Home For The Holidays | High & Mighty Beer Co.

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Home For The HolidaysHome For The Holidays

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High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by thekevlarkid on 12-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by Dukeofearl:
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber from LaBodega in Riverside, CA. Purchased in November 2009 for $7.99. Part of the proceeds go to returning war veterans.

Pours a reddish-brown with minimal head into my Leffe goblet. Not bad, not exciting either.

Aroma is malty sweetness, caramel/toffee, and some spicy notes (not anything specific). Flavor is brown ale-like, but with a significant spice notes, but muddled- what spices are here? Do they make it interesting? In my mind, the answer is no. I ca't pick anything out and say, "oh, that's good", or "wow, that's interesting". And at the end of the swallow, too much sweetness remains. Not a good balance.

Kudos for putting your beer where your mouth is for a worthwhile cause, but this one is not for me.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was a reddish amber color with just a small rim of head. Fairly nice aroma of spice, caramel, and chocolate. Unfortunately, the aroma did not translate into the taste. It tasted mostly cinnamon, a tiny bit of caramel, and no chocolate. While mouthfeel was warming, it was a little too much, and felt a little harsh.

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Photo of glid02
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours an opaque brown color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of mildly funky fruits with good amounts of nuts and grainy toasted malt. It smells as though the oak barrel was used for red wine at one time with hints of tannins.

Tastes fairly different than how it smells. There are a lot more toasted malts in the flavor profile with an earthy, mineral-like quality. Midway through the sip light hints of milk chocolate slip out along with nondescript fruits. The ending is crisp and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was an interesting beer with a lot of things going on but unfortunately none of those things were done exceptionally well. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

High & Mighty- Home for the Holidays

A- Deep dark murky brown with a small tight lacing head.
S- Light sugary sweet malt with a tart vinegar pinch.
T- Sweet and vinegary. Brown sugar, malt, and molasses. Finishes off with a dry toffee malt.
M- Starts off vinegary sour. Body is sugary sweet and finishes off dry and malty.

Overall- Improves as it warms but too sugary.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
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!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of aepb1
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of fitzy84
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber for the holidays but finally opened it for tonight in lieu of Battlestar Galactica. Slick dark black appearance with brown hints through the light. Thin lacing on the sides and patchy head. Aromas have a good roasted aspect to it; mostly nuts, coffee, cocoa, malts. Bitter, smooth, smoked taste with the malts prevalent with a decent carbonation. Overall, not too bad.

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Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
1/5  rDev -70.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
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.


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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at work the other day.

Appearance- light brown color, good size head

Smell- malt, dark fruit

Taste- dark fruit, malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good, I really enjoyed it. A beer for veterans, been wanting to try it for a while and finally got to

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Photo of sammy806
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of DrBier
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of mountdew1
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into tulip...

A: Pours a rich amber brown with a two finger head that recedes to a thin layer of foam leaving behind minimal lacing.

S: Huge aroma of caramel malt mixed with dark fruits and a rich toasted nut aroma. Very earthy with a hint of wood and also a little spice...a little sourness as well that adds to the complexity. Very nice.

T: Bready caramel malt, very toasty with some earthiness and sourness coming through mid-palate. Definitely get the wood coming through along with the dark fruits, almost wine-like, as if the barrels were used for wine prior to. A lot of nuttyness as well, Pretty good. Expected more malt, and would have liked a little more.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation, no sign of the 7.2%abv, and the finish is very dry.

D: This beer is quite drinkable, the crisp dry finish leaves you thirsty for more and the complexity keeps you coming back for more. Overall this is a good beer and I enjoyed my first offering from High and Mighty.

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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of jakeaustin
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured medium brown/ dark crimson. Smells of charred wood, yeast, chocolate, with a hint of raisins. After such a great smell I have to admit the taste was a let down. Chocolate is really the only flavor I got out if it. A noticeable amount of carbonation but no over powering. This was a good tasting, easy drinking brown, but I was definitely disappointed. No flavor from the oak aging came through at all.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of maple, caramel, nuts, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of nuts, maple & caramel. The malt character is hearty and there's a faint hint of smokiness to it. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, I knew I was drinking this beer a bit past its prime but even though it only a mediocre beer overall, it doesn't seem to have lost anything. However, there are other brown ales that I would pick first.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" brown head over the clear orangey brown brew. Head recedes quickly, with average lacing. Aroma is malty. Taste starts with sweet grain husks, a touch of fruitiness in the middle, then goes slightly bitter, with an alcoholic warming close. Could use a bit more malt character. But somehow that comes together well and works. Mouthfeel and drinkable are pretty good. The sentiment of donating profits from this beer to Iraq War vet organizations impresses me more than the beer itself.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Nice idea that they are donating some of the proceeds to the War Veterans organization.

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, chocolate, a little earthy, and caramel. The toastiness was in the forefront of the aromas. Tastes of the same toasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and caramel.

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Home For The Holidays from High & Mighty Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 65 ratings