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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Reviews:
49
Ratings:
224
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 224
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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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 chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -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 mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
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 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 stevoj
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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 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 flagmantho
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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 JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber pour with a small off-white head. Strong initial taste of caramel malt balanced with a hint of hops. Medium body with flavor of caramel, nut, bread and grassy hop bitterness. Finishes with a blend of alcohol and bitterness.

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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 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 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 Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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 argock
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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 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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -23.1%
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 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 woemad
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.59. No freshness date, although the label states “Seasonal Release Winter 2014,” so I think we’re good, but I can’t help wonder if they mean the 2013-14 winter or the 2014-15 one. Incidentally, the label is different than the one pictured on BA, and states the abv clocks in at an even 7%.

Poured a hazy, dark mahogany shade, with a big, creamy and bubbly tan head. Lots of lace.

Spicy and malty in the nose, initially. Some piney hops are detected, along with what I swear was a little whiff of cherry.

The taste was similar to the smell, though things stood out a little more. Along with some piney and peppery hop notes, I also definitely got an undercurrent of slightly sour cherry flavor. Midway through comes a dry, mineralish flavor that dominated the aftertaste in a somewhat overbearing way, along with the slightly weird, quasi-Belgian cherry sourness.

Medium bodied, with a dry, prickly mouthfeel.

Interesting, but needs improvement. I have to wonder at the slightly sour fruitiness, if it’s a Belgian-influenced thing going on or just a complete accident. The mineral note needs to be dialed down, as it really amps up way too much in the latter part of the taste. If that were toned down, this would be more drinkable. As it stands, it’s okay, but nothing to seek out again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Braz
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Tacoma Boys. Reddish dark mahogany color with a bready head. Drank this a bit on the warm side. Smells are slight sour yeast and malty. Touch of red wine. Taste is more bitter than sweet. Dark flavors of fig and raisin. Boozy aftertaste which I don't mind with this style at all. Seems unbalanced though. Mouthfeel is slightly flat, very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol warming adds to a nice finish. This to me is a pretty straightforward example of the style. No frills.

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