NachlamSie (3568) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bomber from Greenlife. It is sure good to see that Highland is in their stride again. This beer is a very dark brown with a good head. Nice aroma here. It is complex and unique with a great balance of hops and malt. Notes of raisins, molasses, wood, cigars, fig, and leather are present. The palate is medium heavy and a little sticky. I was surprised at the level of hoppiness in the flavor. It is nowhere near an IPA or even a strong American styled amber ale, but it is assertively bitter with tasty nips of grass and citrus. Lots of earth, wood, fruit, molasses, and a subtle spice of some kind are present. I really like what Highland has done here. I can’t remember the last time I had a beer that tasted quite like this, it’s a interesting take on the style and tasty too. yamar1221 (40) - USA - JAN 7, 2010
Poured this bad boy into a snifter and got the distinct aroma of baked fruit and sweet malt. Light caramel head with a constant, simmering tube of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Fairly balanced taste of grapefruit hoppyness with yeast and malt flavors. Great flavor, spicy on the tongue with a bite to the end. chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma is somewhat malty with hint of raisins and dried cranberries/cherries. Malty flavor with a bit of alcohol aftertaste and some cherry, slight caramel. Kind of sweet kind of dry, good mix. cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bomber shared by Steve. Pours a murky brown with a tan head. Nose is thick worty malt, some British esters, a touch fruity hints of dates and cherry. Malty, a bit dark caramel, cherry, some alcohol with some hop bitterness. Fairly dry finish from alcohol. Not overtly sweet. Medium carbonation.Tasty. slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2009
22. Deep clear brown ale. Slightly sweet w/ heat and a dry biscuitness. Malty. Great for sipping. Cold Mountain - the Spices + more Alcohol = This. Well not quite, but close.
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Pours clear brown with reddish tint. Brief head. Nose is malty and fruity with slight wood and spice notes. Mostly toffee and stewed fruits. Tastes similar to both Highland’s Gaelic Ale but the spice and hops lean to their Cold Mountain as well, but more alcohol than either. Malt profile has a bit of a creamy amber note, which isn’t my favorite, but the fruitiness is nice. Solid. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Deep reddish brown with a steady tan head. Nose is fruity, sweet, a little booze, slightly spicey and overall pretty nice. Flavor starts off semi-sweet with some more spicy hops and British malt character and ends a little boozy and bitter. I do taste a little of the cherry tartness in the finish which adds a nice touch. Pretty well done. brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Just hit the shelves at Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham this week and I grabbed a couple 22oz bottles - pours a deep mahogany color with a thin quickly dissapating head. Big aroma of fruit, roasted malt, spices and some woodiness as well. Taste is big and bold as well - nice malty, spicy taste with some dark fruit, oakiness and a shot of alcohol on the tongue on the way down. This brew tastes like a distant cousin (on steroids) to one of my all time favorite brews by Highland (or anyone else for that matter) - Cold Mountain Winter Ale. I think I might pick up a couple more bottles on my next trip to the store for future enjoyment.