Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale - Highland Brewing
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3.58/5 rDev -10.9%
This years release In a 1 liter bottle poured into a tulip glass
A: Clear mahogany body with a creamy dense three finger head. Lots of lacing and great retention.
S: Not a very strong smell. Carmel and vanilla scents as well as some alcohol burn.. which is odd for the low ABV.
T: Vanilla flavors. Cranberry is good. Some nutty flavors as well as dark hops.
M: The mouthfeel is light and creamy I would prefer it be thicker especially for the style. The carbonation is correct. Slight bitterness lingers on the palette.
O: I probably wont be buying this again. For $13 for the liter size I just wasn't that impressed with this one. If it was offered in the +/- $10 size pack format it would be a decent winter warmer. I do like that it isn't super spiced and also doesn't have the medicinal flavors that some of this style have.
12-30-2013 03:09:51 | More by watermelon
4.38/5 rDev +9%
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.
12-26-2013 15:06:42 | More by tmm313
3.81/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
12-23-2013 23:25:38 | More by ksimons
4.01/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
12-21-2013 02:43:58 | More by RyanPoff
3.79/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
12-20-2013 21:12:08 | More by tillmac62
4.68/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
12-11-2013 19:20:21 | More by BeerGod27
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.