Cabin Fever Winter Ale - Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
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4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
03-31-2012 01:27:39 | More by twiggamortis420
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
12-13-2012 17:09:25 | More by Braz
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
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!
12-30-2002 23:51:47 | More by Zraly
4.03/5 rDev +2%
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.
05-11-2004 02:21:44 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
02-08-2010 18:54:10 | More by John_M
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
12-12-2010 21:41:02 | More by philbertk
3.95/5 rDev 0%
Poured a deep chesnut brown with a one finger light tannish colored head atop that never fully settled.Carame and vanilla in the nose along with a hint of roasted nut and CHRISTmas spice,the spice comes thru more on the palate.a lighter to medium feel in the mouth,caramel,vanilla, and some roastiness upfront flavor-wise with some nutmeg more prevelent,a nice drying somewhat leafy hopped finish.A solid winter offering,more of a subtly spiced winter warmer here.
12-23-2011 21:15:12 | More by oberon
3.95/5 rDev 0%
Pours brown and burgundy with a fuzzy head like the surface of a tennis ball. Nose is slightly spicey with hints of cinnamon, and caramel. Taste is full of big caramel, with a nice splash of pepper and toffee. I can almost taste what reminds me of cherry skins, but without the tartness or sourness one might expect. I can taste a bit of citrusy hops as well. It's nice but I'm definitely not wild about it.
Mouth is very very nice. It's smooth and velvety. While this is good, I just don't find the taste as something I really want to experience again.
03-04-2007 04:22:06 | More by TheBungyo
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Had a pint of this on-tap last night at the Hooverville in Seattle.
Appearance: extremely deep amber brown with no head. Looked like a pretty solid malt bomb kinda beer.
Smell: appealing malt bomb aroma but for all that rather light. It could have been the rather cold service temperature, but even as I drank it the aroma never really picked up.
Taste: big, fruity, caramelly malt. Hints of plum, dates, cherry. Sticky. Plenty of noticeable alcohol but still good.
Mouthfeel: medium heavy body. Sticky, chewy, syrupy, but ultimately rather satisfying.
Drinkability: pretty damn good for a beer of such relative heaviness. I quite like it indeed.
02-12-2010 17:50:36 | More by flagmantho
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Enjoyed this one is 5oz sampler at Winter beer fest 06. This was the 06 brew.
A: Dark brown in color with 1" foamy head with slowly rolling carbonation.
S: Strong caramel malt nose, later to notice the roasted aroma as well. Can already tell the flavor will be complex.
T: Wow this is sweet, and that caramel malt jumps out at first but then the complexity comes to a more roasted flavor, and then the taste of many types of malt hitting my palate at once.
M: This thicker winter ale is chewy and thick, but in the end a wonderful blend for a smooth finish.
D: My 5oz sampler wasn't enough to tempt my palette. I had to get another. Not to do a second review but I also had an aged 05 bottle at the event that was pleasant but I much rather preferred the younger one. This is one of those winter warmers that youll want to enjoy all afternoon. Don't go anywhere afterwards because the higher ETOH may impair walking. Enjoy.
12-28-2006 18:01:28 | More by bodybyadam
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Big-ass 650 ml bomber purchased at Huckleberry's for $3.39.
Poured a very dark color that showed an amber redness when held up to light, but otherwside looked dark as night. Moderate, off-white head, with sheets of lace dripping down the glass.
Smell is of sweet, brown sugary malts and mildly floral hops. The malts are more dominant than the hops, but not to an unpleasant degree.
Taste is sweet, yet slightly bitter. While the sweet malts definitely have the upper hand, the hops are there in sufficient force to provide a stabilizing bitterness. There is also very slight notes of Juniper, in keeping with a winter beer. This keeps it from getting cloying. This is not as well-balanced as it could be, but it's close enough to be enjoyable.
Mouthfeel was just about right. Pleasingly substantial without being "weighty."
This is a nice winter warmer. I wish I knew the abv so I could see just how warming it is. This is not a beer to toss back in great numbers, nor is it meant to be.
04-06-2004 01:56:44 | More by woemad
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured into a Gulden Draak Tulip. Pours a dark red mahogany red amber. Lively half finger off-white head dissipates very quickly leaving a thin ring; no lacing. Very pleasant aroma of sweet malt, dark fruit, concord grapes, brown sugar, cinnamon and spices. Flavor is dry bready malt, dry fruit and spices. Assertive non herbal hops give a sharp bite to the finish. Somewhat dryer than I expected and I'd like a little more sweet malt. The astringency of the finish is reminiscent of rye, although that is not indicated as an ingredient. Light to medium bodied. An interesting take on a winter warmer. Worth an occasional revisit.
01-14-2012 05:25:09 | More by LiquidAmber
3.79/5 rDev -4.1%
A: Clear, dark root beer color. head faded relatively quickly. nice lacing.
S: Biscuity, faintly sour, caramelly malt
T: Very chocolaty, sweet, malty, faint trace of citrus brightens it. Earthy, lightly carbonated..
M: Velvety, creamy medium full body. dark chocolate mousse finish
O: Very drinkable, if not a little sweet. Stays pleasant, hardly any alcohol or bitter/burned maltiness that winter ales sometimes leave me with.
04-06-2013 02:03:29 | More by jeffeljefe
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
On tap at the brewpub, visited with my pal Dan in Bellingham. This went perfect after a couple PBR's and a long walk, and would start off the most drunken night I've had in a long time.
Pours a hazy reddish brown, very thick off white head forms, settles down to a thin layer, leaves some solid lace rings on the glass. Smell is nice, sweet and caramelized, malts galore, some bread, brown sugar, light floral, dark fruit, quite nice. Taste is caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, light chocolate, flora, very malty, not too bad but a little one dimensional. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost syrupy, low carbonation, with some warmth. Pretty solid winter warmer, nothing to brag about but I could put down a few of these when its cold out.
02-22-2008 21:31:05 | More by Viggo
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
22 oz. bottle. Garnet color with a light tan head. Toffee sweet malt smell. Light - medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Smooth texture. Nicely balanced taste of sweet toffee, bitter coffee. Finishes with a medium bitter alcohol tang.
A pretty tasty winter time brew from the great northwest.
07-12-2005 18:40:43 | More by beerceller99
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours a very dark brown with a light muddy head, little to no lacing. Not much carbonation.
Smells sweet, smokey, and scotchy.
The taste is primarily sweet, with caramel and toffee at the forefront and a little smokiness in the background.
Feels thick and clingy in the mouth (like it's too sugary), and almost feels flat.
Too sweet tasting for me, but not too bad a beer.
02-27-2009 03:17:09 | More by snaotheus
Cabin Fever Winter Ale from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
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