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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shorlin (636) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
Aromas of cinnamon. Appearance is great, deep reddish brown with little carbonation. Taste is sweet, with spice and cinnamon and nutmeg. Feel is very nice and full. A good beer, tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bunget (499) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012
500ml bottle. Color: deep ruby, head: mocha, medium size, retention: medium, lacing: sporadic. Aroma: sweet caramel, sour cherry, herbal hops, coriander and cinnamon. Taste: sour at first, bitter after that, spicy, some sweetness, brown sugar, roasted malt, molasses. A nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swiseman (424) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
Dark, brownish red, minimal off-white head, aroma fruity, plums, christmas spices. Medium mouthfeel, pretty sweet but still a good crisp satisfying finish. Slight headbuzz on an empty stomach.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (373) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
Wow. I had all but written off Garrison as the worst of the breweries within 3 hours of my house then I had this brew. It is fantastic. I’m still trying to come up with a way to explain its goodness

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chris__hartley (274) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2012
It pours an amber colour with ruby highlights; the head is light-beige, fluffy, and dissipates quickly. The aroma has notes of: nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, fruitcake, rum, and slight toffee. The taste is light sweet that finishes abruptly; there are notes of: red-fruits, nutmeg, rum, and toffee. The palate is medium-light bodied, aqueous, and a slight bitter finish. Overall, lacks serious body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hidden_Pooch (261) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is of cloves and cinnamon. Taste is similar with some fruits,nuts and some booze. You also get some roasted malt and herbs in there as well. Has a heavier mouth feel to let you know what you are drinking. It did its job well, while I was visiting Halifax in the Winter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
guil0000 (245) - New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 11, 2009
500 ml bottle. POurs Dark amber brown color. Notes of spices and caramel sweetness in the aroma and taste. The spices are with strong notes of holiday spices. Overall I liked it

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PatIrish (168) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Pours a lovely dark ruby red, lot’s of aroma. Ginger, cinnamon, spiced rum. A bit of vanilla on the palate, but it doesn’t leave a lot on the palate.


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