PhillyBeer2112 (2876) - 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. Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Aromas of hazelnut, caramel, bread, dried berries, and vanilla. Clear ruby, off-white head, low retention. Lightly sweet, with flavors of cream soda, and some charred, earthy bitterness. Medium body, good carbonation, medium finish with bready malts and some hop bitterness.
merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
A: Brown/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Some Lacing
S: Maple, Caramel
T: Maple, Caramel
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Semi Drying
Overall, a nice winter ale with decent maple flavor but not much beyond that. biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Sampled at Summits Wayside Tavern...Highland is great Southern Brewery...Lightly hopped and spiced with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg primarily...Followed by the slightest present of Cascade and Mt. Hood hops..Nice chocolate int the middle...This is a really nice beer and I wish more people got to try it DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2005
2005 22 oz. bomber. Clear deep amber, medium off white head. Vanilla apparent in the aroma and flavor. Brown sugar, maybe a touch of nutmeg on a sweet malt base. Barely noticeable hop presence during the finish, which nonetheless remains on the sweet side.This is a pretty good seasonal, unusual spices, but enjoyable in the right setting. aracauna (3631) - Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Finally a winter spice beer that I really like this year. Pours a blackened ruby with a good khaki head. The aroma is bright and fruity with fresh herb and spice aroma. Probably some vanilla, something sweet like that I thought was rasberry to start with, but not I’m leaning toward some herb or spice. There’s a lot going on with this one and I really dig what’s there.