer's, you will probably severely dislike this beer. I enjoyed the balance and blending of the spices to creat a well-balanced beer. Spices can be overpowering on your first few drinks; but they ultiamtely smooth out to make this beer light-medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 03:34:30 | More by Jesse13713
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Stone tasting glass.

A - Pours a burnished copper body, with a chestnut mahogany glow to it, especially when held up to the light. Even for the relatively undersized glass I poured it in, it still grew a magnificent, 2-fingered, off-white head with good retention. The consistency of the head is interesting, as it is more like a whipped-cream texture, with very little bubbles and more like a sheet of foam. Very slick looking and smooth. Lacing is up there with the best as well, absolutely coating the glass and not yielding to gravity in the slightest.

S - If a brewery is looking for inspiration as to how spices should be incorporated into beers, they should look no further than this specimen. The aroma is blossoming with sage and juniper and has a bit of a rye bread smelling quality to it, maybe from the caraway? But each component integrates smoothly with the next, rather than what I got from another Stone collaboration in Victory's version of Saison du BUFF, where it seemed the spices were just there to overpower. I don't think another beer could capture the essence of 'Christmas' better than this beer as the nose automatically harkens me back to cold winter days and warm living rooms, sitting next to the fireplace with the family.

T - As in the nose, everything in this beer melds together great in the taste. Here I feel the sage actually takes the spotlight, and the nuttiness from the chestnuts makes an appearance as well. Again, even though the sage pops a bit more here, it still works within the structure of the beer as its not overly spices and lets the sweetness from the malts develop before complementing them, rather than overshadow them. Finish is moderately long, with a semi-dry, spicy finish.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with moderately low carbonation. Doesn't really coat the palate, but the finish leaves a nice, pleasant after-taste.

D - Drinkability is high. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen in this beer and the incorporation of spices and unique ingredients help to enhance the beer drinking experience rather than hinder it as I felt Saison du BUFF did. While a bit pricey at around $10 a bottle, I'll be on the lookout for this next year if its available to pop actually around the holidays!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 23:05:16 | More by nhindian
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notchucknorris

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely dark brown with a thin tan head that holds up well.

S: Pretty great smells off of this one: lots of spiciness, juniper, sage and a lot of malt sweetness that smelled a lot like marzipan.

T: Tastes very Belgian. Some sweet yeast flavors that reminded me a bit of Chimay. A bit of nuttiness behind the yeast flavors and some herbal bitterness on the finish that seemed a little out of place. Pretty tasty but not worth the steep price.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 17:14:09 | More by notchucknorris
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brown color with a two finger, but quick and fizzy tan head.

The aroma has maybe some roasted bread grains, but its mostly sage, carroway, juniper berries, and other potent spices that dominate the nose. This is not bad, just one dimensional.

The taste has a much better blending of malts and spices. You get a nice roasted malt that adds dark breads and a little chocolate to the interesting mix of herbs and juniper berries and what not.

This is an interesting and warming Winter Warmer sipper. Nice for a Chicago snow storm.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 06:42:23 | More by scruffwhor
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rye726

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, hazy mahogany with a silky tan head. Nice malty nose has chocolate, dates, figs and spices. Taste is a nice blend of caramel, toffee, dark pitted fruits, nutty malts and xmas spices. Full body, light carbonation. Much better than original batch!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:26:44 | More by rye726
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chaz01

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened up a bottle that I had cellared for a year, poured into a Belgian goblet type glass.

A: Dark brown, opaque with at milky tan head initially that recedes quickly.

S: Flowery floral aroma -- lavender soapy scents

T: I taste more lavender and a ginger spicy notes. This blends well with a cocoa powder in the background that gives me an all around mouthfeel that reminds of a spiced cocoa on a cold winter's day. The cocoa taste last long into the finish, giving the beer a pleasant lingering sensation.

M: I get more of a light to medium bodied creamy and milky mouthfeel.

