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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Our ever-changing spiced winter seasonal. A tasty brew that complements all your holiday festivities. It is typically malty in body, lightly hopped, and rounded out with spices that we vary from year to year.


3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiMuBai (167) - - DEC 21, 2012
Thin foamy hear, with light lacing. Spicy aroma. Taste of caramel and vanilla. Sweet palate. Great local Asheville brew

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle. Pours a very pretty deep amber with a generous, creamy, off white head. Aroma of caramel, hops, citrus; floral, but not overly so. Wow. I havenít had too many of these winter spiced ales, but this is really good. Carmel, toffee, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, malt. Finishes with nutmeg and a crisp and very light hop bitterness. Iím not sure how much this tastes like beer, but I totally want to pour it over pancakes. Very smooth feel, consistency of grape juice. As much as I dig on nog, I think I may have found a replacement for the winter.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2009
I look forward to tasting this beer every year. My favorite from Highlands Brewing Company. There is a strong alcohol smell to the aroma. The flavor changes every year but is always excellent. Spicy, can be too sweet at times. But overall, I great winter beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Pours a deep clear amber. Aroma has hints of hops and spice. The flavor is slighty spicy and sweet with a little hops at the end. Another good brew from Highland.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
1 liter flip-top bottle. Bottle opens with a "pop" and a wisp of carbonated air. Pours dark reddish-amber. Very thick, pillowy beige head leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Immediate aroma is cinnamon. As it warms, nutmeg, caramel notes appear. Taste matches with cinnamon being the strongest, some nutmeg, caramel, vanilla flavors too. This needs to be at room temperature to loosen the flavors. Not a bad beer, but for a Winter beer still very similar to so many Fall pumpkin beers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2005
I feel Iíve been more than giving with this score (mostly because I like it) This beer is very one dimensional. Itís all about the sweet vanilla bean flavor. The pour is fantastic, mahogony red with a dusting of tan head. I really struggle to taste anything beer about this over the added flavor. I personally like that about this beer, it drinks like a nice cream soda. If youíre looking to please the non-beer drinking crowd, this is the beer thatíll do just that. Do yourself a fovor and give it a shot.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paincane (134) - Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Copper amber body w/ creamy tan head. Complex spice & malt aromas. Molasses, cinnamon, sweet malt & nutmeg flavors. Great!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigben873 (132) - Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Drinking the 2006 vintage from my collection. This beer smooths out nicely with age; goo malty flavor, less intense spices. Aroma - Holiday spice with a hint of malt Appearance - Gorgeous medium-dark brown, medium head, clear Taste - malty spices, light Palate - medium to light body with full flavor; light carbonation Overall - One of my favorite beers that ages very well. Not an everyday beer, but great to pull out of the closet every once in a while.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
A: Pours a barely transparent mahogany color with a small off-white head S: Awesome caramel malts, nuts, toffee, light spices (no clove), a little bread, lactose, and powdered milk chocolate T: Finally a winter warmer with a great flavor profile thatís not overdone. The spices blend very well with the malts. Also lactose, toffee, and a really delicious chocolate/cocoa note that compliments the nuttiness MF/D: Smooth velvety feel, lower carbonation, lighter in body than the others, and a finish of lactose, cocoa, and hazelnut Notes: not the biggest or boldest, but perfectly balanced and not too spiced up

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Deep reddish color, good tan head. Smell is incredibly sweet, caramel. Tastes of cherry, syrup, spices, a little coffee.


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