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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.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
cask @ redlight redlight. Malty caramel nose with hints of vanilla, with hints of a spice in the aroma as well. Pours a hazy caramel amber with a thick white head. Smooth vanilla and caramel malts, with hints of nutmeg and maybe traces of something like cardamom, not sure i can’t place it. Its very smooth with a creamy flavor. Very nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernovice39 (3118) - Montana, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Ever changing needs to stop! This year is pretty darn good! nIce smooth malts with good flavor. Whatever the spice is there is a nice himt of chocolate in here i think. Could drink many of these.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Draft at redlight redlight. Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Lots of nutmeg in the nose. Hints of cinnamon. Nice warm, wintry, coffee-cake aroma. The flavor exhibits these notes fairly well although a lot of malt comes through and covers some of the subtler layers. All said and done, it hits the spot on a cold winter night.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Impressed, the best thing I have had from Highland. A little different for a winter ale. Medium bodied. Mostly malt with light cinnamon spiciness. Few hops. Not bitter, but not too sweet. Low carbonation, highly drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2010
on tap at redlight redlight, pours hazy light brown with a medium off white head. Oaky aroma with some biscuit and bready notes. Flavor is nice and malty with some light cocoa and vanilla. Very nice Chirstmas beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2009 22oz. bottle. Pours red/copper/brown with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly to a light ring. Very little lacing. Sweet aroma, caramel malt, vanilla, some dark fruit. Flavor is underwhelming, some black cherries, caramel malt, vanilla, spice, but rather weak and watery. Somewhat medicinal. Mouthfeel is low on carbonation, pretty thin, yet manages to get a bit sticky long after the finish. A fair amount of local hype on this one and I was not terribly impressed for my first one. Coulda got an ’08, but I will check it out again next year.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3318) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2009
22 oz bomber from Santa. Thanks santa! Aroma of powder sugar and fruity malt. Some bright, albeit faint, malts in the aroma as well. Flavor is nice if not generic ale. But, in a good way. Fruity, some hops, a bit of spice. Graham Cracker malt, with some dough. A bit of apple as it sits. Chalky mouthfeel. Thinnish mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Finish is a bit spicy. Pretty cool beer coming out of North Carolina here. Thanks again Santa.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1406) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2009
1 liter bottle from Chip’s Wine & Beer in Kill Devil Hills. Brownish-orange pour with a thick, but quickly fading, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, graham cracker, bread, and floral hops. The hops become more detectable as the beer sits. Flavor is graham cracker with some hops that quite honestly get in the way. Thin bodied. Good, but thankfully I had someone to help me with this bottle. I would easily grow tired of it before finishing a 1 liter bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2644) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle, Surprised I hadn’t rated this yet, but here goes. Good aroma, sweet, like a gourmet root beer or sarsaparilla. Pine, Caramel, little spice, dang if this is reminding me of some kind of candy. Brownish orange color, small head, no lace. Sweet bitter flavor, get a nice roast malt that has just a twinge of chocolate, but still strong caramel. Medium body, thick creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Tasty, not sure if I could drink a bunch of it, but I like a few during the season.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7691) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
2009-12-05. Red brown body with a modest beige head and light lace. 3+ Sweet aroma, lightly fruity, caramel touches, very light spice. 7+ Flavour is similar, sweet malty core, light hints at fruit, caramel, mild spice. 7+ Smooth average plus palate. Very enjoyable. Bottle shared by Peter?


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