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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2008
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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
georgekessel (68) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1958) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5843) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2007
bottle. Red orange, creamy head. Fruity notes (peach, apple ) Christmas spices. Mellow sparkly mouthfeel. Not entirely harmonic, but nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2007
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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trev (1960) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Pours an amber colour with a decent off white head. Gingerbread aroma precedes a fairly thin and overly complicated jumble of spice flavours.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Crit (3393) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2007
WOW!! What a waste of 10 bucks!! An unattractive beer with head fading to nothing immediately. Has a light pumpkin pie spice nose and taste , a few hops in the finish. Lifeless and seriously lacking in carbonation. A piss poor effort

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2007
Pours a golden brown with a modest head and great lacing. Lovely, spicy aroma, fruitcake or pumpkin pie. Flavour is tart at first, but as the alcohol warms the finish the spices come out nicely. Creamy body, good carb. A bit too spicy to maintain a real sense of balance, but very tasty all the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Mahogany with a light head. Spotty lacing. Ginger and nutmeg in the nose. Some roast. Flavor has similar spices and some bitterness. Earthy and warm as well. Fuzzy finish with spice and sweet malts.

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