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RATINGS: 336   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2003
From giant flip top bottle. Burgundy, thin white head. Apples, cherries, nutmeg in the aroma, and in the flavor, as well. also, some butterscotch and maple. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2004
the last highland on my list. and certainly not a disappointment. smells spicy and sweet. taste is smooth and taste like cherry and nutmeg, quite an impressive beer from a nice brewery in NC. an exceptionally smooth beer going down too. i was glad to see that peabodys had an ample supply of this one. awesome

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Great looking dark ruby ale. Clear. Very malty with spices and vanilla. Cinammon and gingerbread. Fuk yeah for Highland, this is the best Winter Ale Iíve had all season. Very good in the ways of drinkablitity and complexity. Get this beer... today!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2005
I feel Iíve been more than giving with this score (mostly because I like it) This beer is very one dimensional. Itís all about the sweet vanilla bean flavor. The pour is fantastic, mahogony red with a dusting of tan head. I really struggle to taste anything beer about this over the added flavor. I personally like that about this beer, it drinks like a nice cream soda. If youíre looking to please the non-beer drinking crowd, this is the beer thatíll do just that. Do yourself a fovor and give it a shot.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours a medium brown with a small head. Aroma is of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is melted vanilla ice cream with some chocolate syrup mixed in. Short finish with little aftertaste. Thanks to Brandon for this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3375) - Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2007
Poured, it has a lovely dark brown color with a nice thick head. Aroma is spicy with a strong hint of cinnamon. The pleasant, zingy taste is malty with spice hints and very little bitterness. It goes down smoothly and is very satisfying. This holiday beer is a delight any time of the year, good by itself or as an accompaniment to a light meal.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2007
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with no bottling/freshness date, stored at cellar temperature and allowed to warm up a bit before sampling in a nonic glass. Poured a reddish auburn with a foamy, bubbly head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of red cherries and berries, butterscotch, vanilla, cocoa powder, sugar cookies and a very light amount of holiday spices. Good, even moderate carbonation and a crisp, dryish, silky smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Good holiday/winter warmer taste, sugar cookies, butterscotch toffee, a light cocoa, a nice fruitiness, berries and apricots, winter holiday spiciness, the alcohol is barely noticeable, a lemon tea-like soft bitterness towards the end, and a dry spicy, fruity, malty finish. A tasty seasonal from Highland, easy drinkability on a rainy spring day, very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3691) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2007
I knew that this wasnít supposed to be the ideal aging beer (too low of abv, in theory), but I had a bottle that I bought in Atlanta in January 2006, and I kept it mostly in the refrigerator until August 2007--so over 18 months. And I thought it was swell! There was a little oxidation, but it was all positive, giving the nuttiness a nice vanilla edge and a sense of woody maturation. Thereís a fruity side, too, that hasnít been lost, and it is nicely carbonated to be slightly frothy and not too aggressive. No hops to worry about in the finish (I like my beers all-malts, no-hops, basically). Overall, I conclude, itís a good beer that doesnít hurt it to give it some careful aging.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Draught. Pours dark amber with thin off white head. The aroma is sweet with hints of chocolate, and malt. The flavor is very sweet but with a nice light balance of bitterness. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2008
This is a really delicious little winter treat. The 06 version, had been flavored with butter pecan, and was great by itself or with desert over ice cream. Spices are just right, and balance with the caramel maltiness, reminiscent of an English strong ale.


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