D: Nice holiday beer that I really enjoyed and would definitely seek out again if it were available -- too bad this was only a one time collaboration effort.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 04:30:30 | More by chaz01
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DovaliHops

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, yeasty brown color with an extremely small off-white head. Scent definitely has the juniper berries and some light tartness to it. It also has some medicinal aromas as well. I also get a tiny bit of chocolate and spices. Taste is surprising... Has a tad bit of that funkiness that JP is known for, but nowhere near the amount their normal lineup has. I also get some dark malt flavors and roasted chestnuts. The taste has a somewhat medicinal characteristic to it also...which is this beers only flaw I think. Not really getting the juniper berries in the flavor, but I do get mild chocolate flavors and and some delightful spiciness. Mouthfeel is exactly how I would want a winter warmer to be... full bodied and a bit syrupy with a tiny bit of alcohol burn. Drinkability is fairly decent. Winter warmers a by far not a style I prefer, but this is one of the better ones by far. The medicinal characteristics bring this beer down a bit though.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 07:49:39 | More by DovaliHops
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joshuacavett

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, received from a friend in California. This winter warmer not necessarily disappointing, but it was not what I was expecting from a collaboration from three stellar breweries. It was very good for the style on appearance and mouthfeel, but the taste and smell where a bit off for me. Had a slight metalic taste, so I poured into a different style of glass and it still had the same smell. Not picking up any Juniper berries in the beer, but I am slightly getting some of the nutty flavor as well as the sage. I can see where they were trying to go in being experimental on this beer, but it just didn't tickle my fancy per se.

Alcohol is showing up a little more as it warms but not as prevalent when initially poured. Sweeter and more "warm" after it has been sitting for 20 minutes so I am upgrading my score slightly. I would recommend this beer to try for it's uniqness but not for the drinkability, smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 02:21:01 | More by joshuacavett
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crvcac

California

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly opaque brown. Nice effervescence
Smells: wild sage, bouquet of random spices.
Taste: amazing. Very unique. Sage, toasted malt, sweet chestnuts. Wonderful. I love the the presence
Of sage without being overbearing
Mouthfeel: just right
Drinkability: would love another

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 00:03:35 | More by crvcac
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brotherloco

California

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle has been sitting quietly for a month, yet was a foamy volcano when I opened it.

Great looking pour once it was in the tulip. Nose has a good bit of that shaving cream/Angostura Bitters that I got from Underlig Jul (Pecular Yule), but not as strong and mixed with a sturdy bit of malt.

Taste delivers pretty much the same but with less spice and more of a mellow malt flavor. A fairly satisfying spicy bitter finish comes on at the end.

Quite an odd brew, but appropriate for a spicy Winter Warmer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 06:11:43 | More by brotherloco
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shodrod

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(poured into a tumbler)

This beer pours a dark, Coca Cola color with a think tan head. Aromas of steel and cough medicine are present with a slight hint of hops. A heavy sweetness dominates the front of this beer. Caramel, vanilla, brown sugar and a hint of worcestershire. The finish a very slight hop note.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:03:01 | More by shodrod
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Drew966

Florida

2.3/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Special Holiday Ale, a collaboration between Nogne O, Jolly Pumpkin and Stone Brewing pours a dark brown color from a twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is medicinal. So is the flavor. This beer really just does not work for me. I could get through a glass, but medicinal is the only taste that I can get. Some of my friends liked it... at least until I mentioned that I thought it tasted medicinal, then they quickly agreed and also decided they didn't especially like it. Your mileage may vary.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 01:21:48 | More by Drew966
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Dotcubed

Arkansas

3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love the collaboration concept.

Random Wegman's purchase that I thought was a good idea.

Clearly a spot on the label for a best by date, yet nothing printed.
And the store had printed their own bar code and placed it over the spot on the label.

Here's hope that I didn't pay too much at 9.50, it looks & smells funky. Super dark, sour cola scent.
Little to no foam.

Sacred to taste, the cola smell is powerful.

Huge malt, molasses, piny bitterness and some smokey dryness. Coffee like qualities.

This is an odd ball, weird cola-ness to it. Off putting as a beer, but likeable in its complexities.

Tasty. Robust.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 01:53:02 | More by Dotcubed
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bark

Sweden

3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The smell is very spicy. It reminds me of cheap Coca Cola imitations: Sweet, coca nuts, nuts, caramelized sugar. Some roasted nuts, citric peels and earthy hints.

The colour is dark red-brown (40 EBC), the liquid somewhat cloudy. The beige finger thick head slowly sinks leaving a small ring and almost no lacing.

The taste is spicy, too. Nuts, allspice, cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg. Some mellow milk chocolate-sweetness. Lots of warming alcohol. Medium body. Bitter hints in the aftertaste, more spices and nutty flavours. The bitterness grows slowly. The finish got a sort of soapy flavour.

The carbonation is mild. There are lots of small smooth bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth.

I had a few spiced beers from Nøgne Ø, and they all (more or less) seem to share these odd fat/soapy flavours. I don't enjoy them.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 20:33:08 | More by bark
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Trueant1

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

STYLE DESCRIPTION FROM BEER ADVOCATE:

Winter Warmer

Description:
These malty sweet offerings tend to be a favorite winter seasonal. Big malt presence, both in flavor and body. The color ranges from brownish reds to nearly pitch black. Hop bitterness is generally low, leveled and balanced, but hop character can be pronounced. Alcohol warmth is not uncommon.

