Home For The Holidays
High & Mighty Beer Co.

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Brown Ale - American
3.5 | pDev: 16.86%
High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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beergoot from Colorado

1.96/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: clear, reddish copper body; about a 1.5 finger head, fairly thick and white

Smell: spicy, floral hop aroma; orange and cinnamon

Taste: lightly sweet malt flavor up front and then takes on a strange bitter/phenol finish; alcohol warmth fairly noticeable

Mouthfeel: light to medium body; average carbonation

Overall: a strange holiday beer that just doesn't cut it. Nothing seems to have melded together well, and the metallic and phenol-like taste at the finish leaves one wondering what this beer could have been if everything would have come together. This sure ain't any where near being like any brown ale I've tasted over the years. Had to pour this one down the drain after half a bomber bottle. Haven't done that in ages.

Jan 02, 2012
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Pencible from Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a muddy light mahogany with lots of tan head.
S: It smelled like Belgian yeast and floral hops and copper, with some dry cocoa powder and brown sugar and a bit of oak.
T: It tasted like sour Belgian yeast and copper hops, with some dry cocoa powder and earthy caramel and lemon grass. It had a metallic and very dry aftertaste that wasn't entirely clean.
M: It was thick and oily with moderate carbonation. Very full.
D: This was not at all what I expected. Half way between a Flanders Red and American Red ales, but nothing like an oaked brown ale. Scent and taste weren't bad, but they seemed muddled and poorly integrated. Very nice body though, with well hidden alcohol, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Interesting to try once, but ultimately not that great a beer.

Apr 27, 2011
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

High & Mighty Home for the Holidays, bomber bought at Whole Foods Bowery for $5.99 (on sale, save $2).

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, it comes out with Belgian-style heavy carbonation and a voluptuous, foamy two-finger head that lingers. Retention is very good, as is carbonation and lacing. Color is auburn-brown, very hazy and thick, almost like grape juice/puree. Rusty too, like some of the steel mills of the Ohio Valley.

Smell: Very Belgian-y, sugar, raisin, creme brulee, sweetness, dark fruit. Caramel and toasted brioche with a hint of of savoriness. Spice. Some metalic (but not unpleasant) overtones. Wish the oak were more present (or present at all).

Taste: This really reminds me of a Belgian ale, mostly Ommegang Abbey Ale. I cannot see this as a "brown ale". Not very roasty or hoppy, but definitely fruity and sweet. Some sourness and lots of dry spice. Yeast all around (later I read on the brewery's website that this is brewed with a "Trappist yeast"). It makes sense.

Mouthfeel: Excellent! Well rounded, full body, full flavor, full heavy carbonation. A little prickly and spicy at the end of the sip, with a dry and lingering finish.

Overall: I like this beer because it is 7% but tastes like 9% or 10%. I like it because it surprises you, in a good way. It is also very, very drinkable, with the alcohol well-hidden and under control. Just a very nice, well made brew I would drink again. Yes, the oak is almost nonexistent to me, and sure, this is not really a brown ale, but other than that, I cannot understand why this is deemed only "worthy" on BA. As a "winter ale", it sure does work, even at the beginning of spring when I drank it!

Last but not least: when you drink this, you are giving to charity, as "profits from the sale of this product will be donated to Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans of America".

Mar 17, 2011
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Bulkman from Minnesota

3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label differs from the one pictured and reads "oak-aged winter ale". 22 oz. Bomber into my Sammy Smith's imperial pint.

Pours with a large tan head & the beer is a dark, hazy red when held to the light. Only a faint spice & woodsy aroma, with some yeastiness in there as well. I get a little more spice in the flavor, and when I took the first few sips, the alcohol overpowered everything else. As it warmed though, it became more balanced. Body is medium & partially because of that, its very drinkable. Overall, an ok brown & I like the spice, just wish there was more of it. Not a bad take on a winter though, by any means.

Mar 16, 2011
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep reddish orange color with a fluffy/bubbly off white head that recedes quickly. Smells of toffee, biscuit, light oak, a fruity tartness seems a bit out of place. Taste is toffee, caramel, biscuit, light oak, and the beginning of a lactic infection. Medium body, sticky syrupy mouthfeel, moderate to high level of carbonation. Not a drain pour, but could have been so much better.

