theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red, small tan head. Peppery, earthy, cinammon aroma. Lots of flavors. Plum, spruce, rosemary, and thyme. I have no idea how to describe this beer but its spicey and pleasant, the dominant flavor is cinnamon.
emacgee (4026) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage ’06. Poured a reddish amber. The head was thin and off white. The aroma was sweet and spicy. The flavor was layerd. Started with spice and little noticeable hop and finished with a very distinct sweet spice. Nutmeg? I was actually very impressed with this beer. It was the best spice beer I’ve had. It didn’t do too many spices or not enough, very well balanced.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Pours a dark orange red with a creamy beige head that lasts an eternity. The aroma is malty with light caramel and hints of pine. The flavor has lots of sweet caramel and distinct malt and vanilla. Some citrus notes, kind of orangey, float around in there. There are also some notes that remind me of spruce. Just a tad of milk chocolate comes out in the finish. Lights hops linger in the background just enough to keep it from getting too sweet. Very smooth and drinkable. You gotta like vanilla, though.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright copper body and off-white head. Aroma of crystal malt, ginger, juniper, and vanilla. I pick up troubling urinal undertones. Flavor has a tea-like malt profile plus mixed spices and vanilla extract. Lacking in coherence and not particularly to my liking.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 liter bottle acquired in trade with merlin48 (thanks!). 2005 vintage. Poured a deep orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of spices (I was getting mint, wintergreen, and peppermint), pine, vanilla, and orange peel. The spices were present in the tastes too but on the lighter side with caramel, vanilla, and citrus.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to hopdog for unleashing this ’05 bottle at the tasting...
Appears a semi-transparent orange toned brown with an ivory white head that fades into a collar. Little streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, juniper, orange peel, cranberries, and biscuits.
Taste is of the aromas with a highlight of caramel and berries.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly spiced, along with a light sourness that fades into a wild spiced and hopped finish.
TomDecapolis (4482) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a translucent orange amber with an average off white creamy head. Aroma of nutmeg, pie crust, vanilla and a lot of various spices. Flavors of the same with tons of nutmeg/vanilla that was covering up any malt/hop presence.
buerckholtz (33) - asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2006
1.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
At barleys tap room on draught, this 2006 edition poured w/ a thin white head. Looks like the Gaelic Ale in color. Smells of sweet artificial flavor. Almost like a cream sicle in taste. Sweet, colying, finishes wet. Would expect more out of highland. Sorry.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber/brown. Small tan top. Toasty, cookie malt, vanilla, marshmallows, subtle hops. Medium/full body, smooth. Easy drinking. Solid, tasty brew.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, thanks to OhioDad! Pours clear deep cherry brown color with a large beige head. Rich dark fruity malts anchor the aroma, with coffee, molasses, spice, apple juice and nutmeg present as well. Roasty bitter-sweet flavor, with prunes, coffee, bitter spices, candied fruity and an astringent finish. Medium to full body and gentle carbonation. Definitely an interesting beer.