Got to love a good winter beer! Brassin d’Hiver from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre in France is the first winter beer I had in a while. The reason why I mention Brassin d’Hiver is because quite frankly, my expectations of Garrison’s winter beer were high and just when I though it couldn’t get any better than Brassin d’Hiver, I was proven wrong. A great spice blend is important when brewing a winter beer. It’s just like Harvest or Pumpkin Beers, if you don’t spice them well, you don’t have a winter beer. So what does winter taste like? It tastes like Garrison’s Winter Warmer Beer; hints of fruits but especially complimented with clove, cinnamon and allspice.
Look: Winter Warmer poured nicely, yet looked a little hazy but that’s okay. The color is amber and the head was little which isn’t so good, what can I say; I like good head 😉.
Smell: The aromas of cinnamon, clove, allspice and molasses caught my attention right away.
Taste: Much like the nose, but I detected more subtle flavors such as dried fruits and the roasted malt.
Finish: I found this beer very enjoyable from beginning to end and quite frankly the stronger alcohol only revealed itself towards the end which is not uncommon given its 7.6% level.
Feel: Medium and well carbonated
Context: Really good
Repeater: Not really
Pairing: Goes well with pork, pepper steak, salads and strong cheeses
Beer type: Ale
Brewery: Garrison Brewery
Country / Region: Nova Scotia