Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winter 2008 22 ounce bottle from PJs Fast Mart in Sylva, North Carolina. Pours a clear deep red color with a medium tan head. Fair head retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, raisin, toffee, bread, cinnamon. Taste like liquid graham crackers... toastiness, cinnamon, bread, some subtle hops and dark fruits. Medium-full bodied.
jtclockwork (8945) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with tan head. Nose and taste of sweet caramel candy, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and spicy hops. Great spice balance. Medium body.
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another very pleasant brew from Highland. Pours mocha-looking body with some off-white head. This was aged somewhat. Malty, with some roasted malt, and sweetish spices. Tad above average mouthfeel. Drinkable. Not a high rating of outstanding, but enjoyable nevertheless.
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
651mL. Poured a clear reddish amber. Medium tan foam with no retention or lacing. Richer maple and brown sugar nose, starting off as a barleywine. Taste is bland- lemon tea, mild maple and brown sugar, somewhat tart actually. Citric acid bite in finish.
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Nona Tap Room. The beer is a clear mahogany color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lacing. Malt, caramel and vanilla in the nose. Light to medium body with flavors of roasted malt, caramel and spiced fruit. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
JoeMcPhee (8569) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing this one. Amber beer with a toasty aroma. Quite rich and caramelly. Toasted malts with a bit of spice over an unusual animal cracker/graham cracker sweetness. A bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. Good aroma, but the spices come across quite astringent on the palate.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel and vanilla cookies cherish the cherries, delicate roastiness and dessert spiciness which garnish them. This is a valiant spicy ale for sweet teeth.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the clear burgundy.
-Spicy, herbal hoppiness finishes alongside clovey amusement.
-The chosen spices are well integrated.
-Even though it’s on the sweet side of things, it remains a fine winter warmer to accompany a meal.
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009-12-05. Red brown body with a modest beige head and light lace. 3+ Sweet aroma, lightly fruity, caramel touches, very light spice. 7+ Flavour is similar, sweet malty core, light hints at fruit, caramel, mild spice. 7+ Smooth average plus palate. Very enjoyable. Bottle shared by Peter?
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown in appearance, with aromas od caramel malt, almonds, spices, and some hops. The taste had a spiced and malty chocolatey element, with some brown sugar and hazelnuts. Medium palate.
shrubber85 (7960) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Bottle (Winter 2006-07). Light cinnamon and vanilla malt aroma. Dark amber color with small head. Raw sugar cookie dough/cinnamon/vanilla (snickerdoodle) flavor. Mild hops finish - high acidity and carbonation. Has a nice cookie flavor without being cloying or with the strong spice flavors that are usually present in this style. (Winter 2007-08) - not really detecting a great deal of difference - similar aroma, color and taste but a bigger head. Still a quality brew.