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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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671 Ratings
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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 84
Gots: 103 | FT: 6
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: RBorsato on 11-25-2002

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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.

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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a beautiful amber with a billowy slightly off white head. There is some nice cascading and lacing left on the glass.

S-Sweet and malty with a hint of vanilla.

T-Much like the nose as vanilla dominates. It starts out sweet but then ends with some lingering bitterness. There is a nice balance between the hops and malt, with the malt getting a slight edge.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-Very drinkable.

Overall, I am somewhat torn by this beer. While I did enjoy drinking it, it didn't have much complexity. It tasted just like vanilla coke which seemed both a positive and a negative. I gave it a solid 4 across the board and would definitely drink it again, but it doesn't come close to Anchor's annual offering.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A - Light brown with good clarity and a moderate tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Sarsaparilla and a touch of coffee.

T - Caramel, sarsaparilla and a touch of hops. A hint of bitterness and a mild sweetness. Spiced but not overly. It's very smooth and balanced.

M - A smooth, silky consistency with a nice low carbonation.

D - A nice complex and interesting flavor. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would..

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Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.