Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fellebag (740) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle 50cl. Small brown layer. Dark red brown color. A bit hazy. Aroma is orange, raisins, roasted chocolate malt and caraway. Taste is raisins, dark bread, sugar and chestnuts. A lot this one, but not too much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorSA (168) - NORWAY - JAN 2, 2014
Mørk med lettfarvet skum. Spennende krydret aroma, som passer etiketten. Varmt østlig preg. Fyldig, myk, lett bitter. God sødme. Fin lengde. God maltbase. (Hos Lene, 31.12.13)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonNYC (23) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Fine carbonation, almost creamy mouthfeel (though not that extreme). Holiday spices in moderation and overall smooth and balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbaaron (1160) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Pours a muddy medium to dark brown. Minimal head. Aroma is sweet, quite malty, light spiced, what I believe is juniper, light roast, some chocolate, perhaps a bit of raisin, some other dark sugaryness - very interesting and unique. Flavor is similar, spiced, flowery, juniper still stands out to me, sugary caramel. Medium body. Creamy, little slick, sticky. Aroma is standout for me. Flavor still good just not quite balanced maybe. Don’t really like the herbal bitterness. Overall I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarinEvelyn (536) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2013
very light and sweet, which is a little surprising considering the dark color. caramel, spices, juniper, roast. unique aroma. Taste follows. very interesting. sweet, floral, dark fruit. This beer is like my mind, there’s a lot going on. (but in a good way)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (2316) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2013
Lykkestund 3.juledag-13 når jeg åpnet denne (batch 440, bryget 270709 og bb. 270714: slow gusher, men etterpå var alt pure bliss! Som en vellagret portvin av beste merke, men lettere og allikevel med større munnfylde. Så avrundet og fløyelsmyk som en hermelinskåpe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GBZ59 (1094) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - DEC 26, 2013
Botella de 500ml. Copa Borgoña. Color marrón muy oscuro. La espuma, de minúscula burbuja forma una capa tupida, amplia y firme que deja amplios encajes en las paredes. El perfil aromático despliega notas intensas de malta caramelo y dulces, hierbas –comino y anís- bosque –bayas y frutos secos. Sabores de maltas tostadas, matices ahumados, de infusión de hierbas y frutos del bosque con melazas y azúcar moreno subyacentes. Cuerpo pleno y carbonatación moderada aunque algo chispeante. Paladar aterciopelado y textura densa. El bien integrado ABV se muestra como una cálida sensación azucarada. En el intermedio notas de chocolate fundido y fruta; así como trazos ásperos de frutos secos con sutiles matices especiados y picantes. Recuerdos de licor café y azúcar –sin ser empalagosos- afloran en el dulce, tostado y malteado final. Frutos oscuros en el retrogusto. Una Winter Ale compleja y sabrosa, como debe ser!! 500ml bottle. Bourgogne Wine glass. Very dark brown color. Small bubbled foam, yellowish beige in color, forms a close, wide & sticky head & leaves wide lacings on sides. Aroma profile displays : Intense caramel malt & candies, herbal – cumin & anise-, forest, blackberries & dried nuts. Toasted flavors, smoky hues, herbal infusion & dark fruits, underneath molasses & brown sugar. Full body. Moderate but slight sparkling carbonation. Velvet palate & dense texture. Well integrated ABV appears as a kind warming sensation. Fudge chocolate & fruit notes in the middle as well as dried nut zest, subtle spiced & spicy hints. Memories of coffee liquor & sugar –but no cloying- into a sweet toasted malt finish. Dark fruity aftertaste. Complex & flavorful as a Winter Ale should be!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1078) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2013
Dark brown body with a tiny head, ok lacing. Rather strong aroma with caramel, herbs, juniper berries and spices, also port wine, burnt sugar and brown sugar. Very sweet taste. Even though there are not much bitterness to balance, the sweetness, the spices ensure that the beer is not cloying. Maybe its because I’m Norwegian, but I find the Norwegian contribution to the spice mix, the juniper berries, to be much more obvious than white sage and chestnuts. On the other hand I’m not that familiar with the two latter ingredients, so they may be in there as well, as the stuff I’ve labelled "herbs" and "spices" in my tasting notes. I also get caraway, anise seeds, dark caramel and hints of chocolate. Amazing mouthfeel, it’s the most creamy and smooth texture I’ve ever experienced! The body is full and the carbonation is very soft. A wonderful beer!
[50 cl bottle, batch 1023, enjoyed 3.5 months after brewing, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
culchiem (2429) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle. Chestnut brown with a short tan head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit. Flavor is smoked oak, nutty, fruity heavy and spicy. Long strong fruity finish. Goes well with Tayto chilli crisps

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (383) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2013
dark brown with thick and small head. Aroma is oriental spices, fruit, cinnamon, ginger, roasted malt and caramel. very nice vinous mouth feel with very low carbonation, Aftertaste is sweet, spicy, orange and caramel. Overall: Very nice brew.

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