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): 7.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by cbarrett4 on 12-27-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
178
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
28.49%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
33
For Trade:
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 178
Photo of constantine_272
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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 Braz
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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 vkv822
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip

Mahogany red with a thick, creamy off white head, nice lacing.

Pleasant blend from resiny hops to dark and caramel malt finish in the nose and taste.

Medium- mouthfeel, with a bit low carbonation.

While the aroma and taste were fairly average, I still found it to be an enjoyable winter ale overall. Reminds me a bit of a slightly higher ABV Wassail, from Full Sail.

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Photo of alexrichman
4.26/5  rDev +19%
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 Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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 JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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 zaphodchak
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Beer Mongers.

A finger of offwhite head, full, fine lace.

Not much nose here, some faintly sour malt.

Initial tang of faint citrus and tempered hops, barrel aging is otherwise subtle, but there's a faint brandy tang, I guess... I don't think it works that well.

Smooth, average texture.

I guess I was praying for snow and got freezing rain.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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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