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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: 67
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 546 | Reviews: 297 | Display Reviews Only:
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kizyle

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-07-2013 03:21:09 | More by kizyle
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Retta123

Florida

1/5  rDev -75.1%

01-06-2013 04:51:23 | More by Retta123
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-06-2013 01:31:05 | More by kjkinsey
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of cranberry juice, hazelnut and vanilla beans in the nose.
T: The taste shares some similarities with the smell but also has some hints of raspberries. Notes of cinnamon sticks are also apparent towards the finish, although these become muted as the beer warms up and are replaced with flavors of hazelnuts and later with berries. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite unusual for the style and has an interesting mix of fruity flavors and spices. I liked how the dynamics of the beer changed as it warmed up, which make for it being an interesting winter warmer to sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 04:03:41 | More by metter98
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MCDub

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-04-2013 20:34:30 | More by MCDub
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Sivad

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-04-2013 04:02:56 | More by Sivad
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BigGingDrinker

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

01-03-2013 05:53:23 | More by BigGingDrinker
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match1112

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

body is a clear dark amber color with a finger and a half of tan creamy head. the head recedes to a thin ring around the glass and leaves only a little lacing at the top of the glass. The nose is dominated by hints of cinnamon and vanilla with a light fruit scent. spice leads the way on the tongue also. i thought the fruit would of been apples but the label says raspberries and cranberries, i can kind of pick up on the tartness of the cranberries, but the raspberries are lost under the dominating presence of cinnamon. mouthfeel seems a little thin for a winter warmer. carbonation is nice and prickly on the tongue. i don't usually like winter warmers but this one is very drinkable. i wish the raspberrries played a bigger role in the beer and the vanilla would be better in a leading role instead of the cinnamon. none the less it is still worth drinking. but with the thin body and fairly low abv i don't know how warm it will keep you this winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 00:16:33 | More by match1112
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Keener

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-01-2013 23:30:00 | More by Keener
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-01-2013 21:43:12 | More by Riggsy
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SouthernBuckeye

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-01-2013 02:42:45 | More by SouthernBuckeye
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jroberge1981

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-30-2012 19:13:29 | More by jroberge1981
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-30-2012 00:30:41 | More by jaswilson2
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kempshark

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For me the major smell and taste was vanilla....I tasted a little cinnamon, but I didn't get any of the chocolate or roasted flavors others mentioned. It was what I would call a good, light roasted flavored beer. I generally prefer stouts, porters, and quads...this was a nice, light alternative that was very easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 22:00:45 | More by kempshark
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber color with thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing along sides of Firestone Walker snifter.

Smell is chocolate, marshmellow, cranberries, and caramel. Very nice!

Taste is sweet chocolate, malt, and marshmellow. Very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall this is awesome! I could drink this all day long!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:20:39 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-28-2012 22:25:53 | More by spoonhawk
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz, 2012
DFH signature

A: Deep amber color. It's filtered nicely, as you can still see through it pretty well. Thin layer off white head. Faded pretty quickly.

S: Holiday spices. Some hop notes. More on the earthy side than fruity. The holiday spices really dominate.

T: You get a little hop bitterness up front, then that holiday spice and malt pick up in the middle of the mouth.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 14:40:23 | More by inlimbo77
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bgramels

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-26-2012 04:59:07 | More by bgramels
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-22-2012 23:38:42 | More by ADTaber
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johnsonni06


2/5  rDev -50.2%

12-22-2012 20:42:02 | More by johnsonni06
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random846

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-22-2012 01:08:26 | More by random846
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dav2080

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

12-21-2012 19:17:35 | More by dav2080
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-18-2012 03:38:03 | More by lupercmda
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ckk527

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

12-18-2012 02:06:13 | More by ckk527
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-17-2012 02:35:08 | More by KevinGordon
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.