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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

608 Ratings
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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 67 | FT: 4
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 kempshark
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For me the major smell and taste was vanilla....I tasted a little cinnamon, but I didn't get any of the chocolate or roasted flavors others mentioned. It was what I would call a good, light roasted flavored beer. I generally prefer stouts, porters, and quads...this was a nice, light alternative that was very easy drinking.

kempshark, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber color with thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing along sides of Firestone Walker snifter.

Smell is chocolate, marshmellow, cranberries, and caramel. Very nice!

Taste is sweet chocolate, malt, and marshmellow. Very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall this is awesome! I could drink this all day long!

TrappistJohnMD, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -25.6%

spoonhawk, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz, 2012
DFH signature

A: Deep amber color. It's filtered nicely, as you can still see through it pretty well. Thin layer off white head. Faded pretty quickly.

S: Holiday spices. Some hop notes. More on the earthy side than fruity. The holiday spices really dominate.

T: You get a little hop bitterness up front, then that holiday spice and malt pick up in the middle of the mouth.

M: Medium bodied.

inlimbo77, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of bgramels
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

bgramels, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -0.7%

ADTaber, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of johnsonni06
2/5  rDev -50.4%

johnsonni06, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

random846, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of dav2080
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

dav2080, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

lupercmda, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of ckk527
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

ckk527, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

KevinGordon, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev -0.7%

buckyp, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of skm
4/5  rDev -0.7%

skm, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of RandyKemka
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

RandyKemka, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ Downtown Pub, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours an amber, nearly copper color. Decent clarity to the body. Nice, frothy buttermilk colored head of nearly 1.5 fingers.

The aroma is very sweet, like you stuck your head in a bag full of pastries. Lots of vanilla and cinnamon, but also a lot of buttered bread.

That carries through to the palate as well. Its like eating a pastry. Or, rather, drinking one. Its too buttery for my tastes, but there's nothing bad here.

Overall, this is a strange beer. It's heavy in terms of sweetness, but the excellent-carbonated body is light. The flavor says "sip me" but the mouthfeel says "gulp me." This is a nice beer, but you have to be in the mood for a cinnamon and butter and vanilla bomb.

Reaper16, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Daktah
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper with a small white head that left good lacing. Smell was almost all vanilla, and a ton of it. Maybe a little honey or caramel in there - something sweet. The taste was more vanilla, with a small bite of spice at the end. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, it really is a good sipping beer, especially as it warms up. Almost no alcohol taste and overall extremely smooth.

A great and very different winter seasonal and a perfect beer for limited release - delicious and season-appropriate, and sweet and spicy enough that I wouldn't want to drink it regularly.

Daktah, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of montauk7
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

montauk7, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Cougar990
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Cougar990, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

carrollmel7, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of aleckpa
3/5  rDev -25.6%

aleckpa, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of RWLawman
4/5  rDev -0.7%

RWLawman, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of mechamifune
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice copper color .... healthy white head.... nice lacing

S: smell is vanilla, cinnamon, honey... pleasant

T: taste follows the smell, ultimately a little sweet for my taste...some caramel flavors develop and linger

M: very smooth and easy to drink for the amount of and size of the flavors....nice sense of body

O: this is a nice example of the style, and if I was in the mood for a winter warmer i'd try to get this one...that being said, like GL Xmas Ale, I don't think this beer justifies the hype it has around here

mechamifune, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Mantooth, Dec 03, 2012
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.