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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
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548 Ratings
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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 69
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-23-2012 21:30:25 | More by brewdude1982
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Edition

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium amber in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of cocoa along with some vanilla and just a touch of spices (nutmeg stands out). Additionally there are some notes of brown sugar.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of vanilla and oak over some lighter notes of cocoa and spices (nutmeg). Some caramel malts flavors along with a little bit of brown sugar sweetness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and I could almost think it had been barrel aged - nice combination of the spices, cocoa, and vanilla... Pretty easy to drink and I had no problem putting down a couple of glasses. Very nice of a fairly cold November evening but would have been improved by sitting in front of the fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:16:30 | More by dbrauneis
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baklo

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-22-2012 01:14:58 | More by baklo
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into two snifter glasses.

A- Pours a nice deep amber / red. Not a lot of head, but honestly the best lacing I have ever seen. Seriously, this is a beautiful beer!

S- Could be that it needed to warm up a bit, but I didn't get a whole lot on the nose. This is a fairly mild beer though, so that probably explains it. Nonetheless, some vanilla and spices were noticeable.

T- The main thing here for me is the vanilla. Like other reviewers, the first time I had this one, I expected big spices like you usually find in a winter beer. Not the case here. It is mainly vanilla, with some spices in the background. It is somewhat malty, and there is definitely an nice carbonated mouthfeel.

O- This is an exceptional winter beer and I am surprised how much I like it. It is fairly light-weight, all things considered, but it is just the perfect taste! Really enjoy it and intend to drink many more this season!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 13:57:48 | More by brother_kenneth
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sansho

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-21-2012 03:47:08 | More by sansho
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GeoCait

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-21-2012 01:52:42 | More by GeoCait
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Skelton

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-19-2012 03:53:11 | More by Skelton
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cackalacky

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-15-2012 01:48:33 | More by cackalacky
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-03-2012 14:30:20 | More by sendbeer
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-21-2012 08:08:46 | More by CarolinaKev
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-14-2012 14:14:42 | More by t0rin0
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Wessoms

Georgia

5/5  rDev +24.4%

08-12-2012 21:52:59 | More by Wessoms
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dharmabum1102

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

08-08-2012 00:57:03 | More by dharmabum1102
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KerMUDGEon

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.4%

07-22-2012 02:34:28 | More by KerMUDGEon
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Jason_Quad


4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-13-2012 14:41:41 | More by Jason_Quad
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-09-2012 20:29:32 | More by IrishColonial
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rereview 12oz bottle into a FW tulip. 10/30/13 bottling date consumed 3 weeks later.

Pours a dark amber color with a nice inch thick head. Aroma is almost nonexistent...maybe a tad of caramel? not much at all. The taste is quite different though...a bit sweet with a good amount of caramel and toffee flavors that linger on the palate for quite awhile. Biggest thing about this beer is its drinkability...you could drink it all day and in a hurry... almost light bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall this is an old favorite among North Carolinian's and honestly shouldnt get such high marks nowadays. Its still good, just not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 00:39:02 | More by Axnjxn
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint

A - It is copper colored with amber highlights. I think it had an inch of tan head. It was gone so quick that I missed it.

S - I was surprised to get a noseful of chocolate and caramel. It smells like a candy bar.

T - The taste matches the smell with intensity and ingredients.

M - Medium

O - This beer tasted nothing like I expected. I expected the typical nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, etc. It is loaded with intense chocolate and caramel. I'm surprised how flavorful this beer is considering it's a winter warmer and this is June. I would drink the shit out of this each winter if I were in the distribution area.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 00:12:24 | More by buschbeer
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NCBeernut

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-06-2012 03:22:28 | More by NCBeernut
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear rusty amber with almost no head. The nose is a tremendous caramel and a slight woodiness (maple). The taste is just as sweet with almost no spice and almost no carbonation after sitting a few minutes. There is almost no alcohol present either. Overall it's an interesting beer to have mid summer, but it's not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 22:54:42 | More by ThePorterSorter
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-26-2012 22:46:27 | More by sliverX
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +24.4%

04-10-2012 14:46:51 | More by Cane4Beer
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.