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Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 67 | FT: 4
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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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Wessoms, Aug 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

StateMech, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of mwearl
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber color, nice body and extremely drinkable. This is a beer whose flavor absolutely changes and gets better with age. Save this years' beer in a cool place and drink it next winter and you will see what I mean. The smooth flavor has a distinctive chocolate finish.

mwearl, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of mmcurran
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

mmcurran, Sunday at 12:00 AM
Photo of planetscott
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the appearance of this beer. Clear ruby and garnet color. Not much aroma. Taste is different for a winter warmer and a nice change of pace. Fruity, but not in a Belgian sense. I taste pears and very faint vanilla. Mouth feel is not thick like most winter warmers....Again a nice change. Good drink ability. Not great as it is somewhat sweet.

A decent, yet different winter warmer.

planetscott, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of ryancuth
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best beer that comes from Highland Brewery, one of my favorite breweries in North Carolina, let alone anywhere. It's only a winter seasonal so if you see it, definitely buy a few because it' won't be out long.

It has a wonderful dark caramel color and balanced vanilla-caramel-malty smell. The taste (to me) is best described as a fuller and more bodied cream soda. Yes, beer that tastes like cream soda. It's amazing.

Buy this beer, you will not be disappointed.

ryancuth, Dec 06, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Brentomaton, Tuesday at 03:01 AM
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

jaygerman, Tuesday at 03:16 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

bigdaddyvoodoo, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

y2korey, Dec 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

LikeARollingStout, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

DaGrizz, Nov 29, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50.4%

KEL, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

jnice1984, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of RyanC84
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Most recent 2009 vintage.

It's 29 degrees in Charleston, SC. Is there a better time to crack open a winter warmer in the Palmetto state?

A vigorous pour produces a creamy off-white two finger head that fades considerably but never disappears. The beer is a thin and somewhat bizarre hazelnut amber mix. Guess I was expecting something a little darker, but an attractive pour regardless.

The nose on Cold Mountain is something special. Sweet malt, lots of vanilla, spice, and a tiny hint of oak. No hops to be found here and I'm ok with that. This one smells like Christmas.

The taste is good but not great, perhaps a bit one-dimensional. Palate is dominated mostly by vanilla and oak. Some caramel and spice, but the vanilla-oak combo dominates the flavor profile.

I was expecting a heavier beer, but am pleased with the results. A thinner body makes this winter warmer an easy drinker, but you might want to split this one with a buddy. The one-dimensional flavor profile limits how much you'll be consuming in one night.

Very solid winter warmer from Highland.

RyanC84, Jan 07, 2010
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Jpwv, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

kmeinel, Aug 15, 2014
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1/5  rDev -75.2%

Retta123, Jan 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

4runner4ever, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

wrwhite174, Jan 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

mst934, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of beerhandy
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a murky brown with a thick tan head that quickly subsides to a thin layer of foam.The aroma was cranberries with
subtle notes of pumpkin pie.The taste was malty sweetness with faint cinnamon and clove spiciness.The hops are subdued but dry it up in the swallow.The body was a bit thin perhaps a bit cidery.
A good winter warmer .

beerhandy, Dec 21, 2005
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

lommym, Feb 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

wmrogers11, Nov 16, 2011
Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.