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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
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2560) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2063) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
Dark amber sparkly paint, off white fizzy cap that lives as a skim with a bit of spotty lacing. Mild aroma. Warm and comforting due to the lack of overpowering spices. Oh, they are there but they exist in a proper portion for my liking. Sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, etc... roasted malts, dirt, raisins, more sweet spice than strong spice, caramel. The taste is also mildly spiced but not lacking a healthy dose of them. Caramel, pepper, roast malts similar to bocks, raisin, plum, marshmallows. Very very drinkable, nothing strong, good malts carry this beer with ease. I’m surprised at how much I don’t dislike this beer. I actually have no problem consuming the entire 1L bottle. My first Howe Sound beer - good initial impression. I just looked at the label and this is 7% - serious? Sure fooled me. Lots of carbonation seems to suit the beer very well. Medium malt finish with light spice now that it’s warmer. A smooth, easy drinking beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trev (1896) - 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.

3.1
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (1806) - 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.

3.4
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gerbeer (1687) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
On tap. Pours brown with little head. Aromas of malt and spice. Heavy spice flavors of nutmeg and all spice. Simply a pumpkin beer a month later. Needs to be fuller and sweeter to balance the spice and pass as a Xmas beer in my mind. Pass

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DeanF (1662) - Nunavut, 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.

3.1
   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...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2012
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...


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