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10 Degrees Below - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 123
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 20.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2006

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Photo of SFdragon
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Waxy, burnt taste upon sipping. Syrupy and very little carbonation. Aftertaste is a mix of chocolate and black licorice. Was hoping for a stronger fruit taste, but instead it's just spice and staleness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an almost opaque murky brown with a 1/2 inch khaki head that fades to an oily film. Small dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, cocoa, and some cinnamon spice notes. Taste is surprisingly sour (I think there may be an issue going on with this beer). I am getting some malt, sour fruits, and weird spice flavors on the finish. This beer has a higher level of carbonation which makes the sourness somewhat worse. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer and I am pretty sure that I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of droomyster
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head with decent retention. Aromas are predominantly of chocolate, with a bit of cold coffee and a hint of something being off. The taste is overwhelmingly sour and not enjoyable. Whatever notes of cocoa and spice this beer might possess are completely ruined by the green apple tartness. Reading the reviews below, I see I'm not alone in thinking this is a strange beer, and not in a good way.

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Photo of Jesstyr
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed this beer as part of a tremendous winter haul from Total Wines. What a disappointment. Served in a Forst beer glass.

Pours dark ruby and brown with nice bright white head that fills a minimum of two fingers. Good first impression. Nose is heavy on sugar with some light sourness that is somewhat inexplicable. I get some wheat and perhaps some citrus in there as well.

Taste is painfully sour, nothing like the weizenbock is meant to be - and certainly not malty as its look would suggest. Drinks very dryly, it covers the mouth completely. Some light citrus, seemingly orange, adds some flavor to this sour beer. Almost as if this went bad - I might even have to grab another one based on the other reviews.

Altogether a heavily disappointing beer, I couldnt even finish the last couple ounces.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Guinness pint and the brew is a medium dark brown and hazy and has a 1 finger off tan head that clears fairly quickly and leaves a minimal hit and miss light lacing.

The aroma is malted grains with a hint of wheat.

The flavor follows the nose wih the addition of some unpleasant sourness, especially for a Weizenbock.

Not picking up any dark fruit and the malt profile is one dimensional.

Medium mouth feel and carbination makes the sourness stand out more. In my opinion, this is drinkable, but that's about it. A C brew for me.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Brief write-up. This is an unusual brew - a very dark weizenbock with a healthy hop profile. However, it lacks ester notes, coming off as a regular dark wheat ale. It's best feature is it's drinkability. Really, though, it's not anything special, and I won't look for it again.

2.94/5: I'm certainly left frigid over this one

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Photo of Bfarr
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with medium tan head with okay retention and no real lacing. Strangely sharp hop aroma. Molasses and pronounced citrus peel with light toffee and caramel sweetness finishing lightly medicinal. Smooth crisp feel with a slight mouthcoating.

Nice lager feel for a winter warmer but a little too much hop in the wrong places. Good but not one to search for too hard.

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Photo of arizcards
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late November for $1.79.

Beer poured a murky brown with a little head that dissapated quickly.

Nose is a hint of citrus and not much else.

Taste is sour with some hints of chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel is thin and not overly smooth.

Overall this is a very strange beer, the sourness of a southern bavarian dunkel weiss is crossed with a chocolate malt backbone. Not recommended.

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Photo of beertunes
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 11oz. version of Imperial Pint glass. Poured just short of black color, with a tall deep tan head that dissipated quickly leaving little to no lacing. Slight biscuity aroma. Flavor delivers a gentle spice flavor with the malty base. Full, pleasing body as is usual for the style. Nicely drinkable. I would drink this on tap at the local. Another good job from a solid, but not spectacular brewery.

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Photo of froghop
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a cloudy brown with a tint of ruby, thin beige head that dissipates quickly, better than average lacing.

smell is of spice, roasted malt, sweet cocoa, hint of coffee, some caramel, and a little bit of dark fruit.

taste is creamy, spice, milk chocolate, a little coffee, malt, toasted nuts, a little caramel, and way in the back sits a prune.

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Photo of Zraly
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Tons of yeast floatin' about -- understandable given the style although a bit odd that they are suspended so much. A touch of spice and yeast in the nose.

Overall, nice roasted malt flavors with clove and a hint of bubble gum. A bit of carob and raisin lingers. Finish is decent, and carbonation seems enough to keep the flavors from cloying. Has a nice warming quality with the alcohol well-hidden.

Not bad but not great. Decent with meat, perhaps some braised smoked sausages.

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Photo of Derek
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Supposedly an Imperial Weizen bock.

