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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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3.73/5
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68 Ratings
Father John's Winter AleFather John's Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
howesound.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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

Added by BDTyre on 11-17-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,657
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
68
pDev:
12.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper color with almost no activity. Slightly creamy and bubbly dark beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of cinnamon, dark grains, toffee, nutmeg, light walnuts, rye, herbal spices. Pleasant gingerbread feel, not overwhelming, quite sugary but ends with bitter Christmas spices (feels more than 18 IBU). Slick and milky medium to full body with soft crispy carbonation. Strong finish, candy like, burnt brown sugar and cinnamon bread, molasses, liquorice, vanilla, ginger, and leafy hops. Very nice taste, good balance, very festive but still enjoyable. Holds up very well, it's smooth while bold and having decent freshness. Good accessibility. Though I wouldn't drink this for all year long. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boszormeny
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too strong on the nutmeg.

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Photo of imfinished
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smekermann
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nicolamacneil
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of R_Kole
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Strix
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of KeeganRohovich
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of maclean25
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of jrempel
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of artemh
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of souvenirs
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of FinnHawk
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bazzz
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Father John's Winter Ale from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 68 ratings
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