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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: 593
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 76
Gots: 66 | FT: 4
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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

westy_far, Feb 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

KevinZ2301, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of ThreeFishes
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

ThreeFishes, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of benloho
4/5  rDev -0.7%

benloho, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

barczar, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Mphis
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Mphis, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of qcbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

qcbrewer, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

GABrew, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of johntfox
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

johntfox, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Jhansengranger
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Jhansengranger, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Morockm, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

rudabegga9, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

MenardMa, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Extol, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

mc4z, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of bwiles
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

bwiles, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

woolybully67, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of watermelon
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

watermelon, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

LikeARollingStout, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Cluker, Dec 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

evanstoner, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of tmm313
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

tmm313, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Ik_hou_van_bier, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

xShoWTeKx, Dec 24, 2013
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.