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%
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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BuckeyeBoy (6150) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2013
One Liter jug-style bottle. Unfiltered glowing orange-red body. Steady, creamy beige head. Big spicy fruitcake beer. To me it really has a festive, Wassail thing going on. Easy, watery mouthfeel. Ginger, nutmeg, orange peel. Tastes a little old, like it sat on the shelves too long. OK, but I wouldn’t really want to drink the whole bottle myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5749) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2011
1 litre swing-top bottle poured a nice amber color with a small off-white head and very little lacing. Aroma is nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is lightly sweet with the spices and a lingering hoppy spice blend in the end. Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. A nice winter seasonal to enjoy during the holiday season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2011
99 Bottles – Federal WA, WA
Rich, malty with lots of Xmas spice up front. Big rich flavorful. Lots of vanilla and nutmeg. This is a tasty deep cold weather brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5224) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2006
(Draught) Sampled at the brewpub on December 9, 2006. Thin, dissipated head with a copper body. No carbonation. Nose is spiced like nutmeg and cinnamon. Malted pudding. Too sweet.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4887) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Hazy copper color with a large head. Aroma of apples, pears and cloves. Lots of clove flavor, some caramel malts and a bit of orange. Maybe some Munich malt notes, too. There’s something... not quite sour or tart, but getting to that end of the spectrum. Not bad, but after a half liter, I found it difficult to want the other half.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Crit (3840) - 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

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