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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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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.

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claspada

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is very spice heavy and herbal. Some underlying malt sweetness, dark fruits, and alcohol warmth add interesting undertones.

The taste is exactly as the nose leads you to expect. Strong herbal quality dominates (caraway?). Then dark fruit qualities of brandy soaked cherries and caramel malt sweetness makes an appearance. Earthy and nutty. Finishes with fennel and dry cedar. A little too heavy on the herbal/spice qualities for my preference. It's almost like a meal/savory beer; would work better with some food accompaniment but kinda struggles as a beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Pleasantly viscous. Overall an interesting and flavorful warmer. Spice character is initially intense, but seems to mellow as it warms. I can't recommend based on the $10 price point for only 500ml and there are much less "intense" spiced winter warmer offerings which are easier to find and less expensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 14:23:52 | More by claspada
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Special Holiday Ale batch number 528, brewed 5 Aug 10, best before 5 Aug 15. Poured from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle into a belgian beer glass, new from C&B! Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a foam head of about one finger in width. Some lacing present as the beer goes down. Smell is of ginger, some sage, nutmeg, chestnuts (Michigan at that), a little bit of roasted coffee beans for some bitterness? This one is a bit of a puzzle!

Taste is very interesting. More bitter than I expected, but a good bitterness it is. I can taste some of the ingredients specified on the bottle, such as the juniper berries. Not sure about the chestnuts--there seems to be a chestnut taste towards the end that gradually fades out. As I smell again, the chestnut seems to be more noticeable in the nose of the beer. As for the sage from California, also detect notes of that as well. All blends together nicely, to create a body and taste similar to an imperial stout, but with an added holiday/seasonal dimension. As noted with respect to the smell, I can also taste a roasted/dark chocolate bitterness. Leaves a lingering ginger taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. The oats are a definite plus for the mouthfeel. Very smooth and pleasing. Drinkability is a plus here. There are some unique flavors thrown in here, but they all tend to compliment each other well. A very enjoyable holiday concoction.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 13:46:49 | More by JohnnyP3
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July2Nov

Hawaii

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

Bought from Tamura's in Kailua @ $8.99.

Appearance: Dark brown with a slight ruby color on the edges. Slight lacing at first, then nothing.

Smell: Spices which remind me of cinnamon and clove spike up. Also an undercurrent of plum rises to the top. Maybe some licorice too! Nice and wintery!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Wow! Tastes like some fresh cream with the mouthfeel. So smooth and a bit chewy. Full-bodied but not extreme to the taste which makes it a pleasant beer. Aftertaste has an ever so slight taste of warming alcohol that lurches forward. Really quit good! The taste is very hard to describe, but it's so good...just don't have the words for it.

Drinkability: With the combo of Nøgne Ø, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, and Stone Brewing Co., how could you go wrong. This is truly a concoction made from the three wise men. Bravo to this great collaboration.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 05:43:23 | More by July2Nov
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

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

A - Slightly more than two fingers worth of a fizzy, slightly airy, slightly airy head... Solid retention gives way to a full creamy lacing... A deep dark brooding mahogany color... An excellent looking brew...

S - Loaded with spices at the forefront that come across a little bit like a medicinally heavy cough syrup... Hints of spruce and pine... Mentholyptus... At first this was a bit off putting, but grew on me over the course of the session...

T - The palette is a more subdued version of the nose... An even mix of spice and piney/spruce notes... Also present are some dark fruits... A slightly medicinal finish...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Creamy... Slight carbonated bite... Dense - sits a bit heavy on the tongue...

D - A solid and respectable winter warmer, but nothing spectacular... The aroma takes a bit to get used to, but seems to be lacking a bit in terms of substance and complexity... Perhaps, this one just isnt' for me when compared to my fellow BA reviews...

