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Townsite Bičre d’Hiver Winter Ale

Brewed by Townsite Brewing
Style: English Strong Ale
Powell River, Canada


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Townsite’s brewmaster made 60Kg of candi sugar by bringing sugar and water up to 300 degrees and then added this sugar to the boil creating a winter warmer that is spicy and plummy in flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4235) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
650ml bottle pours a deep amber-brown color with a finger of light beige head that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits with some caramel and floral notes. Taste is a dark fruity and caramel malty sweetness with a grassy and herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation imparting a nice feel on the palate. A tasty and smooth drinking brew. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
Mahogany-brown, thin head, slightly spicy, with brown sugar, a fairly estery note w light bubblegum phenols. Sweetish front, almost Belgian-level phenols resulting from the candi sugar, some nice raisiny, fruitcakey notes that are more in the Anglo-American tradition. Maybe a bit thin for something that should be a big-bodied beer. Better for the pub, but not hefty enough for the fireside.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4548) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
Lasting frothy beige head atop a near opaque, black-red body. Roasted malt nose though only slight. Perhaps English Malt but there is some Candied Malt with Belgian yeast hiding in the background. This really isn’t an English Strong Ale is it? Seems more Dunkel or Dopplebock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
pretty solid winter ale smells slightly of spicy plums pours nearly black with a nice bubbly light tan color tastes like some sort of warm spicy plummy dessert pretty damn good winter ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rob6239 (625) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
On cask in Toronto. Pours great with decent head. Aroma only has a slight bit of the oak chips. Taste is sweet and spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
A reddish copper ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, nice sweet fruity malt with light oaked notes, banana and cloves, nice. In mouth, a smooth sweet dark fruity malt with light treacle, oak, very well done. Aged on oak chips. Cask Days 2013.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blomster (258) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2013
Bottle. Brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma of burnt sugar, chocolate. Taste is dark caramel, sugar. Medium bodied, low bitterness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
stantheman (668) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
A 16 oz sleeve on tap at Hop & Vine in North Burnaby. A very dark ruby, slightly translucent. Not far off the color of Guinness. Not much nose detected from this sleeve maxi pour. I’d have to re-pour into a snifter. No patience for that tonight. Flavour is sweet, malty and fruity. No bittering detected. Okay, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gerbeer (1829) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with medium head. Aromas of grass, light chocolate, and hints of citrus and spice. Flavors of burnt malt, old raisins, and copper. Drinkable but not very inspiring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Dark mahogany color with small creamy head. The aroma is mild, dark caramel, some chocolate dust. The body is quite strong; it has a strong flavor of dark caramel, moderate spicy touch, roasted nuts; it also has too much bitterness in the end and some metallic character.

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