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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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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 76
Gots: 67 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RBorsato on 11-25-2002)
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Photo of tmm313
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

tmm313, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Ik_hou_van_bier
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Ik_hou_van_bier, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

xShoWTeKx, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of ksimons
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

ksimons, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Aisha
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

Aisha, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Schlais, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

tobelerone, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of RyanPoff
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

RyanPoff, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of tillmac62
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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.

tillmac62, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of JohnnyK
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

JohnnyK, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

BigTrubble, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of ScubaSteve00
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ScubaSteve00, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of GaBengal
4/5  rDev -0.7%

GaBengal, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of yaksurf
4/5  rDev -0.7%

yaksurf, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of ninaturner
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

ninaturner, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of BeerGod27
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

BeerGod27, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

HopDiggityDawg, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of bcm75
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

bcm75, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of hoerr
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

hoerr, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of FriedSlug
4/5  rDev -0.7%

FriedSlug, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of mecmd
4/5  rDev -0.7%

mecmd, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of brauseboof
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

brauseboof, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of VinceMig
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

VinceMig, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Morey, Dec 01, 2013
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.