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%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, - DEC 15, 2010
500ml bottle poured into a nonic glass...
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!

cards04 (2808) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 12, 2017
I thought this was a very well executed brew. Balanced and sweet..Just like a winter warmer should be. Roasted malts, grape juice, dark chocolate, espresso in the aromas and flavors. Delicious.

northropfrye (3620) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 7, 2017
Dark reddish brown body, off-white head, some lacing. Sweet dried fruit, malts, grains, vanilla, cola aroma. Taste is rich holiday spice, belgian candy, dried fruit, grapes, with a dry roasty note/finish. Really quite nice.

Brettsky06 (446) - 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

ljthiessen (1348) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle. Amber pour with a tan head. Aroma is caramel and spices, some cinnamon and gingerbread, some fruitcake notes, pretty nice. Taste is much the same, spices are balanced and mild compared to many winter warmers, makes this quite nice for the style.

dfearnley (2145) - 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

reebtogi (6277) - 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.

BrewGoblin (632) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
Putting this brew out alongside their legendary Spruce Ale must be tough. While still a solid brew in its own right, it can’t hold a Christmas candle to the might Christmas-In-A-Cup of the aforementioned tree-flavoured powerhouse. This handsome ol’ dark ruby copper brew doesn’t have much in the way of smell, some burnt toffee, molasses, leather and wood, present but not strongly pronounced. The taste is stronger, a mostly sweet burst of the smell with hints of well balanced spice. A smooth bitterness creeps up carefully on the back end, not disturbing but enhancing the velvety smooth malt backbone. A fine, rich full-bodied quaff that’s best enjoyed a bit on the warmer side.

DomD (306) - 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.

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)

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.

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