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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: 552
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Hanzo


4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-25-2012 01:45:59 | More by Hanzo
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2%

Pours clear, dark copper with carbonation. A one-inch creamy manila head lasts a while leaving a fine coating of lace.

There is lots of caramel malt with sweet tea and brown sugar. Warming brings out cocoa. More warming intensifies cocoa.

This one is very similar to sweet tea on entry, powdered hot chocolate mix immediately follows. The finish is short and modest.

A medium body with soft, prickly carbonation and no alcohol. This one has light astringency and a smooth texture.

This is a good beer for a cool afternoon. Have a couple while relaxing.

This one is far better if allowed to warm!

04-29-2012 21:38:33 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of Brewsed

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-18-2012 20:36:57 | More by Brewsed
Photo of Cane4Beer

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +24.4%

04-10-2012 14:46:51 | More by Cane4Beer
Photo of Falcone

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-04-2012 02:27:13 | More by Falcone
Photo of ChrisTHE

5/5  rDev +24.4%

03-23-2012 15:33:11 | More by ChrisTHE
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-12-2012 04:43:39 | More by UltimateLivewire
Photo of EmilySanders

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-09-2012 18:14:42 | More by EmilySanders
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-09-2012 00:26:48 | More by beerFool28607
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-05-2012 17:00:47 | More by LJWalker
Photo of Lob

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.4%

03-01-2012 15:39:08 | More by Lob
Photo of twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-21-2012 00:07:51 | More by twowheelssoar
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-20-2012 07:33:09 | More by greencovesteve
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-20-2012 03:51:08 | More by superspak
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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
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2/5  rDev -50.2%

02-14-2012 19:52:03 | More by JohnnyMc
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-13-2012 22:36:58 | More by AndyTaylor
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-13-2012 15:19:53 | More by lommym
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-12-2012 03:04:48 | More by Hopman1985
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-11-2012 21:48:27 | More by THECPJ
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A - Dark copper. Yields a two finger creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Roasted malts produce caramels and hints of vanilla. Even a slight dark fruit smell simmilar to raisins. Floral hops present.

T - Lightly roasted malt producing a predominately caramel flavor. Odd slightly sour note in the middle that throws off the taste. Hops there but mainly detected in the nose.

M - Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

O - This is a highly drinkable winter warmer. I tend to like beers in this style to have a little more body, but this is a great beer nonetheless. Light caramel flavors and none too rich.

02-09-2012 13:57:24 | More by brewcore
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a deep amber with a soft layer of white head that has little retention. The nose offers some mild spice and some intense vanilla extract notes. The flavor is much the same; the vanilla dominates with some subtle spices and a little fruitiness throughout. The fruitiness is cherry-like, both tart and sweet. The finish is a little medicinal to me. I think it's the combination of vanilla and fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated, but it's viscous and syrupy at times.

I'm glad that this isn't just another winter warmer with ginger and cinnamon. I like the fruitiness here, but I find the medicinal off notes in the finish a little unpleasant. I probably wouldn't have this again, but I do like what they were going for with this one.

02-06-2012 09:39:02 | More by tdm168
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%

Beer pours a clear amber color, no head to speak of, thin lacing and no retention.

Brown sugar, candy, and vanilla on the nose. Good start.

Taste is decent, same as above. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. Slides down really smooth.

Was anticipating more with this one with all the hype. All in all a solid brew, good quality.

02-04-2012 02:29:55 | More by DaPan
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-02-2012 23:46:05 | More by danoeltico
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours a beautiful deep red color with a tiny head that laces very well. Aroma is sweet and spicy, with a solid amount of vanilla, sweet malts, and holiday spices. The taste is absolutely delicious, with a large amount of hazelnut/cream soda flavor on the tongue that I really didn't expect among the sweet malts, vanilla and spices that I did expect. It's perfectly balanced with the spices coming in a bit stronger on the finish to stop the overall impression from being too sweet. The mouthfeel is slick and with a perfect level of carbonation, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic winter warmer. I'm glad I know a store that still has some of these left, because I'm going back for more.

02-02-2012 04:35:43 | More by shand
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.