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Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Brown Ale
Squamish, Canada

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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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A smooth, flavourful nut brown ale with hints of chocolate and licorice. Made with 100% barley, hops, water & yeast, it is named in recognition of the regionís strong railway history and Squamish BCís West Coast Railway Heritage Park - Home of the Royal Hudson and Western Canadaís largest collection of heritage railway equipment
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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009. Appearance: Rich, transparent mahogany colour with beige three finger head when poured into tall tankard, rapidly receding to a ring and a thin film of head that lasts for the whole glass. Heavy lace. Aroma: Nuts, hint of dark fruits, roasty malts. Taste: Lots of flavour in here. Nuts, dark and milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, liquorice, very subtle dark fruits. It seems like every time you take a mouthful of this beer, there is something else you notice each time. Soft, smooth malty finish. You canít get a better nut brown ale than this. Iíve tasted nuttier, more coffeeish, or more chocolatey; but this beer from Howe Sound has a ton of complexity. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, easy to drink, slightly silky. Drinkability: Goes down very easily, itís difficult to savour this because it just begs to be drunk. And at 5% abv, itís very much a drink you can session. There is nothing wrong with this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3791) - - NOV 14, 2010
1 liter. clear brown with a small, creamy, tan head. very strong aroma of toasted nuts, caramel, brown sugar. palate is medium. flavor are robust brown sugar and caramel with a toast. moderate carbonation. one of the nicest brown ales iíve tried in a long time. exactly how I think a good brown should be crafted.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
The flavour has a good amount of chocolate. There are some nut and licorice notes. Even some coffee in there nearing the finish. Itís not the typical flavour you think of when drinking a brown ale. As well it does have a bit of a thin feel too it. The aroma has good solid chocolate notes and some black licorice. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head with some very spotty lacing I am getting some earthy hops on the finish and it tends to linger on the palate.This is the first beer I have tried from Howe sound. I will most defiantly be trying the rest of there offerings.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DKS4011 (8) - Black Earth, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2010 does not count
I find this a very consistent, credible, interesting beer for itsí price. Itís got some hop and yeast character added to the typical caramel-toasty brown. I would buy this again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1305) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
A high quality nut brown, right on the mark for what I want. Chocolate aroma, mild roastiness on the palate, pretty creamy mouthfeel. Looks beautiful, too. Reminds me why I love the style.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12743) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Dark brown, rich natural head. Flavourful, earthy, lightly toffeeish body. Smooth, rounded maltiness - they didnít overdo it on the dark malts like a lot of brown ales Iíve had the past few years. Malty, satisfying brown.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2006
Fantastic aroma - sweet, porter-like. Spices, chocolate, and salty licorice. Pours a thick, silky head with great retention and lots of lace. Dark brown, hint of red, excellent clarity but too dark to be evident. Strong taste of chocolate malt addition, with a pale malt base. Toasty, nutty, suitable bittering from the hops, not in the flavour or nose. Great, thick body - very creamy, except very poor carbonation - could be a problem with the 1L "jug" it came in. Bought it from the Steamworks private store. Overall, a beer to buy again and hopefully Iíll have one with a bit of carbonation next time. I remember drinking this straight from the tap at the Howe Sound Inn, and there were no carbonation issues. An excellent beer with perhaps some distribution issues which are certainly forgivable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2088) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2010
Just opened up another one of these 1L flip tops from Howe Sound - a brewery that is putting out some quality brews. Deep deep reddish brown and clear with a brown cap of average size and has worthy surface coverage retention and messy lacing. Nice , welcoming aroma. Bakerís chocolate, dark caramel, ample fruit that works well and balances out the aroma nicely. Dare I say Iíve found a hint of smoke? Maybe... Very appealing aroma - nothing complex about it but it is just goodness for my nostrils. Light citrus and coffee filter round this sucker out. Tasty roasted malts - tons of íem but that doesnít mean that this is quality is sickly strong. Seems like the perfect amount of flavour with ample malts. Some sweetness, plums, light molasses, very light fruit, toffee, ash when warmer, dark something bitterness, light chocolate. With all that said this is still mainly malts malts malts. Good smooth carbonation that is in line with continuing to make this an enjoyable drinking experience. Almost medium bodied, just enough hops to add an extra quality to this beer. Finishes with a long roast and another sighting of ash. Mighty fine easy drinking beer that Iíll be going back to.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sask89 (418) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2010 Pours a dark brown colour, almost black with a small off-white head. Aroma is of roasted malts, toast, cereal and grains. Taste is malty throughout with bread, toast and nuts most present, nice dry finish, mildly bitter. Medium-full body, on the palate mostly smooth and thick with soft carbonation. Very nice brown ale, pretty good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeZasada (290) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2010
1L bottle. Pours a medium-dark amber with a lasting tan head. Aroma of malt, some earthiness. Tastes very malty; notes of caramel, molasses, some chocolate... nut tones. Earthy sweet bitterness. Finishes with a grassy nut earthiness. One of the best brown ales I have ever tasted.


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