tillmac62 (363) - 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.
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.
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little lite for my taste in the look, palate and body but has a nice nose and good depth of flavor. This one is better a little cool, and really great for a lighter winter brew. Try it!
Thewade (340) - USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber color. Slightly sweet finish. Roasted Marshmellows. Nice winter, session beer. Easy to drink. nice brew
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was malty with vanilla and a subtle spice of clove and cinnamon. The malt, caramel, vanilla and spice worked well to achieve a complex nose. Crystal clear deep amber with a white low persistent head which lasted to lace the glass. The flavor contained a nice caramel with a light toasted aspect. The spices in the aroma were still present in the flavor but well restrained to add complexity to the beer instead of strong spice. The bittering was high enough to keep the malt character in check and lead to a very nice balance. Medium full body with a moderate level of carbonation and an extremely creamy mouthfeel. A very nice winter warmer from Highland. 22 ounce bottle.
DrinkinWell (335) - - DEC 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Even though I prefer the 2011 batch of CMWA, I still love this beer. Pours dark, translucent amber with light head and minimal lacing. Aromas of cinnamon, subtle nutmeg and honey. Slight hoppiness balanced by sweet notes of chocolate and vanilla. A great winter ale!
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red, small tan head. Peppery, earthy, cinammon aroma. Lots of flavors. Plum, spruce, rosemary, and thyme. I have no idea how to describe this beer but its spicey and pleasant, the dominant flavor is cinnamon.
aumentm (325) - 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.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Slightly thin, solid brown malt. Very complex, but very subtle spice profile. Hops are very background -- not particuarly present. Drier than expected for a winter seasonal. Coriander, cinnamon, marshmallow, chocolate, vanilla, etc.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’m sitting on several bombers from the winter of 2008-2009, and I thought I’d open one tonight to see how it’s coping with the ravages of time. The head is still quite substantial and, although it dissipates quickly, it leaves lacing on your glass. Unfortunately, the carbonation itself is rather coarse. The liquid is rosewood-colored with an aroma of rich, peaty malt. Something that tastes like white chocolate and a hint of caramel moderate the maltiness to make this suitable for a warmer evening like tonight.