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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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hidden_Pooch (518) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is of cloves and cinnamon. Taste is similar with some fruits,nuts and some booze. You also get some roasted malt and herbs in there as well. Has a heavier mouth feel to let you know what you are drinking. It did its job well, while I was visiting Halifax in the Winter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swiseman (486) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 18, 2010
pours a translucent dark brown, thin head. tastes of caramel, roasted toffee and some bubblegum. mouthfeel is surprisingly thin with only mild hints of alcohol. easy-drinking strong beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chris__hartley (431) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2012
It pours an amber colour with ruby highlights; the head is light-beige, fluffy, and dissipates quickly. The aroma has notes of: nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, fruitcake, rum, and slight toffee. The taste is light sweet that finishes abruptly; there are notes of: red-fruits, nutmeg, rum, and toffee. The palate is medium-light bodied, aqueous, and a slight bitter finish. Overall, lacks serious body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
Dark, brownish red, minimal off-white head, aroma fruity, plums, christmas spices. Medium mouthfeel, pretty sweet but still a good crisp satisfying finish. Slight headbuzz on an empty stomach.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
guil0000 (408) - New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 11, 2009
500 ml bottle. POurs Dark amber brown color. Notes of spices and caramel sweetness in the aroma and taste. The spices are with strong notes of holiday spices. Overall I liked it

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
Wow. I had all but written off Garrison as the worst of the breweries within 3 hours of my house then I had this brew. It is fantastic. I’m still trying to come up with a way to explain its goodness

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DomD (281) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
Poured from bottle. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Pours a clear dark red with minimal tan head. Taste is medium bitter. Medium body, oily texture, has a bit of a spicy alcoholic finish. Still good, but I remember it being better in previous years.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brettsky06 (267) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2017
Pours a nice dark red. Aroma has nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste has some spice and dried plum. Boozy finish, very nice

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PatIrish (183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Pours a lovely dark ruby red, lots of aroma. Ginger, cinnamon, spiced rum. A bit of vanilla on the palate, but it doesnt leave a lot on the palate.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JUL 27, 2009
Pleasant rendition of a winter warmer, pleasant alcoholic warmth that is overall smooth tasting, nice spicy notes hinting of cinnamon and other additions.


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