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:09:11 | More by philbe311
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plfahey

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a 12 oz. tulip glass

Appearance-Deep and dark brown with just a hint of reddish highlight when held to the light. Seems to be relatively clear, though is nearly opaque. Thin light tan head with moderate retention and some decent lacing.

Aroma-Some serious spicing going on here, I had to bust into my spice cabinet to do some cross-comparing on this one. The two aromas that seem to define the profile for me are juniper berries and a sort of sweet cardamom scent (it says that they used caraway, but I don't really pick it up in the aroma). Some light roasted malt and piney hops poke through the spice profile, and I catch a whiff of the sage, though I probably wouldn't have identified it as such if they hadn't listed it as an ingredient. For some reason the smell reminds me of holiday mulled cider, and is extremely inviting.

Flavor-Once again, that cardamom/juniper profile dominates, though this time, it fades to allow other flavors to shine through. In the aftertaste, some light nuttiness from the chestnuts and oats emerges, followed by some dark roast flavors (almost a hint of coffee). Wonderfully complex, with quite a long finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium full body is enhanced by the moderately high carbonation. Silky smooth from the oats, and just a bit of smooth, warming alcohol. Awesome.

This is a fantastic beer, but I don't think I could drink a ton of it due to the high spice content. That said, I would be overjoyed to polish off a bottle of this by myself, and even happier to share some with some friends.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 02:55:16 | More by plfahey
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A-very dark brown, thin tan head that fades quickly

S-smells a tad spicy and like syrup. some vanilla extract is there as well. its not an entirely strong scent

T-hmmm now this is a good brew! I finished a Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale last night which I was not a huge fan of. It made me unsure about having another Winter Warmer but I'm glad I did...because this...is good. its a very heavy beer that hits with a grand amount of holiday nutmeg spices. there's pineness to it as well. the ending is less memorable but the holiday spices stay for awhile. Overall this is a fairly complex and decent beer.

M-medium carbonation with a good creamy finish, very thick as well

D-the alcohol hits fairly quickly. its a quite filling beer as well. the taste stays well but this might be a good beer to share with someone special on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 05:25:30 | More by AdamBear
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass

This beer pours a dark brown color with a tan foam lining the top of the beer. The smell is out of this world. It's like there is a pumpkin party in my nose and everyone is invited. I am told that in addition to the other ingredient it is the juniper that is making me go wild for this aroma. The taste however doesn't seem to really match the intensity of this beer. The spices exist that you'd find in a pumpkin pie, but I find them to be more biting on the tongue than helpful in the flavoring of the beer, still a pretty good mix. The mouthfeel is a little on the syrupy side for my liking. I don't think that I would ever turn this beer down if it were offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 07:05:17 | More by Vdubb86
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Seanibus

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like a crisp, rich holiday ginger cookie in a bottle.

Pours a deep black with a tight off white head that lasts and lasts. The aroma is a sharp blast of holiday scents - ginger, juniper, cinnamon, and clove. The flavor is roasted and sweet, with a rich malt backbone, spices, and a firm juniper edge, like a great gin. There is a delicious milk sweetness that spreads across the tongue, but is not cloying or unpleasant. The bitterness is definite but subdued. There is a clear burn of alcohol, but it is restrained and appropriate, given the gin-like quality. The mouthfeel is assertive and creamy.

A delicious winter warmer, if a little odd and unexpected.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 02:11:11 | More by Seanibus
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

very very dark color with tan head. very strong lacing, albeit from an aggressive pour into my snifter. smell is mostly of roasted malts similar to a porter/stout along with some vague winter spices that are hard to pick out and some dark fruits. very strange caramel and malt flavor right off the bat. there is a flavor in here i'm having trouble picking up. mouthfeel is on the thicker side of things. drinkability is good. it's a decent winter warmer although definitely not worth the $10 price for 500ml

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 02:21:12 | More by Blanco
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FosterJM

California

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

72nd review on BA
bottle to pint

1 of 2 on Turkey day

App- Dark chesnut brown with some minor amber highlights. Had a one finger head that didn't last very long.

