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

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A high gravity pumpkin ale brewed with barley, fresh roasted pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, water and yeast, it is one of the local seasonal favorites. This beer is produced in very limited quantities each fall as part of the John Mitchell series
16.7 Plato


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2207) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
A nice big 1 Litre brown bottle from the LCBO with a cap, and a swing-cap to close it after opening. Pours a slight hazy, copper-amber colour, with an off-white head that is fizzy, but gives one glass a little coating over it. The other glass has not much. Some lacing as the brew goes down. Spicy aromas of cinnamon with notes of pumpkin and alcohol. Nice creamy-oily mouthfeel. A bit more spices going on in the taste, but still, all well-blended with nothing really sticking out like a knife. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pumpking, grain malt and a touch of hop. Quite a nice Imperial pumpkin ale that I would buy anytime (especially for today - Halloween).

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
Cask. Deep amber pour. A ton of earthy hops and loads of spice on the aroma. Way too much anise and spice. Leaves an astringent/chalky mouthfeel. Couldnít even finish 4 oz of this. I have to imagine itís different in the bottles and I may revisit this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4811) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Leaves bubbles on the glass. Mostly clear with some head. Nice pumpkin flavor has a nice pumpkin pie flavor. I like that in this style. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pictoman (442) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Poured from 1L bottle. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg with earthy leaves. Copper brown in colour with light head. Sweet medium body with a little kick at the end.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WheatKing (1268) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Hm we were trying to figure out the spices in this while drinking, apparently it was on the bottle... we got cinnamon and nutmeg... missed the clove and anise, too bad. Oddly enough pumpkin in ale tastes a lot like alcohol to me so I couldnít figure out if the finish contained ethanol or not.

Not just a novelty, this stands well on its own.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rob6239 (618) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
On cask at Torontoís Cask Days festival. Mild pumpkin aroma but some other spices I couldnít place were more prevalent. Taste wasnít overpowering with the pumpkin but could have used a slight touch more. Otherwise good drinking beer. One of the few pumpkin beers I could drink a few of in a row.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gilvanblight (769) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
Very strong scent immediately upon opening. Love the bottle. Itís not often that you get a re-sealable bottle. Slightly hazy brown orange pour. Lots of pumpkin and spice in that nose. Cinnamon, clove. Yeasty slightly bready mouth. Reminds me of Remark Farms Pumpkin Spice Loaf. Lots of spice. Very easy to drink. Low carbonation. So far the best Pumpkin beer Iíve had. Mixes the sweetness perfectly. Really enjoying this one and glad it comes in a 1 liter. Wonít need to re-seal that bottle tonight.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ontbeertaster (2306) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle, pours a dark copper, aroma is a light spice of pumpkin, very strong flavoured with a minimal spice in the flavour, overall it was drinkable, wasnt one of my fav pumpkin ales

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2908) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle, LCBO. Huge 1L bottle, glad I split it with my wife. Dark murky brown with a thin tan head. Nutmeg, pumpkin in aroma, but also a lot of malt sweetness. Taste - big sweet malt body mixed with some earthy spices and a good dose of alcohol. A decent combination that I took a bit to warm up to. Certainly comes together quite well; I just found that it almost ended up being too "big" to enjoy the flavours, if that makes any sense. Still, this one is a winner, nice to get the chance to try it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1790) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
1L bottle with cap and swingtop. Nice idea with the big bottle. Looks like a pumpkin beer, I suppose. Smells like a pumpkin beer. But tastes much better than most pumpkin beers. The bigger malt base and higher gravity hold up better to the spicing, so that you are not overwhelmed by the brown spice. It is big but balanced. Iíll get this one again.


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