A: Deep amber/copper with an off-white head, some retention & lace.

S: Big bubblegum fruitiness, with some grassy & floral hops. Intriguing but different.

T: Very fruity and hoppy. Lots of bubblegum, banana and mango along with grassy, floral and slightly steelie hopping. Underlying sweet maltiness (caramel, sponge toffee, hints of bread).

M: Moderate body is smooth with a slight residual sweetness.

D: I really liked their Weizen bock, I though the hopping in this just seemed weird.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Medium brown color, small tan head.
Caramel malt aroma, some sweet fruit. A bit of herbal hops.
Very malty taste, also some raisin/dark fruit. Piney hops at the finish.
Pretty thin in the mouth.
Nice enough beer, just not very special. Would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a cola-like brown color with a 1 1/2 finger light tan head that settles into a medium collar. I can't get a read on what kind of bubble action is going on in the darkness. Aroma is of sweet, dark berries. 1st sip is of dark fruit, but it is much drier than the aroma. Mouthfeel is light and on the watery side. Overall, a rather mediocre beer. Victory Moonglow is my benchmark for weizenbocks, and this isn't close to being in the same league.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which appears to have pretty good retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a chestnut to chocolate brown that shows burgundy and maroon when held up to the light. Lacing tends to sheeting.

Nose- Fairly low key. I get some bubblegum, a mild note of cocoa, and slight evidence of chocolate. The chocolate and cocoa or much stronger from the bottle. I don't get any of the crisp citrus aroma that the website mentions. Very one-dimensional but still nice. Swirling shows a brief hint of an ester which might be oranges or raisins.

Taste- Starts off with a sweet front that borders on cloying. Some citrus (mostly orange), a strong note of raisins (maybe even plums), and even a small tendency toward soy sauce. Shows mild chocolate and cocoa from the middle to the finish where there is a slight woody bitterness. Slight chalk on the finish as well. No real flaws but lacks presence and complexity. Actually, the overly sweet raisin notes and suggestion of soy sauce does seem like a slight flaw. The mild chocolate and cocoa balance it well but not enough cancel out its effects. Pretty much just an above average beer. Some pine and resin on the finish. Even a tiny bit of earwax. Some caramel on the middle which has a slight burnt quality on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Just below medium bodied with low carbonation. Seems a little thin. This might actually be undercarbonated. Slight hints of syrup to the texture. It is pretty smooth and this redeems it to some extent.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing with no signs of heat but it's also pretty boring. I think I paid under two bucks for a bottle and I guess this goes for about 8 bucks a six pack. Okay but not something I would purchase again.

Overall- Just above average with hints of just being average. The cloying aspects mellow and make the beer more accessible but they don't make it more interesting. Possibly worth at try but I wouldn't dwell on that decision to long.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Coca cola brown with almost no head at all. A thin ring of light brown foam is about it.

S: When I poured this, I started smelling a ton of rye bread. Then, all of a sudden the smell changed and I started to get all kinds of weird stuff. Chocolate, sour dark cherry, tootsie roll and some bubblegum.

T: The taste started almost like a hef and then came a huge smack of black cherry sourness. Finish brings some hints of malt, faint cocoa powder and maybe even a hint of hop resin. Definitely interesting, but the flavors are a little too scattered and disjointed for me to call it good.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a large bottle into a pint glass. Pours very dark brown with light brown head which is a standard characteristic of most "winter warmer" ales. Had never heard of this brewing company before so was not expecting much, rightly so. Malty, cherry and coffee are the three flavors that come to mind when taking a sip. Slightly sweet. Nothing special about this brew.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dirty dark brown with 1/2" head that dissipates, some initial lacing that disappears in minutes as well.
S - Hints of malt and alcohol; neither very stong; not a lot going on here
T - Very light malt and subtle hop and bitter; slight bitter aftertaste
F - Light body and low carbonation (could use a touch more); slight dryness on the finish
O - I was anticipating something different based on the smell and appearance, but the hop and bitter aroma was unnoticable to me, but was not mistaken on the taste; While the dark fruits and spices may have been there, I didn't pick them up. Overall, decent, but nothing magical.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark brown opaque color that is almost brown. It has the thinnest head I have ever seen on a beer and I sloshed it just to beef up the head. I does however have a nice tan and tight lace. The flavor is reminiscent of a watered down porter. It is roasty and wood like. It has a mild chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall it is not bad.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*Review taken from notes*

A: Dark brown Stout-colored brew. Lighter head.

