RATINGS: 361   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
slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"Had in Reno via the TN connection. Very nice mellow warmer, especially if u dig vanilla, the main player in aroma and flavor. A winter solstice in a different label. Chestnut color smooth medium feel, light on the hops. Thanks Lou."

3.4
Sammy (12768) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2009
Another very pleasant brew from Highland. Pours mocha-looking body with some off-white head. This was aged somewhat. Malty, with some roasted malt, and sweetish spices. Tad above average mouthfeel. Drinkable. Not a high rating of outstanding, but enjoyable nevertheless.

3.1
jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
@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.

3.6
shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Bottle (Winter 2006-07). Light cinnamon and vanilla malt aroma. Dark amber color with small head. Raw sugar cookie dough/cinnamon/vanilla (snickerdoodle) flavor. Mild hops finish - high acidity and carbonation. Has a nice cookie flavor without being cloying or with the strong spice flavors that are usually present in this style. (Winter 2007-08) - not really detecting a great deal of difference - similar aroma, color and taste but a bigger head. Still a quality brew.

3.8
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle at Funky Buddha/Case and Keg tasting. Brown pour. Aroma is crisp and clean with some nice malty fruit notes, caramel and some faint hops. Flavor is pretty clean and crisp. Some good fruit notes come through and some nice spices as well. Pretty good effort from a solid brewery.

3.3
BVery (11364) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Tap at House of Beers in Dunedin, FL. Rich deep crimson pour with a very clingy white head. Cinnamon and pit fruit - really nice winter beer.

3.2
hopscotch (11242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Bottle... Murky, deep, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. Malty, earthy nose with a boatload of toffee and a trace of Marciano cherry. Aged or stale hop flavor with subtle vanilla and cinnamon. No intensity, but nice. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes minerally and slightly Flemish. Kudos to boboski for bringing this one down from Orlando!

3.6
DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Brown in appearance, with aromas od caramel malt, almonds, spices, and some hops. The taste had a spiced and malty chocolatey element, with some brown sugar and hazelnuts. Medium palate.

3.8
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
2009-12-05. Red brown body with a modest beige head and light lace. 3+ Sweet aroma, lightly fruity, caramel touches, very light spice. 7+ Flavour is similar, sweet malty core, light hints at fruit, caramel, mild spice. 7+ Smooth average plus palate. Very enjoyable. Bottle shared by Peter?

3.7
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010
Date: November 05, 1999
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Durham, NC, Winter
Appearance: dark amber
Aroma: strong vanilla aroma
Flavor: sweet flavor with lots of vanilla, liquid qraham crackers

Date: November 25, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Appearance: clear very dark amber, thin beige head, nice lace
Aroma: candy sweet malt aroma with nice vanilla
Body: big body
Flavor: rich sweet malt flavor, lots of vanilla, brown sugar, stays strong sweet vanilla to the end but stays just this side of going too sweet

Date: December 21, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: barley’s
all the candy sweetness and caramel plus vanilla of years past

Date: January 27, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
picking up cinamon and other spices to go with all of the vanilla sweetness

Date: April 29, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
can it be getting sweeter?

Date: August 18, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
christmas cookie

Date: December 03, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2007
holds up pretty well, caramel and vanilla strong as ever, spices receeding,

Date: December 22, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac prado
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, scattered lace
Aroma: faint aroma from a chilled glass
Flavor: sweet candy caramel and vanilla flavor, touch of cinnamon, light chocolate
Overall: the Christmas candy of beers

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4


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