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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%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
2010 release. Pours a cloudy brown with noticeable sediment and a nice small white ring around the glass. Aromas of caramel, dried plum, spices. Flavours of cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, molasses, caramel and some light alcohol. Tasty brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
500 ml bottle, sampled 11/14/08. Dark orange amber colour with a fully lasting pillowy and rocky off-white head. Immediate spicy cinnamon and sugar aroma with some yeasty and bready notes. Bready, orangy, and caramelized sugar malt flavours with a clove phenol, yeasty, and lightly earthy bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, rich and lightly chewy mouthfeel. Nice, but that phenolic note is a bit unpleasant for me - less of a flaw though than a personal taste issue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 15, 2011
500 ml bottle. Appearance is a cloudy, unfiltered dark brown. Taste is a strong malty and hops, with a good amount of spice. Body was pretty smooth. I think it was a better winter seasonal than the Winter Weizenbock.

3.6
   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 it’s 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.

3.5
   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 Queen’s 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnsense (998) - - 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.

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. 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (825) - 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)

3.7
   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 I’d get a bit warmed up! Good stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (774) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2012
(500mL from the LCBO) Pours dark red with a fine particulate suspension and a thin white head that dissipated immediately. Aroma complex, dominated by brown sugar/molasses malts, but with dates, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), a bit of spiced rum, quite christmas cake-esque. Flavour is sweet malts up front, a bit of fruitiness, some chocolate, bit of yeasty funk comes up mid-palate and then moderately bitter hops dry down the beer quickly on the finish. Mouthfeel is weak to me, watery in the second half and over-carbonated with a soda-pop feel and a lack of structure and depth on the finish. Just doesn’t live up to the smell for me.


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