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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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90
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562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 69
Gots: 50 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RBorsato on 11-25-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

qcbrewer, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

GABrew, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of johntfox
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

johntfox, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Jhansengranger
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
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
Photo of Morockm
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Morockm, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

rudabegga9, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of MenardMa
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

MenardMa, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Extol
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Extol, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of mc4z
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mc4z, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of bwiles
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great combination of raspberry, cranberry and vanilla. It has a slight taste of cinnamon and hops. Smooth, creamy taste without an after taste. It has a good spicy smell which is pleasant. I like Cold Mountain as a good winter Ale. Highland has done a good job with this one.

bwiles, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

woolybully67, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of watermelon
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This years release In a 1 liter bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Clear mahogany body with a creamy dense three finger head. Lots of lacing and great retention.

S: Not a very strong smell. Carmel and vanilla scents as well as some alcohol burn.. which is odd for the low ABV.

T: Vanilla flavors. Cranberry is good. Some nutty flavors as well as dark hops.

M: The mouthfeel is light and creamy I would prefer it be thicker especially for the style. The carbonation is correct. Slight bitterness lingers on the palette.

O: I probably wont be buying this again. For $13 for the liter size I just wasn't that impressed with this one. If it was offered in the +/- $10 size pack format it would be a decent winter warmer. I do like that it isn't super spiced and also doesn't have the medicinal flavors that some of this style have.

watermelon, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

LikeARollingStout, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Cluker, Dec 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

evanstoner, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of tmm313
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brownish red color. Poured a super creamy 1 finger head. Awesome sticky lacing.
S- Raspberry, cranberry, caramel, and a touch of vanilla. Dank hops come out as it warms. Very inviting.
T- Sweetness. Got better and better as it warmed. Rich caramel, earthiness, raspberry, cranberry and vanilla. Cinnamon comes out as temp rises. Slight hop presence.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy on the tongue.
O- I really enjoyed this beer. I took it to Xmas dinner to share with family, but drank 95% of it myself. I loved the uncommon flavor combination of the berries, vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon. Nicely balanced, as well.

tmm313, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Ik_hou_van_bier, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

xShoWTeKx, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of ksimons
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-kind of a amber ruby color with a fingers worth of head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-the smell is nice, caramel and warm winter spices

T-caramel malt, light vanilla, slight bitterness, and spices

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall it is easy to drink but to me is not very exciting. I do like how the beer isn't overly sweet like a lot of winter warmers can be.

ksimons, Dec 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Aisha, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Schlais, Dec 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

tobelerone, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of RyanPoff
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz stein. Bottle date 11/14, consumed 12/20. Purchased at Libation Station in Johnson City, TN. This is the only retailer in the Tri-Cities I know that carries it.

A: Two fingers of light brown, creamy. foamy head retreating to one, with lacing remaining on the glass after consumption. Very visually appealing.

S: Aromas of bread, vanilla, strong malts. As the brew warms, a bit of chocolate. Smells like Christmas treats.

T: The vanilla, malts, and other spices lead up front, with a slight alcohol bite and bitterness after the swallow. Not really a fan of the bitterness on the back end, but still a very good brew.

M: Medium body, very creamy, medium carbonation, Very smooth, but not "oily," It fits the style, but not what I'll remember about the brew.

Probably Highland's best overall product - too bad it's not readily available and more expensive than the other products.

Have also had in a growler, but was a very sub-par draft. Would not recommend on draft.

RyanPoff, Dec 21, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/13. Pours a ruby amber with a nice head and lacing. Slight nose of sweet malt with a hint of spice and chocolate. Light medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Smooth, but not slick or creamy, mouthfeel. This is not a strong flavored ale. It has more of a subdued profile rather than a flavor bomb. Light spice, cinnamon/cardamom, over a light sweetness. Pleasant and not overpowering. Crisp finish that leaves a slight bitter and spice aftertaste that is also tart.

tillmac62, Dec 20, 2013
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.