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

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RATINGS: 68   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.


3.7
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JUL 27, 2009
Pleasant rendition of a winter warmer, pleasant alcoholic warmth that is overall smooth tasting, nice spicy notes hinting of cinnamon and other additions.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
toffsbury (114) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Aroma is strongly of brown sugar, very sweet - intensely so. Some spices in there which i can’t identify at the moment. Deep clear and bubbly brown pour, with thin clingy head. Sweet with a very mild bitter finish. A little boozy, but not too much. Very nice winter beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DomD (100) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
Poured from bottle. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Pours a clear dark red with minimal tan head. Taste is medium bitter. Medium body, oily texture, has a bit of a spicy alcoholic finish. Still good, but I remember it being better in previous years.

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!

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tvor (24) - USA - JAN 9, 2010
Pours dark with tan head that sticks around. Complex, spicy flavours in the taste. Medium bodied. Warm aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malteaser (8) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2012 does not count
Beautiful dark,copper colour,candied fruit and coriander on the nose,tastes like caramel,allspice,pumpkin. Nice thick mouthfeel with a well-balanced finish. Warmed the cockles of my heart.


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