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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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90
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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 67
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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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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tmm313

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brownish red color. Poured a super creamy 1 finger head. Awesome sticky lacing.
S- Raspberry, cranberry, caramel, and a touch of vanilla. Dank hops come out as it warms. Very inviting.
T- Sweetness. Got better and better as it warmed. Rich caramel, earthiness, raspberry, cranberry and vanilla. Cinnamon comes out as temp rises. Slight hop presence.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy on the tongue.
O- I really enjoyed this beer. I took it to Xmas dinner to share with family, but drank 95% of it myself. I loved the uncommon flavor combination of the berries, vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon. Nicely balanced, as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 15:06:42 | More by tmm313
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Ik_hou_van_bier

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-24-2013 20:20:29 | More by Ik_hou_van_bier
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xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-24-2013 04:13:21 | More by xShoWTeKx
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ksimons

New York

3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-kind of a amber ruby color with a fingers worth of head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-the smell is nice, caramel and warm winter spices

T-caramel malt, light vanilla, slight bitterness, and spices

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall it is easy to drink but to me is not very exciting. I do like how the beer isn't overly sweet like a lot of winter warmers can be.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 23:25:38 | More by ksimons
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Aisha

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

12-23-2013 18:36:29 | More by Aisha
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-23-2013 05:19:00 | More by Schlais
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-22-2013 02:40:31 | More by tobelerone
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RyanPoff

Tennessee

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 02:43:58 | More by RyanPoff
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tillmac62

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/13. Pours a ruby amber with a nice head and lacing. Slight nose of sweet malt with a hint of spice and chocolate. Light medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Smooth, but not slick or creamy, mouthfeel. This is not a strong flavored ale. It has more of a subdued profile rather than a flavor bomb. Light spice, cinnamon/cardamom, over a light sweetness. Pleasant and not overpowering. Crisp finish that leaves a slight bitter and spice aftertaste that is also tart.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 21:12:08 | More by tillmac62
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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
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ScubaSteve00

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-18-2013 02:23:32 | More by ScubaSteve00
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GaBengal

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-17-2013 23:39:42 | More by GaBengal
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-17-2013 22:07:00 | More by Damian74Shensky
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yaksurf

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-16-2013 02:31:02 | More by yaksurf
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ninaturner

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-14-2013 14:01:13 | More by ninaturner
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BeerGod27

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I couldn't decide what to drink yesterday. Our waiter suggested this beauty and I'm very glad he did.
This is a perfect beer for the winter months. It's sugary and malty with so much flavor.
Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Lacing is medium and streaky.
Smell is slightly spicy and cold.
Taste is smooth, malty and sweet. Flavors are caramel, spicy (without tasting like a Christmas tree) and bready. Good carbonation.
This beer is best enjoyed in a dark pub or at home with a book in front of the fireplace. I could easily drink this all day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 19:20:21 | More by BeerGod27
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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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bcm75

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-08-2013 23:40:13 | More by bcm75
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hoerr

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-06-2013 02:32:41 | More by hoerr
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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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mecmd

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-04-2013 02:23:29 | More by mecmd
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brauseboof

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-03-2013 23:17:58 | More by brauseboof
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VinceMig

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-02-2013 17:19:06 | More by VinceMig
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-01-2013 20:01:22 | More by Morey
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.