Many English versions contain no spices, though some brewers of spiced winter seasonal ales will slap "Winter Warmer" on the label. Those that are spiced, tend to follow the "wassail" tradition of blending robust ales with mixed spices, before hops became the chief "spice" in beer. American varieties many have a larger presences of hops both in bitterness and flavor.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 5.5-8.0% [ ? ]

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Opened the bottle and it fizzed out for a good 90 seconds.

Pours into glass dark dark red/brown. Off white head.

Smells like wet mesquite that covers a desert after a rain with menthol cough medicine. Sage, and cherries also. The "menthol factor is overwealming in the smell."

Tastes of sage, acai berries, and sweet sugars. Very interesting. As the style indicates the spices overrule the hops. But, there is a notable bitter presence from hops. Not a lot of booziness.

nicely carbonated and medium body. Sweet on the pallet as well. The intence spice flavor inhibit my abilty to finsih this one.

A nice different brew with sage. This works, but no 5's for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 03:42:25 | More by Trueant1
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.5% ABV, 22°P, 50 IBU, no date.

Thanks to TheDTrain for bringing this bottle over!

A - Clear amber during the pour but lightly hazy and muddy pond water in color. A good dense tan head rises to two fingers and lowers rather quickly without very much lace at all.

S - Delectable, complex aroma with spiciness upfront; white sage addition, a peppercorn nose and minty juniper. The chestnuts add a tiny hint of nuttiness in the background with sharp rye and roasted amber malts. Very good holiday ale aroma.

T - Slight spiciness opens this beer up as the juniper comes in nicely. A little minty-like tang plays well with the chocolate roasted malts and cocoa-like dryness. Very awesome holiday flavor blend.

M - Moderate to high carbonation livens the medium-full bodied beer up a little bit. Well-balanced spice and cocoa-like dryness with a mild acrid bitterness and minty balance.

D - A good holiday sipper perfect to share with someone around the fireplace. Very, very mild alcohol warming comes through on the finish of this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 13:15:40 | More by BeerFMAndy
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wknight167

California

3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Apearance - Pours an opaque dark brown with a 2 finger tan head, good lacing and medium staying power.

Nose- Lots of spices. Sage, mint, spruce?

Palate- Caramel, ginger, allspice, coriander, sage minty after taste. Lots going on and a little overwelming.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation

Drinkability- A little too big on the spices for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 04:34:54 | More by wknight167
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours a syrupy deep brown with a skim of tan swirling head. Nice retention as the beer is swirled.

Has a rich, buttery yeasty aroma, like a warm biscuit. Some molasses, dark fruit and earthy tanins are present.

Tastes of dark fruit, grapes and currants, with mild toffee and spice present. Buttery smooth, despite a mild tart fruitiness in taste. Nicely complex, this is one of the better holiday ales I've had this year.

Full bodied, smooth, and pleasant. An excellent sipper.

Highly drinkable, it is too bad this beer is as expensive as it it. At $8.99 for a pint, this will be my only time enjoying this beer this year.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 19:27:31 | More by TheHoppiest
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark reddish brown, almost plum tinted. Less than a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells just like Christmas: dried fruit, spruce hops, and spices- most notably ginger and juniper.

T: Taste is fruity and sweet, much like an Abbey Dubbel (in a blind taste test, would have bet money on this being a dubbel). Quite a bit of roasted malts and berry sweetness (a cherry flavor comes through, even though I don't believe cherries were used in the brewing), alongside flavors from the aroma.

M: Medium to thick body; quite syrupy, especially on the finish. Soft to moderate carbonation.

D: The alcohol is well hidden, but this beer is just a bit too sweet to have high drinkability. Beyond that, I'm not sure that this one is worth the high price tag. If you're really invested in any of the three collaborative breweries or spice beers (or hell, if you're into dubbels), it may be worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 03:02:44 | More by AwYeh
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TheDTrain

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

D Train is headed to Grimstad Norway to try Nogne O Special Holiday Ale. Aroma is crisp of malts, rich spice, and rye. Taste follows with bitterness from the sage and chestnuts. Blends with the sweetness of sugar & berries. Alcohol is pleasantly light & warming. Finish is dry & cedary.

A bit over priced, but a easily drinkable holiday brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 23:25:56 | More by TheDTrain
Special Holiday Ale - Nøgne Ø/Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales/Stone Brewing Co. from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.