Pray For Snow | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
229
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
47
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 229 |  Reviews: 51
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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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 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 mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
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 Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Beermongers, Portland, OR

Poured a darker bronze/copper color with a small white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Subdued aroma, toasted malts and a hint of hops. Taste of caramel, toffee, German malts, notes of brown sugar, tobacco, and mild hops. Medium body, and pretty drinkable. Nothing extraordinary going on.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 IPAchris
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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 stevoj
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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 tommy5
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of flagmantho
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky dark amber-brown hue with a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Not bad!

Smell: caramelly malt with a bit too much sweetness and a biscuity malt character. Kind of like a too-sweet amber ale; not my favorite.

Taste: sweet and caramelly with a bit of biscuity character. Bitterness toward the end is balanced. Flavor works a little bit better than the aroma, but in general it's not to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and an OK creaminess. Not outstanding, but it works well enough.

Overall: this beer definitely seems more like an amber ale or a winter warmer -- definitely not a strong ale in any sense of the term. Whatever the style, it's just a flavor profile of which I'm not a fan.

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Photo of Derek
2.43/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A bit boozy and sweet, without much flavour... Barely got into the bottle.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Pray For Snow from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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