Mar 03, 2011
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MoreThanWine from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 3" head with took a while to dissipate to a trace. Russet brown color. Smell reminds me of barleywine. Taste was slow to open up at first initially have mild hops and rye but later expression a light sweetness with coffee and chocolate. And there's a decent zing pervasive in this beer, sort of an acidity. A solid beer, doesn't blow me away, but yet I'd enjoy it any time.

Feb 16, 2011
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

2.59/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: copper brown color, nice rocky head
S: unusual nose, slight infection(?) and or just very yeasty - not what I expected, no barrel aging noticeable
T: sharp taste from yeast or infection from contamination - an unusual beer - doesn't seem true to type for brown and barrel aging isn't noticeable - reminds me more of a Belgian triple with yeasty qualities
M: OK but very yeasty
D: OK but not true to type

Jan 17, 2011
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dstc from Florida

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with a big tan head. Head falls to a very small one. Decent lace.

Interesting aroma. It must be the oak but it reminds me of a saison.

Sweet malts with plenty of oak. Hops are there too in the bitter finish.

Medium bodied in the mouth and a bit biting.

Good enough and nice to drink.

Dec 20, 2010
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emmasdad from Colorado

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a good amount of this one at a holiday party/tasting last night. Prior to the party, I had not heard of either this beer, or for that matter, this brewery. That said, I enjoyed it. Poured a fairly clear, medium brown color with a decent light brown head. Aromas of light wood, molasses and roasted nuts. Medium bodied and very drinkable, with flavors of wood, nuts, milk chocolate and brown sugar.

Dec 19, 2010
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July2Nov from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stored in the refrigerator since December of 2009.

Appearance: Nice frothy 2-inch head that soon settled down to a thin lacing. Brown-darker amber in color.

Smell: Molasses, Nutmeg, and Buttery toffee scents.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Deep and hearty mouthfeel upfront that mellows down to medium body. Spicy, dry-roasted nut and wood flavor along with a slight metallic flavor in the middle. Has a mild buttered popcorn flavor near the end. Nutty mouth-numbing flavor in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Nice variation on a brown/winter ale. Very good as a end of meal drink or something to drink next to the fire on a cold night. Nice.

Dec 19, 2010
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silentjay from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a touch lighter than expected with a tan colored head that barely rises to two fingers, quickly settles to half that and leaves some spotty lacing.

nutty, spicy, almost has a belgian yeast aroma with just a touch of oak.

smooth brown ale qualities of roasted nuts, milk chocolate, toffee and caramel. that yeast seems to add a bit of spiciness that comes through after the swallow and lingers for a bit. kinda odd. very little discernible oak character, i think it smooths things out a bit though.

medium bodied and light carbonation work well for the style, but there is a syrupy feel that isn't quite ideal for me.

not bad. a bit boozy for the ABV. tasty, but not overly so. would drink again, but money is probably spent better elsewhere. would like a bit more oak character and that odd yeasty/spiciness harnessed a bit, not that spices are bad, especially in a winter seasonal, but the oddness is a bit detrimental.

Dec 19, 2010
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aepb1 from Maine

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body with an airy, off-white head that dissipates rapidly

S- Toasty dark malts, not a whole lot going on, but nothing offensive

T- Malts and spices up front, moving into dark malts that are belgian-like to me

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation. Smooth and some warming from the alcohol

D- I am pretty impressed with the take on the brown ale. Spices make it very holiday-ish and I enjoy that

Dec 16, 2010
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 picked up at the COOP sometime last week... poured into my Delirium snifter with an okay lite tan head... the brew is amber.

Really.. the nose seems a bit flaccid.. some orange peel and minor spicing seems too much for a lacking base beer... pretty phenolic.. burnt plastic and burnt peppercorns.

The flavor is better but not by much... again some yeasty phenols that make me think "antiseptic".. oaky tannins are a bit astringent and too heavy for what is in my glass... the spices finish dry because there just isn't enough fun left.

Body is a lite medium with a heavy handed carbonation... Overall, this bottle is okay, and I'm being very generous... nothing good to say really... sorry.


Dec 07, 2010
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phishgator from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a 22oz into an imperial pint glass. The head is a nice fluffy two fingers white head. The color is deep rust color, cloudy/hazy with a bit of orange around the edges. The nose is of slight brett aroma, almost like an american wild ale. the flavor is much more like a wild ale to me. There is some spices in there and then a slight tartness that reminds me of a wild ale. The body is full and carbonation is good. I will definately pick up another.

