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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
17 Plato


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 (1216) - 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 (358) - 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 (1167) - 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 (6112) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6401) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle 1000 ml
Aroma soft frontal nose, aromatic with hints of clove and other spices. Pumpkin, vanilla and malts behind. Very proper.7+
Appearance hazed amber red. Good shade of it. Mid bone white smallish top.4-
Flavor and Palate : Medium light body. Still , mild with set of spices on top. Clove even some chocolate , sugars followed with vanilla , hibiscus and caramel. Gives holiday vibe.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4151) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2011
1 litre swing-top bottle poured a nice amber color with a small off-white head and very little lacing. Aroma is nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is lightly sweet with the spices and a lingering hoppy spice blend in the end. Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. A nice winter seasonal to enjoy during the holiday season.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4922) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2011
99 Bottles – Federal WA, WA
Rich, malty with lots of Xmas spice up front. Big rich flavorful. Lots of vanilla and nutmeg. This is a tasty deep cold weather brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle:   Amber, fiery copper, clear, large foamy off-white head, nice lacing.   Nutmeg and gingerbread cookie on the nose.   Similar tongue.   Add in some pale biscuity malts and that pretty much sums it up.   Clean, simple, but not all that complex.   Flavors linger quite a while tho.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Decent, but nothing too exciting.



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