Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale

Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale

Rated 3.575 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Highland Brewing Company

Asheville, NC, United States

Style:  Spiced Beer

5.8% Alcohol by Volume

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Our ever-changing spiced winter seasonal. A tasty brew that complements all your holiday festivities. It is typically malty in body, lightly hopped, and rounded out with spices that we vary from year to year.

ID: 4580 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank2151
Overall Percentile95.3
Style Rank40 of 1202
Style Percentile96.7
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.708
Weighted Score3.575
Standard Deviation0.355

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  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Had in Reno via the TN connection. Very nice mellow warmer, especially if u dig vanilla, the main player in aroma and flavor. A winter solstice in a different label. Chestnut color smooth medium feel, light on the hops. Thanks Lou.

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    From Stop n' Shop in Coral Gables, FL, in a bomber. Very attractive clear amber body with a nicely retained tan had. Nose was malt and not much else that I could distinguish. Flavour was pleasant enough, but again with malt and I canot find anything but malt in this one. Pretty good mouthfeel, robust and smooth. Sweet finish, at least not cloying. Finally a beer from NC!

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Thanks, Lou. A rich and robust winter seasonal that warms the mind and soul. Deep mahagongy color with a faint head. Spice and pronounced vanilla from start to finish. Sweet with toffee notes as well in the nose / on the palette.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Seasonal surprise from Lou, big thanks for this 2011 Winter treat. Copper/brown body with a frothy tan head and good lacing. Mildly spiced with a big upfront vanilla presence that was very welcoming. Sweet caramel and chocolates with some minor roasted notes. Very good rendition of a Winter Warmer.

  • CYBERCAT 9429 reviews
    rated 4.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Poured, it has a lovely dark brown color with a nice thick head. Aroma is spicy with a strong hint of cinnamon. The pleasant, zingy taste is malty with spice hints and very little bitterness. It goes down smoothly and is very satisfying. This holiday beer is a delight any time of the year, good by itself or as an accompaniment to a light meal.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 2.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    I’ve liked everything I’ve tried so far from this North Carolina brewery. This one is a bright amber colored beer. A small frothy textured, off white head rises above. Some hang time. Settles into a light lacing low lying splotches of film and thin ringlet. The nose is light spice and vanilla. That vanilla and spices are more dominate in the tasting. A well carbonated, light to light-medium bodied with a degree of smoothness. Interesting brew if you are okay with the chaulkiness of the vanilla.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Best winter beer so far this year! Pours a dark amber with a little frothy head. Aroma is amazing. Vanilla bean, cinnamon and butterscotch on the nose. Taste is sweet, smooth, creamy similar flavors to the nose. This beer made me find peace tonight. Everything about it was great. Thanks so much blue lou, can't get enough of these great beers you sent me. :)

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Thanks MCrapps for another good Highland brew - pours a dark tea brown with a sustained creamy tan head leaving ample lacing. Big malts in the aromas with brown sugar, toffee, butterscotch - big on sweets this one is. Taste is richer than the abv would indicate - drinks like a high abv strong ale - with slightly toasted malts, lots of brown sugars, toffee, caramels, like candy cooking then just a touch of hops bitter in the end but still like a butterscotch pie. Big likes on this one.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A reddish chestnut pour with a thinnish tan coloured head. The aroma was a combination of roasted malt, and caramel malts with a hint of cinnamon. The flavour was sweet, but in a different way than a Belgian Christmas Ale.

  • MCRAPPS 129 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Got my hands on two of these. The pour is a nice dark ruby tone with a decent off white to tan head. The spicy, friuty aroma is excellent. The fruits blend well with the spices.

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