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): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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

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46
Ratings:
206
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
12.19%
 
 
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 206
Photo of Bookseeb
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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 Rothobinide
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
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 alexrichman
4.26/5  rDev +18%
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 Sirwootalot
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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 MattyG85
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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 BFCarr
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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 chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle in Jan. 2015; updated and rather drastically revised with a 12 oz bottle in Dec. 2016.

Pours near black with a large, durable, creamy beige head. Clear red-brown body.

Flavor: reflects a higher hop load than expected, but still malt dominated. This is a winter ale in the style of a robust, malty brew rather than an ale full of holiday spices.

Feel: full bodied with medium+, exceptionally soft carbonation. Very smooth.

O: very satisfying; well hidden higher ABV.

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Photo of gandres
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market, in S.Salem. $3.99. Alc. is 7.0% Pours a dark slightly murky ruby/amber, lovely thick,bubbly tan head ( about half an inch). Aroma is very malty..dark chocolate,figs,slightly smokey with some resinous hop. The taste is similar to the aroma,with the hops leaving a nice after taste. Nice smooth mouthfeel makes this a quite drinkable strong ale.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a globed glass.

A- Poured a murky brown with soapy off-white head that dissipated instantly that left minimal lacing.

S- Strong and rich caramel malt, bready and toffee notes. Some alcohol in the nose. Slight hint of piney hops.

T- Very malt forward. Big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, sweetbread, and fig notes. Some dark cherry notes. Some floral and piney hops on the finish that leave a fair amount of bitterness on the finish.

M- Fuller bodied, soft carbonation, slightly sticky, and some alcohol warming. Drinks very easy and smooth for the ABV.

O- A very easy to drink American Strong Ale. Very malt forward with a nice hoppy finish and pretty complex.

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Photo of argock
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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 pianoguy
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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 JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up at the COOP I believe on Friday night... Paid I think $8ish... Poured into my slim tulip... tannish head sticks around for not too long.. the brew is a pretty standard deep amber.

Nose shows sorta expected PNW Winter Ale notes... but done pretty well. Toasty nose and some caramel... piney and citrus hoppiness battle with the medium malt profile.

Interesting piney hoppiness comes out front and quickly melts into the malts... caramel and light toffee... citrus zest hoppiness comes in on the finish.. lingers and melts with the malts... everything is surprisingly balanced.. nothing outweighs anything else...

Medium boned, but seemingly high ABV for a winter warmer... A nice sipper, but the hops make me want another sip... and another. Well done across the board.

3.5/3.5/4/3.5/4

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.79/5  rDev +5%
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 LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a one finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel and biscuit malt, hints of seasonal spices, slightly vegetal. Flavor is biscuit malt, dark dried fruit, dry winter spice and nuts. Finishes with malt and moderate grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with some pleasant creaminess. A nicely balanced winter ale with light but seasonally appropriate spices and a good malty body with dark fruit flavors. A well designed beer for long dark nights. This is definitely in the winter warmer category; the ABV has been slightly lowered to 7.0 for this year, according to the bottle.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark amber with two fingers of tan head. Moderate lacing.
Smell is dark smokey malts.
Taste is smokey molasses, piney hops. Well balanced. Some alcohol is evident but typical for the style.
Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation.
Overall one of the best Northwest winter warmers I've had this year. Well done 10 Barrel.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Portland Winter Ale Festival:

Good appearance: dark copper with decent head.

Aromas center on toffee, hops, and subtle spice.

Nice though light flavor profile in a German Dunkel vein.

Great texture and lots of roasted nuances on the finish. Nicely balanced and goes down nicely.

Not too light, not too heavy, but nothing really stands out all that much about this beer. Good but not great.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark reddish brown. Clear. Well carbonated, but light head. Cream colored thin foam.

S: Yeast, biscuit notes and wheat bread. Toasted sunflower seeds.

T: Sweetness of molasses with a heavy roasted malt background. Thick and rich with caramel and toasted walnut and chestnut. Just the right amount of subtle hops round out the rich roasted maltiness. Mild cinnamon spice at the end leaves a fascinating warmth.

M: Finishes clean with the right amount of bittering and balance. Though a bit viscous in consistency.

O: Tasty. I like how the hops expertly balance out the heavy rich flavors. A bit heavy is the only downside; hard to drink more than one or two of these.

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Lingenbrau
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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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