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Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 65   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reimer96 (1062) - 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 (590) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
500 ml bottle, sampled 11/14/08. Dark orange amber colour with a fully lasting pillowy and rocky off-white head. Immediate spicy cinnamon and sugar aroma with some yeasty and bready notes. Bready, orangy, and caramelized sugar malt flavours with a clove phenol, yeasty, and lightly earthy bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, rich and lightly chewy mouthfeel. Nice, but that phenolic note is a bit unpleasant for me - less of a flaw though than a personal taste issue.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
500 mL bottle from the brewery, served in a snifter. Pours clear reddish caramel with a small tan head. The head fades quickly to a thin cover and leaves almost no lace. The nose has big notes of dark fruit, clove and cinnamon, along with molasses and a touch of alcohol. The flavour is quite sweet up front, with plenty of brown sugar and Christmas spice. Hops enter towards the end, providing a nice balanced finish that lingers. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and lively carbonation Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this one; the spices are just right and pair nicely with the malts. Nice for a cool evening in December. 2011-03-06

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2011
My bottle [500ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus. Pours a nice looking deep amber with a large fluffy beige head. Aroma of malt, light spices, dark fruit and brown sugar. Flavour’s the same, malty with spices, dark fruit and brown sugar. Medium bodied. A very nice Winter treat.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1136) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
500mL Lykkbho bottle. Pours a clear brownish orange with a small beige head. Aroma has a lot of cardamom and cinnamon, with some faint malts, not much complexity but it’s nice. Flavour hits with sweet malts and cinnamon upfront, met with dry cardamom and rounded out well with some orange rind. Feels lightish on the palate, and not a whole lot of booze which I guess is good. I always hope that these beers will be kind of bock-like, but it rarely happens and this is no exception. A good beer, but not the kind of stand-out that the Spruce Beer is. Good seasonal brew though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2153) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2012
Pours a silky dirty brown with a small off white head that quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma is spicy cinnamon and malt. Taste is spice and cinnamon up front with a solid malt backing and seems boozy at just 6.8.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (977) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
500mL bottle from LCBO. Aroma of sweet malt, a lot of spice, and a little smoke. Good looking deep ruby colour, clear, with a thin tan head. Taste is full of spice, with some roasty and evergreen notes. Slight bitter finish. Nice full body. A pretty good winter ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (329) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a clear deep amber with an off-white head. Sweet burned caramel in the nose with a subtle hint of licorice. Quite a rich body, molasses and again burned caramel, discreet edge of spices with the nutmeg coming through. Has a warming alcohol finish - so really lives up to it’s name! Enjoyable. 061112


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