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10 Degrees Below | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2006

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 131
Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, 10° Below is a dark brown with a pretty large light tan head, creamy and leaving pretty heavy lace.

Smell is nice, lots of esters, sweet malt, bubblegum.

Taste very good as well, again a nice balance between the malt and weizen esters. with a nice acidic touch that brings in the dry, clean finish. Thre a hint of chalk and a small touch of lingering roasty bitterness to give it some depth. Solid and smooth, I think the lower ratings primarily reflect an unawareness that this is a weizenbock, rather then a winter warmer as it's currently categorized.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a light body.

Drinkability is exceptional, a really nice little Weizenbock for sure. Smoot and damn tasty, a good looker, really no flaws, and to add on all that, a pretty decent price at $5.49 a bomber, from a specialty shop no less, it disappeared before I knew what happened. While this is honestly a style I very rarely get around to drinking for whatever reason, I can't say that I'd look for anything more then I found here.

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Photo of bum732
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red and brown, decent bubbly head with great lacing. Smells very floral and almost like perfume, nice citrus flavors, pine, some chocolate, touch of vanilla. Tastes of sweet banana like malt with lots of rum and vanilla flavors. Some dark fruits as well. Chocolate and roastiness makes its way after a fairly mute bitterness. Decent medium to full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

A really nice beer and very unique. I think of Weizenbocks having lots of banana and clove like flavors while this had a lot of complexity. Love the rum undercurrent and the chocolate in the finish, really is great as a winter warmer. A real treat and a great surprise, highly recommend.

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Photo of dirtbikejunkie
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pony keg purchased from brewery poured a thick, velvety head of a tan brown. The beer is dark in color, but held to light shows hints of orange and red. produced excellent lacing and head retention.

smell is great. citrus, spices

taste of chocolate, malt, with a nice roasted flavor. the tastes are well balanced, nothing over powering but enough leaving you wanting more.

I personally have found this a great session beer. I've served it among family who normally do not care for craft beers but find this beer easy to drink and enjoy. It has become our tradition on thanksgiving to serve a pony keg and it's always a huge hit. I think that is my favorite part about the beer, I can think of too many beers I enjoy to drink that the rest of my family would enjoy as well.

UPDATE 12/03/2009: I purchased a 6-pack from local grocery and have to agree with the lower grade reviews... out of the bottle the beer did not taste the same! It reminded me too much of a porter and did not have the character it does out of the keg. I suspect the 6-pack was fairly old and hope to dry a bomber from one of the local beer stores soon.

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Photo of silverking
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- It pours a cloudy coffee color with tan flecks of yeast throughout. It sports a huge khaki head. Head retention is excellent, and there are loosely formed rings of lace as I drink. The head has a marshmallow-like consistency.

S- Coffee, caramel, toasty malt, vanilla, with a hint of cocoa.

T- It starts with dark coffee, which comes across a bit smokey, and a hint of caramel. Hints of vanilla cut in at times, eventually leading to a finish with mild citrus notes. The roasty, toasty flavours never fully subside, making for a long finish. I think that I detect a mild astringent hop bitterness in the finish as well.

M- Medium bodied, with gentle carbonation. It has a velvety mouthfeel.

O- pretty damn good. I would buy this again.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great winter beer that tastes more like Jubelale than a Weizenbock. I got lots of hops and lots of malt and a very smooth luscious mouthfeel. Everything I wanted in a Winter Warmer. Will need to buy a few of these while they last . Great stuff and a little under the radar

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Photo of Docer
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle from Whole Foods up in LaCamas, WA. Ryan the newer beer manager there seems to be bringing in some fantastic brews as of late.

- Nice cloudy molasses brown color, with a creamy tan head down to a mound of larger bubbles resting about a thin bed of lace making fizz.

- Certainly a nice spicy fruitiness to it... blended well with a zesty hop, almost cannabis-like, earthy, grassy, and fragrant... almost floral, like jasmine. Nice subtle chocolate malt, biscuit... little caramel.

- Smooth brown sugar and caramel malt... surprisingly light.. subtle spice, zest... and bitter pine hopping. The scent and taste are very far apart from one another. Sweet oats, fruity hop zing, little fig and citrus.

- Medium bodied, and a tad creamy.. smooth, and light tasting. Slight dryness and chewiness... not so much oily.

- Rather drinkable, and hides any sign of alcohol extremely well. Tasty, balanced, unique, and certainly good. I bet this would be even better on tap.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown

smell: clean, dark breads

taste: no banana flavor, american yeast, clean dark wheat

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: nice smooth easy drinking dark wheat ale without the fruit flavor usually seen in german wheat ales.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scuttlebutt calls this winter seasonal an "imperial dunkelweiss". I can't profess to much knowledge of German, but usually in brewing "weiss" is used as a shortened version of "weisse" meaning "white." Thus hefeweissbier is literally a yeasted white beer, and "dunkelweiss" means "dark-white." This makes no sense. Confusion reigns.

