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


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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (2171) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Nice and different. Malty spice aroma. There was a lot going on. Dark and chocolate colored, almost like a coffee drink. Small head. The palate was remarkable. Very heavy and thick. Creamy and syrupy. However, it didn’t feel heavy in my stomach. The taste was definitely malty with not a whole lot of Stone’s typical hoppiness. Spices, even some pumpkin and burnt bread. It took a while to process. Kudos for its uniqueness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (988) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - APR 15, 2017
Kolejne Nogne, które bardziej podchodzi pod BW. Słodkie, karmelowe, suszone, owoce, figi, przyprawy nieznacznie wyczuwalne - nie psują na szczęście całości. Momentami przełamane przez umiarkowanie wyczuwalne akcenty owoców leśnych, które lekko kontrują podbudowę słodową. Solidne piwo, niczego nie urywa, nie jest przełomowe. ABV dobrze ukryte, pijalność wysoka, wysycenie niskie. Na pewno przypadnie do gustu miłośnikom klasycznych angielskich BW, jak i fanom Nogne.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mateuszk (2668) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 5, 2017
Bottle. Lots of apples, some plums, some spices, all rather completely mixed together. Watery with light body, sweet. Too high carbonation. Ok-ish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jabic (500) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Ar: Deep fig and raisin, aroma of some oxidized caramel malts; some dark caramel. Ap: Murky brown; minuscule light tan head with low retention, leaves a very thing ring of mostly very fine bubbles. T: Lots of dark fruit--fig and prune; hints of rosemary, cinnamon, and spruce; fair amount of sweetness throughout; some light herbal hop notes; burnt caramel and more fig on the finish. P: Medium-full body with medium carbonation; finish is medium-dry. O: Sweetness and body are appropriate for a winter warmer, with some nice spice hints; however, the oxidized caramel flavors really mask the spices and create an unfocused beer, overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1707) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 14, 2017
Brown colored with a red hue, thick, small tan creamy head. Aroma is of malt and caramel, syrupy, toast, dried fruit, nutty, spices. Taste is medium to very sweet malt and caramel, candy sticky, dried fruits, spices, toast, light+ bitterness, bit nutty, sweet finish. Medium to full bodied, soft- carbonation, sticky. Too sweet but still very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (1413) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2017

Medium aroma of malts, caramel, dried fruit, juniper berries and spices.

Turbid/opaque red/dark brown with heavy yeast and with a slight/

Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, dried fruit and juniper berries; ends slightly dry with spices.

This beer is intense, complex and balanced. I like the flavour of juniper, so this is simply great for me. Together with that amazingly thick palate and a great appearance, only the aroma is slightly lacking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evilkniamhel (836) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2017
From bottle. Pours hazy brown. Nose of treacle, junipers, woody, nutty. Taste is marzipan, spices, more berries, full bodied with a smooth, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBHansen (902) - Køge, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle @ Køge øldag w senior & friends/the chef. Appearance: pours clear brown with good soapy beige head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, nuts, juniper, spices and some fruity notes. palette: strong malty and medium spicy aroma, average carbonation, medium to full body, medium to notable sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium bitterness, average to long duration and an oily texture. Overall:very nice spiced ale/seasonal

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sbstuba (23) - Trondheim, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2016
Godt og fyldig, men veldig søt. God som dessertvin. Nytes best I begrensede mengder.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rikstar (2555) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2016
Tikkeltje muf. Met hazelnoten en cacao en ook een zoete smaak die kruidig aan kandijkoek doet denken Mooi vol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (4216) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from Speciaalbierpakket. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, strong spicy notes, mild juniper, nuts, touch of dried fruits. Flavour is sweet and mildly bitter. Body is just above medium. Sweet and spicy, nice winter warmer.

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