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Pray For Snow | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Pray For SnowPray For Snow

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cbarrett4 on 12-27-2010

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 180
Reviews by alexrichman:
Photo of alexrichman
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack from Zupans in PDX for $7.99, I've been wanting to try this one and the price was right.

A> Beautiful looking beer, maybe the best retention I've ever seen in a beer. The lacing just hangs out all over the place. I poured this beer 45 minutes ago and there's still a lot of lacing.... wow.

S> Really strong hops up front, a subtle sourness perhaps from the overwhelming assertiveness of the hops, and a the malt peeks through just a bit. Nice boquet.

T> Dark fruits (think fig), brown sugar/carmel, a bit of wood/smokiness, and then of course the hops which taste lively and exhibit flavors of tangerine and citrus. The hops are strong and certainly aren't content to stand in the background. This one has quite a unique flavor.

M> This beer is a treat for the mouth, thick from malt and the excess of resins from the hops. It just feels right in your mouth.

O> A fine winter ale that is clearly for lovers of craft brew. Indeed this is perhaps the best representation of an Oregon winter ale that I've had this year. The brewers do not hold back for this brew, you can tell that their focus was to make an amazing brew first and then worry about the cost second. It's a refreshing change of pace that makes for a truly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tkelley
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Sirwootalot
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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 iRaven99664
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
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 deebo
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of sourdog
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppySeb
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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 switzer
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
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 FinnishTheBeer
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of hreb
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
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 zaphodchak
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Beer Mongers.

A finger of offwhite head, full, fine lace.

Not much nose here, some faintly sour malt.

Initial tang of faint citrus and tempered hops, barrel aging is otherwise subtle, but there's a faint brandy tang, I guess... I don't think it works that well.

Smooth, average texture.

I guess I was praying for snow and got freezing rain.

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Photo of SBSJSEA
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cubbyZilla
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy copper colored body.
The aroma is grainy and a little lemon.
The taste is malty sweet balanced with a mild bitter finish. Straightforward but good.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
A smooth and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Aerol
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Bieniek30
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kurt92118
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Saxboy10
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Nage37
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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