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Winter Warmer - Garrison Brewing Company

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nighthawk on 11-09-2008

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.

20 IBU
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 41
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Side by side with a bottle of Picaroons Winter Warmer. Each poured into 4oz tasting glasses. Bottled 7 weeks ago.

L – dark amber, a bit cloudy. Light tan head, but nice lacing.

S – spicy nose. Some sweetness in there, but lots of cloves over the sugar. Some cinnamon maybe.

T – really spicy, lots of cloves, some decent malt sweetness in there, but there are times when this approaches a fall beer, almost tasting of some pumpkin interpretations. Some dryness up front, perhaps from hops, that I’m not crazy for.

M – bit too carbonated, feels like it’s bouncing around in my mouth more than I would expect.

O – Of the two beers I would take the Picaroons. This one is a bit too spicy and not quite as sweet as I’d like. That really affects the drinkability of the beer and I think it would be hard to drink several of the spicy Garrison beers in one sitting. More malt and less spices would be my prescription.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany in colour and pours a frothy with head that drops to nothing in a matter of seconds.

S: Booze, raisins, cinnamon, fruit cake, and a hint of bubble gum in the background.

T: rum raisins, hints of licorice, cinnamon, cloves, caramelized sugar. It has a rye bread flarour to it and hops bitterness.

M: Med-Full bodies, med carbonation that is great as it cleans up the palate. Bitterness is assertive but does not distract from the maltiness that is present.

O: This is a great winter warmer that is well balanced, yet presents a great bitterness backbone that lacks in many others.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nothing like a winter warmer on a summer day, big ups to andrenaline for the east coast hookup
A - swampy brown, thumb of tan head dissipated slowly leaving a fairly consistent lace ring
S - super spiced, dried fruit, smell like christmas cake to a tee
T - marachino cherries and other dark fruit, apples, fresh bread/cake, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other holiday spice, just like the nose its a christmas cake
M - surprisingly light and even a little on the thin side, finishes spicy
O - captures the essence of the kind of drink you want to warm your soul on a cold evening, and it works almost as well in summer, a fine seasonal

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown, ruby highlights, two-finger beige head. Fair retention, very little lacing. Inviting spicecake aroma with notes of allspice, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and even a hint of banana. Malt-forward with sticky toffee pudding and spice notes. Mild sweetness and low carbonation help lend some richness to its medium body. Spiced enough for the flavourings to assert themselves without over-doing it, this is a tasty winter ale.

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3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brewer said this beer would have me dreaming of winter nights and, indeed, its dark and kind of dreary tone has me thinking just that. The pumpkin highlighting that shows up in the light, however, kindles a much warmer complexion and *almost* let's pass some clarity. Looks good. Only fault is the total lack of carbonation.

Winter Warmer smells like it belongs with the turkey or pumpkin pie in a Christmas or Thanksgiving spread. The cinnamon and clove are highly fragrant and carry a highly seasonal character, a comforting blend of savory spice that makes a remarkably relaxing aromatherapy. The bouquet also has a delicate sweetness to it.

With flavors of - not only cinnamon and brown sugar - but honey, caramel, nougat, hazelnut, ginger and toffee, it's a wonder that Winter Warmer doesn't teach a baking class. Seriously, the beer may not exactly be low in calories, but relative to the things it tastes like, sweet-toothed weight-watchers out there have made a new friend.

Flavors of clove and cinnamon are readily appreciable in the taste but their heat is much watered down. As its dark colour attests this is a well malted beer, sufficiently so to really tone down the gusto on the spice. The same can be said for its sweetness; the brown sugar is tasted but there's no kind of candied sensation whatsoever.

Winter Warmer is a beer worth cozying up to. It's got just the sweet, savory warmth needed on those miserable, grey, chilly, rainy winter days. Atlantic Canadians, especially, should keep a few bottles next to the bottled water and canned beans in basic emergency kits. This is a beer that could help you weather some stiff storms.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes... Cheers to peensteen for shipping up some of the Garrison beers that were part of the LCBO brewery feature.

A - Pours a golden copper colour with a dark red hue, finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet cinnamon, cloves, hints of pepper and toffee malt on the finish.

T - Solid bready caramel backbone, the cinnamon and cloves are present, but not overwhelming, hints of licorice and coffee linger alongside the sweet toffee finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes wet.

O - A tasty winter ale that boasts loads of flavour, but whose spice is nicely balanced. Definitely a worthy brew and glad I was able to procure a sample.

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3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: like mahogany, or male syrup; clear; tan head leaves some thick lace

Aroma: some cinnamon, sweet malt; very light; hint of orange

Taste & Mouthfeel: of spice, predominantly cloves, and cinnamon not coming out as much; only a mild sweetness which is cut by the spices and a bitter, dry finish; herbal and woodsy - bitterness is of resin and long lasting; medium body

Overall: with minimal sweetness and moderate spice, doesn't really feel like it would warm me up in winter...not terribly interesting, but not unpleasant

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep cherry red. The head is exceedingly shortlived - but the leftover ring musters up a good amount of lace on the glass. Cloves and cinnamon as well as ginger, anise and molasses fill the nose. The taste follows suit with lots of spices mingled with rum and fruit cake notes. A cookie dough maltiness is also present throughout. Hops are largely overshadowed by the onslaught of spices, providing just a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with fine carbonation bubbles. Spices and doughy malts make up the finish.

This is a decent example of a Winter Warmer, though (as is often the case imo) they over did it with the adjunct spices. They tend to dominate too much. Still, a very worthy beer from an excellent brewery.

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Winter Warmer from Garrison Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.