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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

552 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 552 | Reviews: 297 | Display Reviews Only:
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-27-2012 16:10:23 | More by ncstateplaya
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-26-2012 06:08:04 | More by mikereaser
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-25-2012 23:05:58 | More by OldhouseRecs
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Opened a quart bottle w/ ceramic stopper

A: Deep copperish hue/ small, lacy head

S: Vanilla, maple, spices

T: As soon as I put my lips to the glass, all the vanilla hit me like a mac truck. Holy crud. To be honest, it was almost overwhelming at first, but I got used to it and enjoyed it.

M: Not very carbonated; very smooth

O: I liked this beer a lot, but after 1 1/2 pints, I was ready to move on

11-24-2012 22:14:32 | More by dvmin98
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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%

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.

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%

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!

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%

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.

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

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

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%

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.

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
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.