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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
226
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
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7
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Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +10.1%
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 +22.7%
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 +7.9%
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 +3.6%
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 -1.6%
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 +2.2%
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 +14.5%
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 +4.9%
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%
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 -22.5%
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 -7.4%
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 +10.1%
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 +14.5%
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 +2.2%
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 -13.2%
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 +10.4%
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 +2.5%
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 +3.8%
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 -23.3%
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 +20%
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 -16.7%
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
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Sirwootalot
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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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