Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: English Strong Ale
Halifax, Canada


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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
This strong dark amber beer is brewed with spices evocative of the holiday season. Its warming character makes it a great accompaniment on cold winter nights.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (765) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
Pours an attractive dark orange/brown with foamy head. Aromas of brown sugar, molasses, treacle, dark fruit (dates). Same things show up in the mouth, with an added cinnamon zip. Surprisingly dry for a strong beer with added sugar - Iíd go so far as to call it watery. Oddly drinkable. There is a bit of a sawdust taste to it that I canít quite place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (5665) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Smells like gingerbread. Taste has some spiciness, clove. There isnít much of a leave, though - taste falls pretty flat after the initial spice. Bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnsense (1038) - - FEB 10, 2012
Dark copper pour, 2 fingers of pillowy head. Aroma of Holiday spices, clove, allspice, some yeast, nutmeg. Taste: Roasted malts and candied fruit, spicy, slight clementine orange, peppery. Fairly smooth though the spices are very prominent in the aftertaste. Worthy on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1567) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2012
Murky brown with edges of gold, creamy light brown head. Aroma is sweetly rooty-spicy with some bitter hop. Taste is fairly round and dark-fruity with kola and sarsaparilla, dry herbal hops lead to a nicely dry-balanced finish. Replays of that rooty-spice, mild hop bitter, sweet dark fruit. Tastes a lot like Spruce beer they make.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malteaser (8) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2012 does not count
Beautiful dark,copper colour,candied fruit and coriander on the nose,tastes like caramel,allspice,pumpkin. Nice thick mouthfeel with a well-balanced finish. Warmed the cockles of my heart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3619) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
Dark ruby pour, off white head, lots of sticky lacing. Big spricy aroma! Cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, even some candied orange peel. Its like fruit cake! Flavor has quite a bit of nutty roast malt. Quite a bit more bitter than i expected. Finish is a robust bready sweet malt. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2012
500ml bottle
6.5% ABV
I tried this beer on February 2, 2012 after purchasing from the Garrison Feature at the Queenís Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent coppery red colour with a bubbly tan head. The aroma was nutmeg, caramel, sweet malt and weak floral hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet malt and spices and a hint of yeastiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
500mL Lykkbho bottle. Pours a clear brownish orange with a small beige head. Aroma has a lot of cardamom and cinnamon, with some faint malts, not much complexity but itís nice. Flavour hits with sweet malts and cinnamon upfront, met with dry cardamom and rounded out well with some orange rind. Feels lightish on the palate, and not a whole lot of booze which I guess is good. I always hope that these beers will be kind of bock-like, but it rarely happens and this is no exception. A good beer, but not the kind of stand-out that the Spruce Beer is. Good seasonal brew though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
worldbeertaste (1755) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2011
Dark Ruby almost black with a light tan lasting bubbly head. Sweet malt, spices, nutmeg, pumpkin and berry smell. Complex smell. Tingly thin watery body. Bitter start of pumpkin, nutmeg, spices, roast malt over rip berry sour sweet finish. Not a fan of the finish. The lasting leaf bitter finish is a little offputting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2011
500 ml bottle from private order. Pours hazy, orangey/ruby/copper in colour (yep, a weird colour), with nice off white head, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma is tonnes of spices, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice. Taste is similar, some cloves, lots of spice. Good for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Was cold out tonight, so thought Iíd get a bit warmed up! Good stuff!

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