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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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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 76
Gots: 63 | 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%

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
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev -0.7%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of chinchill
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
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

nikbullet, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

ncstateplaya, Nov 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

mikereaser, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

OldhouseRecs, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

dvmin98, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

brewdude1982, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

dbrauneis, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

baklo, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of brother_kenneth
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

brother_kenneth, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

sansho, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

GeoCait, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Skelton, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

cackalacky, Nov 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

sendbeer, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

CarolinaKev, Oct 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Wessoms, Aug 12, 2012
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.