golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to beastiefan2k. Dark orange - amber / red pour. My writing is getting hard to read at this point. Aroma is smoked / toasted malt. The flavor is raosted malt and some lightly smoked meat.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing this one. Amber beer with a toasty aroma. Quite rich and caramelly. Toasted malts with a bit of spice over an unusual animal cracker/graham cracker sweetness. A bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. Good aroma, but the spices come across quite astringent on the palate.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a really delicious little winter treat. The 06 version, had been flavored with butter pecan, and was great by itself or with desert over ice cream. Spices are just right, and balance with the caramel maltiness, reminiscent of an English strong ale.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly enjoyable brew. Deep red/brown pour. Notes of spices,nutmeg....cinammon...ginger maybe? Tagging alongside are caramel malt and a lgiht chocolate touch.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz, courtesy of SS 2007, pours a nice deep amber with a medium white head, taste is spiced with nothing overpowering the others, mostly sweet carmel and nutmeg, but even those are subdued.. nice brew...
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 liter flip-top bottle. Bottle opens with a "pop" and a wisp of carbonated air. Pours dark reddish-amber. Very thick, pillowy beige head leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Immediate aroma is cinnamon. As it warms, nutmeg, caramel notes appear. Taste matches with cinnamon being the strongest, some nutmeg, caramel, vanilla flavors too. This needs to be at room temperature to loosen the flavors. Not a bad beer, but for a Winter beer still very similar to so many Fall pumpkin beers.
jlruthven (590) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this. From a bomber, pours a deep reddish-mahogany, with half-inch off white head that gradually disspates into a ring of foam. Nose is nutmeg and pine, with some light caramel malts coming through. Taste is very spicy...I detect a touch of almond, and a hint of spiced cider. Good offering from Highland.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this last Dec. Pours a light amber clear with a very thin head. Soft caramel malts with herbal and phenolic spices- gingerbread. More ginger root in the flavor with light toffee, sweet caramel malts and some crackery malts- mild bitter finish.
ragee (1) - Harrisburg, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2007 does not count
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I love this beer. It is very hard to get. We went to Asheville this weekend and couldn’t find a bottle anywhere.
We walk into Ingles and there sat a keg of it. Needless to say we bought it and drove home to Charlotte with it.
Enjoyed the first glass last night.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This spiced ale pours a medium orange color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, sweet and spicy. A medium bodied ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, with lots of caramel flavors. The hops are earthy and spicy. Very smooth tasting. The spices tend to match and not clash with the malts in this beer. Nice. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.