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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
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Stone/Jolly Pumpkin/Nogne O Special Holiday Ale by Stone Brewing Company
Winter Warmer
9.00 % ABV

Review by SAP on 01/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 9 13 3 6 2008
Deceptively carbonated as a vigorous pour at first doesn't produce much of a head but then it blossoms into something that overflows the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. I end up with a four finger thick, lightly browned, amber-tan colored head. The beer is a dark, amber tinged, concentrated red color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of toasted malt up front but then quickly picks up a spiciness reminiscent of sweet ginger, a touch of clove, a definite juniper note and a corresponding pine-needle scent. This has an interesting berry note to it (which I suppose is the juniper) and the finish is dominated by a solid, toasted malt character.

Spicy juniper notes dominate the flavor of this beer upon my first sip. The white sage quickly kicks in though with a solid herbal, and turpene rich character in the middle. The caraway isn't really noticeable overtly like the other two spices, but likely influences my perception of a rye spiciness in the finish. The beer finishes with an herbal, green bitterness that is not from hops alone. The spices also contribute to a sort of menthol like note as well as a touch of anise flavors. The malt provides some caramelized sweetness as well as a toasted malt backbone that reminds me of lightly toasted whole grain bread; as the beer warms a touch of roast character is noticeable at times towards the finish. The malt sweetness accentuates a fruity berry character . A thick, chewy body and a viscous heft are just barely offset by the prickly carbonation; this is definitely a sipping brew.

Not bad, but way too spice dominated, the Juniper seems to be the worst offender as the caraway is quite subtle and the white sage might actually be at a good level but it is hard to tell under all the juniper flavors.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/09/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
A - Pour produces a half inch of thick beige head. It's made up of tight, uniform size bubbles and looks like it's here to stay. Body is reddish brown with a very slight haze to it.

S - Earthy aroma. Definitely getting some sort of berries on the nose. Lightly spicy with a nutty quality to it. There is a dominant aroma that I can't quite identify, sort of like spruce, but that's not it. Could it be the sage?

T - Starts off with lots of sweet malty flavors. Toffee and caramel mix with very light cocoa. Nutty flavor of hazelnuts? Berries come around, much like the smell. More of a highlight here. Sage is big here, which seems to work. Light molasses with ginger following it up.

M - Medium to full bodied. Very smooth feel.

Overall - This isn't a beer that tastes quite like others out there. If you told me it was one of the Anchor OSAs, only the higher alcohol would dissuade me from that. Nice beer that still might have a bit of room to grow.

Served In: Tulip

Review by odeed on 12/03/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 3 6 13 3 6 2008
(once again big ups to weeheavysd for this brew.)pours a dark brown body with not much head.aroma is earth,black liqourice,and ginseng.flavor is much of the same with some molasses,ginger,rye,and sage.this is interesting.and not really in a good way.

Served In: Pint Glass

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