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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
toffsbury (115) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle, pours a dark brown, aroma is earthy and banana like. Flavour has earthy and banana. Really full bodied and really flavourful. Surprisingly good

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewGoblin (563) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2986) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle. Slightly hazy dark copper with a creamy beige head that sticks around. Aroma is mildly spicy - nutmeg, cinnamon, clove - with hints of orange zest and heavy cream. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet (brown sugar & caramel) and spicey, with a pleasant nuttiness and a moderately bitter finish. A really nice warmer, very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hidden_Pooch (410) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PatIrish (169) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reimer96 (1535) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
2010 edition, thanks to cfrancis for this one. Pours dark amber with sediment and a small off white ring. Aroma is caramelized brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon & a smooth vanilla. Taste is burnt caramel, cinnamon and a nice smooth boozy warming effect. Overall one of the better winter beers I’ve had.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shorlin (719) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (852) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DomD (174) - 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.


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