Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale - Highland Brewing
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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
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
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
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
3.15/5 rDev -21.6%
Single finger head with nice lacing on a clear amber body. Aroma is mild, mostly sweet caramel malt and a touch of burnt toast. Flavor is a little syrup like/ molasses on a spIcy caaramel malt background. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall not as good as I was hoping for. Almost had a cough syrup like note.
12-30-2011 02:07:19 | More by kylehay2004
4.38/5 rDev +9%
Poured from a bomber into a Shiner Bohemian Black Lager pint and the brew is a nice clear amber/red color with a 1/2" lightish tan head. As this beer is consumed it produces ringed lacing on the pint.
The smell is heavy sweet malts and cinnamon.
The taste is sweetness from the malts and cinnamon with no bitterness or alcohol to speak of.
Medium mouth feel and lowish carbination help to produce some stickyness on the corners of the lips.
This is probably one of the sweeter beers that I have tryed to this point in my world beer tour, but it is my opinion that it is pretty spot on as far as style description goes.
I would highly recommend this beer to anyone wanting to find a great English Winter Warmer, but for me this style is a little to sweet to seek out. Perhaps with dessert this would be great, but as a cold weather sipper I'd look for another style.
12-28-2011 18:54:07 | More by RedneckBeerz
5/5 rDev +24.4%
poured into a Guinness pint.
A . a nice red color that reminds me of a Scottish ale. a nice 2 finger tan head that dissipates quickly leaving good lacing on the glass.
S. I am getting raspberry and cranberry, some malt sweetness. it smells amazing. not what I expected.
T. the raspberry and cranberry hit me right away. I am also tasting bubble gum. some sweetness with the malts and fruit. a little bitterness hits me in the back of the throat. very warming.
M. it has a medium body with little carbonation. feels good on the palate.
O. I really enjoyed this beer. it was not what I was expecting from an american version. most others are more bitter. this one I would buy multiple times well worth it.
12-28-2011 03:27:46 | More by mustang70
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.