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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2005
2005 22 oz. bomber. Clear deep amber, medium off white head. Vanilla apparent in the aroma and flavor. Brown sugar, maybe a touch of nutmeg on a sweet malt base. Barely noticeable hop presence during the finish, which nonetheless remains on the sweet side.This is a pretty good seasonal, unusual spices, but enjoyable in the right setting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2005
22 oz, snifter. Medium, tan and creamy head rests upon a clear brown-red beer. Strange leafy spices approach the nose. Shades of vanilla, cocoa, brown sugar and nutmeg ensue. Watered down taste is moderately sweet throughout with a slight hop kick in the end. Odd tea leaf aftertaste. Medium bodied with a very water texture and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2005
From a bottle. Pours a deep red color with a frothy white head that lasts. Some dark fruit aromas along with a sort of anise/liquorish smell that’s rather unique. The flavor has notes of cinnamon, liquorish, curacao, and plum. Complex and unique. Soft on the palate without being flat and incredibly complex without being overwhelmingly spiced. A fantastic winter warmer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NachlamSie (2940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 draught. This brew pours a dark, rich red with no head really. There’s a malty fruity aroma. Quite a boquet, I couldn’t isolate anything in particular. One of the brewers at Highland told me that since the NC 6% cap has been lifted, this year’s Cold Mountain Ale would be higher alcohol than before. Not sure how that affected the taste. It was full and tart with a persevering sweetness. There’s also just a small spiced aspect reminiscent of cloves, cinnamon, and toasty brown sugar. The finish has a bit of smoked wood chips. Nice, but this made me think more of an autumn seasonal brew.
[Jan 2, 2009]
On tap at The Ship. Man, I still do not understand why this stuff flies off the shelves in North Carolina when so much other superior beer is available, even from Highland itself. I purchased this one today because in Gatlinburg, pickin’s are slim. This is a red, clear pour with a decent head. Spices are definitely in the aroma, and give the beer a soda-like identity. I am reminded of cola, licorice, cherry, and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is medium. This is a pretty sticky brew in a candyish way. Nutmeg is definitely noticed along with the sticky soda type sweetness. I want something heartier, bolder for the winter months. This is a sticky sweet spiced beer. Makes me think of cola .
[February 25, 2010]
Big quart bottle. