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

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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

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3.6
Skinnyviking (9711) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2010
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Low fluffy quickly disappearing white head. Pitch black body. Cinamon raisin aroma. Vineous cinamon raisin flavor with caramel and coriandder. Low carbonation, long aftertaste.

3.9
mikkopen (1193) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2010
500 ml bottle. Deep dark brown colour, thin light beige head. Sweet and spicy aroma of roasted malts and dark fruits. The flavour is very much like the aroma: caramel-sweet, roasted, with dark fruits, liquorice and spices. Delicious and creamy.

3.8
Brandman (2961) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 14, 2010
dark brown body, brown head. Surprisingly nice aroma of spices. Juniper, caraway and caramel. Very good flavor too. Good bitterness and acidicity. I was blown away.

3.5
ddemmingjr (890) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle:pours a deep cola brown.chocolate white head, thins to a permanent ring around the glass.barnyard,dough, roasted coffee bean.spice on the nose.lighter mouthfeel lighter than expected. fairly smooth. The finish is really spicy and long. definitely unique. would have again.

3.6
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - NOV 12, 2010
50cl bottle. Dark reddish brown colour with a medium-sized tan head. Very spicy aroma with some roasted malt and juniper berries. Very spicy flavour with notes of malt, sweetness and some herbs. Quite full body, oily mouthfeel. Quite good but maybe a bit too much spiciness.

3.3
Kavu (5105) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2010
Pours dark brown with a light head. Aroma is roasted malts and spices, flavor is much of the same but stronger. A little sweet and very bitter, perhaps almost too bitter for me. Tastes much stronger than it is which is saying much, since it’s quite strong.

3.7
faroeviking (11206) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 10, 2010
Barril. Black colour. Quite spiced liqourice sweet dark fruity roast aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet dark fruity spiced roasty malty flavour with chcocolate, liqourice and ginger. Tasty Christmas brew indeed.

2.7
mile (4051) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown, small and fully diminishing light brown head. Moderate and very spicy aroma sweetish (licorice and aniseed). Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, licorice and aniseed. Finish is moderate and spicy. Well…Too much spice.

4.2
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2010
{thoughts} A robust strong ale with supple spice additions, juicy malts, balancing bitterness and a most luxurious mouthfeel.

{elements} Clear, cola-brown hue; thick, light brown cream. Juniper and chestnuts fuse into a cola-like aroma with a muted spicy-earthy background over a broad malty base; hints of clove and polished leather with a late-developing cocoa note. Bold, malty sweetness, soft acidity, moderate background bitterness. Absolutely expert mouthfeel --superbly creamy texture, plush carbonation, full bodied. 50 cl bottle, best during 03/08/10-15.

3.8
Palme (4822) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2010
Draught @ Henriks Bergen. Pours deep dark brown with a large longlasting beige head. Nose is quite spicy and nutty with caramel notes. Taste is rich on liquorish and spices with a nice sweet-malty and fruity finish. A really good Christmas brew - Perfect for a cold November night!


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