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


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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (35101) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
1 L bottle. Pours cloudy to hazy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is spiced, phenolic and overripe fruity, light mouldy. Mild bitterness mixed with a phenolic yeasty touch. Lasting spiced and overripe fruity impression.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
Bottle 100 cl. Courtesy of fiulijn. Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma rich in fruits and caramel. Solid body, sweet caramel, fruit and spices. Some hops in the finish - with a little licorice. 010410

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sask89 (498) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
Pours a rich mahogany colour with a medium white head. The aroma is quite nice; roasted malts, caramel malts, vanilla and spices; cinnamon, nutmeg. The taste to is fairly malty with spice, but it also has a nice bitterness to it. Medium-full body, abrupt finish and a rather thick mouth feel. It creates a nice warming sensation in the chest too. Overall a very nice beer but only in the winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mcberko (9348) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
Pours dark amber. Aroma and flavour is cinnamon and nutmeg, and various other spices. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2179) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
Dark amber sparkly paint, off white fizzy cap that lives as a skim with a bit of spotty lacing. Mild aroma. Warm and comforting due to the lack of overpowering spices. Oh, they are there but they exist in a proper portion for my liking. Sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, etc... roasted malts, dirt, raisins, more sweet spice than strong spice, caramel. The taste is also mildly spiced but not lacking a healthy dose of them. Caramel, pepper, roast malts similar to bocks, raisin, plum, marshmallows. Very very drinkable, nothing strong, good malts carry this beer with ease. I’m surprised at how much I don’t dislike this beer. I actually have no problem consuming the entire 1L bottle. My first Howe Sound beer - good initial impression. I just looked at the label and this is 7% - serious? Sure fooled me. Lots of carbonation seems to suit the beer very well. Medium malt finish with light spice now that it’s warmer. A smooth, easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cirrhosis (1262) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2010
Love these giant bottles with the flip tops they always make me smile. Oh man this smells good. Cloudy brown body with an average looking cap, nice and long lasting though. Mmmm……smells like baking and memories of Christmas past. Nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, honey all can be tasted all built on a thick chewy malty back bone. Brew almost has eggnog like flavours but not really. A mild coffee like bitterness is noticeable in the finish. Great Christmas brew, highly enjoyable, perfect on a cold winter day infront of the T.V.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4612) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Hazy copper color with a large head. Aroma of apples, pears and cloves. Lots of clove flavor, some caramel malts and a bit of orange. Maybe some Munich malt notes, too. There’s something... not quite sour or tart, but getting to that end of the spectrum. Not bad, but after a half liter, I found it difficult to want the other half.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2010
2009 Bottle - Thanks Matt! - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zeek (181) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
Beer pours a bloody amber with minimal head. Ginger comes through in the nose. Proper ale taste, very malty. A slight bitter aftertaste of hops. Not bad for a spiced xmas beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2009
Foggy light red colour (like a winter’s fog settling in on a town) with medium head. Huge nose bursting with cherries, plums, sugar cane, lime and exotic spices. I could smell this one all day long! Rarely do I come across such a lively and rich nose. The taste starts off exactly the same, with gigantic malt and more cherries. Mid palate shows a hint of pepper and some salt water taffee, with a finish that’s surprisingly short but quietly rich in citrus. An extremely well-crafted beer which should be in everyones fridge at some point or another, a real gem!

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