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Pray For Snow - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cbarrett4 on 12-27-2010

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark brown copper color supporting a thin dissipating head leaving patchy lace. Smell of dark specialty malts, dark fruits with a light sweetness. Taste has a rich flavor of the dark fruits, strong malt backbone with a touch of hops to offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and slick. A very nice strong ale thats an easy sipper on the coldest days.

Photo of SBSJSEA
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Birdlegs
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRaven99664
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

L- pour in mason jar, looked and saw dark cherry red. Probably brown. Not cloudy. No foam, but could be jar our slow pour. Little carb bubble. First bottle. Just swirled glass for a nice lacey foam, mocha to milky-chocolate.

S- not strong. Initially a little chocolatey, later a little bit cherry. Nothing special. Smells a lot like the porters I've had.

T- taste as it smells, but a bit stronger. There is a definite strong boozy taste. Not sure why if its 7%! For sure a sweet malty taste forward along the booze, subtle hop. Noticing as the beer warms, there is a lot more flavor. Slight grapefruit and light pine hop. The booze mellows as it warms. After taste is a burt feel, and lingers with a nibbling sweetness. Im not sure the sweetness is better than the burnt.

Feel- kind of water, though it coats the tongue and lingers like New Belgium's Portage. The carb makes it feel like champagne a bit. Not so wonderful, not dreadful.

Overall- boozey, balance of sweet lingering roasted malt and a zesty hop. Champagne fizz is not expected from the ales I am accustomed to. And the strong booze taste seems amature spiked in the middle of what would taste like a decent porter. Not a session beer, would drink if offered to me, doubt i would buy again.

Photo of Harvest06
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a fairly straightforward IPA.

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Large shared bottle pours near black with a decent head.
The aroma is like a typical barleywine. Fruity and lightly boozy.
The bitter flavor reflects a high hop load.
Slightly harsh.
O: disappointing, especially considering the fine aroma.

Photo of Beardo
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sirwootalot
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Received as an anonymous christmas gift from someone wonderful in Oregon; I'll be reviewing the entirety of the magical bounty provided.

Poured into a big, thick bavarian Stein (too lazy to wash last night's 22 oz pilsner glass). It produces a robust and near-invincible head, with a strangely appealing "wet" aroma to it. Right away, you notice how chewy it is - an absolute cloying wallop of roasted toffee flavor deep-throats your mouth, followed by notes of burning alcohol, fresh-grated nutmeg, and apricot. The hops lend more to the aftertaste and the mouthfeel than they do the flavor; there's a slightly astringent, cottony note to them.

This bad boy goes down so dangerously easy, and while the utter lack of balance in the malt might put off some, it's kind of my favorite thing ever. Don't mind me, I'm just gonna keep this allllll to myself for now...

Photo of Rothobinide
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This "Winter Ale" is a solid seasonal entry - rich and flavorful with a decent bit of alcohol burn, despite not being terribly high ABV. Friend who shared it with me swore it was 11% but no, only 7%. Flavor bill could use some tweaking to mask that apparent alcohol burn.

Not the best I have ever had but I would definitely try it again.

Photo of arini10
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sourdog
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of woemad
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.59. No freshness date, although the label states “Seasonal Release Winter 2014,” so I think we’re good, but I can’t help wonder if they mean the 2013-14 winter or the 2014-15 one. Incidentally, the label is different than the one pictured on BA, and states the abv clocks in at an even 7%.

Poured a hazy, dark mahogany shade, with a big, creamy and bubbly tan head. Lots of lace.

Spicy and malty in the nose, initially. Some piney hops are detected, along with what I swear was a little whiff of cherry.

The taste was similar to the smell, though things stood out a little more. Along with some piney and peppery hop notes, I also definitely got an undercurrent of slightly sour cherry flavor. Midway through comes a dry, mineralish flavor that dominated the aftertaste in a somewhat overbearing way, along with the slightly weird, quasi-Belgian cherry sourness.

Medium bodied, with a dry, prickly mouthfeel.

Interesting, but needs improvement. I have to wonder at the slightly sour fruitiness, if it’s a Belgian-influenced thing going on or just a complete accident. The mineral note needs to be dialed down, as it really amps up way too much in the latter part of the taste. If that were toned down, this would be more drinkable. As it stands, it’s okay, but nothing to seek out again.

Photo of kamikazeokami
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of NWbyNW_Brew
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerNW
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of LouZ
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of JC271
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of deebo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MikeDAdams
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Handsome brownish coppery amber in the narrow tulip. Plenty of foam and a sudsy mouthfeel renews with every small pour. A whiff of teriyaki.

Sweetish malt with a grainy, rough taste. More than a little of the sweet vermouth taste. Rather bitter and murky to finish. A touch of bubble gum. Even more bitter after another mouthful.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Hallam's Wine in La Conner, Wash. I"m not sure whether this is a new batch for 2014 for an old Old Ale. This is not one I'd recommend.

Photo of Thylacine84
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of RHVC59
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of batt6343
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%

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Pray For Snow from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.