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


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 Sounds original brewer
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - MAR 13, 2008
Dark copper body with minimal head. Father John is malty and spicy on the nose. Some nutmeg and cinnamon. Nice caramel malt sweetness upfront with nice underlying spice before a touch of bitterness rounds this off. Nice einter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MissAnthropic (56) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (2362) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dslam (103) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
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 its got a little bit of a bite. I think I like the graville island winter ale or the chestnut winter ale a lot better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCx240 (198) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Masterkush7 (580) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
I really liked this.ours a dark blackish brown almost stout looking. Has nice roasted malt flavour ieth some good and qnique spice. Getting notes of cloves and bit of cinnamon. A great winter ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (1653) - 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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