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: 62 | Ratings: 137
Photo of hman43
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: The beer pours dark brown with a light brown head.

Smell: The aroma have some maillard products. There are also aromas of roast, wheat, low levels of dark fruit, and a hint of smoke.

Taste: The flavors are highlighted by roast and wheat with a low level of chocolate. There are also flavors of dark fruit.

Feel: It has a moderate feel to it with the roast and chocolate more prominent in the aftertaste. It has a slight alcohol warming effect.

Overall, this is a wheat and roast driven beer with some fruit and other flavors in the background.

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Photo of jwc215
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle:

Pours brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves spotted trailing lace sticking down the glass.

The smell is of roasted (burnt?) caramel, overripe chocolate-covered bananas, booze-soaked fig.

The taste is of sweet booze, some licorice, fig, steely caramel. Some leafy bitterness comes through in the finish.

A bit fizzy but it holds together.

The taste is a bit harsh. Alcohol shows. Not a great example of the style, and I wasn't too impressed with the beer overall. But, it's still a decent brew, I suppose.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, spices. Taste is nothing like the aroma. Cocoa, smokey, roasted malts. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a bit different for the style, but an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Dark brown. No foam.
S: Coconut. Mildly roasted.
T: Medium roasted flavor. Coconut. Peanut. Medium bitterness. Dry.
M: Medium low body. Creamy.
O: People seems to dislike it because it is not very similar to authentic dunkelweizen or weizenbock. And yes the overall characters are more like dry stouts. However I saw it is a specialty with average quality.

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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 mactrail
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Chuck's 85th St. Market in Seattle. Attractive coppery brown color with plenty of foam in the snifter. Rather flat flavor though the mouthfeel is sudsy. Something buttery in the aroma.

Decent malty sweetness and a dry finish. Mineral and woody taste. Dark and grainy with a burnt cereal note. This has that same dirty hop flavor that seems to run in the family of some breweries. It also leaves a medicinal bitterness that gradually detracts from the drinkability. Dishwater aftertaste.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chestnut brown color with chocolate hints; head of 2 fingers which diminishes quickly; no lace to speak of

Almost nothing on the nose; maybe some faint malts and twig; slight cocoa.

Flavor is a weird collaboration of cocoa powder, liquid smoke, toasted barley malts, slight bubble gum, and a flavor of antiseptic alcohol. Meh.

The feel is the best part. Creamy, medium bodied, highly carbonated, dry parched w/ cocoa finish.

Personal thoughts : I really like Scuttlebutt as a PNW brewery. This was easily their weakest offering. I’d pass on it again if I were up in the area.

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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 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 ThisWangsChung
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Brief write-up. This is an unusual brew - a very dark weizenbock with a healthy hop profile. However, it lacks ester notes, coming off as a regular dark wheat ale. It's best feature is it's drinkability. Really, though, it's not anything special, and I won't look for it again.

2.94/5: I'm certainly left frigid over this one

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dirty dark brown with 1/2" head that dissipates, some initial lacing that disappears in minutes as well.
S - Hints of malt and alcohol; neither very stong; not a lot going on here
T - Very light malt and subtle hop and bitter; slight bitter aftertaste
F - Light body and low carbonation (could use a touch more); slight dryness on the finish
O - I was anticipating something different based on the smell and appearance, but the hop and bitter aroma was unnoticable to me, but was not mistaken on the taste; While the dark fruits and spices may have been there, I didn't pick them up. Overall, decent, but nothing magical.

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Photo of rfdracing
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little surprised on pouring this beer because I was expecting a pale ale based on the label. What came out of the bottle was a medium brown with a smell more like a porter. The taste also was much like a porter. The beer was good, just not what I was expecting.

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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 SFdragon
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Waxy, burnt taste upon sipping. Syrupy and very little carbonation. Aftertaste is a mix of chocolate and black licorice. Was hoping for a stronger fruit taste, but instead it's just spice and staleness.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which appears to have pretty good retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a chestnut to chocolate brown that shows burgundy and maroon when held up to the light. Lacing tends to sheeting.

Nose- Fairly low key. I get some bubblegum, a mild note of cocoa, and slight evidence of chocolate. The chocolate and cocoa or much stronger from the bottle. I don't get any of the crisp citrus aroma that the website mentions. Very one-dimensional but still nice. Swirling shows a brief hint of an ester which might be oranges or raisins.

