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

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich, malty seasonal ale brewed for the winter months with a blend of fresh ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, molasses, honey and Demerara Sugar. It is named for John Mitchell, Howe Sound’s original brewer
17 Plato

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2.7
Gerbeer (3755) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
On tap. Pours brown with little head. Aromas of malt and spice. Heavy spice flavors of nutmeg and all spice. Simply a pumpkin beer a month later. Needs to be fuller and sweeter to balance the spice and pass as a Xmas beer in my mind. Pass

3.5
pintbypint (3641) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2009
1L brown swingtop bottle. Amber-brown colour, thick beige head. Nose is gingery, spicy, sweet. Sweet malts in the mouth, caramel, spicy notes (nutmeg), finishes moderately hoppy with some leafy/citrus tones, slight lingering bitterness with some nutty malt aftertaste. Trace of alcohol. Carbonation a bit prickly, medium bodied.

3.3
GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
Cloudy brown with minimal pale head. Aroma is dates, figs, freshly mown grass, herbs. Thin bodied, sweet with no sign of bitterness and a slight dryness on the finish. Taste is figs, rosemary, cloves. Very interesting.

3.2
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
1 L flip top. Translucent coca-cola brown with a small head that fades to a ring. The aroma is mild - sweet malt and spice. The taste is sweet, with a combination of spices that are either subtle or cluttered to the point of being indistinguishable. No alcohol in the flavour. (It actually tastes better than I am making it sound - the spices, while difficult to distinguish, are not overwhelming by any means.) Medium body, and slightly bitter finish.

3.6
bulldogops (2500) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
Rating #985 - February 16, 2014 - 1oz from a 1 L swingtop, $10.39 CAD at coop 7%. Clear amber pour, that produces a minimal bubbly foam even when poured aggressively. Aroma is potent, quite a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malt. Taste is malty and heavy on the nutmeg, hint of cinnamon, and sweet caramel. This is a pretty good seasonal, and despite the presence of fairly heavy flavours, it remains a balanced, full bodied ale.

3.2
DeanF (2465) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
Bought as a bottle in BC awhile back. Good tasting beer and I bought it specifically for the alcohol kick, which was significant in the one-litre bottle. Kind of a darker ale and not nearly as complex as one would hope from this style, however.

3.4
VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - FEB 7, 2010
Dark amber sparkly paint, off white fizzy cap that lives as a skim with a bit of spotty lacing. Mild aroma. Warm and comforting due to the lack of overpowering spices. Oh, they are there but they exist in a proper portion for my liking. Sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, etc... roasted malts, dirt, raisins, more sweet spice than strong spice, caramel. The taste is also mildly spiced but not lacking a healthy dose of them. Caramel, pepper, roast malts similar to bocks, raisin, plum, marshmallows. Very very drinkable, nothing strong, good malts carry this beer with ease. I’m surprised at how much I don’t dislike this beer. I actually have no problem consuming the entire 1L bottle. My first Howe Sound beer - good initial impression. I just looked at the label and this is 7% - serious? Sure fooled me. Lots of carbonation seems to suit the beer very well. Medium malt finish with light spice now that it’s warmer. A smooth, easy drinking beer.

3.8
Lagerboy (2206) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Unclear dark brown, minimal off white head. Sweet malt and baking spice aroma. Sweet caramel malt taste, lots of festive spices and dried fruit. Softly carbed, low hopped. Dry spiced fruit finish. Awesome Christmas beer! LF (Lagerboy Friendly)

2.9
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Pours an amber colour with a decent off white head. Gingerbread aroma precedes a fairly thin and overly complicated jumble of spice flavours.

3
UXO (1896) - CANADA - NOV 17, 2016
Appearance: clear medium amber with a thin beige head that retains poorly, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, cloves, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-low bitter, mild astringent. (6/10) Medium body tending thin, lively to moderate carbonation, nutty and astringent finish ending watery. (3/5) The spice blend for this might be intended to be ?Christmas? or ?winter? but is in fact reminiscent of any number of typical pumpkin ales - which, I guess, isn?t necessarily a bad thing, but it?s not a particularly interesting thing. It definitely tastes as sweet as it smells, with relatively little little bitterness in the middle. The body tends thinnish, though, so the astringency in the finish tends to be a bit sharp. I think I?d like this more with a bit more body and a bit less spice. (12/20)

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