Nov 22, 2010
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maximum12 from Minnesota

2.18/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Well, it's officially November here in the Great Midwest despite our long, lingering autumn that refuses to die, so it's time to crank up the fireplace (done) & crack open a holiday beer (done). Now all that's left is the drinkin'.

Pours more amber than the brown advertised on the bottle, but perhaps my rods or cones or something are malfunctioning. But it looks like beer, & that's good. Smells nice, malty, almost woody, with spices that refuse to show ID. Probably fraudulent voters.

Home for the Holidays brings the standard nutty, malty, brownish, with spicy accents. Underneath it all is caramel, & something else that doesn't agree with my palate. This is my second High & Mighty & it might be the yeast, water, or whatnot, but it rubs my tongue the wrong way with light steel wool. There's an almost saison-like musty undertone that I'm not digging. It undermines the other qualities of the beer. I'd think it was just me but my wife wants to pour hers. Sadly, I concur.

Nov 03, 2010
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish color with a thin off-white head that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is toasted malts with hints of chocolate, caramel and a touch of oak.

T- The taste is malty up front with some nuttiness, spice and dark fruits.
M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Home for the Holidays is a decent brown ale but nothing I would purchase again. Worth a try.

Oct 12, 2010
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An interesting beer. What caught my eye on the label was that it was an "oak-aged winter ale", and sure enough the oak came through. It wasn't over-done either, as it simply appeared at the swallow and then gently lingered in the finish.

It poured a hazy, crimson-accented russet brown beneath a creamy head of yellowed off-white. The head retention was good, and it held a short but creamy cap for the first quarter of the glass (I used an Imperial pint). The lacing was quite nice as well, and it left short walls of creamy white lace rising up above the surface.

The aroma delivered a lot of toastiness, some nuttiness, a bit of caramel, some dull chocolate, and a hint of clove and some other soft phenolics (burnt plastic). It reminded me of a candy bar. The more it warmed the more sugary it became, and the less chocolatey and toasty, but then towards the end it rendered quite a bit of phenols.

The flavor was much more fruity than the nose suggested, and there was quite a bit of spiciness to it as well. The brown ale maltiness moved to the back and seemed to really show itself only at the swallow and into the finish. It started with a juicy fruitiness that immediately turned to become more of a sour fruit (cranberries), and then revealed its spiciness across the middle. It was drying, like nutmeg, but there wasn't necessarily any actual spice (oh, duh, I guess that's the oak!). Then a raisin note appeared as the toasty and delicately chocolaty malt returned. Still, some spice lingered on my tongue... yeast? Perhaps, it didn't seem like hops, and it was much more than the oak could conjure.

In the mouth it was medium-full in body, and fairly zesty with carbonation. I could hear the head 'crinkle' as it settled. As it warmed it softened to become nicely creamy.

Overall it was an interesting and tasty beer; and although it could have been balanced in different ways (more malty, less fruity, more this, more that...) I thought it was well rounded and balanced and quite enjoyable. I found it compelling in its complexity, and I enjoyed it more and more as it warmed. Quite nice!

Oct 07, 2010
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raverjames from Virginia

3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this bottle in Jersey, where I am sure it has sat on the shelf for over a year. This is a common problem in NJ.
This beer has a nice amber hue with a small head. Retention seems to be decent. When you start to drink this beer, the smell hit you hard. I get some sour cherry notes with a touch of spice. I don't think wild ale was the style here. The taste closely matched the aroma with tart fruity presence. Drinkability isn't that bad, even for an infected beer. It would have been nice to try this fresh, as I am not sure what the intended flavor and smell should have been like. Overall, an ok beer for being infected.

Aug 27, 2010
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

High and Mighty beers are very hit or miss with me. They have some great easy drinkers, and some bland ones too. This is their biggest one to date I believe, lets see how it is with a few months age on it.

A: Pours a large 2 finger fluffy head that fades at a medium pace over semi clear amber reddish slightly darkened red-orange color.

N: A very winter or fall type dark ale. Some toasty spices dominate, some dark rustic malts, toasty malts, a little dark fruit with a touch of raisin, a sweet malt aroma with a touch of booze and some brown sugar, slightly caramelized. Those give it a slight Belgian strong ale aroma.

