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Cold Mountain Winter Ale - Highland Brewing Company

Cold Mountain Winter Ale

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Overall: 7.36/10 by 3 dudes

Standard Deviation: 0.34 or 4.68%

Trend: 7.36/10 over past 5 reviews

Style: Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer

ABV: 5.80%

Season: Winter

Have Another: 33%

1,271 beers rated with a 7.84 average
  • 6.92/10 have another
  • A: 6.0 | T: 8.0 | L: 8.0 | M: 6.0 | O: 6.0
  • sDev: 5.98% Color: Deep Amber
  • Pours clear with a light tan, thin foam on top. Retention is fleeting while lacing is sporadic, thin, and sticky.

    Aroma is really light, making it difficult to pick up much. Toffee malt sweetness is about the only characteristic I can pick up.

    Wow. Nothing like I expected based on the nose. Spices really come through on top of the toffee and toasted malt. Cinnamon, pepper, and some butter scotch.

    Medium body as there is a bit of stickiness to the malts in your mouth. Subdued carbonation.

    Not an over the top crazy winter warmer like some can be, but there is enough spice in the taste to make it hard to have more than one serving at a time. Enjoy!
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  • Reviewed: Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 22:10:58
  • Tasted: Thursday, March 17, 2011
  • $0.00 for 22 oz. bottle
310 beers rated with a 8.28 average
  • 7.76/10 have another
  • A: 7.0 | T: 8.0 | L: 8.0 | M: 8.0 | O: 8.0
  • sDev: 5.43% Color: Deep Amber
  • Pours a deep amber brown. Nice tan head that settles out quickly leaving very little lacing on the glass.

    The aroma is mellow. I smell a toffee sweetness with a hint of spice.

    Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. A sweetness that resembles butterscotch. Has a spiciness that is nice but not over the top. Lots of malty sweetness that leaves a sticky sweetness in your mouth.

    Over all I like this beer. It does remind me of a "Holiday" type beer.
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  • Reviewed: Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 22:10:21
  • Tasted: Thursday, March 17, 2011
  • $0.00 for 22 oz. bottle
113 beers rated with a 8.19 average
  • 7.40/10 have another
  • A: 7.0 | T: 8.0 | L: 7.0 | M: 7.0 | O: 7.0
  • sDev: 0.54% Color: 14
  • Translucent amber brown with thin bubbly head. Nearly no aroma-hint of dark sweet maltyness.

    Taste toffey-esque (butter scotch?) with a mello spice and ends with carbonated (peppery?) bite. Pleasant surprise. Light body, slightly sticky.

    For *Style*, it hit that winter goal of sweet and spice by a fire. As a beer, it's ok.
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  • Reviewed: Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 22:04:09
  • Tasted: Thursday, March 17, 2011
  • $0.00 for 22 oz. bottle
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