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 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 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 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 froghop
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a cloudy brown with a tint of ruby, thin beige head that dissipates quickly, better than average lacing.

smell is of spice, roasted malt, sweet cocoa, hint of coffee, some caramel, and a little bit of dark fruit.

taste is creamy, spice, milk chocolate, a little coffee, malt, toasted nuts, a little caramel, and way in the back sits a prune.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark brown opaque color that is almost brown. It has the thinnest head I have ever seen on a beer and I sloshed it just to beef up the head. I does however have a nice tan and tight lace. The flavor is reminiscent of a watered down porter. It is roasty and wood like. It has a mild chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall it is not bad.

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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 beertunes
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 11oz. version of Imperial Pint glass. Poured just short of black color, with a tall deep tan head that dissipated quickly leaving little to no lacing. Slight biscuity aroma. Flavor delivers a gentle spice flavor with the malty base. Full, pleasing body as is usual for the style. Nicely drinkable. I would drink this on tap at the local. Another good job from a solid, but not spectacular brewery.

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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 woemad
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased at J.B.'s in Spokane for $3.99.

Poured a dark, cola-like color, with an inch of bubbly, tan foam that dropped rapidly, leaving spotty lace. The beer took on a hue somewhere between garnet and mahogany.

The nose is restrained, but good. It consists of lightly roasted malt, with a nutty scent and a very mild whiff of dark fruits.

The taste starts out with a mild roasted malt bitterness, along with biscuity flavors. In the background are the other components noted in the smell: a Nutty flavor and, very restrained but still detectable, a slight prune-like taste. It stands out a little more at the swallow, along with a mild, brown sugary sweetness.

Slightly coating, but at the same time too thin mouthfeel. Needs a littler more substance.

An acceptable entry into the winter warmer category, one that I'm glad I tried, but not one to quest for. If it were on-tap at a local and decently priced, I might have a couple, but that's about it.

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

I was served this brew from a cask at the March 22, 2008 Washington Cask Beer Festival in Seattle. It as identified as the "2006 Cask 10 Below (Imperial Dunkel Weisse)"

A: It poured a dark cola collar with hint of red. It was lightly carbonated and generated a tan head that receded fast, leaving only spotted lacing.

S: It gave of the smell of ripe red fruits (plums, grapes and cherries) as well as roasted malts and white bread yeasts.

T: It had a surprisingly bitter flavor. The sweet malts were complemented by strong fruit flavors (plums and cherries). It was hoppier than presented in the smell, however, it finished warm and clean. The alcohol was well hidden.

M: It was well carbonated giving it a zing on the tongue. It was a light bodied beer that was quite refreshing. Nice clean aftertaste.

D: I don't get this as a "dunkel weisse". As a winter warmer it could stand to turn up the heat. However, it was a smooth and easy beer to consume. Decent session beer.

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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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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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