Sammy (11219) - 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.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010
Date: November 05, 1999
Source: Brewfest, Durham, NC, Winter
Appearance: dark amber
Aroma: strong vanilla aroma
Flavor: sweet flavor with lots of vanilla, liquid qraham crackers
Date: November 25, 2005
Source: brick store
Appearance: clear very dark amber, thin beige head, nice lace
Aroma: candy sweet malt aroma with nice vanilla
Body: big body
Flavor: rich sweet malt flavor, lots of vanilla, brown sugar, stays strong sweet vanilla to the end but stays just this side of going too sweet
Date: December 21, 2006
all the candy sweetness and caramel plus vanilla of years past
Date: January 27, 2007
Source: brick store
picking up cinamon and other spices to go with all of the vanilla sweetness
Date: April 29, 2007
can it be getting sweeter?
Date: August 18, 2007
Date: December 03, 2009
Source: Ale Atlanta
holds up pretty well, caramel and vanilla strong as ever, spices receeding,
Date: December 22, 2009
Source: taco mac prado
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, scattered lace
Aroma: faint aroma from a chilled glass
Flavor: sweet candy caramel and vanilla flavor, touch of cinnamon, light chocolate
Overall: the Christmas candy of beers
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Funky Buddha/Case and Keg tasting. Brown pour. Aroma is crisp and clean with some nice malty fruit notes, caramel and some faint hops. Flavor is pretty clean and crisp. Some good fruit notes come through and some nice spices as well. Pretty good effort from a solid brewery.
shrubber85 (10756) - 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.
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Murky, deep, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. Malty, earthy nose with a boatload of toffee and a trace of Marciano cherry. Aged or stale hop flavor with subtle vanilla and cinnamon. No intensity, but nice. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes minerally and slightly Flemish. Kudos to boboski for bringing this one down from Orlando!
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap without Beau. Hazy dark orange appearance with a tan head. Some spicy hops. Light pine. Big vanilla cream soda flavor. OK.
slowrunner77 (10232) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Had in Reno via the TN connection. Very nice mellow warmer, especially if u dig vanilla, the main player in aroma and flavor. A winter solstice in a different label. Chestnut color smooth medium feel, light on the hops. Thanks Lou."
DocLock (9999) - 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.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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.
jercraigs (9872) - 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?