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.
sdobson (3) - USA - DEC 8, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The perfect winter/christmas beer. In my opinion the best beer made in North Carolina. I enjoyed this beer on tap better than the bottle. Hint of ginger bread with nutmeg and mulling spice.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Jonathan3584
Aroma is complex and hard to crack. There is some marzipan (with light almonds), cocoa, white cake, lots of subtle fruit notes and a very bready maltiness. Color is amber with a rich, creamy tan head. Fore is full of sweet candied fruits (raspberry, cherry dominate) and that is followed by more sweet malts. Chocolate and cherry linger in the aftertaste. Itís simply tasty and approachable. Would be a great holiday beer to give to frieds.
budweiserblows (35) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best seasonal ale Iíve ever tasted. The only reason I canít give this beer a perfect score is that at first glance/sniff, it doesnít immediately reveal itself as the incredible beer it is.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a transparent dark copper brown with a dense covering of off-white head. Aroma of heavily sweet chocolate candy and caramel malt with some floral attributes. Body starts with a lot of pure milk chocolate hovering on top of sweet caramel malt and black licorice with some mild holiday spice. Finishes clean with a sublte bitterness attempting to balance the sweet chocolate. Overall an interesting and drinkable brew with an unexpected amount of chocolate within.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at The Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC. Clear light brown color with off white head. Smelled like sugar cookies. Flavors included chocolate, spruce, vanilla, root beer, and a hint of raspberry. Moderate carbonation. Very satisfying winter beer.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great looking dark ruby ale. Clear. Very malty with spices and vanilla. Cinammon and gingerbread. Fuk yeah for Highland, this is the best Winter Ale Iíve had all season. Very good in the ways of drinkablitity and complexity. Get this beer... today!
aracauna (3238) - Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally a winter spice beer that I really like this year. Pours a blackened ruby with a good khaki head. The aroma is bright and fruity with fresh herb and spice aroma. Probably some vanilla, something sweet like that I thought was rasberry to start with, but not Iím leaning toward some herb or spice. Thereís a lot going on with this one and I really dig whatís there.