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10 Degrees Below - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 121
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
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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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 121
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iam drinking to the end of the Rich Rodriguez era..here here!Poured a hazed deeper russet color with one finger clingy beige head,nice retention.Aromas are pretty light,I picked up some clove-like spice mainly,maybe a little toasted wheat.Flavors are pretty light for the style as well,cocoa flavors were what stuck out most,light clove,even lighter banana.A pretty full mouthfeel and the alcohol is pretty well hidden for the most part but it lacks any real complexity. (470 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/31/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Also some fruit and citrus hops.

t - Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy.

d - A nice weizenbock. Would try again. (410 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a medium off-white head, no lace.

S: Winter spice, cookies, cinnamon, light banana bread.

T: Heavy cinnamon early on with notes of cherries. Christmas cookies for sure, quite tasty.

M: Medium to full-bodied, fairly creamy though with a thin overall body.

O: The spice character is really nice here. Don't count on a weizenbock in the traditional sense. This is a big American style dark wheat beer with some heavy spice flavour. Drink it as a winter beer and you'll like it. (521 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It wasn't 10 Degrees Below when I drank this, perhaps 10 Degrees Celsius above. A full 22 ounces to drink. On to the beer:

Very dark brown and almost black in color, topped with half an inch of head and decent lacing.
The aroma starts off like a winter warmer; solid toastiness upfront, fennel, a note of licorice, allspice, molasses. Surprisingly complex is the aroma.

The taste is acceptable, even if it doesn't equal the quality of the aroma. Flavors include figs, plum, a vague toastiness, and molasses. The alcohol hides itself well, but despite its size, I was hoping for a fuller mouthfeel.

One of many ways to be happy during the colder season is to drink this winter warmer. It's....hold on....it's a weizenbock? I wouldn't have suspected. (753 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very thin, quickly dissipating white head atop a dark brown bier. Some noticeable effervescence if you look closely. No lacing.

S- Licorice.

T- Very dopplebock-esque. Molasses, licorice. Nice flavor.

M- Pleasant. Slightly syrupy.

D/O- This doesn't taste too bad and the mouthfeel is well-received by my mouth. Unfortunately the appearance seems to be the major downfall of this beer, to me anyways. Glad to have tried it, would have another down the line. (462 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy off-white head that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, fruity esters and a hint of molasses and brown sugar.

T- The taste is very malty up front with some spices and a touch of hops the finish. The taste starts out sweet from the malt and finishes dry with a little bit of bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, 10 Degrees Below was enjoyable but not something I would purchase again. Worth a try. (569 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, 10° Below is a dark brown with a pretty large light tan head, creamy and leaving pretty heavy lace.

Smell is nice, lots of esters, sweet malt, bubblegum.

Taste very good as well, again a nice balance between the malt and weizen esters. with a nice acidic touch that brings in the dry, clean finish. Thre a hint of chalk and a small touch of lingering roasty bitterness to give it some depth. Solid and smooth, I think the lower ratings primarily reflect an unawareness that this is a weizenbock, rather then a winter warmer as it's currently categorized.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a light body.

Drinkability is exceptional, a really nice little Weizenbock for sure. Smoot and damn tasty, a good looker, really no flaws, and to add on all that, a pretty decent price at $5.49 a bomber, from a specialty shop no less, it disappeared before I knew what happened. While this is honestly a style I very rarely get around to drinking for whatever reason, I can't say that I'd look for anything more then I found here. (1,067 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter.

A- Somewhat heavy pour yields a 1/4 inch thick off-white head that's eventually reduced to an 1/8 inch thick ring around the glass's edge and a snow-cap of foam on the surface. Little to no lacing.

S- Dark, coffee-like malts emanate from the glass. Actually, a lot of coffee and some semisweet chocolate.

T- Heavy, dry and strong on the malt end of the spectrum for a weizenbock. Some sweet wheat character in the back of the intense malt bill. Definitely an original flavor profile. I get a faint wet glass taste when I swish.

M- Once again, dry and a bit thick with medium carbonation.

O- Not a whole lot going on with this one but definitely enjoyable on a cold night in front of the fire. (740 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great winter beer that tastes more like Jubelale than a Weizenbock. I got lots of hops and lots of malt and a very smooth luscious mouthfeel. Everything I wanted in a Winter Warmer. Will need to buy a few of these while they last . Great stuff and a little under the radar (272 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scuttlebutt calls this winter seasonal an "imperial dunkelweiss". I can't profess to much knowledge of German, but usually in brewing "weiss" is used as a shortened version of "weisse" meaning "white." Thus hefeweissbier is literally a yeasted white beer, and "dunkelweiss" means "dark-white." This makes no sense. Confusion reigns.

Regardless, I will drink this beer. And when I'm done I'll drink it again. 10° Below has a dusty, porterish aroma, a tall head yielding camel hair lace, and a fluffy mouthfeel. It is dark brown with strong roasted character and makes me wonder if I wasn't served a porter by mistake. A fruitiness also emerges but more like skins than flesh.

Casual, quaffable, and smooth with a distant smokiness. (737 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a dark, dark brown colored body.
The aroma is a rich malt, caramel and a little lemon zest.
The taste is malty sweet forward, molasses in the middle and finishes with a mild bitter note.
The texture is a little sticky with low to moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable sipper. (293 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
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 (326 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of RedneckBeerz
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown

smell: clean, dark breads

taste: no banana flavor, american yeast, clean dark wheat

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: nice smooth easy drinking dark wheat ale without the fruit flavor usually seen in german wheat ales. (261 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red and brown, decent bubbly head with great lacing. Smells very floral and almost like perfume, nice citrus flavors, pine, some chocolate, touch of vanilla. Tastes of sweet banana like malt with lots of rum and vanilla flavors. Some dark fruits as well. Chocolate and roastiness makes its way after a fairly mute bitterness. Decent medium to full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

A really nice beer and very unique. I think of Weizenbocks having lots of banana and clove like flavors while this had a lot of complexity. Love the rum undercurrent and the chocolate in the finish, really is great as a winter warmer. A real treat and a great surprise, highly recommend. (683 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass froma bomber the beer is dark chocolate brown with an enormous three finger head. Plenty of lace left behind.

The aroma is spicy floral hops. Has that sort of dry dusty smell. Light hints of chocolate malt.

The flavor is chocolate malt and toasted bread. Almost no hops to be found. After the nose I figured there would be. I'm not saying that's bad just surprising. Light spice in the finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall an average beer with no real faults. Just not real memorable. (533 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown with about an inch of creamy, light tan head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt and a sweet nutty character. Palate is sweet light and caramel malts, with a touch of roastiness. A light bready character gives way to a more nutty flavor before the swallow and continues until the end. A touch of brown sugar and plum are detectable on the finish. Body is creamy but a bit light and thin. Overall, a little sweeter than I like in a winter warmer, but still an enjoyable beer. (492 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (355 characters)

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10 Degrees Below from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.