Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale - Highland Brewing
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4/5 rDev -0.5%
22 oz bomber I picked up at Arbor Place Beverage in Douglassville, GA for around 5 bucks or so. Been meaning to get around to some Highland brews. Served up in an imperial pint glass.
A: Pours a pretty nice dark brown color. Held to the light you get a really nice amber with those rich red hues. This beer is nice and clear with a really nice and lazy carbonation activity. The initial pour yielded a perfect finger of head, that is slightly off white in color. head has some decent retention, falling eventually to a white top cap. Got some lace sticking on the glass but not a whole lot. Still a really good looking brew.
S: Malt bomb, yo. Tons of caramel sweetness coming out here. Got some nutty toffee and plenty of sweet ass molassess. There seems to be a touch of spiciness in here with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. That spice is minimal though. There is also a slight smell of a good cigar in the background. This is all malty goodness.
T: Malt, yet again. Tons of malt that doesn't quit. Caramel malt is sweet and rich. Really nice molassess sweetness as well along with some brown sugar. The toffee is also present. Slight pine hops peaking through adding a light resin touch along with some of the spicy qualities. Touch of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon can be found, really bringing out those winter flavors. There is just a slight hint at some booze in here, maybe a touch on the bourbon side. This beer wants to showcase the malt and succeeds.
M: Ah its a bit thin for my liking. Its a bit of a thin medium. Doesn't seem to have that malty wieght that the flavor indicates. Carbonation is a bit on the heavy side, but keeps this smooth and a bit crisp. No hint at ABV that I can tell, so I couldn't even guess where this sucker falls. Aftertaste is all malt. *Edit* As I laid in bed shortly after killing this bomber, I experienced the most pleasant warming feeling in my belly. On a cold night, it was very comforting and soothing. Sneaky ass alcohol.
D: Pretty drinkable for a malt bomb. The slightly thinner feel really keeps this one easier on the drinking. With this having such a sugary malt presence, it doesn't attack your palate with syrupy coating at all. With that said, I do kinda wish this had a bit more weight and was crafted into a bit of stout. Still, its a great beer and has some great tastes and smells. Overall, a good experience but I could absolutely see this getting better.
03-31-2009 06:40:45 | More by everetends
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: Pours a dark crimson-bronze, not opaque. Beautiful creamy head with a nice tint, nice lacing.
Smell: Cocoa (not chocolate) powder, nutmeg, light brown sugar, karo syrup, nuts, and spices. Nice maltiness.
Taste: Once again, cocoa, toffee & caramel, vanilla and spices, the taste, not the alcohol, is warming and lingers in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel: It really coats the mouth and all the way down. Definitely a little lighter on the winter warmer scale. Alcohol content is lower, which is nice for our mild central North Carolina winters.
Drinkability: Excellent bomber. Not really what I expect in a winter warmer, but still delicious. Very much like a cocoa chai latte. I would grade it higher if the cocoa didn't leave a weird lingering aftertaste.
01-29-2009 22:26:16 | More by craytonic
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale, out of a 22 oz. bomber, courtesy of dkachur - thanks!
Appearance: Pours a slightly dull brown amber body, slightly orange perhaps, capped by a two-finger, tan head. The retention is average, though it does leave huge, sticky clumps of bubbly lacing, almost Swiss cheese like. Lots of fine bubbled and fast effervescence, too.
Aroma: Incredibly sweet and caramelly, doughy - I'm going to go so far as to call it cookie-like. Or perhaps graham cracker-like. Yess, excellent. Hints of cinnamon and ginger round out the nose. Very pleasant and inviting, definitely reminiscent of winter.
Taste: More of the same, and that's a good thing. Lots of earthy, roasted malts, like graham crackers and gingersnaps covered in dirt, but, way more appetizing than that sounds, promise. Flourishes of maple syrup, brown sugar, and molasses round out the malt notes, and hints of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon, similar to the nose, make an appearance too.
Mouthfeel: Thick, but with more than enough carbonation to even it out, making for a light though slightly uneven beer. Does even out a little as it warms.
Drinkability: Nothing wrong here. The abv% is low (I think the bottle said 5.6%?), flavors and aromas strong and pleasant, warming without the heat, and the mouthfeel light but not too light. Just a nice, easy-going brew.
03-16-2009 00:55:23 | More by CrellMoset
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
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.