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10 Degrees Below - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%

Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2006)
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Photo of lordofthewiens


3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 22:04:38 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of industrialswill


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this sample with a fellow beer drinker who isn't very fond of dark beer. We were both impressed with the appearance and smell. It's got an aroma that gives away the rich, malty goodness that lurks within.
The flavor is all about the rich, almost chocolately roasted malt. It really hit the spot for a beer to sit down with after work. My friend was also pleasantly surprised, now he has a dark beer that he can point to and say that he likes. At $3 for a bomber this is a nice little treat and I'll surely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 07:31:16 | More by industrialswill
Photo of cjgator3


3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:53:37 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Duff27


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 04:42:04 | More by Duff27
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 03:31:03 | More by Derek
Photo of Bfarr


3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 00:06:15 | More by Bfarr
Photo of mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 23:52:21 | More by mdfb79
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 20:05:05 | More by oberon
Photo of uwmgdman


4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a beautiful very dark brown with a ruby glow when held to the light and an off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty, some roast, a bit of booze, chocolate, and a little yeastness. The flavor is a bit tart upfront, some chocolate and roast, even some citrus. The beer finishes smooth with a bit of warmth, and a nice lingering malt. The carbonation is medium and body medium-full. Overall this is flavorful brew and would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 03:17:10 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of beerwolf77


3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 01:29:36 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of bum732


4.33/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 05:17:55 | More by bum732
Photo of Docer


4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle from Whole Foods up in LaCamas, WA. Ryan the newer beer manager there seems to be bringing in some fantastic brews as of late.

- Nice cloudy molasses brown color, with a creamy tan head down to a mound of larger bubbles resting about a thin bed of lace making fizz.

- Certainly a nice spicy fruitiness to it... blended well with a zesty hop, almost cannabis-like, earthy, grassy, and fragrant... almost floral, like jasmine. Nice subtle chocolate malt, biscuit... little caramel.

- Smooth brown sugar and caramel malt... surprisingly light.. subtle spice, zest... and bitter pine hopping. The scent and taste are very far apart from one another. Sweet oats, fruity hop zing, little fig and citrus.

- Medium bodied, and a tad creamy.. smooth, and light tasting. Slight dryness and chewiness... not so much oily.

- Rather drinkable, and hides any sign of alcohol extremely well. Tasty, balanced, unique, and certainly good. I bet this would be even better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 23:15:39 | More by Docer
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 01:53:00 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of dirtbikejunkie


4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pony keg purchased from brewery poured a thick, velvety head of a tan brown. The beer is dark in color, but held to light shows hints of orange and red. produced excellent lacing and head retention.

smell is great. citrus, spices

taste of chocolate, malt, with a nice roasted flavor. the tastes are well balanced, nothing over powering but enough leaving you wanting more.

I personally have found this a great session beer. I've served it among family who normally do not care for craft beers but find this beer easy to drink and enjoy. It has become our tradition on thanksgiving to serve a pony keg and it's always a huge hit. I think that is my favorite part about the beer, I can think of too many beers I enjoy to drink that the rest of my family would enjoy as well.

UPDATE 12/03/2009: I purchased a 6-pack from local grocery and have to agree with the lower grade reviews... out of the bottle the beer did not taste the same! It reminded me too much of a porter and did not have the character it does out of the keg. I suspect the 6-pack was fairly old and hope to dry a bomber from one of the local beer stores soon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 22:57:31 | More by dirtbikejunkie
Photo of froghop


3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 22:23:01 | More by froghop
Photo of MTNboy


3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 18:37:03 | More by MTNboy
Photo of ccrida


4.47/5  rDev +27%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 03:48:47 | More by ccrida
Photo of beertunes


3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 03:33:36 | More by beertunes
Photo of hellbilly


3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle by way of riversideAK.

dark chestnut-y auburn brown with a small tannish head and sporadic spots of lace. the body gets hazy and the lacing increases on the second pour.

maple syrupy/brown sugar sweetness in the aroma followed by sour-ish fruit, lots of warming spices, toasted nuts, malty goodness and chocolate.

the flavor profile is similar to the aroma... quite cola-like with yeasty earthiness, toned down molasses, apples, toasted nuts and some lactic sourness. it finishes clean with some hoppy dryness. medium bodied with a great balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 04:24:01 | More by hellbilly
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 00:24:10 | More by woemad
Photo of dnichols


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-24-2008 00:26:36 | More by dnichols
Photo of RJLarse


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Scuttlebutt 10 Degrees Below Ale at the brewery while on a recent business trip. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark cola-like color, with a garnet red hue when held up to the light. A fizzy tanish head tops the beer, but breaks down fast, leaving virtually no lacing, and leaving the beer looking even more like a Coke.

The smell is strong, with some fruit esters, and smoky licorice aroma.

The taste is decidedly bitter. The black licorice flavor is there, along with a smoky plum taste, an a bit of a warm medicinal finish.

Mouthfeel is good. The brew is well carbonated, and zippy. A light texture, not cloying, or particularly filling.

A satisfactory brew, but probably not the best winter warmer around. Still it is quite drinkable, the flavors are not overpowering, and it's probably sessionable if you can get past the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 23:27:20 | More by RJLarse
Photo of ElGordo


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 06:59:23 | More by ElGordo
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10 Degrees Below from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.