Cabin Fever Winter Ale | Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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Cabin Fever Winter AleCabin Fever Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Washington, United States
bbaybrewery.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Moose90
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep copper color into the glass, with an off-white colored head on top of it, leaving behind semi-consistent lacing.

S — Smell is strong and lightly sweet, notes of rich malts and spices, pretty prototypical winter warmer.

T — Bready, sweet, malt forward, little bit of a spice component, overall it is sweet and rich.

M — Medium-Full bodied, and warming on the way down.

O — Good overall, not one of my favorite styles, this one is fine though.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a light muddy head, little to no lacing. Not much carbonation.

Smells sweet, smokey, and scotchy.

The taste is primarily sweet, with caramel and toffee at the forefront and a little smokiness in the background.

Feels thick and clingy in the mouth (like it's too sugary), and almost feels flat.

Too sweet tasting for me, but not too bad a beer.

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Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of woemad
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big-ass 650 ml bomber purchased at Huckleberry's for $3.39.

Poured a very dark color that showed an amber redness when held up to light, but otherwside looked dark as night. Moderate, off-white head, with sheets of lace dripping down the glass.

Smell is of sweet, brown sugary malts and mildly floral hops. The malts are more dominant than the hops, but not to an unpleasant degree.

Taste is sweet, yet slightly bitter. While the sweet malts definitely have the upper hand, the hops are there in sufficient force to provide a stabilizing bitterness. There is also very slight notes of Juniper, in keeping with a winter beer. This keeps it from getting cloying. This is not as well-balanced as it could be, but it's close enough to be enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was just about right. Pleasingly substantial without being "weighty."

This is a nice winter warmer. I wish I knew the abv so I could see just how warming it is. This is not a beer to toss back in great numbers, nor is it meant to be.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mentor
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Four finger light copper head over a clear red-brown liquid. Smells dry grainy with strong grassy hop character. Some astringent tannin and the smell of a cabinet filled with old spices. Warming alcohol (some fusels) and very mild caramel.

Tastes fairly dry and thin. Caramel and light-colored fruits. Dried apricot and sweet version of tamarind. Alcohol combines with light grain astringency in the finish. Finish dries and aftertaste is grassiness from hops. Not to style and moderately enjoyable. Interesting, thick in the mouth, but light going down the throat and in the mouth after the swallow. Strong carbonation, which is not what I expect from a 'winter warmer'.

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Photo of Braz
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I live only 3 hours from this brewery yet it is very hard for me to find.
Pours a pretty dark brown mahogany. Color of brandy. Thin head that recedes to edges of the glass.
Strong bread and sourdough notes with subtle citrus. Taste is balanced though I do wish the hops made a bit stronger appearance. This is more on the malty side.
Medium to full body. Maltiness stays on the palate for quite awhile but that suits most wintery beers in my opinion. Has a slight spice finish, from the hops I believe.
Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of aracauna
2.84/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby brown with white head that disipates quickly. SOme caramel, hay, alcohol, mild hop bite, weird sour fruitiness (prunes) that I've smelled in some other beers. Not as big in the taste. Less than impressive and a bit watery.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, full flavoured winter warmer. The colour is a bit on the reddish side, but otherwise this is a nice shade of ruby brown.

Nice, rich malty smell with a bit of fruit zest in the background, likely from the hops. Sweet, almost syrupy notes. Traces of toffee, sweet butter and brown sugar. Certainly no end to variety of subtle flavours in this one.

Nice mouthfeel, good body. Not too heavy, and the carbonation is just right. Very yummy brew; I should have picked up a bottle or two.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Cabin Fever Winter Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark walnut color and is transparent, with red hues when held up to the light. Decent beige head caps the brew, and has good retention.

The smell is sharp and sweet. There is a peaty aroma, some fruity scents like plums, and a sweet scotch whiskey smell.

The taste is sweet like caramel or burned sugar, a bourbon-like flavor, with a bitter charcoal presence.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied but clean. Mild carbonation, some alcohol heat, and remarkable smoothness.

Slightly better than average drinkability on this one, mostly because of the ABV. It's too stiff to be sessionable, but certainly worthy of a slowly savored glass or two.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" tan head over cloudy brown liquid.

S: Vanilla, cinnamon and caramel malt.

T: Vanilla and spicy hops up front and a finish of citrus, cinnamon, caramel and some chocolate.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: A nice usage of hops in this winter ale.

