unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2007
2006 Vintage, 1L swing-top bottle. Deep copper color. Thick, creamy tan head. Heavy creamy aroma of toffee, buttery cream soda. Flavors of oak aged cream soda, could you get a little more vanilla in here?? Heavy bodied, super creamy texture, with no detection of alcohol. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle. Shared by a generous Ratebeerian at the PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Rich, rose colored shade of copper with an ivory head. Bourbon, spices and cigar aromas blend with sweet malts. Rather thin mouth feel with tons of vanilla. Malty sweet with cinnamon and spice notes. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Surprisingly enjoyable brew. Deep red/brown pour. Notes of spices,nutmeg....cinammon...ginger maybe? Tagging alongside are caramel malt and a lgiht chocolate touch. biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Awwww yeah. Winter ales, like most things... if you nail them right on the head... makes you freak out. Malty and delicious with an awesome hop bite and full flavor. Dig it. badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Dark red color with an off-white head that retains well and gives good lacing. Wonderful smells of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, and caramel. I’m digging the taste. It’s got a little bit of hoppyness for balance, but this mostly tastes like cinnamon-sugar bread with a little bit of allspice and a caramel finish. Carbonation is on the higher side and body is bordering light. I’m very happy with this beer and will need to get more of it next winter. Great job, Highland!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Bottle. This was a shocker. I loved this dark mahogany beer. Loads of winter spices of cinnamon, clove, pepper, and some of that winter warmer caramel and chocolate notes. Solid beer, i’ve had it twice both were noteworthy. A gingerbread man in a glass. Solid. PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
This was really nice, I was very impressed. Deep ruby chestnut, moderate head. Aroma is malt forward but not heavy, with notes of chocolate and berries/cherries. Flavor is similar but also very biscuity, cookieish. Like christmas sugar cookies, or barely a hint of gingerbread cookie and thats the only spice I got in this. Light balancing hop in the finish. Soft palate, with a nice light carbonation. Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2009 Bottle pours an off-white, sticky lacing head and the body is a beautiful clear amber. Smells of caramel, barley, some hops, and butter. Flavors abound of caramel, cocoa, toffee, little nut, and some spices. Nice body. StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2009
I look forward to tasting this beer every year. My favorite from Highlands Brewing Company. There is a strong alcohol smell to the aroma. The flavor changes every year but is always excellent. Spicy, can be too sweet at times. But overall, I great winter beer. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Was very surprised by this one. Has a lot of spice in the aroma, good amount of ginger and sugar. Very gingerbread like. Dark color with a thin white head. All the flavors seem really well balanced. Very easy to drink.