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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2007
Bonus from captaincougar. Aroma and sweet maltiness with some spices. Flavor was a little weird with some butterscoth maybe. A little werid on the palate. Had some vanilla.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2007
2006 vintage. my first vintage of this stuff, i am hanging on to a couple bombers to try next to next years batch... This year it was overwhelming in the vanilla category, very sweet, poured an amber color with medium head... this is a regional cult favorite, one of the hardest seasonal beers to find in Asheville, a very popular cult beer, I like the mystique more, but hey, isn’t that half of the attraction....

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2007
Courtesy of captaincougar. Pours mahogany with a thin white ring of bubbles. Smells of spices, caramel, sugar and sweet malt. Taste is of caramel, citrus, spices and some earthy hints. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is of citrus.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2905) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and MDS, Harry’s bottle. Dark ruby red, big dough like off white head. Lots of sweet bready notes in aroma - caramel cake like. Taste - lots of vanilla, spice, candy. Interesting. Like Anchor’s Special Ale a bit. Didn’t quite work for me, but big kudos on an interesting beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintocb (643) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Brick store on tap. Brown with a creamy head. Looks thicker than it tastes. Some elements of a nice brown ale, caramel and toffee flavors, but a different finish. A spicey finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle shared by bgburdman: Pours a deep amber in color with an off white head. Aroma, yeasty, some caramel, grassy notes. Flavor, some spices, caramel, chocolate, some earthy notes. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CelticBrew (750) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2007
On tap at the Mello Mushroom in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Appears dark ruby with no or little foam. Aroma reminds me of vanilla soda, hops and malts. Flavor was sugary, like root beer. Very smooth, another great beer from NC brewery.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mds (2192) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours a brown-copper body with a small white head. The aroma is heavily cookiesh with lots of spice (namely root/sarsaparilla). Thinnish, calm body with all of that spice flavour that was in the aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle (650ml). Shared with mds and tupalev, my bottle via trade with TURDFERGUSON. Poured fairly deep coppery orange, average head. Sweet aroma, vanilla, root beer, spice, sweet malt, a bit of perfumey hops - a little artificial but pleasing. Even more vanilla in the taste, a little mild bitterness in the finish - average body, a little still, a hint of astringency - nice, softly spicy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2007
The aroma was malty with vanilla and a subtle spice of clove and cinnamon. The malt, caramel, vanilla and spice worked well to achieve a complex nose. Crystal clear deep amber with a white low persistent head which lasted to lace the glass. The flavor contained a nice caramel with a light toasted aspect. The spices in the aroma were still present in the flavor but well restrained to add complexity to the beer instead of strong spice. The bittering was high enough to keep the malt character in check and lead to a very nice balance. Medium full body with a moderate level of carbonation and an extremely creamy mouthfeel. A very nice winter warmer from Highland. 22 ounce bottle.


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