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Cabin Fever Winter Ale - Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Cabin Fever Winter AleCabin Fever Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%


Brewed by:
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2002)
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davidexactitude

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My all time favorite winter ale.

Every year I anticipate it's release and every year I am satisfied. It's a classic winter ale perfectly balanced: not too heavy on winter spices and the alcohol is not overpowering (unlike some winter ales). Enjoy this ale with a variety of foods, winter foods especially: stews, potpies, etc. Cabin fever is also one of the only BB beers, that I feel, retains its flavor to the fullest when bottled, so you can enjoy it on tap or 22oz. It will keep you warm and happy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 02:31:22 | More by davidexactitude
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was purchased at the brewery (22 oz bomber). Perhaps the freshness played in its favor.

A: Ruby-black, plenty of off-white/tan head, good retention, some lace.

S: Fruitcake with a little chocolate & alcohol (sherry?).

T: This score is actually pushing an exceptional "5". It really is that good. Exceptionally well balanced, with plenty of depth. Fruitbread, raisin, prune, with a little molases and chocolate. A nice, warming, slightly alcoholic finish. Awesome.

M: Moderate to full body, fairly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Exceptional. I could drink a gallon, but I'd regret it in the morning!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 01:38:28 | More by Derek
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – Deep, dark, ruby brown with some carbonation and a decent head.

Smell – The dark, roasted malt aroma is paired with a stiff, complex hopping. This one smells like a heavy hitter. All the aromas are big. The pine, citrus, and malt scents are there in force.

Taste – This was too good. The roasted malt came out with a little sweetness; maybe some maple and table sugar. The hops are full, complex, and very dry. The floral notes seem to be the major player here, but everybody shows up to this party. This is extraordinarily balanced.

Mouthfeel – A little on the bigger side of medium-bodied and quite dry. This one was chewy like a Marathon bar.

Drinkability – This went down better than just about any ale that I’ve had. The balance is truly remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 02:16:54 | More by RoyalT
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beertunes

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into straight pint glass at the brewery. Poured with less than 1/4 inch of head, the bartender knows this is how I prefer it served. The head left a solid, sticky lace. A typical for the style, deep brown with a very slight reddish tint. A sweet aroma with spice and hop notes. The flavor follows the aroma closely. A very strong malt foundation carries the spice and hop flavors to the back of the tongue. Very solid and comfortable body. Very drinkable, but use caution because this beer will smack you upside the head if you don't pay attention to it. This beer is slightly hot when brand new but smooths out after a few weeks. If you get a chance, make friends with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 21:29:40 | More by beertunes
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jreitman

California

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a red hue. Head was off white and faded fast after a frothy start. Fruity, floral hop aroma was most evident. Initally all I tasted was hops and a slight sweetness, but after the first few sips, the caramel and fruit character started to show through. Everything was in perfect balance. Finish was slightly dry with a good hoppy bite. A very well brewed beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2003 13:46:22 | More by jreitman
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark brown with good carbonation and a tannish heasd

S: Nose is spice, malt, and a touch of caramel.

T: When it comes to a Winter beer this is it!Some spice, chocolate, booze, lots of malt, booze. A nice citrus burst on the end.Enough to keep you warm and wanting more.

M: Well carbonated, medium body, booze is sharp

D: Oh so good

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 23:35:14 | More by barleywinefiend
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xoqx

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2006 Cabin Fever, released in November, 2006. Had it on tap at the Celtic Bayou in Redmond, WA.

On draught, this beer was a cloudy garnet brown color with a tan head. There was light to moderate head retention and medium-heavy lacing on the glass. The smell is of a very floral dry hopping; excellent aroma. The taste is finely balanced between spiciness and toffee malts with a clove undertow, and a bitterness revealing both spicy and floral hop tastes. There is a medium long finish and there is a warming effect from the alcohol. This is one the hoppiest winter warmers I've had and I really enjoy it - very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2006 00:10:25 | More by xoqx
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, full flavoured winter warmer. The colour is a bit on the reddish side, but otherwise this is a nice shade of ruby brown.

Nice, rich malty smell with a bit of fruit zest in the background, likely from the hops. Sweet, almost syrupy notes. Traces of toffee, sweet butter and brown sugar. Certainly no end to variety of subtle flavours in this one.

