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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: 554
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

RochefortChris, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of ChuckWagon
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since I had my first Cold Mountain four years ago, I've looked forward to the release date. But every year, it seems like the quality slips a little, and this year (2013 - the beer was released just last Thursday) the slippage seems to have been a little more extreme.

Specifically, the intake of the beer was fine but the finish was abrupt and left a metallic after-taste. I thought maybe I was having an off day (happens) but a few other folks I've talked to since felt the same way. Like it could use some more time, or maybe something wasn't quite right with the recipe or batch. It was almost like the vanilla was short, or an inferior grade.

That said, it's still drinkable, but not quite as good as I remember it or hoped this year's would be. Maybe some time will help it out, or maybe not.

Your mileage may vary.

ChuckWagon, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of pschie1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

pschie1, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of KajII
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear reddish medium brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a light scattered film with a medium collar and fair sticky lacing.

The aroma was quite complex with a toasted bread malt, light spruce hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee and dark fruit (figs and dates).

The taste was a bold malty sweet with a decent fruit presence along with hints of chocolate and caramel from the get go and was present pretty much throughout, it then progressed slightly with a mild bitter hoppy taste, a touch of coffee and a light toffee sweetness towards the finish. The flavor lasted a bit longer that average following the swallow, with a bitter sweet taste lingering on the taste buds for quite a while longer.

Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was an extremely tasty, well balanced Winter Ale. I will say with everything this brew has going on it was blended superbly well, which allowed for a smooth and very enjoyable drinkability...


KajII, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of dvsbizzyb
4/5  rDev -0.5%

dvsbizzyb, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Soto
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Soto, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ranked #7 in the Winter Warmer category. What the hell is Winter Warmer anyway? I'm thinking it's an alcohol infused cola.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Poured a crap-brown color, infinitely cloudy, and without much of a head at all.

S: "Kinda cool" - Bill Cosby. Coca-Cola with added malt. Digging it.

T: Infinitely drinkable, not ale-like in any way, and malty.

M: Carbonationally excellent, no lacing left on the glass. Hell, it still reminded me of Cola.

O: The fact that this one is at the top of its style class in the Winter Warmer category doesn't surprise me.

Chaney, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of baj
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

baj, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Kelp, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of kristougher
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

kristougher, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Radiosox, Aug 02, 2013
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

WOLFGANG, Jul 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

mwbrady12, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of bmjivi221
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

bmjivi221, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of will49wv
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

will49wv, Jul 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

eargle, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

pathman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of cyclonece09
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent red with high visible carbonation and a small off white head. Smells of dark roast grain dominated by caramel. Tastes of slight chocolate and coffee but with a little hop bite. Nice grain balance. Beer is medium bodied and goes down smooth. Overall an above average beer.

cyclonece09, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

FIN, Jun 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

shagens, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photekut, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

SmellsofMahagony, May 17, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- pours dark copper color with a two-finger light creamy head, good retention after pour, a bit of lace

S- dried cranberry, vanilla bean, hazelnut, sweet raspberry fruit, sweet caramel malt. Aromas are pronounced and inviting, very nice

T- so many flavors going on; vanilla, berries, hazelnut, dried cranberry with a raspberry tartness, the finish is balanced by sweet caramel malt. By far one of the most complex winter Warner's I've had.

M- medium body, low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, velvety smooth finish

O- most Winter Warmers seem to taste the same for the most part, but this one sets itself apart from all of the other typical flavors of the style. The flavors are more complex and are reminiscent of the season. I'd gladly purchase this again and again.

Treyliff, May 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.