Smell- Huge smell of the sage notes. The juniper brings a very special aroma that made this one of the best smelling beers I've had.

Taste- A big helping of spicy malt. The taste follows the nose of the sage as well as the after taste

Mouth- Medium carbonation with a balance of spices with a slight citrus note on it.

Drink- The perfect way to end a 25 hour car ride from CA to KS on Turkey Day '10.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 04:18:07 | More by FosterJM
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PenguinBeerFan

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting one.

A - Cola black, nice fluffy tan head that petered out quickly.

S - Typical dark ale smells, lots of roasted malt with a the juniper berries coming through behind it.

T - A thick syrupy malty brew, with a little citrus behind it. Nothing really stands out to me.

M - Highlight of the beer. This is unbelievably thick. Mouthfeel is like a taking slug of heavy cream.

D - After one bottle I don't think I'd go for another one.

Overall impressions are enjoyable and this is a beer worth trying, but nothing I will seek out next winter. Might shelve my other bottles, this one strikes me as an ager.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 02:38:19 | More by PenguinBeerFan
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Beejay

Virginia

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

A: Dark brown, murky, with a very dense, but soft head consisting of very small bubbles. Looks good.

S: Huge holiday types spice notes coming out of this. Big hit from the juniper and caraway. The caraway is especially strong, and gives off the aroma of spiced meats.

T: There is almost something meat like abut this. Like eating a big sandwich on rye. I don't know if it says holidays, but it certainly is interesting. There is a malty sweetness after the spices fade. As it continues to warm it seems like the spices meld in with the brew better, turning from something a little odd ball and weird, into something that seems to make sense.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is low, and smooth.

D: This is a one off for me, but definitely interesting to say the least. Fine job.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 04:27:22 | More by Beejay
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Blakaeris

Iowa

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

Pours dark mahogany brown with ruby highlight. Off white head is creamy and dense.

Aroma is very spicy and herbal. Underlying malt sweetness, dark fruit, and alcohol warmth add interesting undertones.

Taste is exactly as the nose lead me to expect. Strong hebal quality dominates (caraway?). Then dark fruit qualities of brandy soaked cherries and caramel malt sweetness makes an appearance. Earthy and nutty. Finishes with fennel and dry cedar.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Pleasantly viscous.

Overall an interesting and flavorful warmer. Spice character is initially intense, but seems to mellow as it warms. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 23:11:27 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with a thin but long lasting tan head.

The smell was big with tons of holiday spice, I can't really nail down exactly, a bit of fennal, but must be the caraway and chestnuts dominating. Strong and unusual.

The flavor has a nice malty brown character with the juniper and chestnuts balancing it out nicely. Much more mild than the nose.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer, very creamy and full.

Nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 23:02:40 | More by bashiba
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oberon

North Carolina

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

My second winter warmer/CHRISTmas beer of the season.Poured into a imperial nonic a deep murky chesnut brown with a thinner creamy beige head that held well,aromas are herbal with alot of raw nuttiness,I would say raw fits the nose profile pretty well.A full mouthfeel,it seemed to be lower carbonated,flavors start out sweetish and cakey with juniper, and a sharp herbal note in the finish.A nice cool weather beer here,Iam not a big fan of jupiner berry flavors, but there is a nice mix of other flavors in the profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 21:32:21 | More by oberon
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Chestnut brown that is transparent when backlit with early morning sun, has cherry and orange highlights, and is capped by three fingers of ecru colored froth. This was one of the most creamy looking/sounding pours in quite a while. The only minor negative is an almost featureless head. Lace is scarce at first, then comes through in the end.

The brewers decided to use ingredients indigenous to each of their areas, so they added Michigan chestnuts, SoCal white sage, and Norwegian (actually Italian) caraway seeds. This brew also contains 25% rye malt and oats. Finally, this should be the same basic recipe as Stone Special Holiday Ale, although this ABV is 0.5% lower.

