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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: 583
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 76
Gots: 63 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

KeyWestGator, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Edition

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium amber in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of cocoa along with some vanilla and just a touch of spices (nutmeg stands out). Additionally there are some notes of brown sugar.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of vanilla and oak over some lighter notes of cocoa and spices (nutmeg). Some caramel malts flavors along with a little bit of brown sugar sweetness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and I could almost think it had been barrel aged - nice combination of the spices, cocoa, and vanilla... Pretty easy to drink and I had no problem putting down a couple of glasses. Very nice of a fairly cold November evening but would have been improved by sitting in front of the fireplace.

dbrauneis, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

dcellis, Jan 30, 2012
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AngusOg, Apr 06, 2013
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GaBengal, Dec 17, 2013
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IrishColonial, Jul 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

DruRho, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

EinFesteBurg, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Hanzo, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

rmccomas, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Canti4341, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

wrwhite174, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of hellomcfly
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this tasty brew twice over on tap. The word of the day is balance.

A - My pint arrives a nice brown-amber color with a small tan head. A good lacing clings to the walls of my pint glass.

I get a nice chocolate malt nose with some spice character as well. Nutmeg and cinnomin perhaps?

T - Last years brew screamed gingerbread cookie to me and this one not so much. Very well balanced between sweet malts and a nice hop touch. This is a tasty winter warmer with nice caramel and chocolate malts, nice christmasy spice, and enough hops to round it all out. This is a nicely balanced beer. Fantastic representation of the style in my opinion.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Coats the mouth smoothly.

D - I'd like to know the ABV on this. I had two of them on an empty stomach and caught a little buzz but it is a fairly easy drinker. Two seemed right for me.

hellomcfly, Dec 08, 2008
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

HopDiggityDawg, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle, courtesy of bobbyc881 - Thanks!

Light brown/orange with amber highlights. Pretty clear. Minimal, light tan head.

Smells a bit like cotton candy (or I could be having flashbacks to the Wiggles concert I took my daughter to...). Toffee/caramel. A bit milder aroma than I expected.

More sweet than bitter, back to the cotton candy again. Raisins and vanilla. Some herbal bittering, but pretty mild. Spices at finish, perhaps cinammon and clove - pumpkin pie like.

Medium + body. Low to medium carbonation. Quite refreshing for what I assume is a big beer.

Overall, very tasty. Excellent winter beer, glad AC was on.

, Sep 07, 2007
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Brewsed, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

ejohnson654, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

y2korey, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

inspektor, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

ncstateplaya, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

MikeCactusGordon, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a beautiful amber with a billowy slightly off white head. There is some nice cascading and lacing left on the glass.

S-Sweet and malty with a hint of vanilla.

T-Much like the nose as vanilla dominates. It starts out sweet but then ends with some lingering bitterness. There is a nice balance between the hops and malt, with the malt getting a slight edge.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-Very drinkable.

Overall, I am somewhat torn by this beer. While I did enjoy drinking it, it didn't have much complexity. It tasted just like vanilla coke which seemed both a positive and a negative. I gave it a solid 4 across the board and would definitely drink it again, but it doesn't come close to Anchor's annual offering.

thegodfather2701, Jan 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Keener, Jan 01, 2013
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.