argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(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.
CheersMate (1325) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 don’t 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.
jcwattsrugger (11752) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@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.
RealPoser (40) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
theisti (3652) - Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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. It’s interesting, but not entirely my cup of beer. Thanks for all of these beers Santa, they have been fun to try.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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. Doesn’t 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. There’s also a bit of caramel and malty sweetness. The taste is more vanilla plus some caramel. Not much else, though it’s 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
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz, snifter. Medium, tan and creamy head rests upon a clear brown-red beer. Strange leafy spices approach the nose. Shades of vanilla, cocoa, brown sugar and nutmeg ensue. Watered down taste is moderately sweet throughout with a slight hop kick in the end. Odd tea leaf aftertaste. Medium bodied with a very water texture and moderate carbonation.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright copper body and off-white head. Aroma of crystal malt, ginger, juniper, and vanilla. I pick up troubling urinal undertones. Flavor has a tea-like malt profile plus mixed spices and vanilla extract. Lacking in coherence and not particularly to my liking.
ClarkVV (4849) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 Swingtop bottle from Oldgrowth, drunk on 5/26/07
Still plentiful carbonation resulting in a massive, auburn-specked-beige head that is slow to recede, yet eventually falls to cover, leaving light lacing. Mostly clear body, with nearly no sediment on the bottom is a chartreuse-orange with darker chestnut tints.
Smells meaty. Like gruit meaty. I was sort of expecting something of a spiced scotch ale, but I didnt really get that. Like they used lots of heather and a darker spice, not as dry and distinctive as cinnamon, but still quite astringent and puzzling. The rest of the beer seems to be an amber ale, with crystal malts hardening things and not really complementing the already dry spiciness. That meaty, almost vegetal quality returns on the end, with some vanilla and lots of toast. Maybe some anise in there too? Alcohol is well-concealed, but there could be a bit of DMS and the spices just dont provide any enjoyment that I can find.
Sweet caramel, with tons of esters providing plums, red apples and figs. Crystal malt hardness never really allows for a soft or full texture and the spicing goes from weird to astringent. An interesting cherry-orange-vanilla-anise thing going on on the finish, with lots of lightly tannic grains. Needs a lot more base malt, just gets too crunchy/earthy/toasty. Carbonation is quite high. Not really flawed, just overspiced and with a really strange malt bill.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet, with spices and fruits. The flavor is tart and spicy with some caramel sweetness and a dry finish. The body is light with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.