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Pray For Snow | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States
10barrel.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cbarrett4 on 12-27-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
193
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
27.02%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 193
Photo of pianoguy
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. No bottling info

Pours a nearly solid brown body that's slightly hazy.Off white head produced minimal retention with decent thin lacing.

Smell is malt forward and boozy. I'm getting, grain, booze, nuts, a tiny bit of hops. (in that order) There is also a slight butterscotch sweetness that increases as it warms.

Maybe a little more malt forward then the smell. Really benefits from warming !

Average to thin feel. Perhaps a little too thin for being so malt forward of an offering...

A decent winter ale. Although not my favorite I wouldn't kick it out of my glass. Really benefits from warming...

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly muddled crimson with a thin khaki head. Smells of sweet caramel malt and mulling spices. Tastes of fig and slightly burnt caramel malts and bread. Medium thin body with a sticky feel afterwards, and finishes a little too bitter for the style (for me). Overall, a decent winter warmer, but couldn't have multiples in one sitting. Cheers!

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Photo of ZAP
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L-Dark reddish brown

S-Fresh floral hops up front....light toffee

T-Pretty hop forward....piney/tart citrus blend of hop flavor and a malt bill strong on the burnt malts, raisins, and dates.

M-Medium bodied....bitter on the finish.

O-Not a huge fan of this one. It just seems too one sided on the bitterness and lacks enjoyable flavors for me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with an almost yellowish head. Aroma of malt and spices. Flavor had caramel, burnt sugar, and plenty of spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom). Decent bite to it from spice. Full bodied and well carbonated. The spices grow to be a little intense, but only a little. Overall this is a decent spiced brew.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An almost stout IPA. Pours dark brown with a thick head. Smells of fruit and chocolate. Taste is blend of stout and ipa. Feel is smooth, less ipa harsh. Overall, worth a taste.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Winter ales, one of my favorites. This one is apparently a strong ale, but can still pass as a winter ale style. I get a lot of nuttiness, malt, almond and some caramel notes. All of which are pertinent in a winter ale style. Has a decent ABV as I prefer 7% or higher in a strong ale and winter ale. Although not the best winter ale out there, I would get again on a cold night or for our cold camping in a blizzard in the Cascades.

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Photo of hreb
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz Winter 2015 Seasonal Release from 10 Barrel; this one claims 7% ABV. Served in pint glass. Beer pours deep brown in color, tinged with red, fairly viscous, with negligible head formation. Pretty clouded, too. Malty aroma of seasonal fruits, maybe prunes? Flavor drowns out those fruity notes with spicy ones. And even the spicy, peppery flavor seems to blend in with what I would describe as an ethanol flavor. Overall this beer is just not that great, but after a long day in the snow I'm thankful for it anyway.

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Photo of gandres
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into wine glass with nuts and dried fruit
Appearance: Deep brown color, dark amber against light, minimal head
Smell: Smell of molasses, wood, smell really good
Taste: good
Feel:
Overall: very good beer

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

i agree with others that the nose is the best feature of this beer, grainy malty, but interesting, with a definite citrus and raw sugar thing going on, its a neat mix of smells, and out of the range of what i expected in a loose winter warmer category. i almost get a hint of whiskey through the lighter brown body, nice clarity and head retention as well. mildly sweet, but more of the molasses thing going on in terms of flavor than sugar, which i dig, and almost no appreciable spice profile to it, which sort of bends the rules a little bit, also to my personal liking. caramel flavor, like dessert caramel not caramel malt, soft and buttery, kind of melts in the mouth too. grain driven all the way, and where spice might normally fall, there is a bitter orange peel flavor and even a hint of spruce in there, must be whatever hops they selected for it. the alcohol is well hidden, and there is a residual biscuity thing going on thats comforting to me for some reason. my only critique is the utter lack of body. its thin to a fault, and even peppery carbonation cant save it. i really was put off by it, and all the wintery delights in the nose and taste are rendered less effective in setting the tone for the season. it needs body badly, and it seems like a flaw here. still, i love the way it smells and enjoyed it quite well, more weight to it next year would put it near the top of its class.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look : A beautiful chestnut brown colored body, slightly muddy, with 90% opacity. A giant beige-yellow head, super fluffy. Tons of webby lacing left behind as the towering head recedes.

Smell : Brown sugar, plums, maple sap, some wild rice grains, freshly juiced navel orange, and slight oatmeal. Just lovely.

Taste : A bit of blood orange with some adhesive/scotch tape notes, trailing with raisin, grapefruit peel, and some slight malt qualities. Robust but fraught with flaws.

Feel : Creamy, semi-dry feel. Mild carbonation suspended within the body. Ends semi-dry.

