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Cabin Fever Winter Ale - Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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BA SCORE
88
very good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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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Photo of BDTyre
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

BDTyre, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of snaotheus
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

snaotheus, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-cloudy dark brown with a red tint, a very small tan head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, some spice, some malt, and a touch of caramel.

taste is thick, nutty, spice, toffee, peanut butter in the back, and malt, ends on the oily side.

froghop, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of RJLarse
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

RJLarse, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

DaftCaskBC, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Erik-P, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of sloelco
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

sloelco, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Braz
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Braz, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of alcstradamus
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Pours a caramel brown with a thin layer of head. The aroma is toast, cocoa, caramel, and some earthiness.

The flavor is somewhat watered down, but what is there is a nice mix of rye bread and ...well...rye bread. That is really the only descriptor necessary.

The body is on the light side of medium and carbonation is good. Overall this one tastes good enough, but does not stand out from the pack.

alcstradamus, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, May 11, 2004
Photo of udubdawg
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

udubdawg, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of carln26
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

carln26, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of Bfarr
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark mahogany with medium tan foamy head with good retention and lacing. Peaty, chocolate aromas. Taste follows but with an overhopped addition ending in a roasted malt finish. Thin yet chewy with low carbonation and a little sticky.

This seems to be a variation of their scotch ale. It's hopped more than I remember for previous years and it seems a poor choice of hops or some pale malts give it a bit of a phenolic finish. a nice sweet malt middle tries to balance out but the hops just take over. I really don't even remember it having this flavor on-tap.

Bfarr, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Zraly
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Zraly, Dec 30, 2002
Photo of freed
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

freed, Dec 28, 2002
Photo of philbertk
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

philbertk, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of bespin15
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

bespin15, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of malty
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber courtesy of a complimentary shipment of this brewery's finest offerings from BA beertunes - thanks buddy. This has been carefully stored in my fridge since this May.

Pours a completely elegant rich rosewood color with tiny suspended particles visible. A dense, creamy light beige head settles at 1/4". Not really any visible uprising carbonation to note. Full, dripping sheets of beige lace all the way down.

Sweet, rich dark fruits greet the nostrils with a friendly figgy handshake. Black cherries and concord grapes nod their cap also. Very Belgian Dubble-like nose. Caramel dipped apples play a strong role in the nose also.

Tastes exactly like it smells. There is a nice hop backdrop that cuts through the sweet & rich flavors. A savory spiciness creeps out from under the lush dark fruits, giving an almost rye malt grit. Tastes kinda boozy, which is surprising knowing it's only 7% ABV.

Mouthfeel is definitely heavy with an ultra soft and perfectly fine carbonated texture. Fruity/spicy finish.

Drinkability is good. A sweet sipper fore sure.

This is definitely a fireside sipper. Slow and easy, as it's a touch sweet for my taste. No rush for this one, as my fireplace is crackling and the snow is blowing as I type this. A good combination if I do say so myself. This style isn't something I'd purchase regularly, but I'm very glad to have received this from a cross country friend from BA.

malty, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of jreitman
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

jreitman, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of TheBungyo
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheBungyo, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of TwoTrees
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

TwoTrees, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of beerceller99
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerceller99, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of midaszero
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Asked a sample at Naked City and got handed a full pint so I figured might as well review it.

A - Cloudy amber with very little white head and lacing

S - Very sweet and malty nose

T - Very malty with some spice to it. Classic winter warmer

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Ok. Easy to drink but only kind of enjoyable

midaszero, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Lazaro, Feb 01, 2014
Cabin Fever Winter Ale from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.