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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Choco-cherry vanilla maltiness in the aroma and flavor -- like a dessert brown ale. Graham crackers. The flavor came off rather artificial and the vanilla notes held on longer than necessary. I didnít get a whole lot of the spice. Medium-heavy body. Red-brown, clear with a clingy seafoam head. Tannic. I was a little disappointed with this one, will give it another try while Iím up here on vacation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1682) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle, thanks to hopdog for sharing this one. Aroma is very piney with other spices, light nutmeg and ginger. Taste had too much bite at first but waited for it to warm on my tongue and got smoother. Intresting brew.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours a brown-copper body with a small white head. The aroma is heavily cookiesh with lots of spice (namely root/sarsaparilla). Thinnish, calm body with all of that spice flavour that was in the aroma.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2009
(PPSG09, 1L bottle, thanks wilkie) Medium off-white head atop clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, orange/plum. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, light orange, faint smoke. Medium body, easy drinking.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Picked this up in Athens, Georgia. Five Points Bottle Shop, 22 oz. Plus, as an added bonus it was only $2.50! Nice fluffy head that fades away to a nice thin head that sits on top of a deep dark brown translucent beer. Looks like a friggin good spice/herb/vegetable to me. Sweet aroma, but I am a bit upset that the spices donít hit my nose harder. If this is a spice/herb/vegetable beer then I am a little confused as to where the spices are, at least, in the aroma. Anyways, a semi-sweet caramel aroma, and that is about it. Ok, now I am picking up a SLIGHT spice aroma, but nothing special. The flavor was a surprise. Very sweet sugar/malt flavor. Slight spice flavor, but really nothing special. Very big malt taste, but the spices are far too muted for me to give this a great rating. Slight bittering hop at the end, with a slight spice tingle, but not enough to save this beer. Very smooth texture.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
@Pilsner Petes East Coast Gathering-1L bottle-pours an off white head and amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, secondary spice hops. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, secondary herbal hops. Thanks argo0 for sharing.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RealPoser (40) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Slight spice on the nose... but otherwise very unremarkable. Medium body with nice roasty-sweet malt notes. Hint of nutmeg and toasted walnuts. Finish brief, but pleasant. Again... all in all, and ok seasonal, but I have come to expect more from Highland.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GJF (1271) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Dark mahogany, thin white head. Aroma is very sweet and vanillay and the flavor is the same with a bit of hazelnut as well. Generally sweet and the vanilla overtakes any other flavors to me. So-so.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (3295) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2011
22 oz bottle from my winter 2010 Secret Santa. Pour is mostly clear amber brown with a thick, well formed teo inch ran head. Long lasting head retention, eventually falls with nice lacing. Aroma is dusty caramel malt, round and pretty sweet. Taste is the sweet malt up fruit, though it tastes like sugar coated nuts, along with a vanilla sharpness. Behind this is a spiced yeastiness that closes out the finish, which also reveals some milky creaminess. Not sure how well all of these flavors work together. Palate is medium bodied, coats the mouth a bit, then dries out. Itís interesting, but not entirely my cup of beer. Thanks for all of these beers Santa, they have been fun to try.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Thanks to Paul for sharing this at a recent tasting. Currently the #1 Winter Warmer. Served in a snifter. Pours a nice caramel color with a really light head. Doesnít really stick around too long and only leaves a spot or two of lacing. The nose is loaded with vanilla, though it smells somewhat like extract. Thereís also a bit of caramel and malty sweetness. The taste is more vanilla plus some caramel. Not much else, though itís fairly nice. Beer has a medium body and finishes quite dry. Not terribly complex and not all the winter warmery, but pretty good. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-28-2011


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