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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: 552
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RBorsato on 11-25-2002)
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A - Dark copper. Yields a two finger creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Roasted malts produce caramels and hints of vanilla. Even a slight dark fruit smell simmilar to raisins. Floral hops present.

T - Lightly roasted malt producing a predominately caramel flavor. Odd slightly sour note in the middle that throws off the taste. Hops there but mainly detected in the nose.

M - Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

O - This is a highly drinkable winter warmer. I tend to like beers in this style to have a little more body, but this is a great beer nonetheless. Light caramel flavors and none too rich.

02-09-2012 13:57:24 | More by brewcore
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a deep amber with a soft layer of white head that has little retention. The nose offers some mild spice and some intense vanilla extract notes. The flavor is much the same; the vanilla dominates with some subtle spices and a little fruitiness throughout. The fruitiness is cherry-like, both tart and sweet. The finish is a little medicinal to me. I think it's the combination of vanilla and fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated, but it's viscous and syrupy at times.

I'm glad that this isn't just another winter warmer with ginger and cinnamon. I like the fruitiness here, but I find the medicinal off notes in the finish a little unpleasant. I probably wouldn't have this again, but I do like what they were going for with this one.

02-06-2012 09:39:02 | More by tdm168
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%

Beer pours a clear amber color, no head to speak of, thin lacing and no retention.

Brown sugar, candy, and vanilla on the nose. Good start.

Taste is decent, same as above. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. Slides down really smooth.

Was anticipating more with this one with all the hype. All in all a solid brew, good quality.

02-04-2012 02:29:55 | More by DaPan
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-02-2012 23:46:05 | More by danoeltico
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours a beautiful deep red color with a tiny head that laces very well. Aroma is sweet and spicy, with a solid amount of vanilla, sweet malts, and holiday spices. The taste is absolutely delicious, with a large amount of hazelnut/cream soda flavor on the tongue that I really didn't expect among the sweet malts, vanilla and spices that I did expect. It's perfectly balanced with the spices coming in a bit stronger on the finish to stop the overall impression from being too sweet. The mouthfeel is slick and with a perfect level of carbonation, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic winter warmer. I'm glad I know a store that still has some of these left, because I'm going back for more.

02-02-2012 04:35:43 | More by shand
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-30-2012 20:20:17 | More by CBlack85
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-30-2012 19:58:04 | More by dcellis
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-28-2012 17:30:17 | More by OldTime
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3.98/5  rDev -1%

Not sure the age of this one because it came from Deuane's basement.

A - Poured a clear copper...not much else to the color...a big, creamy, two finger head formed and slowly fell to a full cap...it was light brown in color...sheets of lacing were left behind

S - I would have liked more out of the aroma...what was there was some strong caramel and light vanilla...when it was cold there was a soapy aroma coming out

T - The caramel flavoring in this beer was a great touch...it was soft, dark, and tasted like candy...paired with the caramel was a sweet vanilla...the two of them together created just a hint of cream soda...wow, really...the finish provides sweet caramel with just a touch roast

M - Medium bodied...the soft carbonation makes this one smooth and just a touch creamy...sweet

O - This was a nice surprise...I wasn't sure how this one was going to hold up, but I'd have another from the basement...the cream soda aspect was a nice touch...great caramel and vanilla flavors

01-26-2012 20:30:02 | More by thain709
Photo of StateMech

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-21-2012 02:22:49 | More by StateMech
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-20-2012 20:57:07 | More by wrwhite174
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-20-2012 14:50:51 | More by andersen8185
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-17-2012 22:32:31 | More by dbell23
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-17-2012 01:41:12 | More by ncbeerbubba
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3.3/5  rDev -17.9%

Got this as an extra from a trade. Never had anything from Highland so I was excited to try it.

A – Dark brown in color with a nice 2 finger off white head.

S – Mild cinnamon and spice notes, some caramel in there too.

T – Heavy cinnamon and spice up front. Caramel and malty sweetness after that.

M – Light to medium bodied a little bite. Carbonation seemed to be a little on the low side.

O – Nothing overly exciting to report about this beer. Drinkable but not really my cup-o-tea.

01-16-2012 18:46:30 | More by cps98
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-15-2012 20:13:53 | More by Double06
Photo of DCon


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Enjoyed on-tap @ Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in Asheville, NC for $4.50. Tapped from an unknown tap handle (since sitting @ a table) into a 16oz Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has a ton of caramel aroma and nice malt behind it. Not too strong but sometimes it doesn't hit until the taste in this style.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger, frothy head that lasts for an unreal time.

Flavor- This brew starts with light spices and a dominant caramel flavor! VERY smooth and has a sweet finish. Can't get much better than this.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Lacy on the palate, and great smoothness!

Overall Impression- Fantastic! Not as strong as most Winter Warmers, but ALL of the attributes of this one made up for it. If given two words to describe this one, it would be Creamy Caramel. Get your hands on this one!

01-13-2012 16:51:50 | More by DCon
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-11-2012 02:02:05 | More by whartontallboy
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-08-2012 20:14:10 | More by imperialking
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4.18/5  rDev +4%

Poured out of a 1 pint 6 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a dark ruby brown with an inch of white head that receded quickly.

S – Nice soft vanilla aroma. Cinnamon and some nutmeg. Caramel malt. Bit of spiciness

T – Very nice sweet caramel malt. Light vanilla. Has almost a vanilla bean ice cream taste. Cinnamon and nutmeg like the smell. Rich tasting that has a lot of pumpkin pie flavoring. Berries. Some bitterness at the end.

M – Medium bodied with a lively mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O – This is a wonderful brew. Great complex flavors and tastes. Easy to drink. Winner.

01-08-2012 00:56:48 | More by GallowsThief
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-07-2012 03:17:53 | More by ohtheguilt
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +24.4%

01-06-2012 23:25:12 | More by keithwalk
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-04-2012 23:59:01 | More by eerbayman
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-04-2012 17:44:53 | More by fantasyroach
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-04-2012 02:58:07 | More by joeyrvv
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
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