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Stone / Jolly Pumpkin / Nøgne Ø Special Holiday Ale

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RATINGS: 501   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Special Holiday Ale brewed with spices. Chesnuts, Juniper Berry, White Sage, and Caraway Seed.


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4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2009
12oz. bottle from 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA. Love the bottle presentation, although the micro-text on these stone offerings is getting to be a bit much for aging eyes. It’s that much worse on a small bottle! Semi-active pour, beige head that fades away fairly quickly and leaves minimal lace. Compelling, spicy nose, with the sage and juniper rising to the front. Spices in the flavor are wonderfully subtle, all perfectly balanced and complementary. Great peppery hop bite on the back of the tongue. Really hides its alcohol well. Just a great brew. I’m going to try to get more for the aging cache.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Not the winner in a head to head with a variety of beers. From the second release of this beer. I could really pick out the juniper, with a little pine there, and the spices are there, too, but it is somewhat muted. I’m not sure if that’s due to aging...will spices perform similar to hops when aged? Bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2402) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Awesome holiday ale, on tap at Stout burgers and beers in santa monica, nice brew

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (3187) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle courtesy of Andrew. Vintage 2008. Pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head. Hoppy nose (despite the age). Flavors of chocolate, spices and some dark cherry. Mellowed by age. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (2376) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
En øl jeg husker godt, selv om det var før jeg fikk RB-syndromet. Mektig, krydret aroma og smak som fylte hele ganen og vel så det. Husker at jeg brukte mesteparten av kvelden på kune denne ene flasken.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1809) - USA - DEC 13, 2013
Mahogany red in color... Aroma of cough syrup... Mouthfeel is thick and resiny, notes of nuts, caramel toffee malts, cinnamon and spices on the palate... Thin on the end, but solid overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kingstoni (1498) - FINLAND - OCT 18, 2013
Tap. Brown color with a minimal head. Aroma of coffee and dried fruits. Sweet, sugary taste with some bitterness. Sticky feel.

-- via beerbasher/winphone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (373) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
The aroma is malty, caramel, a little roastiness. Pours dark brown with light brown creamy head, mostly diminishing. The taste is sweet, then a little bitter. The body is medium to full, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and finish smooth. Overall a very good beer!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ruddles (28) - - JUN 3, 2013
Simply amazing... Full of vanilla, juniper berry, and also little chocolate in aroma. One of the best holiday ales I’ve ever had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (1585) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Smak och doft av enbär, mjöd, trä. Söt med en tydlig enbärs- och tallbarrsbeska.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2852) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2013
bottle. Deep brown with small head. Less medicinal than the nogne version. Maybe thus has mellowed with age. Chewy with medium alcohol warmth.


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