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RATINGS: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2009
22 oz. 2008 bomber. Pours bright copper with a dense, creamy tan head and lots of lace. Aroma is soft and sweet with powdered sugar and some biscuity notes, along with the omniprescent vanilla cream vibe. Flavor is sweet, malty, and creamy with strong vanilla notes and some traditional holiday spices; most comparable to cream soda - pleasant and different. Medium bodied and smooth. This is a nice beer that I look forward to every winter. Definitely a unique take on the holiday ale theme.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooter520 (185) - - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle. Appearance: very clear auburn brown with big foamy off-white head that lingers quite a while. Aroma: really very mild but hints of vanilla and some biscuit. Taste: the taste really stands out with vanilla, nuttiness, maybe cinnamon, a nice floral hoppiness, some biscuit and just a slight hop bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel: fairly thin bodied with medium carbonation. Overall: it's a beautiful looking beer but the aroma is so mild and the texture is a little thin for my liking. Ultimately, though, the taste is really quite delicious and the spicing is just right (for a guy who really isn't big on spicy Christmas type ales). Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
bottled at the brewery, they found a couple in the back... supposedly a pretty hard to find beer. I could drink a ton of this around the holidays, but Iím not sure how I would feel about this if I wasnít in the Holiday Spirit. STRONG cinnamon aroma, with subdued cinnamon flavor. Other spices but this came out at the end of a massive sampling at the brewery, so I was a little dulled by that point, from flavors and alcohol... I would get this again, but hold out on it till it was cold and festive...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Dark ruby brown pour with a nice khaki head. Light raspberry aroma. No hop aroma (or much else really ... perhaps too cold). Flavor of vanilla and a slight nutty taste (reminiscent of cola). Moderate bitter finish. Medium bodied (slight viscocity) with medium/low carbonation. A nice subdued spice winter ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Copper amber body w/ creamy tan head. Complex spice & malt aromas. Molasses, cinnamon, sweet malt & nutmeg flavors. Great!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigben873 (163) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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