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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
THE BROS
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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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evanstoner

Florida

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-27-2013 04:16:01 | More by evanstoner
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-17-2011 02:37:42 | More by Stigs
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aleckpa

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-08-2012 01:32:55 | More by aleckpa
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Trappist77

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -25.4%

02-09-2014 03:47:16 | More by Trappist77
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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-28-2012 22:25:53 | More by spoonhawk
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thereal_adam

Texas

3/5  rDev -25.4%

05-31-2014 18:40:48 | More by thereal_adam
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KerMUDGEon

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.4%

07-22-2012 02:34:28 | More by KerMUDGEon
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Soto

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.4%

09-06-2013 22:29:09 | More by Soto
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.4%

11-30-2013 04:37:05 | More by hellhammermario
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Lob

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.4%

03-01-2012 15:39:08 | More by Lob
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -24.1%

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. No date or info listed on the bottle.

Thanks to my man Onenote81 for the cool sticker and coasters to accompany this brew! I love swag!

A - Beautiful, deep burnt amber in color with great clarity and a short, short-lived, off-white head. Good lace adorns the glass after it's depletion.

S - Sugary hazelnut and vanilla syrup like what's used in flavored coffee drinks. At first there was a blatant Willamet hop earthiness and rustic quality. Toasted Munich malts are in the background and fairly thin. Smells a little fake.

T - Bland toasted amber and caramelly Munich malts with subtle hop notes. Again, the vanilla and hazelnut flavors are far too sugary and syrupy in nature.

M - It's a bit thin and watery in body with a lightly dry finish. Weak bodied for a winter warmer.

D - Not awful or really offensive in any way, although the syrupy addition is a bit cloying. It's just too thin and spice-less for a winter warmer. I'm not exactly sure where the A- positive buzz is coming from with this brew. Thanks for a beer I've never had Jon, I do always appreciate the chance to try 'em!

03-08-2011 02:15:39 | More by BeerFMAndy
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TheDTrain

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -22.9%

When I think winter warmer, I think a spicy high abv ale that will warm the body and soul...unfortunately this is not it. A hazy bright golden color with a lighter body. Nose and mouth was dominated by the vanilla and caramel which was somewhat pleasing but a bit artificial like vanilla flavored syrup.

A drinkable brew but not what I consider a winter warmer.

02-16-2011 17:12:29 | More by TheDTrain
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -21.9%

Thanks to kubrick215 for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color with a one finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.  

Earthy, leathery malt aroma with an odd syrupy medicinal presence along with some dark fruit and heavy spices.  Hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla bean followed by cherry juice, plum and raspberry.

Medium bodied wih a dry, medicinal flavor along with a heavy vanilla and spice presence.   Lots of dark fruit and sweet caramel malt sweetness with notes of hazelnut, toffee, raspberry, cherry juice and lots of vanilla.  Floral/potpourri like with zesty cinnamon and clove spiciness.  Really weird combination of flavors.  Not bad but a few ounces was more than enough for me.

03-19-2013 00:38:16 | More by corby112
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.15/5  rDev -21.6%

served on-tap @ Downtown Pub, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours an amber, nearly copper color. Decent clarity to the body. Nice, frothy buttermilk colored head of nearly 1.5 fingers.

The aroma is very sweet, like you stuck your head in a bag full of pastries. Lots of vanilla and cinnamon, but also a lot of buttered bread.

That carries through to the palate as well. Its like eating a pastry. Or, rather, drinking one. Its too buttery for my tastes, but there's nothing bad here.

Overall, this is a strange beer. It's heavy in terms of sweetness, but the excellent-carbonated body is light. The flavor says "sip me" but the mouthfeel says "gulp me." This is a nice beer, but you have to be in the mood for a cinnamon and butter and vanilla bomb.

12-10-2012 22:30:51 | More by Reaper16
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -21.6%

Single finger head with nice lacing on a clear amber body. Aroma is mild, mostly sweet caramel malt and a touch of burnt toast. Flavor is a little syrup like/ molasses on a spIcy caaramel malt background. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall not as good as I was hoping for. Almost had a cough syrup like note.

