Sask89 (508) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper colour with medium beige head.Carmel malt nose. Mild carmel malt taste slight bitter smooth mouth feel with creamy malt finish.
darrennelson12 (456) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
rwgould (331) - 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.
RCx240 (197) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber in colour. Thin, frothy off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, clove. Taste of dark malts, roasted coffee, additional spice notes. Medium body, average carbonation. Slightly creamy, slick texture. Lingering spice finish. Pretty nice.
zeek (194) - 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.
dslam (103) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown beer with good frothy head. In a bar so hard to smell the aroma, but I sense a hint of caramel. I am not sure why, but it tastes a little flat, but it was poured from a fresh pitcher. The taste lingers on the palate and it’s got a little bit of a bite. I think I like the graville island winter ale or the chestnut winter ale a lot better
Eyrish (92) - 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 (72) - 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.