Overall : I'd go without the citrus notes and the scotch tape flavor. It really destroys what could have been a dark, warm, fruity warmer. Guys from Portland - you don't have to put orange and grapefruit in everything, really...it's okay.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark auburn brown with a khaki colored half finger head that fizzes away to a thin, broken layer of suds. Small spots make up the lace, but they don't stick so well.

Smell - Sweet, with notes of molasses, cola, and a hint of raisins.

Taste - Not quite as sweet as the nose led on. Hits first on some toasted malt character. Faint raisin and caramel. Strong earthy and grassy hops hit mid-taste and deliver a strong, woody, slightly burnt bitterness that rides well into the aftertaste with touches of alcohol astringency.

Mouthfeel - Thin body with low carbonation. Watery and dead, then a bone dry finish. Probably the worst aspect of this brew.

Overall - Hmm. This one's all over the place, and not in a good way. Fairly messy. Kinda tastes like someone aged water in a used whiskey barrel then added a touch of carbonation. I would never buy this, so I thank the roommate for letting me try a bottle, though I think I may have done him a favor.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked a twelve pack of this up on clearance for the astonishingly low price of eight bucks. Too bad I can't always find out-of-season beers this cheap.

This brew pours a hazy burnt ochre with a moderate tan head that leaves little lace. It's a hard color to pin on a specific style, which I suppose suits the "winter seasonal" label well.

Aromas are boozy and malty with some dark fruit like dates and bourbon. It smells like it has a higher alcohol content than 7.6%.

Flavors are malty and full, but not as complex as the aromas. Finish has some earthy, bittering hops with a slick, semi-full mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Overall, not a bad brew, but less than I expected after having 10 Barrel's IPA. I probably won't search this one out next time it's released.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark brown copper color supporting a thin dissipating head leaving patchy lace. Smell of dark specialty malts, dark fruits with a light sweetness. Taste has a rich flavor of the dark fruits, strong malt backbone with a touch of hops to offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and slick. A very nice strong ale thats an easy sipper on the coldest days.

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Photo of iRaven99664
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

L- pour in mason jar, looked and saw dark cherry red. Probably brown. Not cloudy. No foam, but could be jar our slow pour. Little carb bubble. First bottle. Just swirled glass for a nice lacey foam, mocha to milky-chocolate.

S- not strong. Initially a little chocolatey, later a little bit cherry. Nothing special. Smells a lot like the porters I've had.

T- taste as it smells, but a bit stronger. There is a definite strong boozy taste. Not sure why if its 7%! For sure a sweet malty taste forward along the booze, subtle hop. Noticing as the beer warms, there is a lot more flavor. Slight grapefruit and light pine hop. The booze mellows as it warms. After taste is a burt feel, and lingers with a nibbling sweetness. Im not sure the sweetness is better than the burnt.

Feel- kind of water, though it coats the tongue and lingers like New Belgium's Portage. The carb makes it feel like champagne a bit. Not so wonderful, not dreadful.

Overall- boozey, balance of sweet lingering roasted malt and a zesty hop. Champagne fizz is not expected from the ales I am accustomed to. And the strong booze taste seems amature spiked in the middle of what would taste like a decent porter. Not a session beer, would drink if offered to me, doubt i would buy again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Large shared bottle pours near black with a decent head.
The aroma is like a typical barleywine. Fruity and lightly boozy.
The bitter flavor reflects a high hop load.
Slightly harsh.
O: disappointing, especially considering the fine aroma.

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Photo of Sirwootalot
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Received as an anonymous christmas gift from someone wonderful in Oregon; I'll be reviewing the entirety of the magical bounty provided.

Poured into a big, thick bavarian Stein (too lazy to wash last night's 22 oz pilsner glass). It produces a robust and near-invincible head, with a strangely appealing "wet" aroma to it. Right away, you notice how chewy it is - an absolute cloying wallop of roasted toffee flavor deep-throats your mouth, followed by notes of burning alcohol, fresh-grated nutmeg, and apricot. The hops lend more to the aftertaste and the mouthfeel than they do the flavor; there's a slightly astringent, cottony note to them.

This bad boy goes down so dangerously easy, and while the utter lack of balance in the malt might put off some, it's kind of my favorite thing ever. Don't mind me, I'm just gonna keep this allllll to myself for now...

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This "Winter Ale" is a solid seasonal entry - rich and flavorful with a decent bit of alcohol burn, despite not being terribly high ABV. Friend who shared it with me swore it was 11% but no, only 7%. Flavor bill could use some tweaking to mask that apparent alcohol burn.

Not the best I have ever had but I would definitely try it again.

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Photo of woemad
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.59. No freshness date, although the label states “Seasonal Release Winter 2014,” so I think we’re good, but I can’t help wonder if they mean the 2013-14 winter or the 2014-15 one. Incidentally, the label is different than the one pictured on BA, and states the abv clocks in at an even 7%.

