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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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3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1329) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - MAY 1, 2012
The spice is mainly designated to the olfactory part of your bodily bus here, the taste is mainly that of a strong ale. The hotness is part of the mix in your throat, and its nice, Id drink this while shovelling snow but sorry I live in Victoria so I cant. I really enjoyed the thickness of this drink.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bunget (898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012
500ml bottle. Color: deep ruby, head: mocha, medium size, retention: medium, lacing: sporadic. Aroma: sweet caramel, sour cherry, herbal hops, coriander and cinnamon. Taste: sour at first, bitter after that, spicy, some sweetness, brown sugar, roasted malt, molasses. A nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
2010 release. Pours a cloudy brown with noticeable sediment and a nice small white ring around the glass. Aromas of caramel, dried plum, spices. Flavours of cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, molasses, caramel and some light alcohol. Tasty brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2181) - Qubec 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (3597) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (3790) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2011
500 ml bottle in the Brewmasters 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...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnsense (1501) - - FEB 10, 2012
Dark copper pour, 2 fingers of pillowy head. Aroma of Holiday spices, clove, allspice, some yeast, nutmeg. Taste: Roasted malts and candied fruit, spicy, slight clementine orange, peppery. Fairly smooth though the spices are very prominent in the aftertaste. Worthy on a cold winter night.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (8288) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Smells like gingerbread. Taste has some spiciness, clove. There isnt much of a leave, though - taste falls pretty flat after the initial spice. Bottle


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