Pray For Snow
10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #260
ABV:
7%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,296
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 11.81%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
267
From:
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  9
Gots
  62
SCORE
83
Good
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Photo of Bitterbill
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On draught at Old Chicago.

Pours a clear reddish brown, fluffy off white head of foam.

Smells hoppy, roasty, some sweet notes. Little bit of nuttiness.

Taste is pretty bitter. Aspirin like. Roasted malt, very little sweetness. Hint of nuttiness.

Good mouthfeel but to me, not a tasty brew.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz single purchased at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Best by 15 JAN20. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Slightly hazy cherry cola color, modest little light khaki head with good retention, decent lacing. Light carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Caramel and toffee, roasted nuts and toasted dark bread, light dark fruits and citrus, a bit of cocoa and herbal/mulling spice type notes.

Taste- Follows the nose for the most part, the citrus is more pronounced than in the aroma. Starts out malty sweet, slight hints of vanilla in there too with a fairly bitter/astringent spicy hop finish. Pretty well balanced.

Feel- Medium bodied, warming alcohol is evident. Semi-dry with moderate carbonation.

O- A solid offering from 10 Barrel, reasonably priced too. Drinks kind of like a dopplebock. Worth trying if you find it.

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Photo of Nass
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour is dark brown. The aroma is of nuts & dark fruits & the taste is the same. I agree that this beer could have delivered some more too for labeling itself a winter beer. It can pass off for an early autumn brown ale. Cheers! B-

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice, dark red / amber with a tight fomy head. Light 'beer-y' nose, not much else. Very malt-forward which is expected. Pleasing bittness keeps things interesting. We pick up notes of figs, molasses and a touch of licorice. We'd class this with the winter warmers. Nothing spectacular, but it's well-crafted and a solid choice.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I did a swiperoo at my local Meijer....took 3 of these and 3 of 10Bs ipa.....made my own mixed six. It a clear deep rich mahogany with khaki head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had rich malt presence. The taste was malt forward with caramel and roast accents that eventually finished bitter. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful dark molasses-colored body (although it's a bit light-bodied-looking), light tan head that lasts and lasts. The nose smells... dusty. Old. There's a bit of toasted grain, but the dominant aroma. The flavor is only marginally improved, offering a small amount of caramel and plum to the sawdust base. Not much in the way of malt, hop, spice, nor sweetness. The feel is also a disappointment, being pretty light and having too much zippy carbonation for what should be a heavy, rich style.
This beer didn't offer much. Dusty old flavor, light body, good ABV but not really for the style. For labeling itself a winter beer, I thought this could have delivered a lot more.

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Photo of haines710
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A very dark brown with a thin head. Looks beautiful. Smell is nutty with hints of malt. Taste is same but I feel the alcohol burn. Not easy to drink. A sipping beer that improves as it warms.

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Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown and appears to be clear. Moderate beige head which leaves a ring of lace after each sip.

First, I smell rusting iron then I get light cream. Some darker malt elements in the background.

Quite dry to start, this is probably closer to a highly hopped brown ale. The malt has a darker caramelized crystal malt and perhaps some chocolate malt as well. The finish comes across a bit watery with the hop bite kicking in.

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Photo of pat61
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours brilliant chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Streams of slowly rising bubbles support a 1" cream to light tan foam cap with moderate retention. The nose features an interplay between rich malt aromas that evoke dark fruits and a moist fruit cake and spicy herbal hop aromas. Malt and hop aromas are medium and fermentation aromas are medium to medium low. Pray for Snow has a very creamy texture and rolls across the tongue bringing traces of chocolate, figs, pear, grains, and nuts seasoned with spicy, floral, earthy, citrusy hop flavors. This is a subtle beer with medium to medium low hop flavors, medium medium to medium high malt flavors and medium low bitterness. Pray for Snow has medium low, very soft carbonation and a body just shy of medium. It is a good beer but for a winter ale, I prefer a little less subtlety.

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Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a dark brown amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is heavy malt with some biscuit and caramel thrown in for good measure. The taste is similar to the nose and has a nice sweet malt taste with some noticeable alcohol. An Outstanding beer

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Photo of BB1313
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/16/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy auburn with a big chunky tan head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas are very nice and malt forward. Tons of caramel and toffee. Hints of chocolate along with some dark fruits. Some black cherry is there. The malts shine. The flavors basically follow the nose with a hop bite. Not much hop flavor, but solid hop bitterness. Mild hints of pine and citrus in the mix. The malts still shine and steal the show. More caramel and toffee along with some chocolate. More cherry notes along with some raisins. Dark fruits are there. Bittersweet, but slightly on the sweeter side. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and slightly creamy. Smooth stuff.

This is a very nice winter ale. It's similar to a scotch ale with a hop bite. It's still a malt bomb despite the hops. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/30/2016. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red/brownish color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, citrus peel, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, cherry, herbal, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt and moderate citrus/earthy/pine hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, citrus peel, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, cherry, herbal, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light chocolate/cocoa, herbal, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt and moderate citrus/earthy/pine hop flavors; with a nice malt bitterness balance; light lingering hop astringency after the finish, but not overwhelming. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, bready/grainy/creamy, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden; a mild warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good american strong ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt and moderate citrus/earthy/pine hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the lingering hop astringency. Really aggressive/resinous on bitterness, but still has nice malt balance. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JimPottNY
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap, east coast, so it may have traveled a bit. Doesn't make me think strong ale. Amber-dark, medium feel up front, little roast, good brown ale mid. Finish has some caramel/ almost chocolate.

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Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle:

Pours dark, slightly hazed copper with a fluffy tan lasting head. Frothy lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with dark fruit (plum) and an earthy tone.

The taste is of sweet caramel/toffee (hint of chocolate?) sweetness balanced by a bitterness that almost clashes in the initial taste. I like the malt profile here and can appreciate the balance, though here it might be a bit much for what the brew is, and puts a bit of a dent in it. In-between scores for the taste, I'll go with the higher of the two scores I have in mind for it.

Although alcohol does show, it is malty smooth and holds a medium body.

The malt flavor is very good. I love hops and appreciate the balance to keep it from being too sweet, but here the bitter flavor detracts a bit. Still, it's a decent brew. It has some "winter" character. It's nice, but not a winter go-to brew for me.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit and caramel. Bready malt scent of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, toast, and nuts with some yeast. Subtle hints of earthy hops and dark fruit. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and sweet malt forward taste with notes of biscuit and caramel. Upfront bready malt notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, toast, and nuts along with yeast. Light earthy hop bitterness. Subtle undertones of dark fruit. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid Winter Warmer. Nice biscuit and caramel malt notes.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +0.3%
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 -22.3%
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 -7.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/12/2016 at Stadium Pub in Cranston, RI, served in a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit, brown sugar and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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 +2.5%
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 -12.9%
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 +10.7%
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 +2.7%
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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Pray For Snow from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 267 ratings