beerme31 (527) - Holly Springs, 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.
jbrana (526) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
woodychevy (526) - - 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.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
UNCCTF (508) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 I’d anticipated, but a lot of cherry flavor that made this one very interesting. I’ve now collected the whole set from Highland, and they’ve all been great. Bravo.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Off the tap at nick and nates. Poured dark amber with a nice head. A very festive beer. tasted like a cinnamon bun. Very nice aroma, great beer.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, 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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zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - DEC 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste 12/8, Bottle. Looks: Dark red with a thin head. Aroma: Winter Spices. Cinnamon, clove, brown sugar. Taste: Wow, taste is bigger than aroma. Malty. Very spice heavy, warm and lively. Clean ( not sticky), light to medium bodied and drinkable. Good seasonal.
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.