neongolden (704) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(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.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from JSPrime. Pour murky brown creamy beige head. Aroma brown sugar, caramel, hops, malt sweetness, chocolate. Taste brown sugar, caramel, nice bitter hops, roasty, cereal grain, chocolate. MF medium thick body mild carb. Overall good balanced tasty brew abv well hidden nice stuff.
UXO (646) - CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
bunget (606) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BrewGoblin (532) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Putting this brew out alongside their legendary Spruce Ale must be tough. While still a solid brew in its own right, it can’t hold a Christmas candle to the might Christmas-In-A-Cup of the aforementioned tree-flavoured powerhouse. This handsome ol’ dark ruby copper brew doesn’t have much in the way of smell, some burnt toffee, molasses, leather and wood, present but not strongly pronounced. The taste is stronger, a mostly sweet burst of the smell with hints of well balanced spice. A smooth bitterness creeps up carefully on the back end, not disturbing but enhancing the velvety smooth malt backbone. A fine, rich full-bodied quaff that’s best enjoyed a bit on the warmer side.
swiseman (440) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Hidden_Pooch (410) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
chris__hartley (290) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.