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


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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!

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

kevinator's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1985) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evilkniamhel (686) - 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 (827) - 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 (18) - 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 (2407) - 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 (3896) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RW80 (2263) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2016
0,5l bottle shared. Appearance: brown body, with a small off white nice compact head. With a good retention. Aroma: Spices, liquorice tones, dark fruits, chestnuts, berries, light raisins. Taste: Sweet and spicy,Liquorice tones, spices, light coffee, berries,caramel and rasisins.Finish is light roasty with a lot of spices. full body, slightly below average carbonation, silk texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Cool_Bond (2433) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2016
The aroma is of berries, spices and overripe fruit. The taste is the same and actually perfectly balanced for this beer. The beer does not get better without losing the taste a little later. No good bitterness which fills the upper part of the mouth a weak moment. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LLaurin (358) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2016
Pours really nice in dark brown with medium brown head and a nose that is rich with chestnut and toffee malts. Taste is s2eet

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lmojoh (513) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2016
Luke 15 adventskalender 2016. Flaske kjøpt på Vinmonopolet Jekta Tromsø. Aroma krydder, mørk malt, sjokolade, mørk frukt. Utseende mørk brun med beige skum som forsvinner fort. Smak krydder, malt, humle, melkesjokolade, litt alkoholsmak. Søtlig, fyldig og kraftig juleøl med julestemning. Veldig godt øl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisRR (55) - DENMARK - NOV 3, 2016
From tap at Taphouse. Pours brown with a small white head. Aroma is dominated with sweet and almost wet malts and spice. Taste is sweet with sweet malts with juniper and caramel nice.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 57
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5