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Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale - Highland Brewing

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Highland Cold Mountain Winter AleHighland Cold Mountain Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RBorsato on 11-25-2002)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a dark, yet clear, brown with ruby hues and an unwavering foamstand. Promises to be creamy and rich right out of the bottle. The first whiff reveals a solid barley malt base with notes of toffee, pecans, chocolate, and a spicy hop balance. Tastes full and rich with the nutty, chocolate, and toffee flavors with a light roasty and toasty hint in the finish. The finish also releases a light hop spiciness and dryness. The beer remeains creamy and full textured until the finish where it thins nicely for a clean and easy finish, but never became watery. The beer remids me of a lighter Sam Adams Chocolate Bock with added flavors and complexity. This beer improved greaty as it warmed to room temperature.

Thanks Merlin48

01-21-2006 15:33:20 | More by BEERchitect
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dirtbag43

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Very enjoyable seasonal brew. Warm and festive with several different characteristics noticeable with each sip making you want one drink after another. Thick and malty with a smooth, vanilla-like candy finish. I had mine at Barley's Taproom in Knoxville, just over the mountains from where they brew the beer in Asheville. Freshness was great and I made several more trips back to taste this beer.

01-06-2009 23:47:49 | More by dirtbag43
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farrago

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Good density to the one finger head, mixture of all bubble sizes, dissolves down into a steady half finger, dark cream brown in hue, above average stickiness to the lacing. Mostly copper orange colored liquid, reddish brick tint, very clear and holds the light inside well. Light cinnamon, ginger to anise spice swiftly pretties up the nose, the caramel notes show restraint, good fullness in the peach, apricot fruit scents, overall just unfolds at a slow, relaxed pace, nothing flashy. Full-bodied, the carbonation is rich and broad adding to its creamy mouthfeel. Milk chocolate powder, hard toffee, brown sugar and sweet baking spices dominate flavorwise, however, it's really just not that sweet. Wheat germ, granola notes as well as a faint stoniness. The apricot, cherry fruit lower here but more floral. It's almost a "cerebral" sort of beer, a contemplator, which one assumes is the intent.

11-13-2009 03:59:43 | More by farrago
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Ranked #7 in the Winter Warmer category. What the hell is Winter Warmer anyway? I'm thinking it's an alcohol infused cola.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Poured a crap-brown color, infinitely cloudy, and without much of a head at all.

S: "Kinda cool" - Bill Cosby. Coca-Cola with added malt. Digging it.

T: Infinitely drinkable, not ale-like in any way, and malty.

M: Carbonationally excellent, no lacing left on the glass. Hell, it still reminded me of Cola.

O: The fact that this one is at the top of its style class in the Winter Warmer category doesn't surprise me.

08-28-2013 06:28:01 | More by Chaney
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bboven

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Clear, dark brown with very little head and nearly no lacing.

Heavy aroma of fig and raisin and a little sharp alcohol.

This is one of those beers that tastes much different than it smells. There's a roast, crisp chocolate taste to this beer that's unlike anything I've ever tasted. There's a bit of dark fruit and bitter, but it hits you at the end and plays only a small role.

Pretty high carbonation which lends to the crisp flavor. A refreshing winter warmer?

At first I though this would be a pretty low to average beer judging by the look and smell of it. The flavor is out of this world, though. I recommend it.

12-01-2007 02:21:29 | More by bboven
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nickss

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a beautiful deep amber hue with a monstrous cap of rocky cream colored foam.

Smells faintly of hops and malt... however I can't pick up on much else.

Unlike the smell, the taste is an explosion of different flavours... The first I picked up on was gingerbread, followed by subdued brown sugar... cinnamon follows closely behind. None of these are overwhelming, but rather are beautifully balanced against each other.

Medium bodied, and fairly active on the tongue.

Extremely drinkable... I wish this brew was a bit cheaper so I could grab a few more, although at $11 for a Litre, I suppose its not a bad deal.

