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Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Squamish, Canada

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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A rich, malty seasonal ale brewed every fall for the winter months, this ale is made with four different malts, Nugget & Hallertau hops, and a complex blend of spices. It is named for John Mitchell, Howe Sound’s original brewer
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2013
One Liter jug-style bottle. Unfiltered glowing orange-red body. Steady, creamy beige head. Big spicy fruitcake beer. To me it really has a festive, Wassail thing going on. Easy, watery mouthfeel. Ginger, nutmeg, orange peel. Tastes a little old, like it sat on the shelves too long. OK, but I wouldn’t really want to drink the whole bottle myself.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reimer96 (1342) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours a cloudy dark copper with a red hue. Pours with a off white head that dissipates quickly into a ring. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, cinnamon toast, Vanilla & gingerbread. Taste of toffee, cinnamon, figs/dates, hint of vanilla and then finishes with a nice alcohol warming. Nice winter warmer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewturba (1085) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2012
Pours a dark copper with a reddish tinge. Decent off white head slowly turning into a decent ring leaving some lace up the glass. Aromas of nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, sweet caramel. Flavours consist of vanilla, toffee, cinnamon, some booze, and a bit of a sweet dark fruitiness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (940) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 14, 2012
Amber brown with a tan head. Lots of mulling spices, smells of gingerbread and dark fruit. Quite sweet, finishes dry. Some clove, some ginger, not too bad for the style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gramity (1460) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2012
Pours deep amber with a medium off white head...aroma is full of christmas spice, citrus, clove, cinnamon and yeast, fruity malts...flavour is similar with a nice tannic note to offset the malt...interesting stuff...

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stantheman (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
On tap at Hops in New West. A dark reddish amber color. It’s another maxi-pour, so not much reading on head or nose. Flavor is of a fruity malty character, but watery to this palate. A bit of hops there somewhere, perhaps, but who knows?

Oh yeah..."complex blend of spices"? I remain to be convinced on that statement.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gerbeer (2002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
On tap. Pours brown with little head. Aromas of malt and spice. Heavy spice flavors of nutmeg and all spice. Simply a pumpkin beer a month later. Needs to be fuller and sweeter to balance the spice and pass as a Xmas beer in my mind. Pass

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6130) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
September 20, 2011 - bottle sample at Volo. Clear bright deep ruby with an average frothy white creamy head. Some alcohol in the aroma, also leafy bitterness, nutshell ... a bit spicy, but dry, and not terribly sweet - cereal grain, a bit toasty. Taste is very pleasant - again, I get a hint of red wine in their beers - odd! - simple spice and a bit like a yeasty nutty fruitcake, but hoppy and slightly alcoholic. Sticky, decent body, mild carbonation with a quick finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
Pours a brownish colour with no head. aroma is mostly spice nutmeg cinamon mixed with a little boozeness. flavour is similar to the aroma spice overall a good christmas beer to drink on a cold snowy day

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Clear copper colour with medium beige head.Carmel malt nose. Mild carmel malt taste slight bitter smooth mouth feel with creamy malt finish.


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