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

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2139) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1995) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
500mL bottle from LCBO. Aroma of sweet malt, a lot of spice, and a little smoke. Good looking deep ruby colour, clear, with a thin tan head. Taste is full of spice, with some roasty and evergreen notes. Slight bitter finish. Nice full body. A pretty good winter ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
had Bottle with Troy Burtch. nice Amberish color, nose is sweet candy sugar spicy. flavor is fruity, almost cherry, little alcohol. nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
worldbeertaste (1795) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
2010 edition, thanks to cfrancis for this one. Pours dark amber with sediment and a small off white ring. Aroma is caramelized brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon & a smooth vanilla. Taste is burnt caramel, cinnamon and a nice smooth boozy warming effect. Overall one of the better winter beers I’ve had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle: Decants a turbid clouded brown colored ale with a 1 finger sticky cap. Soft carbonation obviously unfiltered. Aroma is a complex affair with spice up front and cocoa, earthiness, grains and some mellow ripe fruit esters and a treacle-like touch of sweetness....this intensifies as it warms. Flavor follows aroma with malty cocoa mixing with musty fruits spice and hazel nuts - complexity mid palate - hops add a wonderful support role and hang in the background so the complexity can be savoured. Finish is long wet and malty-yeasty with a small hop bite at the very end. I love this brew! The brewer resisted their normal impulse to over boil hops and the result is the profile on this ale is carried by the complex flavours that develop in a rich unfiltered big ale. I’m impressed. Probably this brewer’s best effort yet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1593) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1497) - CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
Pours clear deep amber with a short, short-lived light tan head, no lacing. (4/5) Nose is nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel malt, maybe some cloves. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter, mild alcohol. (7/10) Medium to full body, moderate to low carbonation, lingering bitter and spicy finish with a distinct alcohol warming. (4/5) Decent winter warmer. No off flavours at all, spices are well-balanced and while emphatic, not overwhelming. The ABV is definitely present, as should be the case for a winter warmer. Ticks all the boxes, without being overly memorable. (15/20)

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bendrixian (1489) - 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 i’d say this is an improvement. still nothing to write home about for me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnsense (1353) - - 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.


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