Christmas Eve is finally here and we get to open the final door to our Christmas Beer Advent Calendar…
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear but Howe Sound Brewing‘s Father John’s Christmas Beer (Winter Ale actually but Christmas beer fit the poem better).
What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
Father John’s Winter Ale pours a clear reddish chestnut clour with lots of cream coloured head on the initial pour; head eases off to a light ring around the glass and a skim across the top. There is a big nutmeg and ginger nose, which is sweet, hot and spicy at the same time. First sip is pretty complex; honeyed sweetness, rich caramel malts, Christmas spices, vanilla and a touch of hop all going on at the same time. As you drink this one feels medium bodied, a touch syrupy and there is a winter warmer quality. Not a lot on the finish to this one. Overall this one really makes me think Christmas, the combination of spices, malt forward flavour, touch of alcohol-ness, with nice graphics on the label and a bottle made for sharing.
As such I am giving Father John’s Winter Ale seven candy canes.