Garrison All Lit Up

Reviewed by on December 6, 2018 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Garrison Brewing Company

  • Origin: Halifax, NS, CA

  • Rated On: December 6, 2018

  • Best Before: canned November 6, 2018

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

A ‘Winter Brew’, and ‘Festive Strong Ale’, made with demarara sugar, raisins, and spices. And at 7% ABV, the Christmas lights might not be the only thing ‘all lit up’ soon around here.

This 473ml can pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent splattered paintball pattern lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, brown simple syrup, earthy cloves, faint metallic cinnamon, and some ethereal leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, baking sugar, muddled earthy seasonal spices, a touch of damp minerality, and more well-understated herbal, weedy, and musky floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of a gay old time here.  It finishes off-dry, like a liquid Christmas cookie.

Overall – yup, this one delivers the goods, and in an even-handed manner, i.e. no spice thwack to the head.  Balanced, not particularly sweet, and enjoyable to sip on whilst looking out at the foot of snow that fell over the course of a day and half.  Ya know, winter?

Brady White

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