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Father John's Winter Ale - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Father John's Winter AleFather John's Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rich, malty seasonal ale brewed every fall for the winter months, this ale is made with four different malts, Nugget & Hallertau hops, and a complex blend of spices. It is named for John Mitchell, Howe Sound's original brewer.

17 IBU

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 11-17-2007)
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Photo of Strix
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%

Pours a murky brown orange, good initial head, leaves no trace.

Nose is full of spices, I'm getting cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Spices are the predominant flavor as well. Malty, with various spices, sort of a lingering cinnamon aftertaste. As it warms, becomes somewhat flavorless. Alcohol not detectable.

Mouthfeel a little on the weak side.

This was a passable example of a style I admit I generally don't go crazy for. I feel like the mouthfeel detracted and the spice bill was just a wad of flavors. Good thing I had somebody to split this with or dealing with 1 L would have been like drinking a spice rack.

Strix, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of KeeganRohovich
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

KeeganRohovich, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of maclean25
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

maclean25, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of CookstLiquor
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 1L bottle. Pours slightly hazy orange-brown. The nose is filled with spice and dominated by cinnamon and nutmeg. Tastes like a pumpkin ale without the roasted pumpkin notes: sweet, spicy and a huge bitter finish. The spice notes in this beer are much more pronounced than in previous versions. Excellent carbonation.

CookstLiquor, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Erik-P
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Erik-P, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of jrempel
3/5  rDev -20.4%

jrempel, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of artemh
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

artemh, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of souvenirs
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a 1L bottle.

A: Clear mahogany with lots of tan head.

S: biscuit and spices.

T: Very pleasant, but no hop presence at all. I'm also not really tasting the alcohol, which I sort of expected to at 7%. Edit: it got better as it warmed.

F: A bit thin for my liking, and lacking in crispness.

O: Certainly not a bad brew, but I don't love it. Would I get it again? I'm really not sure.

souvenirs, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

FinnHawk, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

bazzz, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DaPan, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

Howe Sound's 'Father John's Winter Ale' @ 7.0% , 1L pot-stopper bottle , paid $10
A-pour is a rich brown with some xmas red along the glass edge , a beige head which left little lacing along the pint glass
S-sweet spices (caramel , cinnamon , nutmeg , vanilla)
T-malty like a brown ale , no hop presence at all
MF-medium body , light/medium carbonation , don't taste or feel the 7% ABV
Ov-an ok beer , best part is the re-useable Pot Stopper bottle for home brewing

cheers LampertLand

LampertLand, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of LagerHOGGER
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

LagerHOGGER, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +6.1%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

urbantornado, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%

A: Clear amber with a full finger of just off white head, noticeable lack of bubbles, and just a scant lacing drifting over the cap.

S: Sweet candy/caramel with bourbon vanilla and not a hint of hops. Very sweet smell with out any bread or yeast notes.

T: Sweet malts and a little bit of artifical caramel taste. Finishes warm, smooth with the bourbon vanilla, similar to a tiny sip of bourbon. It's a caramel and vanilla brew for sure, I'd like to have this after dessert and sip like an after dessert night cap.

M: spanning between light to medium body and a surprise buzz on carbonation on the tongue with each sip.

O: Father John's Winter Ale a great brew to pair with winter snacks of dried fruit, soft cheese and crackers. Comes in a full litre its warming and predictable, tastes are simple and straight forward easy to drink and enjoyable on a cool winter night.

FondueVoodoo, Nov 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

4ster, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Coastal_Brew
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
Photo of spointon
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

I poured this one from a 1 liter crown capped brown bottle into an Imperial nonic pint glass. The bottle is also outfitted with a swing-top closure, making it extra useful for my home brewing hobby!

A= This ale poured a mahogany brown color with some reddish orange highlights. With a fairly aggressive pour the beige head rose about 1.5" and then settled to a 1/4" thick cap. Not much in the way of lacing.

S= This bottle is getting a little old for a winter spiced ale, but its holding up pretty well. I smelled cinnamon and nutmeg first, followed by some nice vanilla and ginger notes. There was a detectable amount of oxidation as is common for a spiced ale such as this, but it was not a deal-breaker.

T= The flavor started off fairly clean, with a light chewy malt character reminiscent of an amber or lighter brown ale. The spices are all there but they are not overwhelming. Nice balance of spices actually. Not much in the way of hop flavor (a good thing) with just enough bitterness to balance. Finished medium dry and spicy.

MF= Medium bodied with a slight creamy mouthfeel and a spritzy carbonation level.

D= A nicely spiced ale that packs the ABV and just enough spice to make it a successful winter warmer. I would have liked to try this when it was super fresh and the spices were at their best but it was still damn good. Would drink again if given the chance.

spointon, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Syr
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Syr, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a dense reddish-brown body with a glow at the base of the glass. There is a thick bubbly beige head that last a bit.

S- The slightly sweet malt aroma has some toast notes and a brassy molasses and dry spice finish.

T- The brassy molasses character has a slight fishy character to it with a dried spice blend in the finish that lingers as molasses and vanilla.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer is heavy on the spice flavor which is a bit odd or cooked in flavor. The malt and hops are buried underneath but some vanilla hint is welcome in the finish. The description on the bottle says it uses yellow sugar? which I hope is different than yellow snow but I don't think I will try this one again.

rhoadsrage, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of w00ddy
3/5  rDev -20.4%

w00ddy, Feb 11, 2012
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Father John's Winter Ale from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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