Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
2005: This is really exciting beer! My last on the Highland Brewing Company list–my favorite NC Brewer. Some interesting fruit and nuttiness in the aroma. Pleasant bubbles and alcohol on the palate. Interesting flavor of toffee towards the finish. A little dry. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2007
The aroma was malty with vanilla and a subtle spice of clove and cinnamon. The malt, caramel, vanilla and spice worked well to achieve a complex nose. Crystal clear deep amber with a white low persistent head which lasted to lace the glass. The flavor contained a nice caramel with a light toasted aspect. The spices in the aroma were still present in the flavor but well restrained to add complexity to the beer instead of strong spice. The bittering was high enough to keep the malt character in check and lead to a very nice balance. Medium full body with a moderate level of carbonation and an extremely creamy mouthfeel. A very nice winter warmer from Highland. 22 ounce bottle. Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2008
On tap at Trappeze. This is a great beer. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt chocolate, vanilla, spice, and maybe some faint fruit. Taste is somewhat similar with more vanilla and chocolate, light spice. Body is smooth and creamy. Finish is also very smooth. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, a new favorite from Highland. jhliesen (833) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle—I loved it! A medium size, white, frothy head pops up and the leaves quite quickly, the color is deep amber. The aroma was cinnamon, caramel and some nutmeg. The taste was sweet with berries, maple, and fruit. At times the taste was almost cola like. Just to make you remember you are drinking a beer, some biscuit and malt taste also makes an appearance. Bruisin ales. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2009
(1L swing top bottle thanks to ballewblake) Pours a dark chocolate brown with decent head and good lacing. Nose is caramel, sweet corn, and chocolate. Taste is mildly sweet chocolate, finishes with more delicious chocolate, a nice hop balance, creamy and overall very good. A nice surprise.
jbone78 (42) - Panama City Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Pours redish to light brown color with smells of sweet candi malts and tastes of caramel. very sweet. Lightly carbonated and drinks very easily. We mixed this with an Imperial Black Mocha Stout and that was an experience! If you have never do it and can get the beers, do it. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
Consumed on 1/8/11.
This was the third installment of City Bev’s Freakin’ Firkin Friday. Had a pint at the store yesterday. Pours a hazy brown-tinted copper. A small off-white head caps it off. Faint lace sticks around. The nose is potent with strong notes of vanilla, nutmeg, toffee, toasted pecans. Fantastic nose.
Extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel, as was expected with the cask. Carbonation level is minimal. Perfect sipper. Flavor profile mirrors the nose somewhat with vanilla, cinnamon, sweet malts. The spices are more muted in this version of the beer, but this is still a splendid winter dessert brew. Perfect to sip on a crisp, cold evening.
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2013
22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass. Thanks to sommersb.
A - Pours a clear dark red body. Very attractive off white head with large bubbles. Nice lacing and retention.
S - Light toffee and bready malts, nutty with a touch of fruit and spice. A bit muddled but quite nice for a winter warmer.
T - Clean caramel and bready malts with some faint spices and berries. Nice combination of flavors.
M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Highly drinkable.
O - Not generally a style I go after, but this was a very well made beer. I noticed it has hazelnut, raspberry, and cranberry extracts as well as cinnamon and vanilla listed on the ingredient list. Its a bit hard to discern each ingredient but they do work together to produce a nice taste of winter. 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. superspak (5883) - Waterford, 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.