Gathering Storm | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BDTyre on 03-18-2012

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by cletetron:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1L swingtop bottle, part of the Carton of Coal seasonal gift pack here in Alberta. Suitably stark and forlorn looking label.

This beer pours a not all that dark reddish amber hue, with three fingers of bubbly, puffy, and chunky beige head, which leaves some decent cobwebbed lace around the glass as it lazily abates.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, a soft ashy char, mild day-old coffee, subtle earthy black licorice, cooked citrus flesh, and musty pine needles. The taste is more big bready, nutty, and biscuity caramel malt, sturdy medium cocoa notes, somewhat acrid pine resin and leafy needles, a wilting anise and molasses darkness, sharp, yet at the same time indistinct citrus rind, a touch of stunted mint, and a weirdly removed pithy wet ash essence.

The bubbles are adequate in their mildly astringent support, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, amongst a few friendly pokes and prods from the gadabout hops. It finishes rather dry, the caramel malt beholden to the biscuity, bready side of its id, the char holding fast, and the hops still loitering like aimless fucking teenagers.

One of the better examples of the style that I've yet come across, as the charred nature doesn't force itself on you, and allows the base malt and hop goodness to duly strut its stuff. And that extra ABV? Pffft. Hardly a twinge, yet I still have the urge to go use that tiny touque included in the gift pack as a pillow right now.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a super deep amber-red with a finger of thick, light orangey-tan head.

Smell. Caramel, chocolate, and piney hops.

Taste. Toasty malts and caramel, milk chocolate and piney, hops with some citrus fruits. Pretty clean finish with a bit of lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel. Medium body with below medium carbonation.

Overall. Quite refreshing. The darker malts add a bit of depth without making it heavy. Pretty refreshing actually.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of LampertLand
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Howe Sound's "Gathering Storm" Cascadian Dark Ale @ 6.8% , from a 1 L pot stopper bottle
A-pours a dark brown with ruby hues along the glass edge , a foamy medium size tan head with some large spotty lacing the stein
S-fruit , spicey pine hops
T-crisp and clean , not as bitter as I was expecting , very dry finish
MF-nice little twang aftertaste , medium body , medium carbonation
Ov-reminds me of a hoppy brown ale , which is ok , at almost $9 a bottle rates as a maybe try one

cheers LampertLand

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4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Rich tan head with a full spectrum of bubble sizes sitting atop a deep and dark walnut brown body. No light seems to get through, though it is clearly brown and not black.

S: Wonderful candied malt nose, dark fruits and red licorice along with a prickly citrus hops side.

T: The citrus bitterness is now all caught up to the sweet malts, whereas the nose was primarily sweet. Plum, grape, raisin, fig, and finishes grapefruit for me. Sweeter and maltier than I am used to for a CDA and I like it that way.

M: Creamy, well balanced

O: One of my favourite CDA's and has been for a couple years now.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A unique mix of hops for a unique style...

A: Deep, deep amber with a light tan head, good retention, awesome lace.

S: Very floral, some citrus and pine, quite bready, brown sugar and a light nuttyness.

T: Resiny pine, floral, grapefruit rind, brown sugar, bread, hints of cocoa and roasted nut, bit of burnt toffee, slight herbal character, solid bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate body is extremely smooth, almost creamy.

D/O: With the 'Cascadian' label and after having their Total Eclipse of the Hop, this isn't at all what I expected. It's hoppy, but the old school Mt. Hood & Cascade give it a lot of floral character. It reminds me of Pelican Doryman's Dark Ale, but it's "imperialized"... much more piny resin, with a bit of herbal character from the Nugget. Actually, it's like Troegs Nugget Nectar blended with the Doryman's Dark. Not a palate bruiser, but a drinkable ale that's full of character, with plenty of depth.

Perhaps it's a bit more American Brown than Cascadian, but the brewer has put the 'art' into artisanal.

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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Tap & Barrel, Vancouver.

Muddy amber with sepia film - not especially dark.
Murphy's Oil Soap nose: wood, orange and some perfume.
Toffee and banana bread, then big resin, orange oil, and wintergreen hops.
Pot pourri end and piney linger.
Med, way chewy, oily.

Definitely an IPA, just not very "D". No real roastiness. OK, but not to style.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very sexy amber red with a perfect amount of tan head and great retention. In the nose floral, citrus and pine, sweet malt, bit nutty. Taste follows with citrus, floral and pin hops. Nice malt character though with sweet caramel and nut. Mouthfeel is smooth, bitter, but highly drinkable. Overall a fine beer.

Cascadian is still developing as a style, but essentially it's a dark IPA. Most of the Cascadians I've had are darker and hoppier.

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3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1L swinging pop top poured into pint glass 9/9/12

A dark cola leaning towards brown with a thumbs width of dense mocha foam that slowly falls, my glass get caked with lace this looks great

S coco, cold coffee, dark toffee and a little anise, faint hops with just a little pine and citrus but it could use some more

T slightly more hops then the nose with some rind on top of the nose but still much more dark malts then hops

M medium bodied with a creamy feel from the bubbles, a little grit left behind and slightly sticky on the lips

O decent beer but reminds me more of a hopped porter then a black IPA, the booze is well concealed so that's always nice

perhaps an old bottle with faded hops? 88_3053? not too sure what that means, perhaps I need to consult papat444's fresh beer only web page. decent beer but like mentioned above needs a fair bit more of the green stuff for my ideal black IPA

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2.92/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This was very mild all around.

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see a beer in this style be smooth and refined in its mouthfeel. This is not too roasty and not too hoppy but instead all the elements work together as a whole. The dark malt is there to anchor the beer while the hops elevate it up. Tastes a lot like a hoppy American Brown Ale.

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3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost stout like in appearance. Jet black with a thick, creamy head. The head is almost like whipped cream.

Good, caramel-y and chocolate malt backbone. Nice hop scent - not too powerful, but definitely present.

Good hoppy taste, with a nice dark ale malt profile. Citrus notes, with toffee and milk chocolate hints. Not too hoppy like some Cascadians, and the malts are fairly restrained as well.

Nice mouthfeel, a bit thick. A good dark IPA.

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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over cloudy root beer coloured liquid.

S: Sweet, caramely, nutty and toasty.

T: Sweet, caramely, nutty and toasty malt with perfumy, floral, grassy and earthy hops.

M: Creamy consistency with a creamy carbonation and a medium viscosity. The finish is average to long lasting.

O: I expected something with heavily toasted malts and bitter pine hops; but this is more on the delicate side of things. Much more drinkable than others of the style. Quite good.

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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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