Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale | Highland Brewing

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Highland Cold Mountain Winter AleHighland Cold Mountain Winter Ale
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4.01/5
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Highland Cold Mountain Winter AleHighland Cold Mountain Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by RBorsato on 11-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,395
Reviews:
320
Ratings:
805
pDev:
12.97%
 
 
Wants:
94
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174
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Photo of lebriarjr
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gb1277
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2018-09-12
22oz bottle served in a big snifter. I don't know where I got it. Filled 10/10/17 -- so it's aged.

Pours a dark brown with a small head and not a lot of carbonation. Smell is malty, toffee, a bit of toastiness.

Taste is pretty mild -- more of the toasty and malty come through, though. Some bitterness comes through, not sure where it's coming from.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light. Overall, pretty good winter ale. Maybe a bit milder than I think of them being.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woemad
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Dragginballs76. Bottled on October 19, 2017. Label (which is slightly different than the one displayed on BA) states this is "malty in body, lightly hopped, and rounded out with spices nuts and fruit."

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was a dark, russett color that took on a more rubyish hue when held up to light. Modest, beige colored head that left little in the way of lace but never entirely disappeared, forming a thin foam collar.

Malty, nutty, slightly sweet aroma. I get a little bit of toffee. No apparent hop aroma.

Mildly sweet and toasty maltiness in the flavor. I get a very slight fruitiness in the taste as well. The spices and hops seem to have fled over the course of the nearly 8 months this has been waiting to be opened, which is not surprising.

Medium bodied, with slightly low carbonation and a little bit of a flabby mouthfeel.

Just okay, but understandably so due to age. I've had similar beers much worse that spent a similar amount of time in a bottle. Shows enough promise that, were I to come across a fresh one, I'd have it again.

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4.86/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lampro
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A balanced, pleasant beer. Toasted and nutty profile. The body was somewhat lighter than I anticipated.

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4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shreead
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TyNupe
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 805 ratings