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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


3.1
   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...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zeek (194) - 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.

4.4
   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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2009
1L brown swingtop bottle. Amber-brown colour, thick beige head. Nose is gingery, spicy, sweet. Sweet malts in the mouth, caramel, spicy notes (nutmeg), finishes moderately hoppy with some leafy/citrus tones, slight lingering bitterness with some nutty malt aftertaste. Trace of alcohol. Carbonation a bit prickly, medium bodied.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BuckeyeBoy (5978) - 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 (9542) - 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 (4903) - 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 night’s sipper.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DeanF (2348) - Alberta, 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 (8640) - 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)


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