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

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RATINGS: 74   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
Spab (4081) - 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.

3.6
northropfrye (3691) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 7, 2017
Dark reddish brown body, off-white head, some lacing. Sweet dried fruit, malts, grains, vanilla, cola aroma. Taste is rich holiday spice, belgian candy, dried fruit, grapes, with a dry roasty note/finish. Really quite nice.

3.6
cfrancis (3574) - 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.

3.8
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle. Slightly hazy dark copper with a creamy beige head that sticks around. Aroma is mildly spicy - nutmeg, cinnamon, clove - with hints of orange zest and heavy cream. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet (brown sugar & caramel) and spicey, with a pleasant nuttiness and a moderately bitter finish. A really nice warmer, very enjoyable.

3.6
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Nice aroma, spicy, reminds me much of a pumpkin ale. Full mouthfeel, decent carb, bready and peanuty with some spices, sweet residual malts. Decent enough.

3.9
Ontbeertaster (3208) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle, pours a dark brown, aroma is earthy and banana like. Flavour has earthy and banana. Really full bodied and really flavourful. Surprisingly good

3.5
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle, thanks to C & K! Bottle #3 of my Garrison solo tasting. Very dark ruby brown, small creamy brown tinged head. Mild spicy malty aroma - I wanted more! Taste - nice subtle spices, lots of cola like fig, decent thick but a tad watery body. A little sweet and sugary (shares some characteristics tot he sugar maple I just had (yes, I used a different glass, that maple is going to stick around for months!), but quite nice. Yes, I understand I’m having it in the middle of summer, but it is a chilly night! Not too bad, just not quite the winner I was expecting.

3.7
garthicus (2945) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 15, 2011
Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Dark brown, medium tan head. Aroma: Raisins, plums, nicely spiced, cinnamon predominant. Nice. Flavour: Plums, cinnamon, winter spices, raisins, Christmas pudding like, slightly boozy in the finish. Very nice.

3.8
cards04 (2917) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 12, 2017
I thought this was a very well executed brew. Balanced and sweet..Just like a winter warmer should be. Roasted malts, grape juice, dark chocolate, espresso in the aromas and flavors. Delicious.

3.3
pushkinwow (2895) - Ottawa, CANADA - AUG 14, 2011
500ml. Hazy brown with off-white cream head. Sweet, spicy, mild hops and malt. Well carbonated, sweet and relatively smooth with a bit of alcohol booze at the end. Not a great finish but a decent beer.


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