Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale - Highland Brewing
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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
3.9/5 rDev -3%
From brentk56 in the SS'11 BIF box. This was probably my favorite of the offerings from Highland that included the E.S.B. and Christmas Ale.
This review borrows heavily from the style guide for Winter Warmer because this is one of the better I've had of the style and drinks less like an "American" and more like an "English".
"These malty sweet offerings tend to be a favorite winter seasonal. Big malt presence, both in flavor and body." This is absolutely the case here with the deep amber topped with a generous fluffy cap that leaves pleasant lacing.
This has little aroma, which is clearly going to knock the overall score, but the lack of a prominent aroma results in faint sweet malts, brown sugar and cinnamon.
The taste doesn't contain any overt spices more similar to "many English versions" which "contain no spices".
"American varieties...have a larger presences of hops both in bitterness and flavor." That isn't the case here. While there is a smooth, integrated hops presence it is not a larger presence than the malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel is even, medium bodied with a surprisingly crisp finish that owes a good deal to the trace hop bitterness that cuts any cloying sweetness or potential for lingeingr bitter/burnt spice flavors.
12-26-2011 23:56:20 | More by CooperEllis
3.98/5 rDev -1%
Swing-top bottle/growler poured into a Tulip Glass.
A - Pours a beautiful dark burgundy with a dense, creamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap, leaving soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Sweet malt, vanilla, and a touch of spices. Fairly diminutive nose, not much going on here, even after it's warmed a bit.
T - Cream soda in beer form. Seriously, lots of authentic vanilla cream flavor with a touch of bitter roasted malt, spices, and a slight hop finish. A very unique tasting Winter Warmer, really stands out from the crowd.
M - A bit thinner then most Winter Warmers, maybe a touch watery. Probably a bit under medium-bodied overall, with a silky-smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation.
O - A very drinkable Winter Warmer, unique with it's heavy Cream Soda character. So delicious!
12-21-2011 04:07:48 | More by jsanford
3.6/5 rDev -10.4%
Pours a somewhat clear red-tinged brown with almost no head.
A cream soda aroma. Lots of vanilla with some caramel sweetness as well.
Tastes follows the nose. Lots of up front sweetness with a good amount of vanilla. Towards the end of the palate the cream soda aspect really comes to the forefront. There's a little bit of a metallic flavor in the aftertaste though.
This beer is a bit thin for a winter warmer and carbonation levels are good.
This is almost a great beer. I love the vanilla aspect and it smells sublime, but there are just a few minor things preventing this from being what it could. Still pretty enjoyable.
12-16-2011 23:37:23 | More by jmarsh123
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
Here we go again! Another year with the ever changing Cold Mountain Winter Ale =)
A: Rusty red tint with a thin cream colored head.
S: Malty vanilla with other various spices. The vanilla definitely stands out on the nose to me.
T: This is where this beer shines! After sipping, there is a rush of Vanilla, Cream, Soda, and Malt. These flavors then give way to a nice, slightly hoppy, and bitter finish. I do recommend serving this beer at room temp or maybe a little cooler to get the full flavor experience!
M: Medium-Low carbonation...perfect! I can't imagine drinking this beer if it were more carbonated than it is.
O: What a treat this beer is every year! It has become a tradition for me to crack a 12oz bottle of this every day after work for the couple of months that it's around..I find myself craving it while I'm at work. What more can you say? This is one of the best Winter beers out there!
I will say that this year has a bit more of a hop profile than I remember in the previous years. Not a terrible thing but I definitely do think I prefer last years vintage.
12-12-2011 18:24:21 | More by Bryson
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.