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RATINGS: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Our ever-changing spiced winter seasonal. A tasty brew that complements all your holiday festivities. It is typically malty in body, lightly hopped, and rounded out with spices that we vary from year to year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrana (594) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Quite a bit of caramel, though light and crisp, and a soft amount of hops. Has a slight spiciness that is reminiscent of cola. All in all, a peculiar beer, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (590) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2007
I really enjoyed this. From a bomber, pours a deep reddish-mahogany, with half-inch off white head that gradually disspates into a ring of foam. Nose is nutmeg and pine, with some light caramel malts coming through. Taste is very spicy...I detect a touch of almond, and a hint of spiced cider. Good offering from Highland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayg1 (584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours out a deep drark red with a a huge tan head. Aroma is sweet as can be with caramel and spice. Taste is interesting, heavy on the vanilla and cinnamon as well as nutmeg. Good lord this is sweet and spicy!!! I have to say up front that Iím not a big fan of hugely sweet beers. For this reason, I canít rate this beer very high, however I must say that this beer would be much better if I had split the bottle with two or three people instead of trying to drink it myself. Too much sweetness is sometimes not a very good thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerme31 (570) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival Nov 2008, an event shared with what seemed liked hundreds of ratebeerians and enjoyed mostly through a straw, since my face was a bloody mess of scabs and stitches. this came from the RB table full of bottles. I think BBB63 may have brought this one, but Iím not sure. the day was starting to get hazy at this point, and for some reason this bottle was going basicly untouched. The nose was very heavy on the cimamon, which i guess was a turn off for many. it was very malty with tons of vanilla and cimanom, it also had a slightly grainy texture, probably form the massive amount of malt in this. i thought it was great. like cinmon toast crunch. hopefully you like breakfest ceral for beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Has hints of caramel, spices, nuts, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Finishes light and clean on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2004
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Wow, Highland just never ceases to amaze. Deep brown with a medium off-white head that retained throughout. Flavor was mildly hoppy with not as much spice as Iíd anticipated, but a lot of cherry flavor that made this one very interesting. Iíve now collected the whole set from Highland, and theyíve all been great. Bravo.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rollinsr (504) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - FEB 3, 2012
Wasnít a huge fan of this one though it came out of a single batch cask and may have just been an off batch. The maltiness of this one seemed to beer overpowered by the whisky aroma. Reminded me of a watered-down boiler-maker. I will most likely try this one again and re-rate it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2007
on tap. small off-white head into clear amber body. aromas of strong vanilla, malts, and other spices. flavor is sweet. good different but more of a dessert beer though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garbageman (485) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2013
From tap. Pours a ruby brown. Aroma was vanilla. Dark fruit and nutty malt. Taste followed. Balanced with a nice bitterness. Aftertaste was Dr Pepper! Wife fell in love.

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