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Photo of sloelco
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of froghop
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-cloudy dark brown with a red tint, a very small tan head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, some spice, some malt, and a touch of caramel.

taste is thick, nutty, spice, toffee, peanut butter in the back, and malt, ends on the oily side.

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Photo of strohme2
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Briken
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark mahogany with medium tan foamy head with good retention and lacing. Peaty, chocolate aromas. Taste follows but with an overhopped addition ending in a roasted malt finish. Thin yet chewy with low carbonation and a little sticky.

This seems to be a variation of their scotch ale. It's hopped more than I remember for previous years and it seems a poor choice of hops or some pale malts give it a bit of a phenolic finish. a nice sweet malt middle tries to balance out but the hops just take over. I really don't even remember it having this flavor on-tap.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Pours a caramel brown with a thin layer of head. The aroma is toast, cocoa, caramel, and some earthiness.

The flavor is somewhat watered down, but what is there is a nice mix of rye bread and ...well...rye bread. That is really the only descriptor necessary.

The body is on the light side of medium and carbonation is good. Overall this one tastes good enough, but does not stand out from the pack.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber courtesy of your West-Coast connection for great beer: RoyalT.

Poured a wonderfully deep, dark and "warm"-looking brown color with tinges of ruby-red at the edges. *Thick* and creamy off-white head that refused to settle down. Nice lacing of the glass. Aromas are toasty malt supported by a hefty leafy hop goodness. All of this is wrapped in a mixture of winter spices and some brown sugar. Flavor is more of the same. Big-time caramel malt up front, followed by a citrusy-grapefruit middle, and finishes with a smoky overtoned spicy end. A different concoction of flavors that really do the trick. Creamy smooth on the ol' palate. Rather brisk and dry finish, with some cinnamon-orange aftertaste. A flavorful and different winter brew. Well-done!

As always, kudos to RoyalT for another great beer.

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Photo of Zraly
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy moly.

This beer is aromatic alright. It's good-looking, too. The head appeared to be beige and the brew itself was a dark brown-red color. My better half said "It looks like the color of Coca-Cola". I think that is accurate, actually.

The smell is strong. The taste is strong. The herbalness of this ale really shines and comes across with a predominant grapefruit note. Layered around the citrus is the flavor of evergreen and alcohol. The finish is dry and bitter, and it warms your insides in an instant.

We entertained this drink with a hearty roasted onion and garlic bread followed by a spicy-ass gumbo. Oy!

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Photo of carln26
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pored a dark hazy amber color with a thin head. The nose has malt in the form of toffee, a slight fig profile. Taste is a rich amber ale. Toffee peanut brittle, a little citrus finish. There is a bit of bitterness and alcohol on the finish. No heat, just a tang. The beer is a little muddled, but has a rich mouthfeel. Good drinkability. I like winter warmers with a nice hop profile, and this beer, while having more malt than hops, still displays the hops well.

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Photo of freed
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sweet Jesus this is an aromatic beer. Had a pint of cask conditioned last night, and halfway through it my saliva glands had gone dry.

This beer has a wonderful fresh hop aroma. Aroma might even be too subtle a word for it. It was a powerful smell, obviously it had been dry hopped. The pint had a hazy golden hue, nice head, and it left a foam lace on the inside of the glass. There may have been malty flavor, but it was absolutely trounced by the combination of bitterness and bright hop flavor. It was a very good beer to drink in glass, as I had trouble making my mouth swallow the last couple sips. Halfway through I noticed the effects of alcohol, but didn't actually taste it while drinking.

Also, don't start with this beer. You'll need another hop monster afterwards if you even want to taste it. It dominates your palate.

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Photo of philbertk
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro--Cabin Fever Winter Ale--1998 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Told this was an amped version of the Scotch Ale. Cloudy red brown color. Very dry. Light spice front with assertive hints of hops. Not really Scotchy; tasty, but hard to Classify, Define, or Rate. Sampled 12/12/1998.

Boundary Bay Brewing Company--Cabin Fever--A Winter Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 55 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Foamy dense lacy light tan head. Clear deep dark ruby brown color. Rich roasted spicy floral hop mild malt fruit front. Malty sweet spicy herbal hop infused crusty roasted earthy toffee mild fruit body. Rich malt hop spice cinnamon hint dry sweet mild hot end. Sampled 12/11/2010. Purchased for $4.75 @ Full Throttle Bottles, LLC, Seattle on 12/9/2010.

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Photo of TwoTrees
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Cabin Fever Winter Ale from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
3.94 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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