RATINGS: 363   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Draft at Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Quite surprised at this beer. Taste of toffee and caramel. Good beer for a spiced, winter ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerme31 (672) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 Bottle. Aroma of herbs, vanilla, and spices. Pours amber/copper with tan head. Exceptionally well balanced flavor of hops and sweetness. Relatively soft carbonation, smooth and refreshing finish. Overall I really like this one. Highland is a good brewery and this is one of my favorites from them along with their black mocha stout. 2011 - this years version had less vanilla and more subtle fruit notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Delirium (661) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle. Pours a fairly dark reddish orange with a moderately-sized creamy off-white head that lasts a while and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is somewhat sweet, with cinnamon, vanilla, bready malts, a bit of caramel, and a hint of pine hops. Flavor is a pretty strong rush of sweet spiced bready malt---cinnamon, vanilla, maybe ginger. Finishes with a bit of chocolate, with some light sweet-citrus hops in the background. Kind of like drinking a Christmas dessert, but unlike most such attempts, this one avoids being cloyingly sweet or artificial, and is quite drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Sharp looking copper body poured from the 22 oz bottle. Tall tan head. Aroma is vanilla, orange peel and dark fruits. Taste has raisins, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, and spicy hops underneath. Vanilla is overdone in this 2008 version compared to other vintages, but still my favorite winter ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Brick store on tap. Brown with a creamy head. Looks thicker than it tastes. Some elements of a nice brown ale, caramel and toffee flavors, but a different finish. A spicey finish.

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 Ive had all season. Very good in the ways of drinkablitity and complexity. Get this beer... today!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2006
Bottle. Dark rudy brown pour. Smelled like cola - sweet malty and some prunish fruits and spices. Sweeter malty flavors, medium fruits, and a fair bit of spice for flavors. A touch of clove too.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2008
From a 22oz bomber this beer pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, and vanilla. The taste is quite sweet with some brown sugar and lots of cinnamon coming through. Very little hops but for a very sweet beer this is one of the best, if not the best, winter beer I have had this season. I am ready to go buy another bottle. Outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lothore (641) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours a deep orangey brown hue with a thin, coffee head which adorns this beer all the way down. S- Smell is faint sweet malts, hard to detect much else. T- Taste is very sweet, malty with christmas spices and a hop backbone. M- A bit thin and very carbonated. D- Very easy to drink. Not what I think of when I think winter warmer but delicious none the less.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2007
2006 vintage. my first vintage of this stuff, i am hanging on to a couple bombers to try next to next years batch... This year it was overwhelming in the vanilla category, very sweet, poured an amber color with medium head... this is a regional cult favorite, one of the hardest seasonal beers to find in Asheville, a very popular cult beer, I like the mystique more, but hey, isnt that half of the attraction....


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