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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
Johnsense (1734) - - 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
solidfunk (9363) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Smells like gingerbread. Taste has some spiciness, clove. There isn’t much of a leave, though - taste falls pretty flat after the initial spice. Bottle

3.4
reebtogi (6350) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2016
650ml bottle pours amber in color with a finger and a half of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits with some cinnamon and nutmeg and chocolate. Taste is a chocolate malty and fruity sweetness with a herbal bitterness and the spices. Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, a nicely balanced and tasty brew that suits the style well. Recommended.

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.

3.3
TaktikMTL (7921) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2010
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée chez ANBL (Caraquet, N-B). Arôme: Légère odeur de clou de Girofle et de cannelle. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de clou de Girofle avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Épices en arrière goût. (Rating #2795)

3.3
Sammy (12610) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
Bang on the style, one of the better WW I have had.Pours dark brown with no noticeable head. A little spicy aroma. Like a cask beer, nicely understated spiced, a little cinammon and nutmeg, good mating. Very drinkable, almost sherryish. Perhaps cellaring it a few months helped.Private Bartowel order.Smoooth mouthfeel.

3.3
pushkinwow (2889) - 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.

3.3
chris__hartley (445) - 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.

3.2
mabel (9245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2009 [1990-20090205] 500mL bottle. Some grains aroma, not much. Hazy, dark amber brown body with a medium-lasting creamy light yellow head and some tiny floaties. Sweet malty thick syrupy flavour that’s fairly mild. Medium body is thick. Fair. (5/4/6/3/12) 3.0
Overheard: "It tastes like November."
(w/ DuctTape, jerc, others)

[2039B-20090313] 500mL bottle. Sweet fruity heavy malt aroma. Hazy, dark amber brown body with a big long-lasting foamy off-white head. Sweet candy cane and heavy fruit malt flavour. Watery medium body. Tasty. (6/4/6/3/14) 3.3
(w/ jerc)

3.1
worldbeertaste (1806) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2011
Dark Ruby almost black with a light tan lasting bubbly head. Sweet malt, spices, nutmeg, pumpkin and berry smell. Complex smell. Tingly thin watery body. Bitter start of pumpkin, nutmeg, spices, roast malt over rip berry sour sweet finish. Not a fan of the finish. The lasting leaf bitter finish is a little offputting.


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