Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale | Highland Brewing

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RBorsato on 11-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
778
Reviews:
318
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
162
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 778 |  Reviews: 318
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONUMello
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of notme80
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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 -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDominator
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.76/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Cbhoagland
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeersAndBears
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bongobeer
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jakl15
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Steve_Trick
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Volsdawg10
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Littlefrank
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bsanderson323
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Moose88
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NatSmith
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Myotus
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 15Oct15) into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 09Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of khaki foam that shrinks down into a quarter fingers worth after 1 minute and 50 seconds. Dark copper in color. Rising bubbles are moderate in quantity and both small and medium in size. Lacing is moderate and mostly thin, with a few spots of thickness.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sweet chocolate, sweet and tart raspberries, toffee, vanilla, caramel, and white bread are backed by subtle cinnamon aromas and hints of piney hops.
TASTE: Strong toffee flavors and mild flavors of raspberries, figs, and plums (neither of the latter were in the smell) enter initially. The raspberry and plum flavors are a good balance between tart and sweet. Mild caramel, vanilla, and sweet chocolate flavors immediately follow as toffee flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild spruce (those came from nowhere) flavors and subtle piney hop flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for sweet chocolate, which grow slightly stronger. Whatever cinnamon that was detected in the smell was not perceived in the taste.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation is moderate. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a slight dryness.
NOTE: This was one of the best Winter Warmer I have had to date. If you can get your hands on one, I would suggest you do so.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The poured a drak brown color with visible carbonation but little head.

Smell - The beer smells of Christmas with notes of ginger and pine.

Taste - My initial impression is liquid Christmas tree with strong ginger notes and other spices. The malts form a dry cookie backbone. The pine lingers at its most bitter in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel reminds me of a brown ale. Carbonation is faint.

Overall - This is a great winter warmer. Seek it!

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of user785335
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrownBottle
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 778 ratings.
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