Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Poured from bottle to Engligh pint glass. Smooth aroma of lightly roasted pecans and vanilla. Smooth dark color with a lasting cream head. Feels like liquid silk in the mouth. Did I mention it was smooth? Finished slightly sweet with vanilla hints. Wow, no wonder it’s so hard to get this stuff before it’s sold out! 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. derekbrown (109) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2010
What a wonderful offering from Highland! Slight clove, well-hopped flavors accent a wonderful ale profile. Pours a beautiful grapefruit color with a rich ivory head. Great for wintertime sipping. Highly recommended. beerme31 (685) - 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. johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Received in trade from KarrHeel03, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a clear reddish amber color with a stingy white head that recedes quickly but laces the sides quite nicely. Smells of sweet malts and spices. I pick up some cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, plums or prunes, and a touch of alcohol. There’s a subtle spice in the nose that is quite non-descript but really pleasant. Taste is sweet brown sugar and alcohol up front. Dark fruits and a tease of hop bitterness on the tongue mid way through. Medium-dry sweet malty sugary finish. Ample carbonation, slick syrupy mouthfeel, medium bodied brew. I really enjoyed this one on this cold snowy day. I think it all comes together really well.
bigben873 (257) - Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Drinking the 2006 vintage from my collection. This beer smooths out nicely with age; goo malty flavor, less intense spices.
Aroma - Holiday spice with a hint of malt
Appearance - Gorgeous medium-dark brown, medium head, clear
Taste - malty spices, light
Palate - medium to light body with full flavor; light carbonation
Overall - One of my favorite beers that ages very well. Not an everyday beer, but great to pull out of the closet every once in a while. PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Pours a slightly dark color with a hite foam on top. Aromas of nuts, ginger. Tastes of medium sweetness. Overall a very nice winter ale. DrinkinWell (389) - - DEC 26, 2013
Even though I prefer the 2011 batch of CMWA, I still love this beer. Pours dark, translucent amber with light head and minimal lacing. Aromas of cinnamon, subtle nutmeg and honey. Slight hoppiness balanced by sweet notes of chocolate and vanilla. A great winter ale! Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Copper amber body w/ creamy tan head. Complex spice & malt aromas. Molasses, cinnamon, sweet malt & nutmeg flavors. Great! aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This is a very dark beer that is good on cold nights. Has a distinct malty taste. Good aroma and a creamy head. Nice palate with great overall taste. Well done.