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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 Sound’s original brewer
17 Plato


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DuffMan (6645) - 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).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle 1000 ml
Aroma soft frontal nose, aromatic with hints of clove and other spices. Pumpkin, vanilla and malts behind. Very proper.7+
Appearance hazed amber red. Good shade of it. Mid bone white smallish top.4-
Flavor and Palate : Medium light body. Still , mild with set of spices on top. Clove even some chocolate , sugars followed with vanilla , hibiscus and caramel. Gives holiday vibe.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mcberko (6272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
Pours dark amber. Aroma and flavour is cinnamon and nutmeg, and various other spices. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle:   Amber, fiery copper, clear, large foamy off-white head, nice lacing.   Nutmeg and gingerbread cookie on the nose.   Similar tongue.   Add in some pale biscuity malts and that pretty much sums it up.   Clean, simple, but not all that complex.   Flavors linger quite a while tho.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Decent, but nothing too exciting.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2011
1L giganto swingtop, capped. The usual Howe Sound home-protection device packaging. Pours a dark murky amber with a nice creamy tan head. Big sweet clove and cinnamon nose, very treacly and gingerbready. Fairly flat, fairly light body. Caramel, gingerbread, molasses, and light pie spice on the mid palate. Mild sweet finish. Appealing enough and perfectly drinkable, but could definitely benefit from some complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
September 20, 2011 - bottle sample at Volo. Clear bright deep ruby with an average frothy white creamy head. Some alcohol in the aroma, also leafy bitterness, nutshell ... a bit spicy, but dry, and not terribly sweet - cereal grain, a bit toasty. Taste is very pleasant - again, I get a hint of red wine in their beers - odd! - simple spice and a bit like a yeasty nutty fruitcake, but hoppy and slightly alcoholic. Sticky, decent body, mild carbonation with a quick finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5615) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5414) - 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)

3.3
   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)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5174) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2014
Sample at a beer tasting at the Paas. Thin creamy off white head. Clear amber pour. Pkenty of spices.


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