kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from International Beer Garden (Tampa, FL). Pours a hazy dark brown to black with frothy off-white head that settles quickly but still provides some lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of candy sugar, plums, maple syrup. Flavor is sweet and malty with strong notes of bakers chocolate and some ripe dark fruit and spice. Generally medium body with a sweet and malty finish.
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Trappeze in Athens.
Pours amber with tan head.
Aroma is very sweet, sugary and almost gives this nice syrupy.
Taste, amazing, nice caramel malts and chocolate with notes of fruits and licorice which gives a very sweet mouthfeel with faint touch of spices and cinnamon.
Finish is lightly hoppy. Thick on the palate leaving a fruity & syrupy aftertaste.
nearbeer (4382) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. Clear, deep garnet-brown with a lasting small head. Mild aroma of spiced caramel and light chocolate. Tastes of lightly spiced vanilla-chocolate mixture. The touch of earthy spices and hops provides harmony without being overbearing, resulting in notes of dark fruit, peppery oak, cumin, ginger, anise, cinnamon and clove. Medium body is dry and tingly with spices, and lightly carbonated.
PhillyBeer2112 (2678) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was really nice, I was very impressed. Deep ruby chestnut, moderate head. Aroma is malt forward but not heavy, with notes of chocolate and berries/cherries. Flavor is similar but also very biscuity, cookieish. Like christmas sugar cookies, or barely a hint of gingerbread cookie and thats the only spice I got in this. Light balancing hop in the finish. Soft palate, with a nice light carbonation.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Trappeze. This is a great beer. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt chocolate, vanilla, spice, and maybe some faint fruit. Taste is somewhat similar with more vanilla and chocolate, light spice. Body is smooth and creamy. Finish is also very smooth. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, a new favorite from Highland.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 2008 vintage. A dark, clear, garnet colored body is crowned by a small, frothy, well retained layer of tan colored foam. Sticky bands and arches of lacing cling to the glass. The aroma shows notes of dark caramel, light brown sugar, plums, and a hint of candied pecans. Nutmeg and clove come through a bit as well. Flavors show nice balance, hints of lactic creaminess bringing together the contrasting elements of caramelized fruits and earthy spices. Sugar glazed walnuts and pecans again shine through. Medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy consistency, this drinks incredibly easy. A lightly floral hop finish tops things off. This is just a tasty, sessionable winter ale. Very nice.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours clear but deep reddish brown with off-white head... smallish. Malty, malty, malty... lovely caramel, toffee, and vanilla, and the spices are quite present but they work for me... I think cinnamon, clove, nutmeg... but still adds up to something sweeter, more warming... maybe some chocolate notes? Not sure what it is exactly, but this is one of the only very spicy holiday ales that I really enjoy.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep, dark blood red. Thin, light tan head. Sweet aroma with hints of cinnamon. Nice malty body with hints of vanilla, brown sugar. Finish is a bit spicy. Nice treat on a cold evening.
Butters (3990) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at city beverage in winston-salemn. Nice translucent auburn pour with good tan head. Lightly malty aroma with a little hop spiciness. Surprisingly hoppy but well balanced by the malty tones and hints of anise. Medium chewy body with moderate carbonation and some carbonic bite. Decent winter brew.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - DEC 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste 12/8, Bottle. Looks: Dark red with a thin head. Aroma: Winter Spices. Cinnamon, clove, brown sugar. Taste: Wow, taste is bigger than aroma. Malty. Very spice heavy, warm and lively. Clean ( not sticky), light to medium bodied and drinkable. Good seasonal.