Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale - Highland Brewing
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3.33/5 rDev -17.2%
This beer poured a clear brown color with a thick head tight bubbles. The aroma is malty. The taste is malty and has a pumpkin spice taste. It also is very reminiscent of syrup this tastes like something one should have for breakfast (waffles?). The mouthfeel is full. This is an interesting beer that Id recommend tasting, but wouldnt call highly drinkable.
06-16-2007 04:53:00 | More by barefootbrewer
4.22/5 rDev +5%
Too bad it was 92 degrees outside in the sun at a BBQ when I had this. Absolutely delectable, my favorite Highland brew so far. Not just a nice smell of chocolate and vanilla, but the same taste as well. Even on the colder side, the flavors really come out. Would love to get a whole bunch of this six months from now.
05-30-2006 01:27:36 | More by Backer2004
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet
Pours a deep brown with ruby glimmering and a thinning tan head.
Smells like a malty, bready, plummy, spicey brown ale.
Bright taste of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), fruit, malt, and a chalky yeast. Surprising taste of chocolate in there.
Good mouthfeel, and easier to drink than I expected.
A very good beer from a good brewer.
12-26-2008 19:18:34 | More by aubuc1
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
4.26/5 rDev +6%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid comes out a nice hearty amber/red/deep brown color. There's really good clarity and it glows when held up in the light. There's a nice white cap, mostly small bubbles, a little bit of lacing, but not a ton.
Smell is really good, malty with a lot going on. Sweet toffee and hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and hazelnut. There are also tones of raspberries and cranberries that provide a very subtle sweetness immediately followed by some tart, very natural. Interesting blend, with everything there's almost a coco aroma too.
Taste is exactly on par with the smell, except we have some nice regular beer flavors as well. There's definitely a prominent coco flavor, but it doesn't seem like it should fit in... except it totally does! There's a fruitiness again with some almost, not quite completely, ripe raspberries and then some cranberries. There's also the same hints of vanilla and hazelnut in there and that freaking coco. NONE of these flavors seem to stand out more than the other, everything is balanced and gentle/subtle. Very well done.
Mouthfeel is great. In addition to all of the great (very well blended) flavors, the beer is the heavier end of light bodied with a great carbonation level. Great sweetness with some natural bitterness at the end, but still clean. It's complex but soft and overall really well balanced. Great drink ability. It's easily the best "winter warmer" I've had all year and I could drink it all winter, but this brew could go deeper into the spring if it wanted to, as well as start in the fall. Nice job Highland, totally digging this beer, but I'm not surprised. Thanks Paschal for the awesome hookup!
01-27-2013 21:46:21 | More by AndyAvalanche
3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
22oz bottle into a tulip
A: Pours a clear dark amber with a nice off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.
S: The nose is pretty faint but there are minimal amounts of sweet malt, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon.
T: The taste is much better with nice flavors of vanilla, sweet malt, and a slight cinnamon flavor. Pretty flavorful on the palate for such a low ABV beer.
M: The feel is slightly creamy and on the lower side of medium bodied. Not typical for the style and a bit more body could make this one better.
O: The vanilla and spices really save this one from mediocrity but it could use more body. I'd probably have this one again if it was offered in TX.
11-26-2011 09:10:26 | More by GregSVT
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
A pretty brew the color of stained cherry. A clear garnet red with a lovely tan cap that fades slowly. In the glass this winter ale looks pretty enough to hang on the tree.
The nose is plain but satisfying. Mostly malts with hints of spice and lightly hopped. Pleasant and not overpowering this is a beer that can't wait to get into.
Taste is fantastic for a winter ale. Big emphasis on the malts but with a balanced hop and subtle spice to "class" things up a little. The finish even goes towards a cream soda vibe. Interesting and satisfying.
A light carbonation goes a long way with this brew. It really let's the sweet malt flavors shine and doesn't distract with too much bite. A smooth medium bodied brew that is delicious and fun to drink even in the middle of summer like I'm doing. A great brew and worth discovering for yourself.
07-02-2011 22:21:28 | More by jbphoto88
3.4/5 rDev -15.4%
Thanks to ipa2xs for sending this one my way - it's the last of the beers I received in the No Name BIF....
Appearance: Garnet, almost purple in color. Good head, retention and lacing. Very clear. A fine looking beer, if nothing else.
Smell: Cocoa, heavy on the Christmas spices, definitely sweet-smelling.
Taste: Spices, maple syrup. Some cocoa and vanilla. Not much bitterness. Heavy flavors conceal the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Thicker body than I think I'd prefer, somewhat syrupy.
Drinkability: I split the 16 oz and that was plenty... Not a huge fan on the whole - not beery enough for me, I suppose.