12-13-2005 19:15:56 | More by nickss
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RyanPoff

Tennessee

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz stein. Bottle date 11/14, consumed 12/20. Purchased at Libation Station in Johnson City, TN. This is the only retailer in the Tri-Cities I know that carries it.

A: Two fingers of light brown, creamy. foamy head retreating to one, with lacing remaining on the glass after consumption. Very visually appealing.

S: Aromas of bread, vanilla, strong malts. As the brew warms, a bit of chocolate. Smells like Christmas treats.

T: The vanilla, malts, and other spices lead up front, with a slight alcohol bite and bitterness after the swallow. Not really a fan of the bitterness on the back end, but still a very good brew.

M: Medium body, very creamy, medium carbonation, Very smooth, but not "oily," It fits the style, but not what I'll remember about the brew.

Probably Highland's best overall product - too bad it's not readily available and more expensive than the other products.

Have also had in a growler, but was a very sub-par draft. Would not recommend on draft.

12-21-2013 02:43:58 | More by RyanPoff
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-23-2013 05:19:00 | More by Schlais
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-01-2014 03:38:16 | More by Cynic-ale
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yankeeheel

Maine

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a medium ruddy brown with a nicley proportioned, inch high, cream coloreed head. Smells weakly citrus and raisin like.Starts off slightly caustic when cold but changes over to a more well rounded fruity malt profile. Brown sugar, cinnamon, raisin, and cough syrup come to mind. Finishes sweetly with an underlying astringency that gives it some backbone. Moderate mouthfeel. A very nice winter brew. Hope I can get an 05 version to sample.

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for the sample.

11-21-2004 00:10:03 | More by yankeeheel
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear "old-penny" copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light caramel malts with hints of toffee and good amounts of vanilla. As the beer warms the vanilla aromas intensify.

Tastes good. Mild caramel malt flavors up front are quickly joined by hints of toffee and large amounts of vanilla flavors. Midway through the sip a touch of leafy hop flavors enter into things before fading into the background to make way for a mildly sweet finish.

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

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

Overall this is lighter on spices than many winter warmers however I have to say that I enjoy it more than many winter warmers. Well worth a shot.

11-19-2009 04:41:11 | More by glid02
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-21-2012 00:07:51 | More by twowheelssoar
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hyoung41

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-20-2011 00:43:23 | More by hyoung41
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13esd

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-03-2011 04:41:05 | More by 13esd
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Photekut

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-18-2013 22:23:09 | More by Photekut
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skm

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-14-2012 01:40:37 | More by skm
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zillo043068

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-19-2013 22:27:44 | More by zillo043068
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ewright

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 01:30:15 | More by ewright
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Opened a quart bottle w/ ceramic stopper

A: Deep copperish hue/ small, lacy head

S: Vanilla, maple, spices

T: As soon as I put my lips to the glass, all the vanilla hit me like a mac truck. Holy crud. To be honest, it was almost overwhelming at first, but I got used to it and enjoyed it.

M: Not very carbonated; very smooth

O: I liked this beer a lot, but after 1 1/2 pints, I was ready to move on

11-24-2012 22:14:32 | More by dvmin98
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Jredner

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Aroma is complex and hard to crack. There is some marzipan (with light almonds), cocoa, white cake, lots of subtle fruit notes and a very bready maltiness. Color is amber with a rich, creamy tan head. Fore is full of sweet candied fruits (raspberry, cherry dominate) and that is followed by more sweet malts. Chocolate and cherry linger in the aftertaste. It’s simply tasty and approachable. Would be a great holiday beer to give to frieds.

01-27-2006 15:55:52 | More by Jredner
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LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-05-2012 17:00:47 | More by LJWalker
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tjcamm

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-30-2013 02:34:58 | More by tjcamm
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-30-2012 20:20:17 | More by CBlack85
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benjaminahudson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-09-2013 14:57:18 | More by benjaminahudson
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NastyNate11

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-25-2013 03:54:18 | More by NastyNate11
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.