The aroma is tremendous if you're a fan of herbed and spiced beer. Chestnuts and rye malt aren't appreciated, but sage and caraway definitely are. The beer also smells like spruce boughs and cardomom, although neither was used. Pungent and perfumy and more than pleasant.

Nogne SHA is at least as good as my memory of Stone SHA. This is in-your-face ale that blasts the taste buds with flavor and makes no apologies for it. However, it will most likely become slightly palate fatiguing over time, especially since the boys from Grimstad upped the bottle volume to 500 ml.

Pumpernickel toast and seeded rye toast hold down the bottom end with a granite-like solidity. Still not feeling the chestnuts, but then I've never eaten one. The spices are pinging and ponging all over the damn place and making sure the mouth party never winds down for an instant. Great choice of ingredients, perfect proportions.

The mouthfeel almost earns the next highest score. It's closer to medium than to light for the ABV, is incredibly lush, and pampers the mouth from beer entry to beer exit. Not sure how Stone's version has it beat, but then opinions can change from day to day and beer to beer.

Nogne Special Holiday Ale is what happens when three talented brewers put their heads together and start experimenting. It won't be for everyone, but this stuff blows Anchor Our Special Ale (which it resembles) out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 14:06:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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dgilks

Australia

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

This is an interesting beer. It pours a nice dark chestnut brown colour with a mall, tan head. Fair head retention.

Odd, herbal aroma with a powerful medicinal note. Mild Christmas spice note. Weird.

Smooth and malty with a nice sweet note. The herbal strangeness continues with odd juniper notes continuing onto the palate.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. This is really good with a nice creaminess coming through.

An interesting beer to be sure but the flavour is somewhat compelling.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 08:59:16 | More by dgilks
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009 (consumed on 12/20/09) served in a tulip glass.

L - dark brown with a creamy beige head that left a few patches of lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is full of Christmas spices, ginger and nutmeg.

T - well spiced with a hint of rye and a very light touch of bitterness on the back end.

M- medium bodied with a smooth and creamy feel.

D -very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 01:30:25 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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

A - Mahogany with a fluffy tan head and streaks of lace down the side of the glass.

S - Cinnamon, juniper, clove, sage with some caramel and bready malts.

T - Bready and slightly nutty with juniper, sage, cinnamon and clove.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. The spice, alcohol combo have a bit of numbing feeling on the tongue.

D - A little heavy on the spices but I am starting to like that in Winter Warmer's.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 01:44:37 | More by brewcrew76
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color capped by a massive tan head that develops like a stout; plenty of stickage and lace

Smell: Sage and juniper dominate, with spruce, chestnut and holiday spices not far behind

Taste: A spice cake malt backbone with the rye spice prominent serves as a platform for the unique blend of ingredients to shine by mid-palate; the sage and juniper jump out at first, but the chestnut really comes on in the middle; after the swallow, there is a dark fruit addition to the spices, with a lot of lingering spices flavors that last into the finish

Mouthfeel: An abundance of oatmeal makes this beer as thick and creamy as egg nog, and it is the first beer I have tasted where the thickness of the body makes it difficult to detect the carbonation

Drinkability: I go back and forth on the mouthfeel, but have ultimately come to the conclusion that I would like a slightly more traditional mouthfeel; still, the spice character of this beer is very unique and while I would not want more than one at a setting, it is well worth checking out

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 01:47:43 | More by brentk56
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Kshock

California

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

A- Surprisingly bright brown to a deep ruby red. Decent head retention, with a slightly off white foam. No lace.

S-Very pleasant aroma of spices(i.e sage, carraway, juniper), dont really get the chesnuts in the nose. You can definitely smell the rye malts blending with the spices.

T- The rye has a bold presence through out the beer. The other spices shine through, but rye is the backbone of the flavor.

M- Very mild and pleasant mouthfeel. Delicate on the palate, but has a nice light body.

