jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 Derek’s
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
09maso3 (72) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
1 litre bottle, known as Father John’s 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 John’s 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.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper body with minimal head. Father John is malty and spicy on the nose. Some nutmeg and cinnamon. Nice caramel malt sweetness upfront with nice underlying spice before a touch of bitterness rounds this off. Nice einter beer.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong caramel malt base beneath dense rich warm spicing in the nose. Notes of cinnamon and orange are especially apparent. Clear, deep brown-amber coloured body is topped by a decent off white head that recedes to a lasting cover. Quite sweet, round and malty flavour showcases the spices but never seems cloying. Some light lingering dark malt character is notable in the aftertaste. Bitterness is just enough to keep the sweetness in check. Medium full body with wonderful, soft bubbled carbonation that engages the tongue and cheeks. Quite a nice winter warmer. Too bad yesterday’s snow didn’t stick around... Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. 1L swingtop bottle (Brewery Creek, Dec-07).
georgekessel (68) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tall, 1ltr fliptop bottle. Deep amber colour with a small off-white head. As any winter beer should be, it had a delicious spicy sensoral of cinammon, coriander, orange peel and nutmeg. This beer was surprisingly drinkable as the spices were not too strong. I found myself easily finishing the bottle and opening another thereafter.
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 L flip top. Translucent coca-cola brown with a small head that fades to a ring. The aroma is mild - sweet malt and spice. The taste is sweet, with a combination of spices that are either subtle or cluttered to the point of being indistinguishable. No alcohol in the flavour. (It actually tastes better than I am making it sound - the spices, while difficult to distinguish, are not overwhelming by any means.) Medium body, and slightly bitter finish.
jonas (6863) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Red orange, creamy head. Fruity notes (peach, apple ) Christmas spices. Mellow sparkly mouthfeel. Not entirely harmonic, but nice enough.
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep reddish-orange with thick head. Nose is pumpkin pie spice and a touch of vanilla. Spice carry over into the taste, which is simple but lip-smacking. Flavors linger a little while. Light to medium body. Mouthfeel is a little chewy. A little more depth, maybe more toasty malts, and this would be very nice. (notes from 1L flip-top bottle; an aside: the bottle lists the ABV as 7%, not the 8% of the RB entry. I guess the tap version is different)