davey101 (747) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass. Thanks to sommersb.
A - Pours a clear dark red body. Very attractive off white head with large bubbles. Nice lacing and retention.
S - Light toffee and bready malts, nutty with a touch of fruit and spice. A bit muddled but quite nice for a winter warmer.
T - Clean caramel and bready malts with some faint spices and berries. Nice combination of flavors.
M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Highly drinkable.
O - Not generally a style I go after, but this was a very well made beer. I noticed it has hazelnut, raspberry, and cranberry extracts as well as cinnamon and vanilla listed on the ingredient list. Its a bit hard to discern each ingredient but they do work together to produce a nice taste of winter.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009 22oz. bottle. Pours red/copper/brown with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly to a light ring. Very little lacing. Sweet aroma, caramel malt, vanilla, some dark fruit. Flavor is underwhelming, some black cherries, caramel malt, vanilla, spice, but rather weak and watery. Somewhat medicinal. Mouthfeel is low on carbonation, pretty thin, yet manages to get a bit sticky long after the finish. A fair amount of local hype on this one and I was not terribly impressed for my first one. Coulda got an ’08, but I will check it out again next year.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. A strange deep, dark, but also shiny and clear red color with a real big soapy tan head. Odd looking, but kind cool. Smells as sweet as candy with syrup on top. Really unique flavor...I get some honey, caramel, raisins, grapes, vanilla, coffee.... Quite complicated, really strange, but somehow still good and balanced. It surprisingly doesn’t leave my mouth sticky and finishes much cleaner than I expected. Tastes sorta like a sweeter version of a low alcohol barleywine...if such a thing existed. One of a kind for sure.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Impressed, the best thing I have had from Highland. A little different for a winter ale. Medium bodied. Mostly malt with light cinnamon spiciness. Few hops. Not bitter, but not too sweet. Low carbonation, highly drinkable.
EricTeusink (704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apparently everyone in Asheville goes crazy over the release of this beer. It is a good brew and is widely available in Atlanta. Pours light amber with slight white head. Spiciness in the scent and taste is slight and blends well with the sweet-leaning flavor. Medium light body and well carbonated. Draft - Augustine’s - Atlanta, GA
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-gold with a small bubbly head. Fruity, spicy-sweet, with some candy apple flavors. Slightly bitter finish. Really tasty.
demmbonz (697) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper color. Spicy aroma and flavor. Very sweet and malty with a moderately spicy backbone.
woodychevy (693) - - NOV 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Joni’s. So not worth the hype, , but decent. Pours copper/ brown with a soapy beige head with staying power. Taste mainly caramel and bready malts and vanilla with some winter spices in there. Not much hops or body to it. Too light for a winter ale. Erring on the sweet side. Sort of peculiar, really. Don’t need any more.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Quite surprised at this beer. Taste of toffee and caramel. Good beer for a spiced, winter ale.
kayres (661) - , Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very clear copper brown with a thin tan head. Medium bodies smooth. Malty fruity aroma. Sweet toasted malt with a bit of a berry finish?
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