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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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2008 21:31:05 | More by Viggo
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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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TheBungyo

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 04:22:06 | More by TheBungyo
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bodybyadam

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 you’ll want to enjoy all afternoon. Don't go anywhere afterwards because the higher ETOH may impair walking. Enjoy.

Elbows Up,
Adam

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2006 18:01:28 | More by bodybyadam
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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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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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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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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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beerceller99

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 18:40:43 | More by beerceller99
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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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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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woemad

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 01:56:44 | More by woemad
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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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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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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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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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aracauna

Georgia

2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby brown with white head that disipates quickly. SOme caramel, hay, alcohol, mild hop bite, weird sour fruitiness (prunes) that I've smelled in some other beers. Not as big in the taste. Less than impressive and a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 00:42:39 | More by aracauna
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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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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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Cabin Fever Winter Ale from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.