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Brewed by Nřgne Ř
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Grimstad, Norway

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RATINGS: 451   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! Skĺl!


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAgutten79 (357) - Skui, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 Brunlig farge med medium skum. Nydelig lukt, som en belgier. Třrket frukt i fleng. Smaken er meget god. Třrket frukt. Noe krydder og antydning til sjokolade. Fin munnfřlelelse.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bjerkeaa (155) - NORWAY - DEC 6, 2013
Pours very dark brown with tan head. Caramel and mild coffee aroma. Mild chocolate and less spicy taste than expected.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (3959) - rřdovre, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle.Dark Brown colour with small head.Aroma is strong spicey with taste of x-mas spices and chocolate,nice sweet taste of cinnamon,raisins and rosted caramel and nuts really good x-mas beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillHick420 (400) - North Dakota, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2013
Pours black with a brown head. Sounded like a thick pour. Not much on the nose. Thick mouth feel. Aroma of some caramel malts, some spice. It’s okay, but a little bland for me. Maybe pour at a lower temp.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickFifty (162) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2013
Dark red-brown color, golden head. Spicy nose, roasted malt, ginger, apple, raisins, hints of mint, sage and juniper. Chocolate malt taste, caramel, nuts, earthy. Quite sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Full body.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1179) - London via, WALES - NOV 30, 2013
Keg at opening of the bar in Shepherd’s Bush. Short review due to session. Black with a foamy white head. Smell - lime and spearmint. Body medium and carbonation is low. Taste - urinal cake, mint, lime. Weird. Good in an interesting way.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jamedra (386) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 28, 2013
Láhev 500 ml. Aroma má lehký nádech žlutého melounu s lehkým alkoholovým závojem. Pěna je lehce nahnědlé barvy, jemná, nízká a nedržící. Barva samotného piva je tmavě měděná a kalná. Chuť piva je nasládlá, má opravdu zajímavě kořeněný střed s lehkým nádechem alkoholu, vzdáleně připomíná jägermeistera, okraje mají karamelový nádech a jsou lehce znát po sladké žvýkačce. Finiš není příliš hořký, je karamelově hladký a držící. Toto pivo má velmi pestrou, originální chuť, která je v menším množství velmi chutná, avšak ve větší míře jeho pitelnost rapidně klesá.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (618) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2013
Pours a clear dark brown with an inch of dark tanned head. Spicy aroma with juniper, anise, cinnamon and toasted malts. Taste is spicy at first then into dark malty sweetness and finished with hints of chocolate and a light bitterness. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StilleStorm (474) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
DWG; Pours dark brown with medium lasting, creamy light brown head. Nose fills with ginger, cardemomme, dark fruity, nutty and malty. Taste mirrors with caramell sweetness. Nicely balanced, low carbonation and oily texture. Dry, spicy lasting finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GirlFriend (36) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
DWS My first beer this afternoon :) Medium brown colour, clear. Aroma is sweet, fruity...dry fruits and ginger. Sweet taste, prunes and spices. Bitter finish. All in all an interesting Holiday Ale :)


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