Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This is the second release of Special Holiday Ale, which was first brewed in San Diego in 2008. Each brew is following the same recipe, including Michigan chestnuts, white sage from southern California and Norwegian juniper berries, but differences in brewing and aging practices produce different beers. Cheers to being different! Skål!

Dashimus' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dashimus (226) - London, Greater London, - DEC 11, 2013
Draft at BrewDog Shepherds Bush. Pours dark brown with a red tinge with a moderately lived beige head. Aroma is chesnut, caramel, spice, mild chocolate and coffee and raisins. Flavour is a bit methanol. Not that bitter. No carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (4817) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2016
5/10/2010 10:59:22 PM Bottle from Whole Foods Hadley. Brown colour with tall head. Spicy nose with ginger. Taste is also spicy, herbal. With lots of juniper flavours. Pretty good. But not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3044) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle. Spicy noose, with cinnamon, cola, chocolate, and sugar. Dark translucent brown, dark tan head, some lace. Initial is quite sweet, then some light chocolate, dark fruit, and a hop/spice blend in mid palate and finish. Thick, oily, oat smoothness, and low carbonation. Maybe two years old. Unusual nose. Flavors are so-so, Very smooth palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3291) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle share. Strong ale characteristics, some spice. Mild pour, huge aroma, spicy taste. Cinnamon, nutmeg, normal holiday flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (3786) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2016
31-DEC-2015, bottle @home, from Boxbeers. Dark Brown with a low tan head. Sweet roast, spice, ginger, brunkage. Soft carbonation, full body, sweet. Too spicy and too sweet for me. Well made but too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
katrinaez (944) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Interesting peppermint flavor and scent. Barley, leather, mint, cocoa,coconut and has a halls flavor too. Dark brown almost black. Tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moebbels (613) - FINLAND - JAN 5, 2016
A dark brown body with a minimal head. Nose has loads of cardamom, juniper, rye, clove and cinnamon. Taste is quite sweet with a lingering spicy bitter finish. Minimal carbonation and extremely thick palate, almost like jello and water mixed together. Quite warming as well. This is barely a beer in my books but really quite drinkable despite being pretty extreme. Reminds a bit of a spicy sahti.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratto (95) - - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle bbe 16.06.2019. Aroma malty, molasses, vinous, some spices. Taste sweet, some herbal taste similar to fernets, chocolate. Finishes malty sweet and slight herbal notes. The herbal notes are not quite to my liking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
500 ml bottle. Pours a veiled ruby reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is wood, hazelnut, chocolate and fruit. Flavor is pine tree, hazelnut, menthol, fresh. Finish is red berries, hazelnut, caramel, milk chocolate. Lingering fruits and fresh spices. Full body, soft, velvety mouthfeel and weak to average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14792) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2015
Draught at Taphouse, København. Murkey brown - offwhite head. Spicy. Sweetness. Caramel. Roasted malts. Light fruity. Light bitterness. Forrest. Juniper - pine like notes. Some chocolate. Far too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Homer321 (3551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle from the rotbox. Nose is huge with light tropical fruit and mango. Light oxidation. Deep reddish brown and minimal head. Taste is very oxidized and bad. Papery. Bleh

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