AgentAle (336) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma:strong sweet and spicey aroma with slight carbonation notes
Taste: rich maltiness with caramel, cinniman and molasses tastes and a subtle botterness
pictoman (326) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 1L bottle. Clear copper colour with nice white head. Nutty caramel malt aroma. Vanilla, nutmeg, toffee, mint to taste.
rwgould (325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
zeek (165) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Eyrish (81) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
09maso3 (70) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
georgekessel (68) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
yogibeerra (30) - KAMLOOPS, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
1 litre bottle, known as Father John’s Winter Ale in bottles and as both Winter Ale and Christmas Ale at their brewpub.
Appearance: Fairly opaque, brownish mahogany colour with fairly white head receding to a ring. Head was monstrous when previously enjoyed in a ceramic stein; this time minimal when poured into tall central European style half litre glass tankard.
Aroma: A wonderful blend of nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, distant cinnamon, rich sugars and malts. Alcoholic nose blending in with the spices like a true winter warmer.
Taste: One word: phenomenal. The nutmeg, vanilla, and the sugary blend of honey, treacle, and yellow sugar added to this beer work in perfect harmony with each other. The added ginger blends into the warming alcohol taste, while the added cinnamon is barely noticeable but surely helps round the spice flavours. There are also hints of black cherry and even orange in here, showing just how well this beer is brewed: there are port notes here as a result. The blend of the honey, treacle, and yellow sugar add a rich sweetness that reminds the drinker of Christmas, without overpowering any of the other flavours and nuances; everything is in perfect balance. In fact, this beer is also known as Father John’s Christmas Ale at the Howe Sound brewpub.
Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied, wonderfully silky as the beer seems to explore the mouth without any effort from the drinker.
Drinkability: A true winter warmer that entices the drinker to have more, but is so complex and rewarding that it also begs to be savoured. Easy to drink, but not as a result of thin body or light flavour; this beer is in a much higher class.
The best winter ale in British Columbia by a country mile. And there is plenty of countryside in this part of the world. Absolutely fantastic beer.