RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Surprisingly enjoyable brew. Deep red/brown pour. Notes of spices,nutmeg....cinammon...ginger maybe? Tagging alongside are caramel malt and a lgiht chocolate touch.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2013
22oz Bottle. The pour was a clear reddish medium brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a light scattered film with a medium collar and fair sticky lacing. The aroma was quite complex with a toasted bread malt, light spruce hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee and dark fruit (figs and dates). The taste was a bold malty sweet with a decent fruit presence along with hints of chocolate and caramel from the get go and was present pretty much throughout, it then progressed slightly with a mild bitter hoppy taste, a touch of coffee and a light toffee sweetness towards the finish. The flavor lasted a bit longer that average following the swallow, with a bitter sweet taste lingering on the taste buds for quite a while longer. Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a medium carbonation. Overall this was an extremely tasty, well balanced Winter Ale. I will say with everything this brew has going on it was blended superbly well, which allowed for a smooth and very enjoyable drinkability... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Thanks to brentk56 for sending this want along in his black booty package 22oz bomber poured in to my DFH snifter produced a two finger tan head that trailed of to a thick lace the body of the brew was a nice burgandy color when held to the light The aromas coming of it are quite pleasing Coco not roasted in any ways, some sweet caramel malt, vanilla and other spices I associate with winter. The flavor is quite a surprise, I really like it. The ale was like a malted milk chocolate, but the wrong color if you know what I mean. Just a creamy and full in the mouth as I would expect. The sweetness was there along with the vanilla. I was really blow away by this one and will defiantly look for it again next year. A great winter warmer one of the best I have tried

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (751) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2009 22oz. bottle. Pours red/copper/brown with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly to a light ring. Very little lacing. Sweet aroma, caramel malt, vanilla, some dark fruit. Flavor is underwhelming, some black cherries, caramel malt, vanilla, spice, but rather weak and watery. Somewhat medicinal. Mouthfeel is low on carbonation, pretty thin, yet manages to get a bit sticky long after the finish. A fair amount of local hype on this one and I was not terribly impressed for my first one. Coulda got an 08, but I will check it out again next year.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
demmbonz (732) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Clear copper color. Spicy aroma and flavor. Very sweet and malty with a moderately spicy backbone.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bomber. A strange deep, dark, but also shiny and clear red color with a real big soapy tan head. Odd looking, but kind cool. Smells as sweet as candy with syrup on top. Really unique flavor...I get some honey, caramel, raisins, grapes, vanilla, coffee.... Quite complicated, really strange, but somehow still good and balanced. It surprisingly doesnt leave my mouth sticky and finishes much cleaner than I expected. Tastes sorta like a sweeter version of a low alcohol barleywine...if such a thing existed. One of a kind for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Impressed, the best thing I have had from Highland. A little different for a winter ale. Medium bodied. Mostly malt with light cinnamon spiciness. Few hops. Not bitter, but not too sweet. Low carbonation, highly drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (705) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottled 12/13. Pours a ruby amber with a nice head and lacing. Slight nose of sweet malt with a hint of spice and chocolate. Light medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Smooth, but not slick or creamy, mouthfeel. This is not a strong flavored ale. It has more of a subdued profile rather than a flavor bomb. Light spice, cinnamon/cardamom, over a light sweetness. Pleasant and not overpowering. Crisp finish that leaves a slight bitter and spice aftertaste that is also tart.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Reddish-gold with a small bubbly head. Fruity, spicy-sweet, with some candy apple flavors. Slightly bitter finish. Really tasty.


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