DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2010
500ml bottle poured into a nonic glass...
malteaser (8) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2012 does not count
The beer has a nice cloudy deep copper body, with a good healthy light caramel head. The head retention is pretty good.
The smell is very malty and fruity (cherries, plum, figs). A fair amount of hops is also present in the aroma. The yeast comes through in the smell just a little.
The taste starts out with a surprising hop bite, with herbal and citrusy notes, after which the malts take over, bringing a nice, moderately sweet, bread and caramel taste, mildly garnished with cinnamon. There is also a solid fruity profile, with hints of plum, cherry, apple, and grapefruit. The finish is very bready and quite bitter, with a lingering grapefruit and cherry taste.
Medium-bodied and rather chewy. Moderate carbonation enhances the mouthfeel. The beer feels slightly spicy, with just a hint of alcohol. Goes down smooth, kindly providing a pleasant warming sensation that a lot of us crave throughout the winter season.
The drinkability is good, considering this is a strong and full-bodied beer. Goes down smooth. The alcohol does not get in the way.
Overall, this is an impressive beer and a very complex winter warmer. It is everything it claims to be and it does it well! Recommended!
Beautiful dark,copper colour,candied fruit and coriander on the nose,tastes like caramel,allspice,pumpkin. Nice thick mouthfeel with
a well-balanced finish. Warmed the cockles of my heart. 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 Grwido (57) - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2010
Poured from a bottle with a small head that quickly dissipated. Dark amber/copper colour. Great aroma. You can smell the spices. Taste is sweet and spicy. Nice beer on a cold night. 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.
tvor (24) - USA - JAN 9, 2010
Pours dark with tan head that sticks around. Complex, spicy flavours in the taste. Medium bodied. Warm aftertaste. pootzboy (1824) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle: Decants a turbid clouded brown colored ale with a 1 finger sticky cap. Soft carbonation obviously unfiltered. Aroma is a complex affair with spice up front and cocoa, earthiness, grains and some mellow ripe fruit esters and a treacle-like touch of sweetness....this intensifies as it warms. Flavor follows aroma with malty cocoa mixing with musty fruits spice and hazel nuts - complexity mid palate - hops add a wonderful support role and hang in the background so the complexity can be savoured. Finish is long wet and malty-yeasty with a small hop bite at the very end.
I love this brew! The brewer resisted their normal impulse to over boil hops and the result is the profile on this ale is carried by the complex flavours that develop in a rich unfiltered big ale. I’m impressed. Probably this brewer’s best effort yet.