RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep reddish color, good tan head. Smell is incredibly sweet, caramel. Tastes of cherry, syrup, spices, a little coffee.
tillmac62 (119) - 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.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear brown/copper with small head. notes of vanilla, toffee, caramel. flavor is has very english/scottish ale characteristics. smooth toffee and caramel malt flavors, with the perfect amount of piney hops at the finish to balance it out.
sallad (115) - USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear mahogany, thin beige head with some nice lace. Crisp malt aromas with hints of cocoa, brown sugar. Nicely balanced, tangy spice and light citrus finish.
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly dark color with a hite foam on top. Aromas of nuts, ginger. Tastes of medium sweetness. Overall a very nice winter ale.
derekbrown (104) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a wonderful offering from Highland! Slight clove, well-hopped flavors accent a wonderful ale profile. Pours a beautiful grapefruit color with a rich ivory head. Great for wintertime sipping. Highly recommended.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caramel and vanilla aroma. Vanilla flavor. Great clarity but head disappears quickly. Full palate but not a big fan of the oaklike aftertaste.
bigben873 (95) - Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BeerdedDave (88) - - JAN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap; red color; sweet malt, caramel, and cinnamon aroma; medium-bodied; caramel malt with spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg; very smooth and easy drinking
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared 22oz. Pours dark copper with good head and nice lacing. Smells like Christmas - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and sweet malt. Palate has a little carbonation but mostly slightly creamy malt. Taste is dominated by spices, some earth and resin, and sweet malt. I was surprised by this one. Good brew.