10° Below (Scuttlebutt Brewing Company)

10° BELOW was my first taste from Washington’s Scuttlebutt Brewing Company. This winter seasonal is brewed in the Weizenbock style (or as they call it “Imperial Dunkelweiss”), which I found to be rather interesting and original.

10° Below has 22 IBUs and a surprisingly 7.4% ABV.

Style: imperial dunkelweiss
Aroma: crisp citrus
Taste: medium body with a rich chocolate finish
Hops: mt. hood & american sazz
22 ibu’s.
7.4% alcohol by volume

10° Below pours a dark chestnut brown with auburn highlights. A meek cola ring rims the top of the glass as bubbles linger around the bottom. A tiny bit of sediment is leftover when all is said and done.

Even though I knew what to expect from the style I was still a little surprised how sweet the nose of this beer was, with hints of apple and honey. Graham cracker and bubblegum were also detected.  Chocolate limps in toward the backend, but quickly dominates the scent. Smells more like a weizen than a bock.

The taste starts off with chocolate malts, then as the beer warms banana and bubblegum come through. Hints of graham cracker/pie crust appear in the end. I would highly recommend pouring this beer out, because it opens up and tastes much better.

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium. There is a “brightness” to this beer that I can’t explain. It’s like a boozy heat, without the big booze. Carbonation can be felt in each sip along with a faint stickiness.

The first couple times I tried this beer (I bought a six pack) it was straight from the bottle and less than stellar. For this review I poured the beer into the proper glassware and what a difference it made! The flavors in both the nose and taste were more pronounced, noticeable, and enjoyable. Although it’s not my favorite beer ever, it is a rather good representation of the Weizenbock style.

Overall: 7.5 out of 10

As a WEIZENBOCK: 8 out of 10


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