Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale - Highland Brewing
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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
11-24-2012 22:14:32 | More by dvmin98
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-22-2012 01:16:30 | More by dbrauneis
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
22oz bottle, poured into two snifter glasses.
A- Pours a nice deep amber / red. Not a lot of head, but honestly the best lacing I have ever seen. Seriously, this is a beautiful beer!
S- Could be that it needed to warm up a bit, but I didn't get a whole lot on the nose. This is a fairly mild beer though, so that probably explains it. Nonetheless, some vanilla and spices were noticeable.
T- The main thing here for me is the vanilla. Like other reviewers, the first time I had this one, I expected big spices like you usually find in a winter beer. Not the case here. It is mainly vanilla, with some spices in the background. It is somewhat malty, and there is definitely an nice carbonated mouthfeel.
O- This is an exceptional winter beer and I am surprised how much I like it. It is fairly light-weight, all things considered, but it is just the perfect taste! Really enjoy it and intend to drink many more this season!
11-21-2012 13:57:48 | More by brother_kenneth
3.86/5 rDev -4%
rereview 12oz bottle into a FW tulip. 10/30/13 bottling date consumed 3 weeks later.
Pours a dark amber color with a nice inch thick head. Aroma is almost nonexistent...maybe a tad of caramel? not much at all. The taste is quite different though...a bit sweet with a good amount of caramel and toffee flavors that linger on the palate for quite awhile. Biggest thing about this beer is its drinkability...you could drink it all day and in a hurry... almost light bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall this is an old favorite among North Carolinian's and honestly shouldnt get such high marks nowadays. Its still good, just not amazing.
06-24-2012 00:39:02 | More by Axnjxn
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
Served in a perfect pint
A - It is copper colored with amber highlights. I think it had an inch of tan head. It was gone so quick that I missed it.
S - I was surprised to get a noseful of chocolate and caramel. It smells like a candy bar.
T - The taste matches the smell with intensity and ingredients.
M - Medium
O - This beer tasted nothing like I expected. I expected the typical nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, etc. It is loaded with intense chocolate and caramel. I'm surprised how flavorful this beer is considering it's a winter warmer and this is June. I would drink the shit out of this each winter if I were in the distribution area.
06-16-2012 00:12:24 | More by buschbeer
3.78/5 rDev -6%
The beer pours a clear rusty amber with almost no head. The nose is a tremendous caramel and a slight woodiness (maple). The taste is just as sweet with almost no spice and almost no carbonation after sitting a few minutes. There is almost no alcohol present either. Overall it's an interesting beer to have mid summer, but it's not too bad.
05-26-2012 22:54:42 | More by ThePorterSorter
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.