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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1722) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
Brune, mi-épaisse et odorante (raisins secs, prunes, un peu de caramel), avec une mousse tirant sur le jaune. La bouche est épicée, un peu de cardamome, un peu de clou de girofle peut-être, et du gâteau aux fruits également. Copieuse bière festive, généreuse et expansive, qui peut lasser un peu à la longue, mais qui ajoute juste assez de décadent à la saison des Fêtes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inbreak (4870) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2016
Old rating rerated 01.12.2015, 0,35l bottle (2008 vintage) shared with friends @ home:
Small creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is mild oxidized and slightly sour-ish spiced, grass, caramel malts, spices, alcohol, body lotion, weeds. Taste is slightly dry spiced, weeds, grass, spices, caramel malts, minerals, burnt caramel, alcohol, paper. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (3117) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with a very low tan head. Aromas of caramel, figs, dates, roasted nuts, roasted malts, oak chips, vanilla, butterscotch. Taste is complex and deep with balanced sweetness and spices. Mouthfeel is light to medium body with low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kingi (632) - - JUN 19, 2015
Brewed 030810. Aroma is somemalts and spices. Dark beer light head. Taste still has light hop bitterness after 5 years. Very balanced compared to the one i had at 2yrs old. Spices hops and malts have blended very well. Finish is lacking

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (1994) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2015
Vintage 2008. Very dark reddish/brown pour, tan head. Aroma of a bunch of spices and sweet malt. A slightly thick mouthfeel is followed by caramel and spicy flavor. Maybe a bit mellow from the ageing.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle thanks to respertFTW. Dark garnet with lots of sediment. All the worst aromas of a gingerbread cookie. More balanced than the smell would indicate.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2014
12oz bottle, purchased from Woodstock Wine & Cheese in Michigan for $5. Probably 5 years old, but I’ve never had this particular Stone before, and probably won’t ever have a chance. No date found on the bottle. Dark vinous fruity wet papery flavor. Tastes clearly oxidized to me (my friends [who are casually into beer] don’t recognize that though). Dark fruit and wet recycled paper dominates the flavor, and then some spices and sage. Maybe some juniper, but it’s mostly just a general dark fruit flavor. Dark red brown color. Thin off-white head, leaves some loose lace. Bigger body. Kind of slick. Lighter carbonation. Drying finish. Moderate sweet taste. Kind of tangy and spicy. Very light bitterness. Went for this because I’m a ticker and it’s my last opportunity to try it. But it tastes just like a dark fruity oxidized mess, with a touch of minty piney spice.. Not worth it for the beer alone, and it makes me question my ticking habit, really.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4092) - 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 (4000) - 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 (6419) - McLean/Jackson Hole, 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.


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