JDW1976 (18) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2017 Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The great thing about this beer is that all these critiques offer their opinion of what spices where in the beer, but the combo is always going to be different. This has been my favorite Highland. I’ve found myself proud of Asheville for such an excellent ale.
Tasted from a 22 oz bottle. Pours the color of a dirty penny. Aroma is damp earth, baking spices, and hay cut in the autumn. Paired quite well with a rich vegetable broth soup on an unseasonably cool summer day.
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22oz bottle. Yum, lots going on here. Dark brown, opaque pour, thin brownish head. Nuts and spice aromas, flavors are coffee, spice, raisins, almones. Lingering malted finish. Wish I had more bottles of this. Quick3Beers (1264) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2017
Pours a rich brown from a bottle, medium off-white head. Caramel nose, similar flavor with a bit of cola finishing somewhat bitter. Good beer. BuckeyeBoy (7937) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2017
12oz bottle thanks to Steve. Pours out a crisp brown sugar color topped with a white head. Nose is rich malts some spice. Taste is more of the malts some bread malts and spice. monk191 (2008) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2017
A very good winter beer. Tastes a lot like Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice. Pours a clear Amber with a tan head. Smells of vanilla and Amber malts. Taste is very good, lots of vanilla. Had in the bottle.
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Kleg (278) - The Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Clear mahogany pour with a khaki head and good retention. Smooth, dark, lightly roasted caramel malt flavor. Good lacing. Minimal spice taste and a little dark fruit. Tastes like a doppelbock light. I could do without the dark fruit. Panzuriel (2306) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Appearance: Slightly hazy darker copper brown. Half a finger of white foam.
Nose: Malt forward caramel, toasted wheat, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon and roasted nuts.
Taste: Nutty, winter spice, sweet caramel and a bit of plum. Restrained earthy hops.
Body: medium and unremarkable.
Parting thoughts: An above average winter warmer. Right amount of spice for my liking.
superspak (5685) - Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2017
22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, hazelnut, ginger, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, berries, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roast malt, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, hazelnut, ginger, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, berries, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop and spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, hazelnut, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/fruitiness, and herbal/yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malt, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spice balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from hop/spice bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.9%. Overall this is an excellent winter warmer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malt, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Follows the English style for the most part. Great malt complexity and underlying fruity yeast notes; nice spice balance without being overwhelming. A very enjoyable offering. hman43 (1612) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Brown in appearance with ruby hues. Aromas and flavors of nuts, roast and plums. Aggiebob (1178) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle. Murky brown with thin beige head. Malt aroma with some spiciness. Taste includes caramel and some dark fruitiness.