RATINGS: 359   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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Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Got this big ’ol bottle from Jimbowood sometime last year, I believe. Ever been inside the tinderbox? It’s a cigar shop that is found in malls throughout the country. Well, this stuff smells just like the inside of a tinderbox. Vanilla, malt and tobacco are on the nose, and the flavor tastes like a sweet vanilla cigar. Weird, but pretty good. I guess it’s fitting that a beer from North Carolina tastes like tobacco.

3.3
bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Pours deep cherry-wood off the tap, reminiscent of a good whiskey. The nose is malty and earthen. Some vegetal flavors mingle with vanilla extract, powdered sugar (like the inside of a bon-bon) and malts. These carry through the finish, and accompany a light bitter with a medium-thin mouthfeel. Decent, but a different brew here. Nice to try, and would have again.

3.3
Oakes (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
Brown-amber. Earthy, lightly hoppy aroma. Cookie, earth and light melony hop. Soft and drinkable winter brew. I like it.

3.3
malrubius (2987) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Throwdown. Thank to everyone who brought great beer and ribs and pickles and everything! Amber with ring. Caramel brown sugar aroma. Toast caramel marshmallow with mild coffee bitterness. High carbo, effervescent. A little thin.

3.3
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Pours a deep clear amber. Aroma has hints of hops and spice. The flavor is slighty spicy and sweet with a little hops at the end. Another good brew from Highland.

3.3
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Dark ruby brown pour with a nice khaki head. Light raspberry aroma. No hop aroma (or much else really ... perhaps too cold). Flavor of vanilla and a slight nutty taste (reminiscent of cola). Moderate bitter finish. Medium bodied (slight viscocity) with medium/low carbonation. A nice subdued spice winter ale.

3.3
BVery (11241) - 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.

3.3
AdamChandler (5150) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 17, 2012
2012 Vintage. Bomber. Thanks Secret Santa.

A - Poured a 3 finger fluffy white head that faded slowly leaving great lacing. sort of an amber ale looking beer.

S - I smells sugar and spices. Lots of nutmeg and a hint of maltiness

T - Taste is very sweet. Lots of brown sugar and nice essence of cloves and wintery Christmas spices. Finish is malty and bland.

M - light body and medium carb

O - This is a very drinkable beer. It’s a bit too sweet but solidly drinkable.


3.2
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Thanks to JPDIPSO for sharing the bottle! Poured a clear medium toffee with a light beige ring for head. Medium caramel, wintry spices, toffee, cocoa powder, and baby powder provide an odd blend in the nose. Flavor was heavier, and full of caramel and toffee maltage... baby powder, powdered sugar, nutmeg, and brown sugar provided somewhat complimentary spicage. Somehow watery on the palate with sharp, sticky sweet malts and a hint of alcohol. Not-too-drinkable... but OK.

3.2
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a translucent orange amber with an average off white creamy head. Aroma of nutmeg, pie crust, vanilla and a lot of various spices. Flavors of the same with tons of nutmeg/vanilla that was covering up any malt/hop presence.


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