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

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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Atheist_Peace (927) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 500ml bottle. Pours a semi-dark brown/amber with tab head that leaves a thin ring of lace. Fairly heavy on the spice in the nose; cinnamon and cloves. There’s a lot of cheap brown sugar in there too and things that remind me of tooth paste. Faint hints of something that might be beer underneath, but it’s hard to be sure. The cinnamon and clove really come out strong on the palate with a slightly bitter finish that’s full of brown sugar but not overly sweet. That odd toothpaste sort of vibe sticks around and detracts heavily from the palate.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grwido (57) - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2010
Poured from a bottle with a small head that quickly dissipated. Dark amber/copper colour. Great aroma. You can smell the spices. Taste is sweet and spicy. Nice beer on a cold night.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Thanks to my father for sharing this beer. The beer pours a slightly hazy red color with a tan head. The aroma is cinnamon, brown sugar and some dark fruit. The aroma is a little bit faint. The flavor is better and more pronounced. The first flavors I get are cinnamon, caramel malt and some alcohol - which is quite warming. As the beer warms up, the cloves, brown sugar and bready malt become more apparent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1775) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
500 mL bottle. Cloudy amber-orange with a small, pale, orange head. Malty-spicy aroma focusses on toasted caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, cola, and a hint of orange. It’s all there in the flavour as well, although more loosely defined, and there is a mildly spicy-bitter finish. Decent body and carbonation. More drinkable than some others, in that the spicing is not overwhelming.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4636) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2010
Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sweet rich malt with nice notes of cinnamon. Taste is also a nice mix between some sweet rich caramel malt with notes of cinnamon and light cloves. Body is above average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex but well brewed and quite enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (6438) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
Bottle, courtesy of OKBeer. Pours a deep sienna with a brief tan head, no lace. Aroma of dark toffee, hints of spice and copper metal. Flavour is sweet dark toffee, some toast and spice. Decent enough.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
Reddy brown. Thin head. Thin body. Candy cane and cinamon flavour. Sweet aroma of soft spice. Spiced amber.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2113) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
bottle thanks to moniker
Appearance : Clesr amber small head short retention
Aroma : Some hops and dark fruits. Quite sweet.
Taste : Some hops and dark fruits. Not so tasty.
Finish : A tiny bit bitter.
Overall : A bit bland

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tvor (24) - USA - JAN 9, 2010
Pours dark with tan head that sticks around. Complex, spicy flavours in the taste. Medium bodied. Warm aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2010
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée chez ANBL (Caraquet, N-B). Arôme: Légère odeur de clou de Girofle et de cannelle. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de clou de Girofle avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Épices en arrière goût. (Rating #2795)


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