Nice mouthfeel, good body. Not too heavy, and the carbonation is just right. Very yummy brew; I should have picked up a bottle or two.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2006 07:02:32 | More by BDTyre
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dirtylou

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, split

appearance: served in a brooklyn shaker pint - dark mahogany-garnet body, moderate beige head with a light frothy lace

smell: dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate, lightly hopped, winter spice

taste: it appears maybe the 2009 vintage was a bit off from the reviews - i had a 2008 vintage the other night at the winter beer fest that was fantastic and the 2011 i'm drinking today is also quite tasty. nice creamy body - caramel, brown sugar, holiday spice, booze, caramel malt, some hops, chocolate. at $4.99 a bomber, this delivers

mouthfeel: really nice body - medium and creamy, kind of a dry lightly bitter finish

overall: nice - will probably grab another

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:21:04 | More by dirtylou
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice "winter" beer, but seems more like a dark IPA to me. Not as thick and malty as a barley wine or old ale. Plenty of hop bitterness and fruity aromas and flavors. A very smooth beer. Pours dark, very dark. Nice head with good retention. Very fresh and crisp. I wish I had regular access to this one. Reminded me some of Indiga, but not as harsh. Thanks for coming all the way to Florida to bring me this beer, Rick!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 16:03:35 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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freed

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sweet Jesus this is an aromatic beer. Had a pint of cask conditioned last night, and halfway through it my saliva glands had gone dry.

This beer has a wonderful fresh hop aroma. Aroma might even be too subtle a word for it. It was a powerful smell, obviously it had been dry hopped. The pint had a hazy golden hue, nice head, and it left a foam lace on the inside of the glass. There may have been malty flavor, but it was absolutely trounced by the combination of bitterness and bright hop flavor. It was a very good beer to drink in glass, as I had trouble making my mouth swallow the last couple sips. Halfway through I noticed the effects of alcohol, but didn't actually taste it while drinking.

Also, don't start with this beer. You'll need another hop monster afterwards if you even want to taste it. It dominates your palate.

Serving type: cask

12-28-2002 12:12:36 | More by freed
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured big and dark with lots of white head. This beer really is full of hops and dark malts. Tastes like a heavily hopped Scottish ale eventhough that is against the style. I liked the drinkability as it was somewhere between a sipper and a gulper. The fact that this beer was a hybrid between a few winter styles gives a different character that sets this beer apart from other winter warmers

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 23:43:51 | More by canucklehead
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RJLarse

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Cabin Fever Winter Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark walnut color and is transparent, with red hues when held up to the light. Decent beige head caps the brew, and has good retention.

The smell is sharp and sweet. There is a peaty aroma, some fruity scents like plums, and a sweet scotch whiskey smell.

The taste is sweet like caramel or burned sugar, a bourbon-like flavor, with a bitter charcoal presence.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied but clean. Mild carbonation, some alcohol heat, and remarkable smoothness.

Slightly better than average drinkability on this one, mostly because of the ABV. It's too stiff to be sessionable, but certainly worthy of a slowly savored glass or two.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 23:37:38 | More by RJLarse
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong brown sugar with caramel and toffee. The flavor is very sweet brown sugar along with some raisins and oak. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 00:31:34 | More by Mora2000
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" tan head over cloudy brown liquid.

S: Vanilla, cinnamon and caramel malt.

T: Vanilla and spicy hops up front and a finish of citrus, cinnamon, caramel and some chocolate.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: A nice usage of hops in this winter ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 00:11:02 | More by DaftCaskBC
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carln26

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pored a dark hazy amber color with a thin head. The nose has malt in the form of toffee, a slight fig profile. Taste is a rich amber ale. Toffee peanut brittle, a little citrus finish. There is a bit of bitterness and alcohol on the finish. No heat, just a tang. The beer is a little muddled, but has a rich mouthfeel. Good drinkability. I like winter warmers with a nice hop profile, and this beer, while having more malt than hops, still displays the hops well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2006 20:48:58 | More by carln26
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Gusler

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The color a translucent sanguineous color with the head Herculean in size and creamy in consistency, the color a toothsome light tan with the lace a mile thick atmosphere to save the glass from oxygen deprivation. Nose has a splendid hop floral aroma, under pinned by sweet malt, crisp, clean and fresh, over used I know, well at least as far as I’m concerned. Start is ambrosial, nicely malted and the top fair to middling in its feel, finish benignly acidic, hops out front in their spiciness, dry and lingering aftertaste, a fine example of a hopped up “Winter Warmer”, my undying gratitude and thanks for this bottle from the “Bill Gates” of “Beer” RoyalT.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 01:43:41 | More by Gusler
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erikm25

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass at Brouwers. Nice hazed heavy gold with darkened crimson and tangerine hues. Seemed a little lighter but everything around me was dim so it was pretty tough to tell exactly. I probably should have paid better attention but I was with good company. Head was minimal as expected but still some reasonable lacing.

S: Aromas are very potent. Fresh green herbs, toffee, and citrus grapefruits. Fruits and brown sugar.

T: Great balance between smoky malts and a bittering hop finish. Heavy on the caramel with some dark fruits in the backdrop. Roasted, sugared, and spiced but with a great hops vibe happening throughout. Even some subtle raisin and what seemed to be chocolate tastes.

M: A decent medium, almost full, bodied beer. Great carbonation.

D: Notes taken from New Year's Eve. Started my evening and dinner off with this and was very impressed. Only had one pint since there were other things I wanted to try but I would love to get a growler (if possible) of this down the road.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2009 23:24:56 | More by erikm25
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blackc5

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap last night with dinner. Went great with the slow-braised lamb shank.

