Garrison Winter Warmer

Reviewed by on December 12, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Garrison Brewing Company

  • Origin: Halifax, NS, CA

  • Rated On: December 12, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Halifax’s Garrison Brewing produces this offering (made with cloves, cinnamon, and demerara sugar) for the holiday season, and well further into Canadian winter.

This 650ml bottle 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.

Brady White

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