JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Pours brown with an off white small head. Aroma of vanilla(almost enough that it tasted oak barrel aged) with caramel and chocolate. The flavor was pretty straight forward vanilla, which I found to be a little overwelming.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium brown with a small head. Aroma is of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is melted vanilla ice cream with some chocolate syrup mixed in. Short finish with little aftertaste. Thanks to Brandon for this one.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle via trade with jonathan3584 - Thanks Jonathan! - Pours mahogony with a film of an offwhite head that doesnít do much. Aroma is of vanilla, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor is vanilla beans, a touch of spice, some caramel, a bit of molasses. Palate is rather thin and somewhat watery for a beer of itís color. Definitely drinkable though and a nice brew for the season.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle to Engligh pint glass. Smooth aroma of lightly roasted pecans and vanilla. Smooth dark color with a lasting cream head. Feels like liquid silk in the mouth. Did I mention it was smooth? Finished slightly sweet with vanilla hints. Wow, no wonder itís so hard to get this stuff before itís sold out!
Hangover (1056) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark amber pour with a frothy white and lasting head. Pretty spicy aroma. Vanilla, brown sugar, maple syrup and a few others which blend together. Taste is good, with more of the vanilla, very mild but you catch a whole bunch of other spice towards the finish. Very smooth, somewhat creamy. Some nutmeg, slighty bitter hopping. Pretty darn good for a winter beer. I like this one a LOT. There is more in there, but I drank it too fast, it was GOOD! Rating this one high for drinkability and the fact they donít rely on a buttload of alcohol to make a flavorful and warming seasonal.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks to my Secret Santa. Pours a deep red with hardly any head. Scents of spice on the nose. Delicious spiced fruit cake with some marshmellows and vanilla flavoring. Maybe my favorite winter to this point.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I feel Iíve been more than giving with this score (mostly because I like it) This beer is very one dimensional. Itís all about the sweet vanilla bean flavor. The pour is fantastic, mahogony red with a dusting of tan head. I really struggle to taste anything beer about this over the added flavor. I personally like that about this beer, it drinks like a nice cream soda. If youíre looking to please the non-beer drinking crowd, this is the beer thatíll do just that. Do yourself a fovor and give it a shot.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very pretty deep amber with a generous, creamy, off white head. Aroma of caramel, hops, citrus; floral, but not overly so. Wow. I havenít had too many of these winter spiced ales, but this is really good. Carmel, toffee, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, malt. Finishes with nutmeg and a crisp and very light hop bitterness. Iím not sure how much this tastes like beer, but I totally want to pour it over pancakes. Very smooth feel, consistency of grape juice. As much as I dig on nog, I think I may have found a replacement for the winter.
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep reddish color, good tan head. Smell is incredibly sweet, caramel. Tastes of cherry, syrup, spices, a little coffee.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005: This is really exciting beer! My last on the Highland Brewing Company listĖmy favorite NC Brewer. Some interesting fruit and nuttiness in the aroma. Pleasant bubbles and alcohol on the palate. Interesting flavor of toffee towards the finish. A little dry.