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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This delicately balanced Strong Ale starts with dark copper color mixed with slight reddish hues and a light tan head. Big malty aroma with a Munich character give way to a slight caramel & toffee mixed with spicy noble hop aroma, all wrapped together with a medium-bodied mouth feel. German malt flavor profile with slight roasty notes give Pray for Snow a subtle toffee sweetness balanced with spicy hop bitterness and slight alcohol warming. Served appropriately in a classic snifter.

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3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
cwald (91) - Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2013
COD grading - Dale. Bottle from Safeway Redmond Oregon. Foamy pour, deep red. Carmel, with plenty of hops. a little thick. pretty good for a winter beer... I’d take it over a jubal ale.


3.5
comes1rp (5) - - NOV 18, 2017 does not count
Good American Ale from Bend Oregon. Good taste, no bad after taste and very smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
mrdrock (24) - - OCT 30, 2017
Sweet, honey, wheaty aroma Reddish brown color Light tan colored head Good mix of malt and hops for my liking with nutty notes ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
mjmoen (595) - - OCT 30, 2017
B-. Pours a black color with khaki head. Drinkable but a little too dry finish

3.5
maddestmax (8) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 29, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2017 This is a pretty damn good winter ale. Caramely and heady. A little less spice profile than a lot of winter ales. Nice beer at 7%! 👍🏼 Bottle from Safeway in Seattle.

3.2
bdleedahl (600) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 7, 2017
Kind of over hopped and/or astringent, not a well made beer, some off flavours that shouldn't be around. 10 barrel portland ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
BroSpud (2244) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2017
On tap at Brighton Music Hall. Poured a darkish amber. Sweet toffee and alcohol notes. Strangely high alcohol taste for some reason. Something seemed off with this one. Drinkable but not overly enjoyable.

4.5
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a dark brown amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is heavy malt with some biscuit and caramel thrown in for good measure. The taste is similar to the nose and has a nice sweet malt taste with some noticeable alcohol. An Outstanding beer

3.3
rollinsr (817) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JAN 29, 2017
Pours copper and clear with tan-orange head. Aroma is sweet juicy fruit. Flavor is sweet musty toffee candy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Draft. Pours deep amber with a beige head. Sweet toffee malts, a little weird bitterness, and cardboard. Not good.

3.8
superspak (6011) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/30/2016. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red/brownish color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, citrus peel, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, cherry, herbal, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt and moderate citrus/earthy/pine hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, citrus peel, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, cherry, herbal, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light chocolate/cocoa, herbal, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt and moderate citrus/earthy/pine hop flavors; with a nice malt bitterness balance; light lingering hop astringency after the finish, but not overwhelming. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, bready/grainy/creamy, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden; a mild warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good american strong ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt and moderate citrus/earthy/pine hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the lingering hop astringency. Really aggressive/resinous on bitterness, but still has nice malt balance. A very enjoyable offering.


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