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RATINGS: 348   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.


1.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
buerckholtz (33) - asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2006
At barleys tap room on draught, this 2006 edition poured w/ a thin white head. Looks like the Gaelic Ale in color. Smells of sweet artificial flavor. Almost like a cream sicle in taste. Sweet, colying, finishes wet. Would expect more out of highland. Sorry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rynoSx (29) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2004
This was a great seasonal. It could be because I am bias to the Highland brews. It had a nice cinnimon, fruity taste. I wish that I could have got it in the huge can but had to settle for the pint at Barley’s above the brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
octo (22) - USA - JAN 22, 2010
my nose is a little stuffed up. dark reddish pour with a small head that dissipates quickly leaving fhead clumps on the side of the glass. Tastes of strong vanilla, some cinnamon, and a few other holiday type spices.. and kind of tastes like bubble gum. very drinkable. a good winter seasonal thats refreshing in the hot florida weather.

3.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatWater (20) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2013
It looks to be about 20 SRM and has an awesome malty flavor of toasted oats and caramel with a lot of vanilla, and graham cracker...like a cheese cake crust. really light hop bitterness, probably 10-15 IBUs. Mouthfeel is rich and buttery. 2 finger head which retained well and left a nice lacing down the tulip glass I used. Finish wasn't dry at all and the vanilla came through strong at the finish. Aroma wasn't anything special, no hops, all malt. I am thinking they didn't use any hops in the last 5 minutes of the boil because it virtually had an all malt aroma. Pretty darn good beer, definitely a great session winter beer, abv is 5.8%. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
joshmod (20) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Vanilla and caramel with a bit of spiciness. This is really more of a malt beverage at the end of the day. Not my cup of tea if I’m being honest and I actually didn’t come close to finishing the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weissblau (19) - - DEC 5, 2012
Mild aroma, stronger flavor. Lots of vanilla and cocoa, some roasted malt flavors in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AGGarcia44 (18) - - DEC 12, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Aroma is caramel, toffee, slight ginger and nutmeg. As beer warms the spices and dark fruit come through. Taste matches aroma but is stronger than what aroma foreshadows. Lasting caramel sweetness with a slight puckering spice finish. As beer warms the dark fruit character comes through.Head quickly dissipates and hugs the rim of the glass creating a lacing effect. Head reforms with an easy swirl.Medium body with a barely noticeable slickness buttery mouthfeel. Very clear light brown in a shadow but deep red with some light. I?d recommend serving at 55-60F as the flavor is much more potent

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IAmTheBeerKing (14) - Cherokee, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Great winter Ale - this is what Christmas is all about, you can taste the cinnamon on your tongue after you swallow. Good stuff! Likes - the winter spice Dislikes - none Enjoy-ability - 9.5 out of 10

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bikerunbeerman (8) - Grinch Mountain, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007 does not count
Draft at O’Malley’s in Sylva, NC. Dark cooper color with sweet, light brown head. Outstanding winter brew! Smooth and delicious blend of spices. Cinnamon, vanilla, maybe a bit of chocolate? This is a great wintertime beverage. Better get some soon...it sold out fast last year...we had to hunt all over Western North Carolina last year starting in December. I’ve already started to stock up. If you like winter ales, you will not be disappointed with a cold, Cold Mountain!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rskillz (4) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2008 does not count
Probably my favorite seasonal I’ve ever drank. Reddish inviting color with a nice tan top. Tastes of cinnamon and spices. Extremely smooth going down. Can’t wait until winter to drink it in context. Great beer.


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