Garrison Brewing -Winter Warmer

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

PairingGoes well with pork, pepper steak, salads and strong cheeses




Beer typeAle

Alcohol/Vol.: 7.6%

BreweryGarrison Brewery

Country / RegionNova Scotia

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