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Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Squamish, Canada

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RATINGS: 74   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


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

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AgentAle (889) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
Aroma:strong sweet and spicey aroma with slight carbonation notes Taste: rich maltiness with caramel, cinniman and molasses tastes and a subtle botterness

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (880) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
Couleur marron avec une petite mousse beige. L’arôme est épicé avec du clous de girofle et du muscade. Il est aussi du caramel et malt. Le goût est légèrement épicé avec du malt, comme l’arôme, un peu sucré (comme du caramel) et il a aussi un peu de chaleur.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pictoman (699) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
Poured from a 1L bottle. Clear copper colour with nice white head. Nutty caramel malt aroma. Vanilla, nutmeg, toffee, mint to taste.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stantheman (678) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
On tap at Hops in New West. A dark reddish amber color. It’s another maxi-pour, so not much reading on head or nose. Flavor is of a fruity malty character, but watery to this palate. A bit of hops there somewhere, perhaps, but who knows?

Oh yeah..."complex blend of spices"? I remain to be convinced on that statement.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
Pours a brownish colour with no head. aroma is mostly spice nutmeg cinamon mixed with a little boozeness. flavour is similar to the aroma spice overall a good christmas beer to drink on a cold snowy day

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2010 Love those wonderful one-litre swing top bottles so favoured by Howe Sound! A creamy tan head started out at perhaps two fingers in depth, and then fell away, slowly, to a quarter-inch, all this taking some five minutes. The body was a lovely dark amber, and the aroma was malt, spices, and a suggestion of dark fruit. Much the same for the taste, along with a mouthfeel I can only class as "solid". Finished smooth with just a hint of sweetness. THis is my new favourite Christmas season beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Masterkush7 (575) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
I really liked this.ours a dark blackish brown almost stout looking. Has nice roasted malt flavour ieth some good and qnique spice. Getting notes of cloves and bit of cinnamon. A great winter ale

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours a red orange color. Good size head and good head retention. Lots of spice and sweetness in the nose. Lots of nutmeg and malts as well. Taste is the same. Very sweet nutmeg and malts. Well balanced in my opinion. i think the sweetness could have easily gotten out of hand. Very good beer and hope to see it again next year.


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