Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale | Highland Brewing

Highland Cold Mountain Winter AleHighland Cold Mountain Winter Ale
BA SCORE
78.7%
Liked This Beer
4.01 w/ 779 ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RBorsato on 11-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,506
Reviews:
318
Ratings:
779
Liked:
613
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
13.22%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
163
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 779 |  Reviews: 318
Photo of beer_guy_nc
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Genx
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, hazelnut, ginger, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, berries, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roast malt, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, hazelnut, ginger, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, berries, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop and spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, hazelnut, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/fruitiness, and herbal/yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malt, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spice balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from hop/spice bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.9%. Overall this is an excellent winter warmer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malt, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Follows the English style for the most part. Great malt complexity and underlying fruity yeast notes; nice spice balance without being overwhelming. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SpongeBobStoutPants
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of WCKDVBZ
1.63/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LucilleToo
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MGoeltz
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vabeerguy
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ljhager
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy feel with vanilla aroma. Always drink this brew when available.

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Photo of OriginalWayOut
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice winter ale pours a clear reddish tinged amber with a nice head of off white foam that settles to a THICK big bubbled ring, thick layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of light cinnamon spice, light toffee and caramel, light vanilla, and subtle bittering hops. Flavors exceed the nose with caramel and vanilla on the front and sides, light citrus notes on the middle of orange and cinnamon, and herbal hops rounding out the back. Overall a nice winter ale with good carbonation for easy session-ability and a light bitter hops aftertaste---only detraction is this is a touch watery, but still solid for the style.

Cheers

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

Photo of ONUMello
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 10/27/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Reddish brown with a one-finger head
S: Caramel, roasted malts, baking spice
T: Tons of vanilla up front, some caramel on the midpalate then a malty finish. Each is a bit simple/unidirectional on their own but it makes a nice journey start to finish (if that makes any sense)
M: Medium-bodied, a touch sweet
O: This is a tasty winter ale. I can only imagine drinking it in the midst of baking Christmas cookies

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of notme80
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ok. Not anything too exciting

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.76/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Cbhoagland
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 78.7% out of 100 with 779 ratings
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