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.
jhgrantjr (456) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2013 Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Amber/brown color. Small off-white head. Doesnâ€™t last long. Aroma of malt, spices, maybe some bread. The taste is good: malty, spicy, some hops, maybe some nuttiness. Has a good balance.
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very dark beer that is good on cold nights. Has a distinct malty taste. Good aroma and a creamy head. Nice palate with great overall taste. Well done.
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.
tillmac62 (448) - 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.
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 list–my 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. I’m digging the taste. It’s 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. I’m very happy with this beer and will need to get more of it next winter. Great job, Highland!
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ar: Slight malt and toast - a bit of cinnamon, pepper, and some stale fruitiness.
Ap: Copper, crystal clear - medium very light tan head - good retention with thick lacing.
T: Very fruity - blueberry and raspberry - fruit and slight maltiness dominates - very low bitterness.
P: Medium bod with medium carbonation - finish is somewhat dr.
O: Simple and drinkable beer - fairly one-note and fruitiness is a bit artificial, but overall, not too shabby.