S: A bit smoky with vanilla notes. Smells rich -- I'm getting some coffee, caramel.

T: Smoky, spicy. I've having trouble pulling any real flavor from this. The carbonation is getting in the way.

M: Light-heavy body. Way too carbonated for me. As soon as the beer hit my tongue it was fizzing. A distraction.

O: Not really feeling this beer. It's almost like a beer soda to me. I will avoid this beer in the future. If I gave it a letter grade, then I would give it a "C".

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Photo of dnichols
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was served this brew from a cask at the March 22, 2008 Washington Cask Beer Festival in Seattle. It as identified as the "2006 Cask 10 Below (Imperial Dunkel Weisse)"

A: It poured a dark cola collar with hint of red. It was lightly carbonated and generated a tan head that receded fast, leaving only spotted lacing.

S: It gave of the smell of ripe red fruits (plums, grapes and cherries) as well as roasted malts and white bread yeasts.

T: It had a surprisingly bitter flavor. The sweet malts were complemented by strong fruit flavors (plums and cherries). It was hoppier than presented in the smell, however, it finished warm and clean. The alcohol was well hidden.

M: It was well carbonated giving it a zing on the tongue. It was a light bodied beer that was quite refreshing. Nice clean aftertaste.

D: I don't get this as a "dunkel weisse". As a winter warmer it could stand to turn up the heat. However, it was a smooth and easy beer to consume. Decent session beer.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown with hints of light coming through on the edges. Half finger light tan head with sub par retention yet still leaves a decent lacing.

S: Coffee. Bubblegum. Some light fruits. Touches of wheat. Toffee. Very different smelling beer, seems complex.

T: Bread, wheat, caramel, cloves, toastiness, toffee, nuttiness, touches of fruit. Alcohol. Pretty complex, but it all just doesn't work that well together. Not bad but not good either.

M: Medium light body. Higher carbonation. A touch crisp and a touch dry.

O: Definitely different from the other couple Weizenbock's I've had. Although this isn't a bad beer, it's definitely not great. Don't be in a hurry to grab one of these off the shelf.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rather dark, fairly hazy brown. Orange highlights appear when help up to light. The light caramel-colored head is moderately sized, with a reasonably dense, frothy texture. Retention is solid but not outstanding. Some inconsistent lace is deposited onto the glass as it fades.

S: Some definite sweetness - some caramel and toffee for sure. Esters are prominent, with some clove/spice notes and pleasant fruitiness. Herbal/leafy hops are evident but not extreme. Toasted wheat and faint nuttiness are also present.

T: Toasty malt up front, with some slight tanginess from wheat. Some medium caramel/toffee sweetness is noticeable but not overdone. Lightly nutty, with some faint cocoa detectable. Yeast notes provide some mild spicy/clove flavors and a general fruitiness. Light herbal hop flavor and bitterness provides some balance.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is somewhat light, but there's still a slightly drier-than-average finish.

D: A pleasant, enjoyable weizenbock that lacks the complexity of many better options. Surprisingly malty for the style - unusual nutty and cocoa notes seem to overpower the yeasty character a bit more than I would have preferred. Straightforward, but worth a try.

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Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased at J.B.'s in Spokane for $3.99.

Poured a dark, cola-like color, with an inch of bubbly, tan foam that dropped rapidly, leaving spotty lace. The beer took on a hue somewhere between garnet and mahogany.

The nose is restrained, but good. It consists of lightly roasted malt, with a nutty scent and a very mild whiff of dark fruits.

The taste starts out with a mild roasted malt bitterness, along with biscuity flavors. In the background are the other components noted in the smell: a Nutty flavor and, very restrained but still detectable, a slight prune-like taste. It stands out a little more at the swallow, along with a mild, brown sugary sweetness.

Slightly coating, but at the same time too thin mouthfeel. Needs a littler more substance.

An acceptable entry into the winter warmer category, one that I'm glad I tried, but not one to quest for. If it were on-tap at a local and decently priced, I might have a couple, but that's about it.

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Photo of timmos1
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

until I found out this is supposed to be a weizen bock, I was really liking this beer. It doesn't say any description on the bottle label except "ale". I guess they must be embarrased by the beer. It doesn't taste like a weizen bock,so I won't repeat all the other reviews listed here. However, if you didn't know what it was SUPPOSED TO BE, I would say it's not a bad drinking beer.It was located with all the seasonal winter brews at the local total wine, not with the bock's. Didn't know exactly what to expect. Not a weizen bock though. But for $1.75 a bottle, I wouldn't expect ayinger.

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