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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%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swiseman (442) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 18, 2010
pours a translucent dark brown, thin head. tastes of caramel, roasted toffee and some bubblegum. mouthfeel is surprisingly thin with only mild hints of alcohol. easy-drinking strong beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2010
500ml bottle poured into a nonic glass...
The beer has a nice cloudy deep copper body, with a good healthy light caramel head. The head retention is pretty good.
The smell is very malty and fruity (cherries, plum, figs). A fair amount of hops is also present in the aroma. The yeast comes through in the smell just a little.
The taste starts out with a surprising hop bite, with herbal and citrusy notes, after which the malts take over, bringing a nice, moderately sweet, bread and caramel taste, mildly garnished with cinnamon. There is also a solid fruity profile, with hints of plum, cherry, apple, and grapefruit. The finish is very bready and quite bitter, with a lingering grapefruit and cherry taste.
Medium-bodied and rather chewy. Moderate carbonation enhances the mouthfeel. The beer feels slightly spicy, with just a hint of alcohol. Goes down smooth, kindly providing a pleasant warming sensation that a lot of us crave throughout the winter season.
The drinkability is good, considering this is a strong and full-bodied beer. Goes down smooth. The alcohol does not get in the way.
Overall, this is an impressive beer and a very complex winter warmer. It is everything it claims to be and it does it well! Recommended!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bendrixian (1323) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2010
500ml bottle. Pour brown/mahogany colour with deep pigmentation and little head. notes of nutmeg and, corriander and other spiced pumpkin kinda notes. Medium bodied with little follow through. Kinda boring actually, which considering this beers history iíd say this is an improvement. still nothing to write home about for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - 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. Thereís 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 itís hard to be sure. The cinnamon and clove really come out strong on the palate with a slightly bitter finish thatís 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 (5930) - 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 (2130) - 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. Itís 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 (5133) - 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 (7828) - 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 (4895) - 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.


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