Regardless, I will drink this beer. And when I'm done I'll drink it again. 10° Below has a dusty, porterish aroma, a tall head yielding camel hair lace, and a fluffy mouthfeel. It is dark brown with strong roasted character and makes me wonder if I wasn't served a porter by mistake. A fruitiness also emerges but more like skins than flesh.

Casual, quaffable, and smooth with a distant smokiness.

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Photo of Popp24
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had never tasted any brews from this brewery before this one. I thought this beer was rather tasty and perfect for the holidays.

A - Cloudy brown with sediment floating around. Small white head.

S - I get lots of spices.

T - A little different for the style but I like it. It has a sweet taste but not too sweet. The alcohol is hidden nicely in this one. A little sour too but I like sours and tarts so I didn't mind.

M - Very nice and smooth and creamy.

O - A tasty beer that I will definitely look for in the future.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this sample with a fellow beer drinker who isn't very fond of dark beer. We were both impressed with the appearance and smell. It's got an aroma that gives away the rich, malty goodness that lurks within.
The flavor is all about the rich, almost chocolately roasted malt. It really hit the spot for a beer to sit down with after work. My friend was also pleasantly surprised, now he has a dark beer that he can point to and say that he likes. At $3 for a bomber this is a nice little treat and I'll surely have it again.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a beautiful very dark brown with a ruby glow when held to the light and an off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty, some roast, a bit of booze, chocolate, and a little yeastness. The flavor is a bit tart upfront, some chocolate and roast, even some citrus. The beer finishes smooth with a bit of warmth, and a nice lingering malt. The carbonation is medium and body medium-full. Overall this is flavorful brew and would recommend.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a medium off-white head, no lace.

S: Winter spice, cookies, cinnamon, light banana bread.

T: Heavy cinnamon early on with notes of cherries. Christmas cookies for sure, quite tasty.

M: Medium to full-bodied, fairly creamy though with a thin overall body.

O: The spice character is really nice here. Don't count on a weizenbock in the traditional sense. This is a big American style dark wheat beer with some heavy spice flavour. Drink it as a winter beer and you'll like it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company "10˚ Below"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded but not freshness dated
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I was confused by "10 Below" when I first poured it. I was expecting a rich and full-bodied winter ale but what I got, although flavorful, was neither rich nor malty. I'd call it medium bodied at best, leaning towards the lighter side of the scale; and nicely chocolatey and fruity with berries, apple, raisin, and some background citrus, but not rich.

Without looking I assumed it was an English-style brown ale/winter warmer (it is 7.4% ABV), and when I found out via their website that it was supposed to be an "Imperial Dunkleweiss" I was quite surprised. Looking at it in that sense I do detect what could be some green banana and a hint of clove, and the gently caramelish and cocoa-like "dunkel" malt is there, but there's also some leafy and earthy hops that certainly don't fit. And less face it, without a solid carbonation it just doesn't cut it as a weizen - this has the mouthfeel of a sparkler-pulled cask ale!

So... how to rate it? I actually like the beer, but I don't think it's really done to style. I'll forgo the style guidelines this time and just go at it hedonistically as Michael Jackson once told me something along the lines of (sorry, he could be really hard to understand at times) "Not every beer is intended to be to style. Until recently there were no "styles", it was just beer".

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Shiner Holiday Cheer. Not a Weizenbock, but close.

A: Dark brown with particles and a one-finger, tan, creamy/foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Some lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee. Just a hint of sweetness.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Rich roasted flavor. Coffee and chocolate. Nutty. Finish doesn't seem to linger as long as I would like, but not bad.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Slightly warm and pretty smooth.

O: Pretty good overall. The alcohol is well hidden in this one. I like the roasted flavor. This isn't as comparable to the Shiner as I had hoped, so I won't compare.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy off-white head that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, fruity esters and a hint of molasses and brown sugar.

T- The taste is very malty up front with some spices and a touch of hops the finish. The taste starts out sweet from the malt and finishes dry with a little bit of bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, 10 Degrees Below was enjoyable but not something I would purchase again. Worth a try.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter.

A- Somewhat heavy pour yields a 1/4 inch thick off-white head that's eventually reduced to an 1/8 inch thick ring around the glass's edge and a snow-cap of foam on the surface. Little to no lacing.

S- Dark, coffee-like malts emanate from the glass. Actually, a lot of coffee and some semisweet chocolate.

