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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

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-01-2013 16:18:00 | More by tommyguz
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ThirstyHrothgar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-01-2013 14:47:55 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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BeerBeast

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-01-2013 02:36:13 | More by BeerBeast
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-01-2013 02:30:44 | More by CuriousMonk
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inspektor

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-30-2013 19:51:19 | More by inspektor
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.4%

11-30-2013 04:37:05 | More by hellhammermario
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tjcamm

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-30-2013 02:34:58 | More by tjcamm
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mte1972

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-29-2013 01:55:17 | More by mte1972
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-28-2013 23:36:20 | More by LooseMoose1978
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bcostner1

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-28-2013 21:13:55 | More by bcostner1
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manyghosts

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-27-2013 15:51:26 | More by manyghosts
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ejohnson654

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-27-2013 00:00:33 | More by ejohnson654
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LancetherealLeader

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-26-2013 01:42:54 | More by LancetherealLeader
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-25-2013 05:14:08 | More by ZEB89
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NastyNate11

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-25-2013 03:54:18 | More by NastyNate11
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cbgoods

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-25-2013 00:22:42 | More by cbgoods
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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-23-2013 15:39:27 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-22-2013 03:15:32 | More by RochefortChris
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ChuckWagon

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since I had my first Cold Mountain four years ago, I've looked forward to the release date. But every year, it seems like the quality slips a little, and this year (2013 - the beer was released just last Thursday) the slippage seems to have been a little more extreme.

Specifically, the intake of the beer was fine but the finish was abrupt and left a metallic after-taste. I thought maybe I was having an off day (happens) but a few other folks I've talked to since felt the same way. Like it could use some more time, or maybe something wasn't quite right with the recipe or batch. It was almost like the vanilla was short, or an inferior grade.

That said, it's still drinkable, but not quite as good as I remember it or hoped this year's would be. Maybe some time will help it out, or maybe not.

Your mileage may vary.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2013 19:54:33 | More by ChuckWagon
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pschie1

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-11-2013 15:16:18 | More by pschie1
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KajII

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear reddish medium brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a light scattered film with a medium collar and fair sticky lacing.

The aroma was quite complex with a toasted bread malt, light spruce hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee and dark fruit (figs and dates).

The taste was a bold malty sweet with a decent fruit presence along with hints of chocolate and caramel from the get go and was present pretty much throughout, it then progressed slightly with a mild bitter hoppy taste, a touch of coffee and a light toffee sweetness towards the finish. The flavor lasted a bit longer that average following the swallow, with a bitter sweet taste lingering on the taste buds for quite a while longer.

Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was an extremely tasty, well balanced Winter Ale. I will say with everything this brew has going on it was blended superbly well, which allowed for a smooth and very enjoyable drinkability...

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Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 15:35:40 | More by KajII
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dvsbizzyb

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-11-2013 06:25:09 | More by dvsbizzyb
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Soto

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.4%

09-06-2013 22:29:09 | More by Soto
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ranked #7 in the Winter Warmer category. What the hell is Winter Warmer anyway? I'm thinking it's an alcohol infused cola.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Poured a crap-brown color, infinitely cloudy, and without much of a head at all.

S: "Kinda cool" - Bill Cosby. Coca-Cola with added malt. Digging it.

T: Infinitely drinkable, not ale-like in any way, and malty.

M: Carbonationally excellent, no lacing left on the glass. Hell, it still reminded me of Cola.

O: The fact that this one is at the top of its style class in the Winter Warmer category doesn't surprise me.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 06:28:01 | More by Chaney
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baj

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

08-18-2013 02:37:41 | More by baj
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.