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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

603 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 67 | FT: 4
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

buckyp, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

skm, Dec 14, 2012
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

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

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

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

aleckpa, Dec 08, 2012
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Mantooth, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 01, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Pours a beautiful, clear mahogany color, with a short-lived beige head. Very sweet aroma is followed by a rather sweet upfront taste but eventually turns mildly bitter. The beer is a mildly spicy and a bit fruity, including raspberry and a surprising apricot note in the nose that's present but subdued in tasting. Cinnamon and plenty of vanilla in both; perhaps too much vanilla in the flavor.

Overall an enjoyable, complex and distinctive seasonal brew.

{9 months later (Sept. 2013) a bottle kept in a cooler is every bit as tasty}.

chinchill, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

BlueFeetAndBeer, Nov 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

oteixeira, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

DaGrizz, Nov 29, 2012
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.