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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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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.


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!

4.4
   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.

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

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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2169) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
bottle from a mixed sixer. pours clear garnet with a mid tan head. excellent malt and spice nose. very true to style as a winter warmer. easy drinking but the alcohol is present to make you sip it. very nice brew overall.

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1587) - Hawgville, 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3086) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
Dark ruby pour, off white head, lots of sticky lacing. Big spricy aroma! Cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, even some candied orange peel. Its like fruit cake! Flavor has quite a bit of nutty roast malt. Quite a bit more bitter than i expected. Finish is a robust bready sweet malt. Nice stuff!

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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1273) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 Feb 2012 update: this is more like it. Like having Xmas in your mouth. Lots of ginger and molasses this year. Great warmth, lovely beer. Poured dark amber with a head that dissipates. Light creamy in the mouth. Liked this beer, but I didn’t find the expected winter spicy flavours. Tasted more like a bitter. Enjoyed it and would buy again.


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