Winter Warmer | Garrison Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This strong dark amber beer is brewed with spices evocative of the holiday season. Its warming character makes it a great accompaniment on cold winter nights.

20 IBU

Added by nighthawk on 11-09-2008

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle - nice to see a brew show up around here from this East Coast operation that isn't a 'Star Trek' offering, of late.

This beer pours a clear, medium red-brick amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some splattered chunky lace around the glass as it very lazily bleeds out of sight.

It smells of gingerbread straight off (bready caramel malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove spice), brown sugar, pink bubblegum, faintly estery yeast, indistinct nutty notes, and some plain earthy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, a still heady cinnamon, clove, and black pepper spiciness, molasses, some wayward son yeastiness, ethereal bittersweet cocoa powder, equally hard to nail down cafe-au-lait, a strange (but welcome all the same) red wine grape fruitiness, and more timid leafy, weedy, and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather active in its probing and tingly frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and sort of smooth, as both the spice and the yeast take a chunk out of this one's disposable income, as it were. It finishes trending dry, the aforementioned spice really pushing the envelope.

Overall, this is a very welcoming and gentile version of the style, all spice this, and malt that, and under the radar alcohol, er, something, I guess. At any rate, Garrison's Winter Warmer is just that - wintry (by way of seasonal affectations), and just right in the warming department, I should say.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber copper tan head nice bubbly film.

Malty and baking spice. Slight earthy bitterness. Mild sweetness. Burnt sugar.

Tastes like ginger bread. Creamy and nice body.

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Photo of Mousel
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterPro125
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Dark Amber/ Brown with a foamy 2 1/2 finger head

S- Spicy raisins, cinnamon, cloves, and sweet sugar

T- Rum, raisins, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Lots of sweetness although balanced with a slight hop bitterness.

M- Medium body and medium-high carbonation

O- A solid winter warmer from a great Maritime brewery. A little bit more carbonation than the average winter warmer but still excellent.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Side by side with a bottle of Picaroons Winter Warmer. Each poured into 4oz tasting glasses. Bottled 7 weeks ago.

L – dark amber, a bit cloudy. Light tan head, but nice lacing.

S – spicy nose. Some sweetness in there, but lots of cloves over the sugar. Some cinnamon maybe.

T – really spicy, lots of cloves, some decent malt sweetness in there, but there are times when this approaches a fall beer, almost tasting of some pumpkin interpretations. Some dryness up front, perhaps from hops, that I’m not crazy for.

M – bit too carbonated, feels like it’s bouncing around in my mouth more than I would expect.

O – Of the two beers I would take the Picaroons. This one is a bit too spicy and not quite as sweet as I’d like. That really affects the drinkability of the beer and I think it would be hard to drink several of the spicy Garrison beers in one sitting. More malt and less spices would be my prescription.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany in colour and pours a frothy with head that drops to nothing in a matter of seconds.

S: Booze, raisins, cinnamon, fruit cake, and a hint of bubble gum in the background.

T: rum raisins, hints of licorice, cinnamon, cloves, caramelized sugar. It has a rye bread flarour to it and hops bitterness.

M: Med-Full bodies, med carbonation that is great as it cleans up the palate. Bitterness is assertive but does not distract from the maltiness that is present.

O: This is a great winter warmer that is well balanced, yet presents a great bitterness backbone that lacks in many others.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nothing like a winter warmer on a summer day, big ups to andrenaline for the east coast hookup
A - swampy brown, thumb of tan head dissipated slowly leaving a fairly consistent lace ring
S - super spiced, dried fruit, smell like christmas cake to a tee
T - marachino cherries and other dark fruit, apples, fresh bread/cake, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other holiday spice, just like the nose its a christmas cake
M - surprisingly light and even a little on the thin side, finishes spicy
O - captures the essence of the kind of drink you want to warm your soul on a cold evening, and it works almost as well in summer, a fine seasonal

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of mintjellie
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown, ruby highlights, two-finger beige head. Fair retention, very little lacing. Inviting spicecake aroma with notes of allspice, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and even a hint of banana. Malt-forward with sticky toffee pudding and spice notes. Mild sweetness and low carbonation help lend some richness to its medium body. Spiced enough for the flavourings to assert themselves without over-doing it, this is a tasty winter ale.

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Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brewer said this beer would have me dreaming of winter nights and, indeed, its dark and kind of dreary tone has me thinking just that. The pumpkin highlighting that shows up in the light, however, kindles a much warmer complexion and *almost* let's pass some clarity. Looks good. Only fault is the total lack of carbonation.

Winter Warmer smells like it belongs with the turkey or pumpkin pie in a Christmas or Thanksgiving spread. The cinnamon and clove are highly fragrant and carry a highly seasonal character, a comforting blend of savory spice that makes a remarkably relaxing aromatherapy. The bouquet also has a delicate sweetness to it.

With flavors of - not only cinnamon and brown sugar - but honey, caramel, nougat, hazelnut, ginger and toffee, it's a wonder that Winter Warmer doesn't teach a baking class. Seriously, the beer may not exactly be low in calories, but relative to the things it tastes like, sweet-toothed weight-watchers out there have made a new friend.

Flavors of clove and cinnamon are readily appreciable in the taste but their heat is much watered down. As its dark colour attests this is a well malted beer, sufficiently so to really tone down the gusto on the spice. The same can be said for its sweetness; the brown sugar is tasted but there's no kind of candied sensation whatsoever.

Winter Warmer is a beer worth cozying up to. It's got just the sweet, savory warmth needed on those miserable, grey, chilly, rainy winter days. Atlantic Canadians, especially, should keep a few bottles next to the bottled water and canned beans in basic emergency kits. This is a beer that could help you weather some stiff storms.

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Winter Warmer from Garrison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 63 ratings