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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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552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
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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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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-07-2013 17:40:33 | More by oriolesfan4
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Beerstorian

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-07-2013 00:14:34 | More by Beerstorian
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-06-2013 20:08:54 | More by AngusOg
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DruRho

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-06-2013 20:04:10 | More by DruRho
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-06-2013 20:03:24 | More by duceswild
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bacasnax

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-31-2013 23:25:36 | More by bacasnax
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Duff27

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

03-27-2013 02:33:38 | More by Duff27
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bonSreeB

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-26-2013 16:57:43 | More by bonSreeB
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4runner4ever

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-25-2013 15:26:25 | More by 4runner4ever
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zillo043068

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-19-2013 22:27:44 | More by zillo043068
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -21.9%

Thanks to kubrick215 for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color with a one finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.  

Earthy, leathery malt aroma with an odd syrupy medicinal presence along with some dark fruit and heavy spices.  Hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla bean followed by cherry juice, plum and raspberry.

Medium bodied wih a dry, medicinal flavor along with a heavy vanilla and spice presence.   Lots of dark fruit and sweet caramel malt sweetness with notes of hazelnut, toffee, raspberry, cherry juice and lots of vanilla.  Floral/potpourri like with zesty cinnamon and clove spiciness.  Really weird combination of flavors.  Not bad but a few ounces was more than enough for me.

03-19-2013 00:38:16 | More by corby112
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wmobley

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-14-2013 19:37:16 | More by wmobley
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brys82

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

03-10-2013 09:25:18 | More by brys82
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a nice cherry red with a half finger tan head that sticks around for awhile. Nice looking beer, minus the head

S- huge aromas of raspberries and cinnamon coming through...wow, excellent and very unexpected

T- a nice punch of raspberries to start, then moving into some nuttiness and a little cinnamon to finish. Very unique, and very good

M- medium bodied, on the thicker side. Maybe a little too much body

O- most winter warmers are overspiced and generally taste the same. This one though, it's a nice changeup from the normal, and something that's done very well. Well done, Highland

02-25-2013 22:08:06 | More by bigfnjoe
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plinythederek

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +24.4%

02-25-2013 02:36:52 | More by plinythederek
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-24-2013 19:40:05 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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Rion

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-20-2013 18:33:54 | More by Rion
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jn84

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-09-2013 21:20:44 | More by jn84
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MAJ85

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-08-2013 23:51:51 | More by MAJ85
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%

22 oz bottle poured into a mug at cellar temperature.

L – Amber-brown color with a big 4-finger bubbly, foamy, cream-colored head. Really nice retention and some awesome patchy lacing. Clear with a very nice amount of bubbles.

S – A great malt profile with caramel, bready, nutty, and toasted aromas with some brown sugar and hazelnut notes in particular. As for spices, I’m getting some cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg aromas. Not as spice-heavy as some winter warmers, but that’s just fine with me. The malt aromas are too good to mask. As for the added fruit extracts, there may be just a hint of them. I probably wouldn’t have picked them out without reading the label.

T – The taste starts off sweet with caramel and bready malt, brown sugar, and hazelnut flavors. Again, the added fruit extracts are maybe ever so slightly present. Dry toasted malt and spice flavors come in next. The spices are much stronger in the taste (but still not as strong and overpowering as some winter warmers) with cinnamon and ginger being the frontrunners. Earthy and herbal smoothly bitter hops appear toward the finish along with a dry cranberry taste. There are those fruits!

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with nice carbonation, a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and a bittersweet, slightly spicy, and dry finish. A wonderful mix of flavors including sweet malts, zesty spices, and bitter hops and fruits linger. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, and, as a result, this beer is amazingly drinkable.

O – This is a terrific winter warmer. It has a rich and hearty malt profile with just the right amount of seasonal spices mixed in. In addition, it is insanely drinkable. I finished the bomber before I knew it. Even better, it’s only 5.8% ABV! Who ever heard of a sessionable winter warmer? I personally love the idea. Awesome beer from Highland.

02-06-2013 04:11:45 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

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
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LouDogg114

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-26-2013 19:16:33 | More by LouDogg114
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jpro

South Carolina

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
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

Received as extra in a trade.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear mahogany hue with a good two finger creamy off white head that faded to leave a thin quarter inch blanket and nice lacing.

S - Nice caramel and toffee along with biscuits and malts. Very gentle spice notes.

T - Taste is nice, light caramel and sweeter toffee. Twinge of metallic notes and faint typical winter spices. Actually some alcohol too, which, is rather odd.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side. Light carbonation here.

O - Overall, not a bad beer, just everything is a bit too subtle. Plus, I shouldnt be getting alcohol in a 5.8% beer.

01-24-2013 18:08:16 | More by rudzud
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PaulUH

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-24-2013 17:37:52 | More by PaulUH
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.