03-29-2007 20:43:10 | More by hunteraw
4.22/5 rDev +5%
Pours an beautiful mahogany brown with some ruby tints around the edges and a thick, creamy tan head that retains well. The aroma is just as impressive, with big chocolate notes, some incredible spice character (cinammon, nutmeg, clove, allspice), along with some gingerbread, pumpkin, sweet potato, brown sugar and some light, floral hops. The flavor is slightly more subdued than the aroma but is still impressive: some gingerbread, sweet potato, brown sugar, chocolate, pumpkernickel bread, spices (cinammon, nutmeg, clove, allspice) and some light floral hops. The mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body, and drinkability is good. An excellent beer from Highland, definately lives up to the hype...im glad i could pick some up before its gone this year.
12-02-2005 00:20:55 | More by silver0rlead
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
Thanks again, mrandypandy, another sparkler courtesy of you!
Pours a clear dark amber topped by a finger of near white foam. Excellent lace, and a bubbly skim remains through the glass.
What a nose, full aroma of caramel, spice, tart yeast, and hints of raisin bread.
Taste is unlike the nose. The first two sips tasted very full of spice, as it warmed the caramel and tart estery notes, and toasty raisin bread hints balanced extremely well. It finishes juicy with a nice hint of citrusy bitter to stay on the palate. This is the finest winter warmer I've tasted, the first I've really enjoyed.
Mouthfeel is light, despite the medium body of this, and the carbonation is medium, and perfect. Very clean finish, no spicy resins on the palate at all.
Drinkability is marvelous, a refreshing, delicious, easy to quaff brew.
Impression: I would get this every year, but Highland comes here not.
03-14-2010 20:36:13 | More by cavedave
4.88/5 rDev +21.4%
This is Highland's best effort. I wish this was a year-round offering. The appearance is a nice mahogony color. It had a decent head. The smell is a sweet, fruity smell. The taste is of caramel. It has a sweet taste to it as well. The mouthfeel is second to none. There is no negative aftertaste. No bite, nothing but smoothness. This is one of the best beers I have ever had. You can bet your ass I will be finding some more before the supply runs out.
12-25-2005 03:26:34 | More by Enola
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
The aroma is very sweet and syrupy with both chocolate and maple. There is also spices, caramel, and vanilla. The appearance is deep amber with a three finger head. The flavor is like the aroma. There are a lot of good tastes going on but I must admit they come in stages and not always complimentary. The palate is smooth and the finish bitter. Overall a very unique winter beer.
03-02-2009 11:07:55 | More by nick76
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured from a 1 L, flip top bottle
A: Pours a pretty dark clear amber under 2 fingers of slightly off white head. Some lace, OK retention.
S: Slight hint of vanilla and maybe the even smallest bit of anise. Tad bit of sweetness and some toasted maltiness up front as well. Upon first pour, there was a more hoppy character which has subsided. I seem to remember a slightly more in the aroma of last years version.
T: Spices up front, with vanilla being the most noticable. A little hard to discern between the rest, but there is some clove and even a slight pumpkin taste as well. Hints of alcohol in the finish that is ultimately on the sweet side. Some hoppy hints there as well.
M/D: Medium bodied, mostly creamy but also a little slick, carbonation is spot on and alcohol is apparent on a good way. Drinkability is fine on this one as it is smooth and relatively easy drinking. Excellent winter warmer.
12-31-2007 00:02:07 | More by NCSUdo
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
A 22oz bottle, picked up after enjoying it on cask at a festival
A - A dark amber/copper color, with some clarity. 1 finger of head, nice sticky lacing on the glass
S - Spices, and malt character. A little light on the aroma front.
T - Caramel and vanilla spices. Low hop character. Very smooth though. Enjoyable.
M - Light bodied and fairly light carbonated.
O - An enjoyable winter warmer on a cold rainy day
02-19-2012 00:41:22 | More by BeerDawgs
4.04/5 rDev +0.5%
Picked up a 22oz bomber at Peabody's. Poured into a Highland shaker pint glass...
A: Pours a tea-like amber; maybe some reddish hues in there; one-finger, light tan head manages a thin layer of creamy retention, but doesn't leave much lace.
S: First thing that hits is vanilla; has a bit of a cream soda character to it; a little nutty; cinnamon. Interesting... very different than most winter beers!
T: Wow - that cream soda esque flavor is pretty big; a touch of hazelnut - a bit of rind toward the finish; minimal bitterness afforded by some leafy hop flavor.
M: Medium mouthfeel; moderate carbonation.
O: Very different than most winter ales or winter warmers; sweet spices and not much alcohol (relatively speaking) make it really stand out. Would pair nicely with some pumpkin or pecan pie. Next year...
01-25-2013 01:24:17 | More by jpro
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.