bigben873 (163) - Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drinking the 2006 vintage from my collection. This beer smooths out nicely with age; goo malty flavor, less intense spices.
Aroma - Holiday spice with a hint of malt
Appearance - Gorgeous medium-dark brown, medium head, clear
Taste - malty spices, light
Palate - medium to light body with full flavor; light carbonation
Overall - One of my favorite beers that ages very well. Not an everyday beer, but great to pull out of the closet every once in a while.
suprchunk (2600) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a caramel/amber color. Slight, off-white head. No lacing. Smells awesome. Caramel, vanilla, dark fruits. Very good aroma. I have been smelling it for the past ten minutes now, without taking a drink. Creamy, but watered down version of creamy, sweet and caramelly flavor. A little dry. Very good beer. Very good. Not a winter warmer though. Seriously, it’s only 5.8%.
obguthr (4588) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pronounced caramel and tea aroma. Hops smell a bit stale which is understandable given the bottles age. Hazy dark copper, thin head. Caramel flavor, strong, with lighter berry undertones. Milk chocolate also present. Medium bodied. Strong french vanilla finish. Not spicy, but malty and delicious.
phaleslu (7536) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
johnnnniee (2924) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light aroma and a quickly dieing head. Carbonated beer with a spicy flavor of cherry soda and watermelon.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
theisti (3475) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
beerme31 (563) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.