Taste- Starts off with a sweet front that borders on cloying. Some citrus (mostly orange), a strong note of raisins (maybe even plums), and even a small tendency toward soy sauce. Shows mild chocolate and cocoa from the middle to the finish where there is a slight woody bitterness. Slight chalk on the finish as well. No real flaws but lacks presence and complexity. Actually, the overly sweet raisin notes and suggestion of soy sauce does seem like a slight flaw. The mild chocolate and cocoa balance it well but not enough cancel out its effects. Pretty much just an above average beer. Some pine and resin on the finish. Even a tiny bit of earwax. Some caramel on the middle which has a slight burnt quality on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Just below medium bodied with low carbonation. Seems a little thin. This might actually be undercarbonated. Slight hints of syrup to the texture. It is pretty smooth and this redeems it to some extent.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing with no signs of heat but it's also pretty boring. I think I paid under two bucks for a bottle and I guess this goes for about 8 bucks a six pack. Okay but not something I would purchase again.

Overall- Just above average with hints of just being average. The cloying aspects mellow and make the beer more accessible but they don't make it more interesting. Possibly worth at try but I wouldn't dwell on that decision to long.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a dark, dark brown colored body.
The aroma is a rich malt, caramel and a little lemon zest.
The taste is malty sweet forward, molasses in the middle and finishes with a mild bitter note.
The texture is a little sticky with low to moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable sipper.

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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 DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It wasn't 10 Degrees Below when I drank this, perhaps 10 Degrees Celsius above. A full 22 ounces to drink. On to the beer:

Very dark brown and almost black in color, topped with half an inch of head and decent lacing.
The aroma starts off like a winter warmer; solid toastiness upfront, fennel, a note of licorice, allspice, molasses. Surprisingly complex is the aroma.

The taste is acceptable, even if it doesn't equal the quality of the aroma. Flavors include figs, plum, a vague toastiness, and molasses. The alcohol hides itself well, but despite its size, I was hoping for a fuller mouthfeel.

One of many ways to be happy during the colder season is to drink this winter warmer. It's....hold on....it's a weizenbock? I wouldn't have suspected.

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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 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 sam_bliss
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into pint glass, gotta get myself something skinnier for these wheaty occasions

It pours a rich molasses brown from the bottle and has a rather short caramel latte head. Smells of black cherry chocolate malt with some interesting esters.There's a little bit of alcohol in the nose. The taste hits with bittersweet toasted malt. Some medium-roast coffee beans; dark dried stone fruits; and a hint of roasted nuts add a warm feeling. An inkling of hops, perhaps notes of cedar, play in the background almost like a spice rather than a main ingredient. It's not thick or syrupy like many full-bodied, similarly flavored winter beers. The carbonation is light and the aftertaste is subtle, just a bit of ethanol warmth and bittersweetness. Generally a good winter beer but it brings nothing super original to the table.

I wonder if it's a actually lagered–-I think Weizenbocks are supposed to be bottom-fermented(?) It tastes very similar to many Winter Warmers of the west, particularly Pyramid Snow Cap and New Belgium Snow Day. I would mistake for an ale in an instant, and also would not guess that it is a wheat beer did I not know the style. I'm an ale lover, so if it is a lager then good on ya scuttlebutt.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a large bottle into a pint glass. Pours very dark brown with light brown head which is a standard characteristic of most "winter warmer" ales. Had never heard of this brewing company before so was not expecting much, rightly so. Malty, cherry and coffee are the three flavors that come to mind when taking a sip. Slightly sweet. Nothing special about this brew.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*Review taken from notes*

A: Dark brown Stout-colored brew. Lighter head.

S: A bit smoky with vanilla notes. Smells rich -- I'm getting some coffee, caramel.

T: Smoky, spicy. I've having trouble pulling any real flavor from this. The carbonation is getting in the way.

M: Light-heavy body. Way too carbonated for me. As soon as the beer hit my tongue it was fizzing. A distraction.

O: Not really feeling this beer. It's almost like a beer soda to me. I will avoid this beer in the future. If I gave it a letter grade, then I would give it a "C".

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Photo of droomyster
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head with decent retention. Aromas are predominantly of chocolate, with a bit of cold coffee and a hint of something being off. The taste is overwhelmingly sour and not enjoyable. Whatever notes of cocoa and spice this beer might possess are completely ruined by the green apple tartness. Reading the reviews below, I see I'm not alone in thinking this is a strange beer, and not in a good way.

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Photo of arizcards
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late November for $1.79.

Beer poured a murky brown with a little head that dissapated quickly.

Nose is a hint of citrus and not much else.

Taste is sour with some hints of chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel is thin and not overly smooth.

Overall this is a very strange beer, the sourness of a southern bavarian dunkel weiss is crossed with a chocolate malt backbone. Not recommended.

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