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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Our ever-changing spiced winter seasonal. A tasty brew that complements all your holiday festivities. It is typically malty in body, lightly hopped, and rounded out with spices that we vary from year to year.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (6295) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2011
22 oz. bottle from emacgee- thanks, Ethan! Pours a clear, deep reddish-brown with a big, rocky beige head that leaves a good amount of lace. Aroma of sweet malts, toasted sugar, some mild spices, and faint grassy notes. The flavor just has a ton of malt character, caramel, toast, brown sugar, cereal, and just a wee bit of fruit. Medium-bodied, with a malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Pretty nice, and the spices take a back seat to the malts.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (2234) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Received in trade from KarrHeel03, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a stingy white head that recedes quickly but laces the sides quite nicely. Smells of sweet malts and spices. I pick up some cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, plums or prunes, and a touch of alcohol. There’s a subtle spice in the nose that is quite non-descript but really pleasant. Taste is sweet brown sugar and alcohol up front. Dark fruits and a tease of hop bitterness on the tongue mid way through. Medium-dry sweet malty sugary finish. Ample carbonation, slick syrupy mouthfeel, medium bodied brew. I really enjoyed this one on this cold snowy day. I think it all comes together really well.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Light aroma and a quickly dieing head. Carbonated beer with a spicy flavor of cherry soda and watermelon.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Dark brown with a red streak, not much head. Kinda ugly. I mean, not real ugly, but not the sexiest brew, either. But then you smell the pint and you pick something sweet, dark, inviting, and with a bit of cocoa, maybe. Kinda tastes like mildly sweet tea with vanilla, chocolate, and licorice thrown in. But putting it that way makes Cold Mountain kinda gross, which it most certainly is not. There’s enough hops to keep the beer from turning into Granma’s Cookie Tin you get every Christmas, but still keeps the essence of what ol’ Granny’s been baking close to heart. Sweet but not too sweet, fairly low ABV for a winter ale, quality cold-weather creation. (12/8/08)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Thanks to Paul for sharing this at a recent tasting. Currently the #1 Winter Warmer. Served in a snifter. Pours a nice caramel color with a really light head. Doesn’t really stick around too long and only leaves a spot or two of lacing. The nose is loaded with vanilla, though it smells somewhat like extract. There’s also a bit of caramel and malty sweetness. The taste is more vanilla plus some caramel. Not much else, though it’s fairly nice. Beer has a medium body and finishes quite dry. Not terribly complex and not all the winter warmery, but pretty good. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-28-2011

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (3185) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2011
22 oz bottle from my winter 2010 Secret Santa. Pour is mostly clear amber brown with a thick, well formed teo inch ran head. Long lasting head retention, eventually falls with nice lacing. Aroma is dusty caramel malt, round and pretty sweet. Taste is the sweet malt up fruit, though it tastes like sugar coated nuts, along with a vanilla sharpness. Behind this is a spiced yeastiness that closes out the finish, which also reveals some milky creaminess. Not sure how well all of these flavors work together. Palate is medium bodied, coats the mouth a bit, then dries out. It’s interesting, but not entirely my cup of beer. Thanks for all of these beers Santa, they have been fun to try.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerme31 (480) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 Bottle. Aroma of herbs, vanilla, and spices. Pours amber/copper with tan head. Exceptionally well balanced flavor of hops and sweetness. Relatively soft carbonation, smooth and refreshing finish. Overall I really like this one. Highland is a good brewery and this is one of my favorites from them along with their black mocha stout. 2011 - this years version had less vanilla and more subtle fruit notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Shared 22oz. Pours dark copper with good head and nice lacing. Smells like Christmas - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and sweet malt. Palate has a little carbonation but mostly slightly creamy malt. Taste is dominated by spices, some earth and resin, and sweet malt. I was surprised by this one. Good brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GJF (1237) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Dark mahogany, thin white head. Aroma is very sweet and vanillay and the flavor is the same with a bit of hazelnut as well. Generally sweet and the vanilla overtakes any other flavors to me. So-so.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark clear copper with no head.

Aroma: Caramel and hazelnut.

Taste: Vanilla, hazelnut, walnut. Finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, spicy carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. Not exciting either.


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