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:
226
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
47
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 51
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 Beardo
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of Rothobinide
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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 arini10
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sourdog
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of woemad
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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 kamikazeokami
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of NWbyNW_Brew
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerNW
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of LouZ
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of JC271
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of deebo
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MikeDAdams
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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 Thylacine84
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of RHVC59
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of batt6343
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of thereal_adam
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Buttstallion
1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

Photo of JoelClark
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jraisner
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of SJbigtuna
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Pray For Snow from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 226 ratings.
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