jlruthven (594) - 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 (5340) - 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.
TikiE (368) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got to try this amazing beer because of tiki taylor. Had it with dinner and it tasted like a desert honey bun. Want to find it bottled to enjoy this amazing beer at home!
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Off the tap at nick and nates. Poured dark amber with a nice head. A very festive beer. tasted like a cinnamon bun. Very nice aroma, great beer.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Shared by a generous Ratebeerian at the PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Rich, rose colored shade of copper with an ivory head. Bourbon, spices and cigar aromas blend with sweet malts. Rather thin mouth feel with tons of vanilla. Malty sweet with cinnamon and spice notes.
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another knockout from my Secret Santa. This is one awesome beer. Aroma of giner, chocolate and nutmeg. Pour was a flat brown with no head. Taste was extremely complex. Started out tasting like a chocolate milk shake. After a few sips strong cinnamon and nutmeg come out. The finish is very spicy and tingly. The cinnamon and nutmeg flavors grow as the beer warms. Could use more carbonation but the creamy mouthfeel was good too.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Has hints of caramel, spices, nuts, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Finishes light and clean on the palate.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. A strange deep, dark, but also shiny and clear red color with a real big soapy tan head. Odd looking, but kind cool. Smells as sweet as candy with syrup on top. Really unique flavor...I get some honey, caramel, raisins, grapes, vanilla, coffee.... Quite complicated, really strange, but somehow still good and balanced. It surprisingly doesn’t leave my mouth sticky and finishes much cleaner than I expected. Tastes sorta like a sweeter version of a low alcohol barleywine...if such a thing existed. One of a kind for sure.