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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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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of nickss
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.

nickss, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of RyanPoff
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.

RyanPoff, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Schlais, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Cynic-ale, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of yankeeheel
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.

yankeeheel, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of glid02
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.

glid02, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

twowheelssoar, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

hyoung41, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

13esd, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photekut, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

skm, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

zillo043068, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ewright, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of dvmin98
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

dvmin98, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Jredner
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.

Jredner, Jan 27, 2006
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

LJWalker, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

tjcamm, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

CBlack85, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

benjaminahudson, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

NastyNate11, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev -0.5%

After its release from the 1 liter swing top brown bottle, it resides in the glass a slightly hazy deep amber to copper color with a moderate in size frothy light tan head that erodes rather quickly leaving a satisfactory sheet of lace to cover the glass. Nose is sweet malt with hints of vanilla, nut-like, caramel corn also comes to mind, and fresh and appetizing, start is somewhat sweet with a decent grain presence and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is benignly acidic with a delightful hop spiciness and quite dry aftertaste, a quite drinkable beer that I savored over a couple of days

Gusler, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev -0.5%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

manyghosts, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of GABrew
4/5  rDev -0.5%

GABrew, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to hopdog for unleashing this '05 bottle at the tasting...
Appears a semi-transparent orange toned brown with an ivory white head that fades into a collar. Little streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, juniper, orange peel, cranberries, and biscuits.
Taste is of the aromas with a highlight of caramel and berries.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly spiced, along with a light sourness that fades into a wild spiced and hopped finish.

weeare138, Dec 22, 2006
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.