timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better winter seasonals I’ve had. Red/brown pour, nice whiteish head. Reminded me a little like drinking a windmill cookie, with some caramel toping poured over it. Had this on draft and bottle, definetely better on draft. Also I liked the 2007 version a little bit better, was just a little heavier. Had more characteristics of a Christmas porter to go along with the christmas cookie. I look forward to next year’s batch.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red color with an off-white head that retains well and gives good lacing. Wonderful smells of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, and caramel. Iím digging the taste. Itís got a little bit of hoppyness for balance, but this mostly tastes like cinnamon-sugar bread with a little bit of allspice and a caramel finish. Carbonation is on the higher side and body is bordering light. Iím very happy with this beer and will need to get more of it next winter. Great job, Highland!
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awwww yeah. Winter ales, like most things... if you nail them right on the head... makes you freak out. Malty and delicious with an awesome hop bite and full flavor. Dig it.
Lothore (597) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Pours a deep orangey brown hue with a thin, coffee head which adorns this beer all the way down.
S- Smell is faint sweet malts, hard to detect much else.
T- Taste is very sweet, malty with christmas spices and a hop backbone.
M- A bit thin and very carbonated.
D- Very easy to drink. Not what I think of when I think winter warmer but delicious none the less.
zathrus13 (1739) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber, with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, cinnamon, cloves, and malt. Flavor is cinnamon, malt, and caramel. The palate is a little blah.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2012 Nice to see this in bombers this year, after several previous seasons of swingtop madness! The aroma is even richer than I recall, a sweet blend of vanilla, clove, cinnamon, and sugar. Lots of sweet malt flavors coming through the nose. Itís very nice to the taste too, with a rich body, some hops for balance, and a lovely lingering aftertaste.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival Nov 2008, an event shared with what seemed liked hundreds of ratebeerians and enjoyed mostly through a straw, since my face was a bloody mess of scabs and stitches. this came from the RB table full of bottles. I think BBB63 may have brought this one, but Iím not sure. the day was starting to get hazy at this point, and for some reason this bottle was going basicly untouched. The nose was very heavy on the cimamon, which i guess was a turn off for many. it was very malty with tons of vanilla and cimanom, it also had a slightly grainy texture, probably form the massive amount of malt in this. i thought it was great. like cinmon toast crunch. hopefully you like breakfest ceral for beer.
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled at the brewery, they found a couple in the back... supposedly a pretty hard to find beer. I could drink a ton of this around the holidays, but Iím not sure how I would feel about this if I wasnít in the Holiday Spirit. STRONG cinnamon aroma, with subdued cinnamon flavor. Other spices but this came out at the end of a massive sampling at the brewery, so I was a little dulled by that point, from flavors and alcohol... I would get this again, but hold out on it till it was cold and festive...
decaturstevo (5524) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber with off white gooey lace and head. Spices and sweet malt dominates the nose with just a hint of hops in there as well. Flavor of ginger/vanilla/oak? Really odd pleasant flavor with a hint of furit maybe cherries. Mouthfeel and carbonation are solid. A really good beer that is full but refreshing. It is safe to say that it is a spicy mama.
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by beastiefan2k: Brownish copper pour with off white head. Aroma has some toasted brown sugar and a mild hop presence. Flavor has a mild toasted hint and a graham cracker malt character. Mediocre overall.