12-30-2011 02:07:19 | More by kylehay2004
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -20.9%

Poured into a snifter on 12/14/10

11/23/10 etched on the bottle

Much appreciation to CruisaC for hooking me up with this Highland beer that has eluded me for years

Pours an amber brown color that has a rusty hue in the glass. One finger head holds briefly before receding to a patch of bubbles covering 75% of the surface. A little bit of lace sticks to the glass.

Malty with spices aplenty, the nose is reminiscent of sweet cinnamon bread. Notes of earthy hops waft about amid hints of nutmeg. Enough spice & bitterness to grab the nostrils without going overboard. Slight spot of honey & gingerbread as it warms. Smells good.

Ah, the taste doesn't back up the strength of the aroma. With each sip comes a clustered cavalcade of cinnamon & other spices leading into a dry bitterness that is much like tea leaves. Toasty bread notes toward the back half (a faint notion of yeast is had on the first few sips). The flavors seem disconnected; uninterested in mingling.

The feel is surprisingly thin & watery. It doesn't help that the carbonation is prickly for but a moment up front, losing momentum mid-swallow. A minimal grittiness toward the end. Finishes dry with toasted bread & an artificial spiciness. Not much alcohol heat.

Drinkability is ok; I'll have no problem finishing it. That the flavors don't gel & the feel is loose makes for a scattered sort of beer. Possibly a tad better as it warms, it isn't enough to save this one for me. It the taste were blended as well as the nose & the feel were more robust, this would be a winner for sure.

12-16-2010 03:41:11 | More by Ryan011235
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callisbeers

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%

No sense in decribing the color, head and lacing of this beer (it is prettu much the same as everyone elses reviews). yNice malty smell, with a hint of vanilla. Torn by the taste on this one. I normally like sweet tasting drinks but this one was almost too sweet. Almost like having a dessert wine. However, perhaps because this was my nightcap, I am somewhat enjoyed this beer. I think if I knew before hand that this was my last beer of the night, I would be happy to have it. But if I had started off the night with this one, I would have been disappointed. I do not think there is much drinkability here.

02-08-2010 03:44:50 | More by callisbeers
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%

On tap at Tyler's Taproom Carrboro, NC

A: Somewhat clear, dark amber with a basically white head that quickly dissipates to a splotchy film with little lacing.
S: A whole of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, not much in the way of hops. Moderately strong, not all together appealing however
T: Ok, wow, cinnamon and gingerbread are very very strong. This tastes like a cinnamon bar I get from a bakery at home, in fact that's all I can think of right now. Some hops or bitterness for balance would be nice, but instead it almost tastes like I'm eating that pastry. Not bad, certainly unique, never tasted this in a beer, but I'm slightly overwhelmed by it.
M: Moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy, medium bodied. Goes does easy and strong gingerbread, cinnamon aftertaste
D: I enjoyed this first time around and tried a second pint, and well, had some issues finishing it. The spices are too sweet and overpowering drinking too much of this. I liked this, but drinkability was severely limited for me, after first pint, it was just too much of too sweet.

01-09-2008 01:25:11 | More by yourefragile
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beertunes

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear ruby-brown color with just the thinnest cap of slightly off-white head that no retention or lacing.

The aroma is very much a sweet malt bomb. There are some hints of raisins or other sweet fruits. Not much, a bit, of show through. The flavors very similar, with the addition a sticky-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were both average for the style. Overall, a decent, if not spectacular, example of the style. Worth a shot if you see it.

07-06-2010 23:06:07 | More by beertunes
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

12-03-2012 17:53:27 | More by Mantooth
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Devi0us

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

01-12-2013 13:57:49 | More by Devi0us
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dav2080

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

12-21-2012 19:17:35 | More by dav2080
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Duff27

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

03-27-2013 02:33:38 | More by Duff27
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

12-20-2013 19:26:41 | More by JohnnyK
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

12-19-2013 22:09:50 | More by BigTrubble
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.