KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep, dark blood red. Thin, light tan head. Sweet aroma with hints of cinnamon. Nice malty body with hints of vanilla, brown sugar. Finish is a bit spicy. Nice treat on a cold evening.
pentaz (460) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ PapsÝ. Pours clear red with a light lacing and white foamy head. Aroma is spice, dried fruit, buttery (labre larver), caramel, toasted matl, vegetal, biscuit and vanilla. Taste is near medium sweet and light+ bitter. Body is light, texture is oily, carbonatio is medium. Finish is bitter caramel.
Johnsense (454) - - FEB 4, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Collor coloured pour, good head, good lacing. Subtle aroma of candied dark fruits. A bit more complex as it warms - Dark fruit, hard candies, a bit of cinnamon and some spiciness. A bit light in the mouthfeel. Very subtle, whereas I prefer a winter warmer that will make you take notice.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better winter seasonals I’ve had. Red/brown pour, nice whiteish head. Reminded me a little like drinking a windmill cookie, with some caramel toping poured over it. Had this on draft and bottle, definetely better on draft. Also I liked the 2007 version a little bit better, was just a little heavier. Had more characteristics of a Christmas porter to go along with the christmas cookie. I look forward to next year’s batch.
Emeister84 (442) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of hazelnut, caramel, bread, dried berries, and vanilla. Clear ruby, off-white head, low retention. Lightly sweet, with flavors of cream soda, and some charred, earthy bitterness. Medium body, good carbonation, medium finish with bready malts and some hop bitterness.
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.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red color with an off-white head that retains well and gives good lacing. Wonderful smells of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, and caramel. Iím digging the taste. Itís got a little bit of hoppyness for balance, but this mostly tastes like cinnamon-sugar bread with a little bit of allspice and a caramel finish. Carbonation is on the higher side and body is bordering light. Iím very happy with this beer and will need to get more of it next winter. Great job, Highland!
nathan30533 (412) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear brown/amber color with a white head. Smell of spice, unsure of what exactly, but very wonderful. Taste the light hops and malts. Great flavor, great brew.
mwbrady12 (398) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mild aroma and almost red appearance with a complex floral taste and warming mouthfeel.
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beerme31 (383) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 Bottle. Aroma of herbs, vanilla, and spices. Pours amber/copper with tan head. Exceptionally well balanced flavor of hops and sweetness. Relatively soft carbonation, smooth and refreshing finish. Overall I really like this one. Highland is a good brewery and this is one of my favorites from them along with their black mocha stout.
2011 - this years version had less vanilla and more subtle fruit notes.