Eyrish (92) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
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
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. Ipaluvr082 (71) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
It Pours brown copper with very little head. Aroma = Christmas cake, minced meat tarts and cloves, I don?t know about this one. Yep, Tastes just like it smells, just add gingerly to the palate. I?m afraid I?m not a fan. MissAnthropic (68) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 3, 2016
A rich and lovely spiced cake nose. The initial taste is a touch bitter, followed by a creamy exhale of the cakes suggested on the nose, with a hint of banana, but overall I find it smells better than it tastes. georgekessel (68) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
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
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
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.
TimInBC (16) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
A very nice winter beer. Like the best fruitcake you ever tasted. Smooth, a bit flat. Malty, fruity, but generally a very pleasant, enjoyable beer. Not up there with the top-quality specials, but this is the affordable beer you drink in between. I got the litre bottle, which makes for a nice pint on two consecutive days. chickenm (10) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2009
1 litre bottle, pours amber colour with a thin tan head. Very malty with lots of spices. A pretty good winter ale.