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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 Soundís original brewer
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3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BuckeyeBoy (2837) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2009
A big ol 1 Liter flip top Labeled with Winter Ale. Pours out a brown with some red highs topped with a small head. Aroma was of sweet spice and ginger bread cookies. Taste was more of the spice some nutmeg, and cinnamon along with sweet molasses. A tasty winter brew thanks Matt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chickenm (10) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2009
1 litre bottle, pours amber colour with a thin tan head. Very malty with lots of spices. A pretty good winter ale.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DuffMan (6886) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2009
Christmas ale out early this year! Giant 1L bottle shared with Rockley. Pours a dark honey amber with a brief white head. Very spicy sweet aroma that instantly reminds me of those little windmill-shaped spice cookies that Superstore bakery used to give out to kids for free. Flavour of spice cookies: vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon, a little marzipan. Warming finish. Not bad, but I yearn for more malt (and darker malt too).

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4655) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2009
Spicy looking dark amber with lasting thin head. Aroma is very spicy with strong nutmeg and cinamon. Flavour is the same. Light malt and strong spice. Could almost be a pumpkin/fall beer rather than a winter ale......or both. 1L is a long nightís sipper.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
Bought as a bottle in BC awhile back. Good tasting beer and I bought it specifically for the alcohol kick, which was significant in the one-litre bottle. Kind of a darker ale and not nearly as complex as one would hope from this style, however.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2009
[2426-20090807] 1L bottle. Brandy spicy worchester sauce aroma. Clear, amber brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet worchester syrup flavour is mildly spicy. Medium body. Really interesting sauce characteristics.
(c/o Derek, w/ others)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
2008-08-07. Dark amber body with a modest beige head. (3+) Aroma is fruity, raisins? Light spice. (6+) Flavour is similar, fruity, modest malt with a dry finish. Average palate is okay but feels thin for the beer. Alcohol is not particularly noticeable. Okay, bit mild overall. Probably has slightly more oomph to it closer to the brewing date - I assume this is from this past winter. Would try again. Bottle, Shared at Derekís

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2010 Love those wonderful one-litre swing top bottles so favoured by Howe Sound! A creamy tan head started out at perhaps two fingers in depth, and then fell away, slowly, to a quarter-inch, all this taking some five minutes. The body was a lovely dark amber, and the aroma was malt, spices, and a suggestion of dark fruit. Much the same for the taste, along with a mouthfeel I can only class as "solid". Finished smooth with just a hint of sweetness. THis is my new favourite Christmas season beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
09maso3 (72) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2009 bottle pour. Dark brown with thin tan head. Fantastic ginger and vanilla aroma. flavour more complex with some nutmeg cinnamon cardamon and fruity notes. a little watery could have been a bit thicker, but overall a solid winter warmer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
1 litre bottle, known as Father Johnís Winter Ale in bottles and as both Winter Ale and Christmas Ale at their brewpub. Appearance: Fairly opaque, brownish mahogany colour with fairly white head receding to a ring. Head was monstrous when previously enjoyed in a ceramic stein; this time minimal when poured into tall central European style half litre glass tankard. Aroma: A wonderful blend of nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, distant cinnamon, rich sugars and malts. Alcoholic nose blending in with the spices like a true winter warmer. Taste: One word: phenomenal. The nutmeg, vanilla, and the sugary blend of honey, treacle, and yellow sugar added to this beer work in perfect harmony with each other. The added ginger blends into the warming alcohol taste, while the added cinnamon is barely noticeable but surely helps round the spice flavours. There are also hints of black cherry and even orange in here, showing just how well this beer is brewed: there are port notes here as a result. The blend of the honey, treacle, and yellow sugar add a rich sweetness that reminds the drinker of Christmas, without overpowering any of the other flavours and nuances; everything is in perfect balance. In fact, this beer is also known as Father Johnís Christmas Ale at the Howe Sound brewpub. Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied, wonderfully silky as the beer seems to explore the mouth without any effort from the drinker. Drinkability: A true winter warmer that entices the drinker to have more, but is so complex and rewarding that it also begs to be savoured. Easy to drink, but not as a result of thin body or light flavour; this beer is in a much higher class. The best winter ale in British Columbia by a country mile. And there is plenty of countryside in this part of the world. Absolutely fantastic beer.


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