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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: 606
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 67 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

PA-Michigander, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a ruby-tinted caramel coloring with a thin, sparse, surface coating of foam. Aromas of roasted nut sweetness, plum, dates, raisins, berries, toffee and caramel in the backbone, and a subtle cinnamon spicing. Smells are rich, but light enough to refrain from overpowering. Flavors are roasted and rich forward, with a tart and tangy berry and nut sweetness blending on the palate, with some woody and subtle bitter highlights. The body is robust, but light, with a transition into a crisp, clean finish. The aftertaste is more of the caramel and toffee sweetness, although some fruity notes do linger through. Easy drinker and full of flavor.

GarthDanielson, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of TeeJay
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

TeeJay, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Paincane
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper amber body with a pretty and creamy tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
S: Complex nose including spices and malt aromas. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice notes.
T: Molasses, cinnamon, sweet malt & nutmeg flavors.
M: Smooth, creamy and warming.
O: Great winter warmer.

Paincane, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

EinFesteBurg, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

HopsForBrains, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of cp45
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

cp45, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jopezu, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Trappist77
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Trappist77, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of humuloner22
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one has gotten a lot of attention, especially around the holidays, I have tried it for several years and I do feel that it has lost something this year (2013). It has a nice dark color, the smell is very festive for which it represents. It has an almost egg nogg smell and to a certain degree taste as well. I like eggnogg and I like beer and I do believe that this one balances that pretty well. Most holiday/winter beers have too much of one spice or another but this one balances it pretty well. But, this year did fall a little flat to me. I enjoyed it, its a great beer and much better than most, but there was a bit less of the things I used to like about it and more of the just average ale taste coming through. I like a good ale and this would be a good one by itself, but for a quarter of the price. Overall, I will continue to have a pour of this around the holidays, when I run across it. One thing I would like to try is it on draft, but that is nearly impossible to do, it goes extremely quickly and you have to be at the right place at the right time. I am like Dr. John unfortunately.

humuloner22, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Furley80
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Furley80, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Canti4341, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

swgwilt, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of westy_far
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
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

ThreeFishes, Jan 28, 2014
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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

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

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

johntfox, Jan 13, 2014
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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
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.