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Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: English Strong Ale
Halifax, Canada

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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.

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3.4
Radek Kliber (7352) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma frontal hint of chocolate , raisin, brown sugar and alcohol. Wrap of plumes.
Appearance clear, brown with light of dark amber. Lighter off white top.
Flavor and Palate : frontal plum, prune jam with fruity sugars. Mid accented by warmth of alcohol. Finish hinted by ginger and nutmeg.

3.5
HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
February 15, 2011. 500ml bottle shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. Deep copper, clear, with a solid tightly creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet and spicy, plenty of malt and yeast, definitely some alcohol in there, very much a winter beer with a bit of nutmeg and floral bitterness. The taste follows, slightly sharp, spicier and grainier, solid and not all that boozy. Thick body, soft carbonation, malty finish but dry from all the spice - liked it, had it again a year later and liked it the same. NOT a summer beer.

3.5
Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2010
Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sweet rich malt with nice notes of cinnamon. Taste is also a nice mix between some sweet rich caramel malt with notes of cinnamon and light cloves. Body is above average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex but well brewed and quite enjoyable.

3.4
reebtogi (6261) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2016
650ml bottle pours amber in color with a finger and a half of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits with some cinnamon and nutmeg and chocolate. Taste is a chocolate malty and fruity sweetness with a herbal bitterness and the spices. Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, a nicely balanced and tasty brew that suits the style well. Recommended.

3.7
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Thanks to my father for sharing this beer. The beer pours a slightly hazy red color with a tan head. The aroma is cinnamon, brown sugar and some dark fruit. The aroma is a little bit faint. The flavor is better and more pronounced. The first flavors I get are cinnamon, caramel malt and some alcohol - which is quite warming. As the beer warms up, the cloves, brown sugar and bready malt become more apparent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.1
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
Reddy brown. Thin head. Thin body. Candy cane and cinamon flavour. Sweet aroma of soft spice. Spiced amber.

4
robinvboyer (4656) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
Dark ruby pour, off white head, lots of sticky lacing. Big spricy aroma! Cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, even some candied orange peel. Its like fruit cake! Flavor has quite a bit of nutty roast malt. Quite a bit more bitter than i expected. Finish is a robust bready sweet malt. Nice stuff!

3.6
beastiefan2k (3979) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2009
500mL bottle shared by JoeMcPhee, poured into a copita glass. Color is chestnut brown. Aroma is British wet malts, light musky and very ESB-like. Taste is similar, I do not get any kind of spiced character but a wet and dark cold night kind of feel from it. Otherwise, average carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

3.4
Spab (3834) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
500 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits. Pours a murky brownish orange with small off-white head. Aroma is sweet toffee and dark fruit (plum, raisin) and bread. Taste is very sweet with lots of plum and raisin, brown sugar, toffee and a light spiciness. Alcohol is actually fairly understated and body is thinner than might be expected. Nice.

3.4
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2011
500 ml bottle in the Brewmaster’s Mix from LCBO private imports, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear deep mahogany with a decent tan head. Aroma: As expected, some warm spices enveloped in lovely, sweet, thick malts, a Christmas cake in a bottle, some bright fruitiness mixed with dark dried fruits, a little alcohol, ginger, cinnamon and clove, hints of playful esters, caramel and cake batter, well-crafted for the style. Palate: Medium+ body, lush, elegant effervescence. Flav.: A bit more malt than the nose, plenty of warm, Christmas cake spices, decent fruitiness, caramel and brown sugar, a little alcohol, still a liquid Christmas cake; kinda sweet with balancing acidity and bitterness and a malty, spiced finish.

As these beers go, not bad. It struck me while drinking this: why is it called an ESA, while other, similar brews are S/H/V. Food (or drink) for thought...


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