D- For a holiday spiced beer, this drinks very nicely. Nothing is too over-barring or abrasive.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 19:35:49 | More by Kshock
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rtepiak

Poland

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

mahogany with thick sticky head. nose of winter spice that wonderfully bond with a malt and chestnut core. a bit of herb and juniper berries. the feels is great. nice and nutty malt with a quality of fruit cake and herb bitter finish. that has a lingering extremely mild sour fruit. this is quite subtle due to the fact that you have the nutty quality holding the beer throughout. a fantastic example. i would wish to have it again in season.

had another bottle in the end of oct '10
quite herbal that you can feel it on the tongue. has an effervescent mineral quality on the tongue that feels astringent but earthy like sage. quite brisk but doesn't compromised chestnut feel. wonderful and drinkable the second time.

had it again just after thanksgiving '10. vintage bottle from '09.

well balanced with that wonderful feel again. particularly creamy yet brisk on the tongue. all the herbal qualities were there. great beer. made by the fruit sweet sour/herbal and brisk/creamy dichotomy.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 01:56:53 | More by rtepiak
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mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a tulip. 2009 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 inches of tan head and hight carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly of spices and those juniper berries. Also some cinnamon, pine, and a hint of vanilla. Interesting.

t - Tastes of roasted and caramel malts, spices, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and would be even better with a tiny bit less carbonation.

d - I thought this was a pretty good winter warmer that was definitely heavy on spices in both the smell and taste. The smell had a very unique smell to it, which I think was the juniper beers, and the taste was a pretty standard winter warmer. Would give another shot and would be interested in trying side by side with the other breweries' versions.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 23:24:04 | More by mdfb79
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mulder1010

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ML bottle poured into a globe glass 7-27-09 bottled
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A-- Gusher right from opening the cap. Once settled down it poured a dark mahogany brown and settled even darker. Light brown head settled to just above film but has good head retention. Big two finger head in the bottle!! No lacing.

S-- All over the place. Vanilla, Cinnamon, Juniper berry. Smells more like a big spicy vanilla candle that you light at Christmas. Really good nose.

T-- A lot of vanilla, juniper, and sage. Cinnamon and the malt are in the background. A lot of flavor in this and the juniper berries and sage really stand out. Spice with a lot of flavor.

M-- Pretty high carbonation but works well for what is in it and what it is. The amount of spices have a numbing effect on my tongue and in effect have killed the taste buds. After it warms up more it tastes more the chestnuts come out more and leave a big nutty flavor and the beer becomes more alcoholic.

D-- Sipper in front of a fire. A whole lot of spice and the ABV is decently hidden at first but as it opens up more it becomes more and more alcoholic. Spices and nuts are really good in this but the sheer amount of spice is a bit on overload for the senses. Good winter warmer on steroids.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 14:43:27 | More by mulder1010
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found a lone bottle of this recently and although its mid-July, I have to give it a shot...

Poured into a Chimay goblet...

Pours a deep reddish black and is looking pretty good in the glass... Nice thick head that seems pretty persistent...

Lovely aromas of all of the good holiday spices.... Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, brown sugar, perhaps a little cocoa and vanilla, a touch of booze as well... It smells like a good Yankee Candle fall scented candle with a little chocolate thrown in... I'm getting some really earthy herbs as well... Maybe some ginger too.... Seems to be a lot going on with the nose here...

Very smooth delicious sipping brew.... The cocoa and vanilla are quite prevalent throughout and mingle very well with the spices. Here... There's a surprising hop bite left here that I didn't get in the aromas but is a welcome addition... Very flavorful throughout and a little sweet to drink too much of... There's as much going on here as in the nose... Earthy and spicy and delicious...

On a cold December night, this would be awesome... It was terrific in July as well... I wonder if they'll do this one again? Really nice... I'd buy this one again for sure

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 17:44:48 | More by Tilley4
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 208 ratings.