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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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3.9
rejtable (2888) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 Feb 2012 update: this is more like it. Like having Xmas in your mouth. Lots of ginger and molasses this year. Great warmth, lovely beer. Poured dark amber with a head that dissipates. Light creamy in the mouth. Liked this beer, but I didn’t find the expected winter spicy flavours. Tasted more like a bitter. Enjoyed it and would buy again.

3.5
TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
500 mL bottle. Cloudy amber-orange with a small, pale, orange head. Malty-spicy aroma focusses on toasted caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, cola, and a hint of orange. It’s all there in the flavour as well, although more loosely defined, and there is a mildly spicy-bitter finish. Decent body and carbonation. More drinkable than some others, in that the spicing is not overwhelming.

3.3
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2008
From bottle. Rich caramel with berry aroma. Deep amber colour with a crisp off white head. Fresh texture, spices, sweet and nutty ale. Smooth and rich finish. I would buy a bottle of this again. Enjoyable ale.

3.6
dfearnley (2381) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2016
Bottle to tulip Consummation: Malt, rye, cloves, and mace. Adjunct: Lots of rye aromatics, with clove, bergamot, and nutmeg; dark amber with a thin, but creamy, nearly tan head

4.1
barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
bottle from a mixed sixer. pours clear garnet with a mid tan head. excellent malt and spice nose. very true to style as a winter warmer. easy drinking but the alcohol is present to make you sip it. very nice brew overall.

3.4
Fred82 (2332) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
bottle thanks to moniker
Appearance : Clesr amber small head short retention
Aroma : Some hops and dark fruits. Quite sweet.
Taste : Some hops and dark fruits. Not so tasty.
Finish : A tiny bit bitter.
Overall : A bit bland

3.6
kevinsenn (2310) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
500mL bottle from LCBO. Aroma of sweet malt, a lot of spice, and a little smoke. Good looking deep ruby colour, clear, with a thin tan head. Taste is full of spice, with some roasty and evergreen notes. Slight bitter finish. Nice full body. A pretty good winter ale.

3.6
neongolden (2005) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2012
(500mL from the LCBO) Pours dark red with a fine particulate suspension and a thin white head that dissipated immediately. Aroma complex, dominated by brown sugar/molasses malts, but with dates, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), a bit of spiced rum, quite christmas cake-esque. Flavour is sweet malts up front, a bit of fruitiness, some chocolate, bit of yeasty funk comes up mid-palate and then moderately bitter hops dry down the beer quickly on the finish. Mouthfeel is weak to me, watery in the second half and over-carbonated with a soda-pop feel and a lack of structure and depth on the finish. Just doesn’t live up to the smell for me.

3.4
tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
had Bottle with Troy Burtch. nice Amberish color, nose is sweet candy sugar spicy. flavor is fruity, almost cherry, little alcohol. nice beer.

3.7
UXO (1896) - CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
Pours clear deep amber with a short, short-lived light tan head, no lacing. (4/5) Nose is nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel malt, maybe some cloves. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter, mild alcohol. (7/10) Medium to full body, moderate to low carbonation, lingering bitter and spicy finish with a distinct alcohol warming. (4/5) Decent winter warmer. No off flavours at all, spices are well-balanced and while emphatic, not overwhelming. The ABV is definitely present, as should be the case for a winter warmer. Ticks all the boxes, without being overly memorable. (15/20)


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