Editor’s note: This is the third in the Beer Advent Calendar 2015 series. Likewise, I’m going to be posting a beer review each day. Some will be Christmas or Winter ales and other selections will be beers I’ve been wanting to try for some time.
Today let’s travel back to Bend, Oregon and visit 10Barrel. This brewery generated waves in the Central Oregon brewing community when, in January, it was bought by Anheuser-Busch.
Despite being owned by a large corporation, 10Barrel is still doing routinely pumping out fantastic beers and Pray For Snow is one of them.
Pray for Snow is 10Barrel’s fall beer that comes out every November. It’s a strong beer, coming in at 7.6% ABV and it’s moderately hoppy at 75 IBUs. Pray for Snow is available in 22 oz bombers and in a 6-pack of 12 oz bottles.
How does it taste?
Pray For Snow pours a deep, dark brown. It leaves a ton of lacing on the glass after the head dissipates.
When you sip Pray For Snow, the smooth malty tones overwhelm your senses followed by a sweet hoppy finish that can only be described as earthy.
The aromas are quite strong with this beer, making you think it’ll be overly complex, but its taste is simple and smooth. If you’re a fan of
This strong ale has a few different flavors going on, but it’s not overly complex and Deschutes is careful to make this beer to seem like it’s trying too hard. Each component of the flavor profile compliments the other.
According to the 10Barrel web site, 10Barrel has used 5 different malts and used new hops this year. It’s profile this year is less fruity and more herbal and hoppy. I dig it.
Should you buy it?
I’d try this beer at a pub first before committing to a 6-pack. If you’re feeling experimental, buy the 22oz bomber.
There’s a very special project at 10Barrel Brewing in Bend, Oregon called the Small Tank Project. These very small batch beers are typically done on a special basis, probably like an R&D project, I’d imagine.
While at Newport Market in Bend recently, I came across a beer called Rye’m or Treason, the latest product to come out of the Small Tank Product. This Imperial Red Ale is the brainchild of a fellow by the name Bobby Jackson – production brewer at 10Barrel and in charge of the barrel program.
According to Jackson, Rye’m or Treason is a play off of Super Fly Rye that they ‘imperialized’ (I’m not sure what that means – if you do, please leave a comment below!). The beer is aged in whiskey barrels from a distiller in Park City, Utah.
Each bottle of Rye’m or Treason comes hand-dipped in wax, so the minute you go to pop the top on this brew, you’e in for a treat. This rare ale comes in at around 60 IBUs and is about 11% ABV.
Rye’m or Treason pours a special copper red color and has a creamy beige head. To your nose, you can smell the fresh oak and hints of vanilla.
Unlike any beer I’ve ever had – it’s big, bold and very, very interesting. Being aged in rye whiskey barrels, it’s very flavorful but not overwhelming. I can taste a lot of different hints of earthy hops, whisky, fruit and an amazing barley-focused finish.
I must say, this is the best beer I’ve ever experienced. It’s flavorful and leaves you feeling like you’ve just gone on a journey guided by an experienced ale artisan.
Go find this beer today!