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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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547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 69
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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EinFesteBurg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-27-2014 02:24:24 | More by HopsForBrains
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cp45

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-23-2014 01:51:26 | More by cp45
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jopezu

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-17-2014 00:43:24 | More by jopezu
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Trappist77

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -25.4%

02-09-2014 03:47:16 | More by Trappist77
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humuloner22

North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one has gotten a lot of attention, especially around the holidays, I have tried it for several years and I do feel that it has lost something this year (2013). It has a nice dark color, the smell is very festive for which it represents. It has an almost egg nogg smell and to a certain degree taste as well. I like eggnogg and I like beer and I do believe that this one balances that pretty well. Most holiday/winter beers have too much of one spice or another but this one balances it pretty well. But, this year did fall a little flat to me. I enjoyed it, its a great beer and much better than most, but there was a bit less of the things I used to like about it and more of the just average ale taste coming through. I like a good ale and this would be a good one by itself, but for a quarter of the price. Overall, I will continue to have a pour of this around the holidays, when I run across it. One thing I would like to try is it on draft, but that is nearly impossible to do, it goes extremely quickly and you have to be at the right place at the right time. I am like Dr. John unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 01:10:41 | More by humuloner22
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Furley80

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-06-2014 22:40:20 | More by Furley80
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Canti4341

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-02-2014 15:21:12 | More by swgwilt
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westy_far

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-01-2014 14:03:08 | More by westy_far
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KevinZ2301

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-31-2014 22:16:32 | More by KevinZ2301
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ThreeFishes

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-28-2014 01:35:54 | More by ThreeFishes
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benloho

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-27-2014 17:54:36 | More by benloho
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barczar

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant amber with a frothy, lingering beige head that leaves spotty lacing.

Nutty, toasted malt dominates the aroma, with a hint of specialty fruitiness and floral hops.

Flavor reveals soft underpinnings of spice, a backbone of toasted nuts, substantial malt fruitiness, and a lightly floral and fairly bitter hop finish. Cinnamon, perhaps nutmeg, and clove are very subtle...indistinguishable. Vanilla, cocoa, and oak surface in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch high, and light alcohol warmth.

Aside from the malt fruitiness, metallic character, and slightly overly bitter finish, a very nice winter warmer. Like the subtlety of spicing. Good malt character, though it may benefit from even more.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 16:54:37 | More by barczar
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Mphis

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-24-2014 05:23:46 | More by Mphis
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-17-2014 02:32:51 | More by qcbrewer
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GABrew

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-13-2014 20:42:55 | More by johntfox
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Jhansengranger

California

4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typically not a fan of winter ales as I generally find them over spiced. This winter ale is definitely an exception.

A- Caramel brown to amber color with only a little bit of head, less than I was expecting, maybe I should have opened it sooner. Still a nice color though.

S- Wonderful smell, caramel and a bit of sweet fruit to it. Still smells slightly like Christmas without being overpowering in the least.

T- The smell of the beer did not disappoint. Lots of sweet fruit notes and just a small hint of those winter spices you expect. Vanilla and berries stand out a bit. A bit more alcohol flavor than I was expecting based on the ABV.

M- Quite creamy and nice to drink, certainly a go-to beverage for winter.

O- Easy to drink with hints of interesting spices that are very complimentary to the ale. Sweet flavors but not too sweet to drink by the gallon. I'd highly recommend this well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 23:17:25 | More by Jhansengranger
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Morockm

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-10-2014 00:53:19 | More by Morockm
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rudabegga9

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-09-2014 22:35:50 | More by rudabegga9
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MenardMa

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-06-2014 03:00:42 | More by MenardMa
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Extol

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-05-2014 18:38:09 | More by Extol
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mc4z

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-02-2014 00:22:03 | More by mc4z
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bwiles

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great combination of raspberry, cranberry and vanilla. It has a slight taste of cinnamon and hops. Smooth, creamy taste without an after taste. It has a good spicy smell which is pleasant. I like Cold Mountain as a good winter Ale. Highland has done a good job with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2014 20:25:46 | More by bwiles
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.