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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
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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 69
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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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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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-12-2012 04:43:39 | More by UltimateLivewire
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EmilySanders


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-09-2012 18:14:42 | More by EmilySanders
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beerFool28607

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-09-2012 00:26:48 | More by beerFool28607
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LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-05-2012 17:00:47 | More by LJWalker
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Lob

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.4%

03-01-2012 15:39:08 | More by Lob
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-21-2012 00:07:51 | More by twowheelssoar
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greencovesteve

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-20-2012 07:33:09 | More by greencovesteve
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superspak

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-20-2012 03:51:08 | More by superspak
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle, picked up after enjoying it on cask at a festival

A - A dark amber/copper color, with some clarity. 1 finger of head, nice sticky lacing on the glass

S - Spices, and malt character. A little light on the aroma front.

T - Caramel and vanilla spices. Low hop character. Very smooth though. Enjoyable.

M - Light bodied and fairly light carbonated.

O - An enjoyable winter warmer on a cold rainy day

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:41:22 | More by BeerDawgs
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

2/5  rDev -50.2%

02-14-2012 19:52:03 | More by JohnnyMc
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AndyTaylor

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-13-2012 22:36:58 | More by AndyTaylor
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lommym

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-13-2012 15:19:53 | More by lommym
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Hopman1985

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-12-2012 03:04:48 | More by Hopman1985
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-11-2012 21:48:27 | More by THECPJ
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brewcore

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A - Dark copper. Yields a two finger creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Roasted malts produce caramels and hints of vanilla. Even a slight dark fruit smell simmilar to raisins. Floral hops present.

T - Lightly roasted malt producing a predominately caramel flavor. Odd slightly sour note in the middle that throws off the taste. Hops there but mainly detected in the nose.

M - Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

O - This is a highly drinkable winter warmer. I tend to like beers in this style to have a little more body, but this is a great beer nonetheless. Light caramel flavors and none too rich.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 13:57:24 | More by brewcore
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a soft layer of white head that has little retention. The nose offers some mild spice and some intense vanilla extract notes. The flavor is much the same; the vanilla dominates with some subtle spices and a little fruitiness throughout. The fruitiness is cherry-like, both tart and sweet. The finish is a little medicinal to me. I think it's the combination of vanilla and fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated, but it's viscous and syrupy at times.

I'm glad that this isn't just another winter warmer with ginger and cinnamon. I like the fruitiness here, but I find the medicinal off notes in the finish a little unpleasant. I probably wouldn't have this again, but I do like what they were going for with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 09:39:02 | More by tdm168
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a clear amber color, no head to speak of, thin lacing and no retention.

Brown sugar, candy, and vanilla on the nose. Good start.

Taste is decent, same as above. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. Slides down really smooth.

Was anticipating more with this one with all the hype. All in all a solid brew, good quality.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:29:55 | More by DaPan
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danoeltico

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-02-2012 23:46:05 | More by danoeltico
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shand

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours a beautiful deep red color with a tiny head that laces very well. Aroma is sweet and spicy, with a solid amount of vanilla, sweet malts, and holiday spices. The taste is absolutely delicious, with a large amount of hazelnut/cream soda flavor on the tongue that I really didn't expect among the sweet malts, vanilla and spices that I did expect. It's perfectly balanced with the spices coming in a bit stronger on the finish to stop the overall impression from being too sweet. The mouthfeel is slick and with a perfect level of carbonation, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic winter warmer. I'm glad I know a store that still has some of these left, because I'm going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:35:43 | More by shand
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-30-2012 20:20:17 | More by CBlack85
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dcellis

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-30-2012 19:58:04 | More by dcellis
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OldTime

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-28-2012 17:30:17 | More by OldTime
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 20:30:02 | More by thain709
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StateMech

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-21-2012 02:22:49 | More by StateMech
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wrwhite174

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-20-2012 20:57:07 | More by wrwhite174
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
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