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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2008
From a 22oz bomber this beer pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, and vanilla. The taste is quite sweet with some brown sugar and lots of cinnamon coming through. Very little hops but for a very sweet beer this is one of the best, if not the best, winter beer I have had this season. I am ready to go buy another bottle. Outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
derekbrown (104) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2010
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerme31 (477) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 Bottle. Aroma of herbs, vanilla, and spices. Pours amber/copper with tan head. Exceptionally well balanced flavor of hops and sweetness. Relatively soft carbonation, smooth and refreshing finish. Overall I really like this one. Highland is a good brewery and this is one of my favorites from them along with their black mocha stout. 2011 - this years version had less vanilla and more subtle fruit notes.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (2146) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Received in trade from KarrHeel03, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a stingy white head that recedes quickly but laces the sides quite nicely. Smells of sweet malts and spices. I pick up some cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, plums or prunes, and a touch of alcohol. There’s a subtle spice in the nose that is quite non-descript but really pleasant. Taste is sweet brown sugar and alcohol up front. Dark fruits and a tease of hop bitterness on the tongue mid way through. Medium-dry sweet malty sugary finish. Ample carbonation, slick syrupy mouthfeel, medium bodied brew. I really enjoyed this one on this cold snowy day. I think it all comes together really well.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2011
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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrinkinWell (225) - - DEC 26, 2013
Even though I prefer the 2011 batch of CMWA, I still love this beer. Pours dark, translucent amber with light head and minimal lacing. Aromas of cinnamon, subtle nutmeg and honey. Slight hoppiness balanced by sweet notes of chocolate and vanilla. A great winter ale!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paincane (127) - Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Copper amber body w/ creamy tan head. Complex spice & malt aromas. Molasses, cinnamon, sweet malt & nutmeg flavors. Great!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2005
From a bottle. Pours a deep red color with a frothy white head that lasts. Some dark fruit aromas along with a sort of anise/liquorish smell that’s rather unique. The flavor has notes of cinnamon, liquorish, curacao, and plum. Complex and unique. Soft on the palate without being flat and incredibly complex without being overwhelmingly spiced. A fantastic winter warmer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (649) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2013
22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass. Thanks to sommersb. A - Pours a clear dark red body. Very attractive off white head with large bubbles. Nice lacing and retention. S - Light toffee and bready malts, nutty with a touch of fruit and spice. A bit muddled but quite nice for a winter warmer. T - Clean caramel and bready malts with some faint spices and berries. Nice combination of flavors. M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Highly drinkable. O - Not generally a style I go after, but this was a very well made beer. I noticed it has hazelnut, raspberry, and cranberry extracts as well as cinnamon and vanilla listed on the ingredient list. Its a bit hard to discern each ingredient but they do work together to produce a nice taste of winter.


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