Poured a hazy, dark mahogany shade, with a big, creamy and bubbly tan head. Lots of lace.

Spicy and malty in the nose, initially. Some piney hops are detected, along with what I swear was a little whiff of cherry.

The taste was similar to the smell, though things stood out a little more. Along with some piney and peppery hop notes, I also definitely got an undercurrent of slightly sour cherry flavor. Midway through comes a dry, mineralish flavor that dominated the aftertaste in a somewhat overbearing way, along with the slightly weird, quasi-Belgian cherry sourness.

Medium bodied, with a dry, prickly mouthfeel.

Interesting, but needs improvement. I have to wonder at the slightly sour fruitiness, if it’s a Belgian-influenced thing going on or just a complete accident. The mineral note needs to be dialed down, as it really amps up way too much in the latter part of the taste. If that were toned down, this would be more drinkable. As it stands, it’s okay, but nothing to seek out again.

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Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Handsome brownish coppery amber in the narrow tulip. Plenty of foam and a sudsy mouthfeel renews with every small pour. A whiff of teriyaki.

Sweetish malt with a grainy, rough taste. More than a little of the sweet vermouth taste. Rather bitter and murky to finish. A touch of bubble gum. Even more bitter after another mouthful.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Hallam's Wine in La Conner, Wash. I"m not sure whether this is a new batch for 2014 for an old Old Ale. This is not one I'd recommend.

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Photo of tkelley
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from my Beer of the Every Other Month Club poured into a tulip glass.

A -- Dark amber body, pretty clear. Nice tan head pours about an inch and then settles down. Pillowy. Good lacing.

N -- Smells like a tree. Not a pine tree, but one of those trees from the forest with the snow. A cold tree. Figgy too. A little booze smell. An old smell.

T -- Little boozy. A little sweet. Kind of fruity. That same tree note from the nose is present here too. Spicy on the back end -- didnt expect that. Probably a little too harsh.

M -- Harsh, like I said above. Drinkable. Big gulps are possible if you want them.

O -- Not bad. I would drink this again but it didnt blow me away. Cheers!

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Photo of argock
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date evident. Received from Microbrew of the Month shipment courtesy of my sister Tami's generosity.

A: Ruby-brown with 1-finger of beige, foamy head with decent retention but spotty lacing.

S: Mild dark maltiness, some raisin and fig/date, medium and dark caramel crystal malts, and floral and light citrus/pine notes.

T: A very substantial and enjoyable beer -- reminds me of Avery Old Jubilation Ale but a little less old ale-ish. Excellent medium and dark crystal malt caramel notes with a little bit of a rum raisin and date profile. Hopping is pretty hefty but balanced with mostly floral but accents of pine, honeysuckle, and orange/grapefruit citrus. A little bit of yeast ester, nothing too much but a little fruity, and alcohol is well-hidden. Moderately bitter but well-balanced.

M: 10 Barrel does a nice job of keeping this beer smooth and drinkable, body is medium leaning toward medium-full, but it finishes very dry for a beer of its ABV without seeming watery. Carbonation is low-medium which also helps the drinkability.

O: I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer -- not a overspiced winter ale, just a solid higher than average ABV moderately hoppy ale. A really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber pour with a small off-white head. Strong initial taste of caramel malt balanced with a hint of hops. Medium body with flavor of caramel, nut, bread and grassy hop bitterness. Finishes with a blend of alcohol and bitterness.

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Photo of searsclone
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into sam adams glass. Hazy, ice tea color with a thin tan head that leaves a nice lace.

Smell is sweet, dark fruits, plums and raisins, with roasted malt just barely coming through at the end of the swallow.

Taste brown sugar, molasses with faint spices at the end

Mouth feel is chewy and crispy all at once with a thin finish

Overall a decent beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Albertson’s. Poured into Duvel tulip. Dark brown / ruby red with slim, oily head. Aroma reminds me of Belgian dubbel , malt, molasses, cinnamon. Smooth with a small hops kick at the end, with some alcohol warmth. A nice winter warmer.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color with a cloudy, murky body, this winter ale emits a surprisingly soft nose. It smells like sweet, malted cotton candy, but is actually quite subtle. The bubbles on this beer are small, tightly packed, and add a certain creaminess to the experience.

This winter ale offers flavors of caramel, nuts, and bread with a candy- like character showing its face with each sip. Some toffee flavors can be detected as well as dark fruits, molasses, and alcohol. The beer tends toward the sweet side with an aftertaste of bready malts, similar to a scotch ale.

Winter beers are a nice diversion and this winter ale from 10 Barrel seems like a good brew to drink when you want a stronger, warming ale to ward off the evils of winter while still praying for snow, as the beer’s name suggests. I’m not so sure I could drink very many of these, as the sweetness and other factors are a tad much. But I agree that this is a beer worthy of trying and certainly a good beer for its style.

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