T: Starts with a nutty flavor, more spices and dried fruits, tastes like chewin on trail mix almost. Some raisin, a little candi sugar and brown sugar. A bit of sweetness, both malty and sugary, with a touch of warming booze. A touch of roast and coffee too.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Still semi sweet with a little warming and touch of tingly booze, drinks like an 8-9%. Some sticky sweetness coating the mouth. More lingering toasty malts, roasted malts, candi and brown sugar. Slight lingering nuts and spices, but not as much as the taste itself. Still haven't found any oak.

May 19, 2010
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GRG1313 from California

3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark clear copper with a very thick, pillowy white head.

Nose is a simple coffee/malty character that's pleasant but simple and single dimensional.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated, perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

Flavors are well balanced simple malt and simple hop bitterness; basic, non-complex drink with a nice bitter coffee, espresso, roasted grain flavors and finish.

There is a balance of the hops and coffee character but not "enough" of either to really be drinkable as one or the other. A beer with an identity crisis.

Mar 06, 2010
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Gehrig from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich mahogany body with ruby trim topped with a fat finger of light tan froth; modest lacing and fleeting duration. Decent aromas--cinnamon, a dash of ginger, plenty of caramel and a little chocolate--but scarcely a whiff of the advertised oak barrel.

This carries forth into the taste. It's nice, balanced between spicy and creamy malt, a little hops in the finish; chocolate rears up in the flavor--good. But where's the oak? It strikes me as a nice, easy-going Christmas beer, when it ought to be that plus the oak. This is not the first time recently that I've had a beer boasting an oak barrel, only to leave me wanting for it in the flavor and smell. Not bad tasting, but overall disappointing.

Good texture--creamy, smooth with a bit of a bite. Not a bad beer, but not quite what the label says, either. However, I did take note of the fact that High & Mighty donates the profits from Home for the Holidays sales to sundry Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans organizations. A decent beer helping a worthy cause.

Feb 18, 2010
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mountdew1 from New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown that was slightly translucent. Small 1 finger tan head of thick bubbles that left a small layer on top and clung to the sides nicely. Aroma reminded me a bit of a barleywine, slightly spicy with a fair amount of toasted grains. Taste was a bit alcoholy with small hints of sweetness that alternated with bitterness. Reminded me of an oatmeal/wheat bread that wasn't quite perfect. Felt good in the mouth. Coated nicely, not overly carbonated. Fairly drinkable, but the undertones of bitterness/astringency that kept surfacing weren't in my opinion typical of the style, and kept it from being very drinkable.

Feb 15, 2010
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into two glasses. Light, brown leather color. Moderate sized head but fades fast. Can really smell the oak barrel. Great oaky flavor, along with a fig and cherry like flavor. Great malt profile. I would have loved this beer if it had a bit more of a thicker mouthfeel. It was a bit too thin for my liking for an oak aged brown ale. It would have been far superior if it was slightly thicker, more on the style of a porter. But, it's the brewers choice. Alcohol is prominent. A nice beer, but the 22 oz bottle format is suitable, as one glass is enough.

Feb 06, 2010
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Zorro from California

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head that doesn't last. Very light color for the style the color is actually close to red.

Smell is very heavily roasted grain with a little smoke. There is a strong spruce scent here, it reminds me of pine sol.

Starts out a little sweet with a strong patent malt flavor. There is a little pine and chocolate here but the patent malt does a thorough job of obliterating it. Slight sour flavor here possibly from lemon.

Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability is BLECH! I didn't really enjoy this one all that much. Patent malt just takes over too much in this beer. It is like drinking a tuba that can only play one note.

Feb 05, 2010
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a rather tall, foamy, beige-hued head.

Smell: Malty nose with notes of brown sugar, toasted biscuits, as well as a questionable fruitiness, a very modest spiciness and with, must to my regret, a touch of displeasing sourness lurking in the background.

Taste: Malty tastes of brown sugar and honey-brushed biscuits begins, which slides into a fruitiness and an then a spiciness and then down into a sourness. Hmm. Unfortunately, I don't find that oak character to be particularly noticeable, though, that may be the source of the funkiness. Finishes semi-dry, with a bit more malt and a bit more of that sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended. Sadly, I wasn't particularly enamored with it, as that sourness seems to have come Home for the Holidays as well, which is about like the actually holidays, as there's always that one relative you simply have zero interest in seeing. For me, the most enjoyable part was their donation of profits to the vets.

Feb 03, 2010
Home For The Holidays from High & Mighty Beer Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 65 ratings