Lions Winter Ale - Granville Island Brewery
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Reviews by biboergosum:
3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
341ml bottle, procured in Vancouver a few weeks ago.
This beer pours a perfectly clear medium cola-tinted amber hue, with a satisfying amount of thinly puffy off-white head, which melts away at due pace, leaving some random specks of lace around the glass.
It smells of spiced, slightly sweet bread – ginger and nutmeg – quite light, all, with a further caramel/toffee maltiness, and a touch of smoky vanilla. The taste is replete with the aforementioned warming spices, a bit of yeastiness, a strong caramel malt backbone, some softly acidic hoppiness, and some earthy, sweetly boozy vanilla.
The carbonation is just about average, the body sporting an adequate medium weight, some sugary creaminess informing its overall smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, as the spices drop away totally, leaving the caramel malt and vanilla all on their own.
With no appreciable warming from the tweak of extra alcohol, this is a nice, mild winter sipper, less spiced than many of its seasonal brethren, and another agreeable choice for those occasions when a six-pack is the order of the day.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2009 07:50:47 | More by biboergosum
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British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: auburn and clear, two fingers or so of tan head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving lacing across the top
S: caramel, vanilla, cocoa
T: not overly sweet, but sweet flavours - milk chocolate, caramel
F: smooth, creamy
O: I'm not sure I like this quite as much as I did last year when I was first drinking it, but I suppose the good beer becomes separated from the truly great beer the more beer you try!
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2013 00:54:43 | More by souvenirs
3.76/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Purchased a 473 ml can from the LCBO for $2.90 CDN. While I've enjoyed the winter warmers thus far I haven't been truly impressed by anyone. Hoping that this beer changes that. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.
Appearance - Dark red color, 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. tons of effervescent bubbles. Overall great color with good head retention and even some lacing. So far so good.
Smell - Big molasses nose, some fruitcake and other Christmas baked goods. Milk chcoloate is also rather prominent.
Taste- Heavy on the malts and the spices, caramel, molasses and mixed chocolates (milk and white) as well as a nice blend of spices. Probably the tastiest of the style I've had yet.
Mouthfeel - A bit strange in that one sip feels very smooth and rich and yet another will be on thin side. Medium carbonation and a nice warming effect with a moderately dry finish.
Overall - Very good winter warmer, probably my favorite I've had this season. Can realistically see my self picking up another can or two of this during the holiday season.
Serving type: can
11-29-2013 21:53:29 | More by DenisKolkin
3.4/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had on tap at a Calgary pub in the NE, same place I have sampled a few other Granville Island offerings. This rather sweet brew looks the part of a winter beer, a pleasing dark red amber to brown with around an inch of tan head. Looks like a classic English porter. Does not taste like a classic English porter. Smells like milk chocolate and vanilla, a candy bar in a pint glass. Tastes much the same, milk chocolate, vanilla, carob, caramel, and a nutty flavor a bit like pecans. I get some red fruit and raisin or plum notes as well. I often enjoy this sort of "dessert beer" but unfortunately this one became cloying and unpleasant about halfway through a pint. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy but the body is a little too light and crisp for what should be a sipper. Has the body of a session ale but tastes a lot darker and sweeter than any such beer. There are some flaws, including an unpleasant saccharine sweetness that does not taste natural (despite the fact that all-natural ingredients are used), what seems like oxidation manifesting as wet cardboard, and an odd melding of leafy aromatic flavors with the dark malts to produce a mint chocolate chip vibe that became way too dominant on the palate; it was all I could taste after a while. Not sure what the fix would be ... Perhaps less emphasis on the spice/flavoring component so that the malts can do the work of making things rich and chocolatey without the need for so many sweet tooth histrionics.
Serving type: on-tap
11-25-2013 02:17:11 | More by CalgaryFMC
Lions Winter Ale from Granville Island Brewery
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