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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

552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
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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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KevinZ2301

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-31-2014 22:16:32 | More by KevinZ2301
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ThreeFishes

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-28-2014 01:35:54 | More by ThreeFishes
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benloho

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-27-2014 17:54:36 | More by benloho
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barczar

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a brilliant amber with a frothy, lingering beige head that leaves spotty lacing.

Nutty, toasted malt dominates the aroma, with a hint of specialty fruitiness and floral hops.

Flavor reveals soft underpinnings of spice, a backbone of toasted nuts, substantial malt fruitiness, and a lightly floral and fairly bitter hop finish. Cinnamon, perhaps nutmeg, and clove are very subtle...indistinguishable. Vanilla, cocoa, and oak surface in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch high, and light alcohol warmth.

Aside from the malt fruitiness, metallic character, and slightly overly bitter finish, a very nice winter warmer. Like the subtlety of spicing. Good malt character, though it may benefit from even more.

01-26-2014 16:54:37 | More by barczar
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Mphis

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-24-2014 05:23:46 | More by Mphis
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-17-2014 02:32:51 | More by qcbrewer
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GABrew

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-16-2014 00:40:43 | More by GABrew
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johntfox

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-13-2014 20:42:55 | More by johntfox
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Jhansengranger

South Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +12.2%

Typically not a fan of winter ales as I generally find them over spiced. This winter ale is definitely an exception.

A- Caramel brown to amber color with only a little bit of head, less than I was expecting, maybe I should have opened it sooner. Still a nice color though.

S- Wonderful smell, caramel and a bit of sweet fruit to it. Still smells slightly like Christmas without being overpowering in the least.

T- The smell of the beer did not disappoint. Lots of sweet fruit notes and just a small hint of those winter spices you expect. Vanilla and berries stand out a bit. A bit more alcohol flavor than I was expecting based on the ABV.

M- Quite creamy and nice to drink, certainly a go-to beverage for winter.

O- Easy to drink with hints of interesting spices that are very complimentary to the ale. Sweet flavors but not too sweet to drink by the gallon. I'd highly recommend this well balanced beer.

01-10-2014 23:17:25 | More by Jhansengranger
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Morockm

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-10-2014 00:53:19 | More by Morockm
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rudabegga9

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-09-2014 22:35:50 | More by rudabegga9
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MenardMa

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-06-2014 03:00:42 | More by MenardMa
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Extol

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-05-2014 18:38:09 | More by Extol
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mc4z

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-02-2014 00:22:03 | More by mc4z
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bwiles

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +6%

Great combination of raspberry, cranberry and vanilla. It has a slight taste of cinnamon and hops. Smooth, creamy taste without an after taste. It has a good spicy smell which is pleasant. I like Cold Mountain as a good winter Ale. Highland has done a good job with this one.

01-01-2014 20:25:46 | More by bwiles
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-01-2014 18:45:41 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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woolybully67

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-30-2013 22:18:21 | More by woolybully67
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%

This years release In a 1 liter bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Clear mahogany body with a creamy dense three finger head. Lots of lacing and great retention.

S: Not a very strong smell. Carmel and vanilla scents as well as some alcohol burn.. which is odd for the low ABV.

T: Vanilla flavors. Cranberry is good. Some nutty flavors as well as dark hops.

M: The mouthfeel is light and creamy I would prefer it be thicker especially for the style. The carbonation is correct. Slight bitterness lingers on the palette.

O: I probably wont be buying this again. For $13 for the liter size I just wasn't that impressed with this one. If it was offered in the +/- $10 size pack format it would be a decent winter warmer. I do like that it isn't super spiced and also doesn't have the medicinal flavors that some of this style have.

12-30-2013 03:09:51 | More by watermelon
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LikeARollingStout

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-29-2013 03:17:34 | More by LikeARollingStout
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Cluker

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-27-2013 22:10:40 | More by Cluker
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evanstoner

Florida

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-27-2013 04:16:01 | More by evanstoner
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tmm313

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +9%

A- Dark brownish red color. Poured a super creamy 1 finger head. Awesome sticky lacing.
S- Raspberry, cranberry, caramel, and a touch of vanilla. Dank hops come out as it warms. Very inviting.
T- Sweetness. Got better and better as it warmed. Rich caramel, earthiness, raspberry, cranberry and vanilla. Cinnamon comes out as temp rises. Slight hop presence.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy on the tongue.
O- I really enjoyed this beer. I took it to Xmas dinner to share with family, but drank 95% of it myself. I loved the uncommon flavor combination of the berries, vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon. Nicely balanced, as well.

12-26-2013 15:06:42 | More by tmm313
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Ik_hou_van_bier

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-24-2013 20:20:29 | More by Ik_hou_van_bier
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xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-24-2013 04:13:21 | More by xShoWTeKx
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ksimons

New York

3.81/5  rDev -5.2%

A-kind of a amber ruby color with a fingers worth of head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-the smell is nice, caramel and warm winter spices

T-caramel malt, light vanilla, slight bitterness, and spices

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall it is easy to drink but to me is not very exciting. I do like how the beer isn't overly sweet like a lot of winter warmers can be.

12-23-2013 23:25:38 | More by ksimons
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.