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

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
17 Plato


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gerbeer (3134) - 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 (6375) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
I think last year’s was better. This beer defines Christmas for me. With great cookie spices of nutmeg and cinamon and a strong ABV, this gets me in the Christmas spirit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (1936) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Unclear dark brown, minimal off white head. Sweet malt and baking spice aroma. Sweet caramel malt taste, lots of festive spices and dried fruit. Softly carbed, low hopped. Dry spiced fruit finish. Awesome Christmas beer! LF (Lagerboy Friendly)

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
darrennelson12 (456) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
In bottle; aroma was almost medicinal with notes of pine, spice and a little sweetness (very odd). Taste very similar ... found it very sharp and medicinal the first few sips. As it warmed it was better but it was almost to complex with too many things going on. Notes of spice, molasses and some sort of fruit (could not quite describe it). Overall, OK but I would not buy again myself.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (2415) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
Cloudy brown with minimal pale head. Aroma is dates, figs, freshly mown grass, herbs. Thin bodied, sweet with no sign of bitterness and a slight dryness on the finish. Taste is figs, rosemary, cloves. Very interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Has a straightforward caramelized sweet nose that gives a nice spiced bread pudding impression. Very sweet molasses flavor and toffee flavor, a bit of gingerbread and pumpkin spices, figs. This is very sticky stuff, not a lot of bitterness coming through the sugars, but

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2011
1L giganto swingtop, capped. The usual Howe Sound home-protection device packaging. Pours a dark murky amber with a nice creamy tan head. Big sweet clove and cinnamon nose, very treacly and gingerbready. Fairly flat, fairly light body. Caramel, gingerbread, molasses, and light pie spice on the mid palate. Mild sweet finish. Appealing enough and perfectly drinkable, but could definitely benefit from some complexity.


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