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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

542 Ratings
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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 67
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
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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manyghosts

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-27-2013 15:51:26 | More by manyghosts
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GABrew

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-16-2014 00:40:43 | More by GABrew
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 19:39:35 | More by weeare138
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-08-2013 02:11:11 | More by pathman
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 21:29:17 | More by ScreamForMe
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FriedSlug

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2013 02:24:37 | More by FriedSlug
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Craigory

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-09-2013 23:45:35 | More by Craigory
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lommym

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-13-2012 15:19:53 | More by lommym
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dbell23

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-17-2012 22:32:31 | More by dbell23
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Edition

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium amber in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of cocoa along with some vanilla and just a touch of spices (nutmeg stands out). Additionally there are some notes of brown sugar.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of vanilla and oak over some lighter notes of cocoa and spices (nutmeg). Some caramel malts flavors along with a little bit of brown sugar sweetness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and I could almost think it had been barrel aged - nice combination of the spices, cocoa, and vanilla... Pretty easy to drink and I had no problem putting down a couple of glasses. Very nice of a fairly cold November evening but would have been improved by sitting in front of the fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:16:30 | More by dbrauneis
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dcellis

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-30-2012 19:58:04 | More by dcellis
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-06-2013 20:08:54 | More by AngusOg
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GaBengal

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-17-2013 23:39:42 | More by GaBengal
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-09-2012 20:29:32 | More by IrishColonial
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DruRho

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-06-2013 20:04:10 | More by DruRho
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EinFesteBurg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-06-2014 16:21:35 | More by EinFesteBurg
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-25-2012 01:45:59 | More by Hanzo
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rmccomas

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-21-2011 13:01:33 | More by rmccomas
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Canti4341

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-05-2014 17:18:40 | More by Canti4341
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wrwhite174

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-20-2012 20:57:07 | More by wrwhite174
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hellomcfly

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this tasty brew twice over on tap. The word of the day is balance.

A - My pint arrives a nice brown-amber color with a small tan head. A good lacing clings to the walls of my pint glass.

I get a nice chocolate malt nose with some spice character as well. Nutmeg and cinnomin perhaps?

T - Last years brew screamed gingerbread cookie to me and this one not so much. Very well balanced between sweet malts and a nice hop touch. This is a tasty winter warmer with nice caramel and chocolate malts, nice christmasy spice, and enough hops to round it all out. This is a nicely balanced beer. Fantastic representation of the style in my opinion.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Coats the mouth smoothly.

D - I'd like to know the ABV on this. I had two of them on an empty stomach and caught a little buzz but it is a fairly easy drinker. Two seemed right for me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 00:37:11 | More by hellomcfly
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HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-09-2013 02:21:50 | More by HopDiggityDawg
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-12-2012 04:43:39 | More by UltimateLivewire
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle, courtesy of bobbyc881 - Thanks!

Light brown/orange with amber highlights. Pretty clear. Minimal, light tan head.

Smells a bit like cotton candy (or I could be having flashbacks to the Wiggles concert I took my daughter to...). Toffee/caramel. A bit milder aroma than I expected.

More sweet than bitter, back to the cotton candy again. Raisins and vanilla. Some herbal bittering, but pretty mild. Spices at finish, perhaps cinammon and clove - pumpkin pie like.

Medium + body. Low to medium carbonation. Quite refreshing for what I assume is a big beer.

Overall, very tasty. Excellent winter beer, glad AC was on.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 13:18:41 | More by
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Brewsed

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-18-2012 20:36:57 | More by Brewsed
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
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