Brewed by Fernie Brewing Company
Style: American Strong Ale
Fernie, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Our most decadent brew yet a rich, strong winter black ale. A healthy addition of chocolate malt, plus infusions of dark organic cocoa and curacao orange peel provide unique flavour. Extra aging on oak adds smoothness and complexity.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle share. Almost completely black with a bubbly light tan cap. A seaweed, roasted nuts, mocha, chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, light chocolate. I wish the taste was a bit more exciting like the aroma. Ooh. A burp leaves a bit of a dry zesty malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UXO (1653) - CANADA - DEC 20, 2016
Appearance: hazy deep brown with amber margins, one finger of fluffy beige head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: chocolate malt, cocoa, orange peel, oak. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full body, soft carbonation, off-dry finish. (3/5) OK, lets do this one by the numbers: Black? Well sorta. Mammoth? Well maybe. Winter? Yes! Yes! Nailed it! This is, in fact, the first day of winter! Ale? Another solid one! Batting at least .500! Ok, fine, sarcasm aside, this might not be quite the beast it promises - truth be told, its pretty much a standard Porter in terms of flavour profile, except for the ABV - but its fairly respectable. Or at least, it would be, with some more bitterness backing up the malt bill. In my humble opinion, something this dark (-ish) and heavy (-ish) can pull off a decent IBU value - particularly if it wants to brag about being mammoth. And another damn thing, while Im at it: pick a style. If yall had called this a Porter (like I think it is), or even made the argument its an Imperial Porter, Id probably have been a bit more enthusiastic. I hate classifying things as Winter Warmers, because its a bullshit style encompassing a wide range of ABVs, malt bills, and spice profiles. Might as well call it an American Strong Ale, for all the help that provides. Do I like it? Yeah, sorta. Am I happy about that? No, not particularly. A bit more direction would help this immensely. Ill grudgingly call this a seven, but Im not happy about it. (14/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (969) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2016
Poured from 650mL bottle [bb 05/2017]. Brown-ish black with light tan head. Chocolate and light smoked wood. Medium body. Citrus is but a mild hint at the end. My favourite local winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (2718) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2016
Pretty nice ale. Pours black with tan head and spotty lacing. Aromas are red berries, licorice, dark chocolate. Nice roasty flavours. Burnt malts, tangy strawberries, umami. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (3360) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 22, 2016
Dark brown body, brown head, some lacing. Fruity malty, tart, roast cocoa, a touch of citrus and grapes in the aroma. Taste is semi-sweet, rich malty, with a dry finish and lactose. Frothy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
redbeered (65) - GREECE - DEC 24, 2015
bottle: pours brown, black with a tan head.......vanilla, caramel, toffee notes.....medium sweet with a gentle bitterness.......medium body.....coffee and roast flavours.......good effort

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeanF (2404) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
Nice solid spongy beige head with a jet black body. Aroma of peat, chocolate, coffee, oak. Flavour is a strong sour mix of licorice and chocolate, smooth molasses. Wet finish. Nice and heavy with good intrigue in the aroma and flavour, the best Fernie brew Ive tried to date.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
phatmasterc (3) - - DEC 21, 2015 does not count
Khaki colored head. Alcohol upfront, nice body to go with the 8%abv, roasty toasty caramel on the end along with chocolate and cocoa. You have to look for the orange peel which is nice, its not overdone. A great beer for a cold time of year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (13526) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2015
Draft - Some dark roast, but light. Jet black with a beige head. Dark roast, cocoa and chocolate notes. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2994) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Dark pour with a finger of pale foam that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of cocoa powder and a bit of fruit. Taste is a more muted chocolate with a lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (3256) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
Thanks to Erik for this. Pours black with a small white ring. Aroma is light toasted malt and light dark chocolate. Taste is much the same, dont really get the wood.

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