T- Heavy, dry and strong on the malt end of the spectrum for a weizenbock. Some sweet wheat character in the back of the intense malt bill. Definitely an original flavor profile. I get a faint wet glass taste when I swish.

M- Once again, dry and a bit thick with medium carbonation.

O- Not a whole lot going on with this one but definitely enjoyable on a cold night in front of the fire.

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Photo of BVukelich
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to glass. Great, dark color with a slight ruby hue. Thick, tan head and left lots of lace to decorate the glass. I didn't pick up crisp citrus aroma as listed by the brewer. It was a tad sweet with coffee/bitter aftertaste. Medium viscosity, above average essence of alcohol. I pulled it out of a fridge at 37deg but as it warmed to room temp the flavor and mouthfeel was enhanced. It was a real enjoyable beer. I'll be drinking again, for sure. A bit of discrepancy on style per the brewer's site, this one and RB. Others list as Dunkelweiss/Dunkelweizen.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass froma bomber the beer is dark chocolate brown with an enormous three finger head. Plenty of lace left behind.

The aroma is spicy floral hops. Has that sort of dry dusty smell. Light hints of chocolate malt.

The flavor is chocolate malt and toasted bread. Almost no hops to be found. After the nose I figured there would be. I'm not saying that's bad just surprising. Light spice in the finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall an average beer with no real faults. Just not real memorable.

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Photo of hellbilly
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle by way of riversideAK.

dark chestnut-y auburn brown with a small tannish head and sporadic spots of lace. the body gets hazy and the lacing increases on the second pour.

maple syrupy/brown sugar sweetness in the aroma followed by sour-ish fruit, lots of warming spices, toasted nuts, malty goodness and chocolate.

the flavor profile is similar to the aroma... quite cola-like with yeasty earthiness, toned down molasses, apples, toasted nuts and some lactic sourness. it finishes clean with some hoppy dryness. medium bodied with a great balance.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown with about an inch of creamy, light tan head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt and a sweet nutty character. Palate is sweet light and caramel malts, with a touch of roastiness. A light bready character gives way to a more nutty flavor before the swallow and continues until the end. A touch of brown sugar and plum are detectable on the finish. Body is creamy but a bit light and thin. Overall, a little sweeter than I like in a winter warmer, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doesn't get anywhere near 10 below here, but hey lets give a whirl anyway! Popping the top I get a cocoa smell with some malt in the background. Pours to a translucent deep brown with a tan multi-bubble head that recedes quickly.. On the taste this brew hits with some chalky cocoa upfront with some earthy hops and transitions to a sweeter chocolate and toasted malt background with a spicy but clean flat bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin but with all the flavors its not an issue. This is unbelievably a 7.4 ABV, would never guess that. My type of brew: standout basic flavors (particularly cocoa), not complex, but very drinkable.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. No bottling date info

Pour a dark brown body with a light tan head.Some retention, a bit of lacing

Smell is malt forward with cocoa and something I can only describe as banana taffy

Taste is a boozy sweet malted-milk cocoa, with slightly dry finish.

A smooth, even feel

Overall very tasty. I am not very familiar with this style but I like this beer !

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber color into my Sirens pint glass.

Sweet caramel on the nose, raisins.

Taste is sweet. More caramel and raisins. Fair amount of ethanol as well.

Full bodied, heacy mouthfeel, sweet and coats the palate. Medium carbonation, especially after the pilsner I had before this.

Overall this really is a decent beer. I feel like the ethanol level and heat detracts from the beer. If the ethanol was brought into check, I think this could be a really stellar beer. Still worth seeking out though.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iam drinking to the end of the Rich Rodriguez era..here here!Poured a hazed deeper russet color with one finger clingy beige head,nice retention.Aromas are pretty light,I picked up some clove-like spice mainly,maybe a little toasted wheat.Flavors are pretty light for the style as well,cocoa flavors were what stuck out most,light clove,even lighter banana.A pretty full mouthfeel and the alcohol is pretty well hidden for the most part but it lacks any real complexity.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Scuttlebutt 10 Degrees Below Ale at the brewery while on a recent business trip. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark cola-like color, with a garnet red hue when held up to the light. A fizzy tanish head tops the beer, but breaks down fast, leaving virtually no lacing, and leaving the beer looking even more like a Coke.

The smell is strong, with some fruit esters, and smoky licorice aroma.

The taste is decidedly bitter. The black licorice flavor is there, along with a smoky plum taste, an a bit of a warm medicinal finish.

Mouthfeel is good. The brew is well carbonated, and zippy. A light texture, not cloying, or particularly filling.

A satisfactory brew, but probably not the best winter warmer around. Still it is quite drinkable, the flavors are not overpowering, and it's probably sessionable if you can get past the ABV.

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10 Degrees Below from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
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