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.
demmbonz (716) - 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.
Aggiebob (711) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2016
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky brown with thin beige head. Malt aroma with some spiciness. Taste includes caramel and some dark fruitiness.
EricTeusink (700) - 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.
tillmac62 (684) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 12/13. Pours a ruby amber with a nice head and lacing. Slight nose of sweet malt with a hint of spice and chocolate. Light medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Smooth, but not slick or creamy, mouthfeel. This is not a strong flavored ale. It has more of a subdued profile rather than a flavor bomb. Light spice, cinnamon/cardamom, over a light sweetness. Pleasant and not overpowering. Crisp finish that leaves a slight bitter and spice aftertaste that is also tart.
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.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sharp looking copper body poured from the 22 oz bottle. Tall tan head. Aroma is vanilla, orange peel and dark fruits. Taste has raisins, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, and spicy hops underneath. Vanilla is overdone in this 2008 version compared to other vintages, but still my favorite winter ale.
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 I’ve had all season. Very good in the ways of drinkablitity and complexity. Get this beer... today!