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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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sask89 (410) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
Pours a rich mahogany colour with a medium white head. The aroma is quite nice; roasted malts, caramel malts, vanilla and spices; cinnamon, nutmeg. The taste to is fairly malty with spice, but it also has a nice bitterness to it. Medium-full body, abrupt finish and a rather thick mouth feel. It creates a nice warming sensation in the chest too. Overall a very nice beer but only in the winter.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
darrennelson12 (357) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
In bottle; aroma was almost medicinal with notes of pine, spice and a little sweetness (very odd). Taste very similar ... found it very sharp and medicinal the first few sips. As it warmed it was better but it was almost to complex with too many things going on. Notes of spice, molasses and some sort of fruit (could not quite describe it). Overall, OK but I would not buy again myself.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
Had one of the 1L bottles from the liquor store. Aroma smells strongly of vanilla, nuts, cinnamon. Quite nice. Appearance: Transparent brown, small frothy head, no carbonation. Palate: Medium bodied, bit of a dry finish. Taste: medium sweetness, slight bitterness, very savoury. Probably one of my Howe Sound favourites.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zeek (167) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
Beer pours a bloody amber with minimal head. Ginger comes through in the nose. Proper ale taste, very malty. A slight bitter aftertaste of hops. Not bad for a spiced xmas beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
I think last year’s was better. This beer defines Christmas for me. With great cookie spices of nutmeg and cinamon and a strong ABV, this gets me in the Christmas spirit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyrish (89) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
Dark red pour. Heavy headed with lingering lace. Allspice nose, with a sweet first taste. Malt forward, with various flavours on the tongue. Vanilla, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon all present. Merry Christmas to me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
09maso3 (72) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2009 bottle pour. Dark brown with thin tan head. Fantastic ginger and vanilla aroma. flavour more complex with some nutmeg cinnamon cardamon and fruity notes. a little watery could have been a bit thicker, but overall a solid winter warmer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
georgekessel (68) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
Tall, 1ltr fliptop bottle. Deep amber colour with a small off-white head. As any winter beer should be, it had a delicious spicy sensoral of cinammon, coriander, orange peel and nutmeg. This beer was surprisingly drinkable as the spices were not too strong. I found myself easily finishing the bottle and opening another thereafter.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ipaluvr082 (48) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
It Pours brown copper with very little head. Aroma = Christmas cake, minced meat tarts and cloves, I don?t know about this one. Yep, Tastes just like it smells, just add gingerly to the palate. I?m afraid I?m not a fan.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yogibeerra (30) - KAMLOOPS, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2011
four different malts and two different hops plus a cornucopia of spices and other goodies. at this point, this is my favourite Xmas season offering.


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