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.
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
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.
jhgrantjr (418) - 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.
rollinsr (411) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - FEB 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wasn’t 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.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at redlight redlight. Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Lots of nutmeg in the nose. Hints of cinnamon. Nice warm, wintry, coffee-cake aroma. The flavor exhibits these notes fairly well although a lot of malt comes through and covers some of the subtler layers. All said and done, it hits the spot on a cold winter night.
TikiE (368) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got to try this amazing beer because of tiki taylor. Had it with dinner and it tasted like a desert honey bun. Want to find it bottled to enjoy this amazing beer at home!
IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell is light some hops some caramel sweetness. Taste is winter ale, some cinnamon, cardamum, winter spices. Overall great winter ale.