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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2010
Sample at Howe Sound brewpub in Squamish. Dark copper body with minimal head. Aroma is malty and Christmas cake spicy. Some nutmeg and cinnamon. Nice caramel malt sweetness upfront with enjoyable underlying spice before a touch of bitterness. Very good for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cirrhosis (1196) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2010
Love these giant bottles with the flip tops they always make me smile. Oh man this smells good. Cloudy brown body with an average looking cap, nice and long lasting though. Mmmm……smells like baking and memories of Christmas past. Nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, honey all can be tasted all built on a thick chewy malty back bone. Brew almost has eggnog like flavours but not really. A mild coffee like bitterness is noticeable in the finish. Great Christmas brew, highly enjoyable, perfect on a cold winter day infront of the T.V.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (1189) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Unclear dark brown, minimal off white head. Sweet malt and baking spice aroma. Sweet caramel malt taste, lots of festive spices and dried fruit. Softly carbed, low hopped. Dry spiced fruit finish. Awesome Christmas beer! LF (Lagerboy Friendly)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reimer96 (1173) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours a cloudy dark copper with a red hue. Pours with a off white head that dissipates quickly into a ring. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, cinnamon toast, Vanilla & gingerbread. Taste of toffee, cinnamon, figs/dates, hint of vanilla and then finishes with a nice alcohol warming. Nice winter warmer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1143) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
Cloudy brown with minimal pale head. Aroma is dates, figs, freshly mown grass, herbs. Thin bodied, sweet with no sign of bitterness and a slight dryness on the finish. Taste is figs, rosemary, cloves. Very interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
Rating #985 - February 16, 2014 - 1oz from a 1 L swingtop, $10.39 CAD at coop 7%. Clear amber pour, that produces a minimal bubbly foam even when poured aggressively. Aroma is potent, quite a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malt. Taste is malty and heavy on the nutmeg, hint of cinnamon, and sweet caramel. This is a pretty good seasonal, and despite the presence of fairly heavy flavours, it remains a balanced, full bodied ale.

3.6
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2009
Foggy light red colour (like a winter’s fog settling in on a town) with medium head. Huge nose bursting with cherries, plums, sugar cane, lime and exotic spices. I could smell this one all day long! Rarely do I come across such a lively and rich nose. The taste starts off exactly the same, with gigantic malt and more cherries. Mid palate shows a hint of pepper and some salt water taffee, with a finish that’s surprisingly short but quietly rich in citrus. An extremely well-crafted beer which should be in everyones fridge at some point or another, a real gem!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Has a straightforward caramelized sweet nose that gives a nice spiced bread pudding impression. Very sweet molasses flavor and toffee flavor, a bit of gingerbread and pumpkin spices, figs. This is very sticky stuff, not a lot of bitterness coming through the sugars, but

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewturba (950) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2012
Pours a dark copper with a reddish tinge. Decent off white head slowly turning into a decent ring leaving some lace up the glass. Aromas of nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, sweet caramel. Flavours consist of vanilla, toffee, cinnamon, some booze, and a bit of a sweet dark fruitiness.


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