A - Pours a dark and deep brown - served with only a slight head. Very nice lacing however.

S - Very sweet and malty - caramel and molasses with plum and cherry. Some vanilla undertones as well.

T - Quite pleasing with a meal, this paired perfecting with the hearty lamb. It is sweet, but not cloying, and the malt really stands up nicely to the spice and dark fruit flavors. Just a hint of smokiness adds to the complexity.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Very smooth and silky on the tongue, especially as it warms.

D - A greatly balanced beer that fits the style very well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 06:30:45 | More by blackc5
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Zraly

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy moly.

This beer is aromatic alright. It's good-looking, too. The head appeared to be beige and the brew itself was a dark brown-red color. My better half said "It looks like the color of Coca-Cola". I think that is accurate, actually.

The smell is strong. The taste is strong. The herbalness of this ale really shines and comes across with a predominant grapefruit note. Layered around the citrus is the flavor of evergreen and alcohol. The finish is dry and bitter, and it warms your insides in an instant.

We entertained this drink with a hearty roasted onion and garlic bread followed by a spicy-ass gumbo. Oy!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2002 23:51:47 | More by Zraly
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of Libby pours a very dark brown color with a serviceably-sized tan head. Very nice lacing though and nice sheen and collar.

Nose is a nice array of malty scents...chocolate, toffee, caramel and granola bars. A little peak of hops and a nod of nutty yeast round things out quite nicely.

Mmmm, tasty...malty and rich. Sweet, but not cloying. Thick but very drinkable. All the malt aspects from the nose carry over to the taste. Just enough bitterness to keep it clean and the yeast is plenty evident with some brazil nut undertones and light fruitiness. Quite tasty, I am thoroughly enjoying it. This is what I expect in a winter warmer...hearty malts, deep and rich flavor and satisfying! I am envious of those who have a nice cold winter to enjoy this by a roasty fire.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 01:27:39 | More by twiggamortis420
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Braz

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I live only 3 hours from this brewery yet it is very hard for me to find.
Pours a pretty dark brown mahogany. Color of brandy. Thin head that recedes to edges of the glass.
Strong bread and sourdough notes with subtle citrus. Taste is balanced though I do wish the hops made a bit stronger appearance. This is more on the malty side.
Medium to full body. Maltiness stays on the palate for quite awhile but that suits most wintery beers in my opinion. Has a slight spice finish, from the hops I believe.
Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 17:09:25 | More by Braz
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber courtesy of your West-Coast connection for great beer: RoyalT.

Poured a wonderfully deep, dark and "warm"-looking brown color with tinges of ruby-red at the edges. *Thick* and creamy off-white head that refused to settle down. Nice lacing of the glass. Aromas are toasty malt supported by a hefty leafy hop goodness. All of this is wrapped in a mixture of winter spices and some brown sugar. Flavor is more of the same. Big-time caramel malt up front, followed by a citrusy-grapefruit middle, and finishes with a smoky overtoned spicy end. A different concoction of flavors that really do the trick. Creamy smooth on the ol' palate. Rather brisk and dry finish, with some cinnamon-orange aftertaste. A flavorful and different winter brew. Well-done!

As always, kudos to RoyalT for another great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 02:21:44 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewpub, but this review is from the bottle. Draft version was probably a bit fresher tasting, but really, I detected very little difference between the two formats.

The beer pours a molasses brown color with OK head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose is pretty complex, with a considerable amount of spice superimposed upon the brown sugar. Otherwise, I get some cherry, light spearamint, licorice, vanilla, orange peel and nutmeg. Flavors pretty much replicate the nose, but with a hint of chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly decent finish. Plenty of flavor in this one, of that there is no doubt. Also, the hint of bitterness in the finish counters the moderate sweetness very nicely. Finish is fairly dry, which I appreciate. Drinkability is likewise pretty good, thought the boatload of spice in this bad boy wears on you after a while. Otherwise, the alcohol is well diguised, and this beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate.

A nice winter warmer, but probably not a beer I could see myself drinking during any other season.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 18:54:10 | More by johnmichaelsen
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philbertk

Washington

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro--Cabin Fever Winter Ale--1998 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Told this was an amped version of the Scotch Ale. Cloudy red brown color. Very dry. Light spice front with assertive hints of hops. Not really Scotchy; tasty, but hard to Classify, Define, or Rate. Sampled 12/12/1998.

Boundary Bay Brewing Company--Cabin Fever--A Winter Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 55 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Foamy dense lacy light tan head. Clear deep dark ruby brown color. Rich roasted spicy floral hop mild malt fruit front. Malty sweet spicy herbal hop infused crusty roasted earthy toffee mild fruit body. Rich malt hop spice cinnamon hint dry sweet mild hot end. Sampled 12/11/2010. Purchased for $4.75 @ Full Throttle Bottles, LLC, Seattle on 12/9/2010.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 21:41:02 | More by philbertk
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Cabin Fever Winter Ale from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
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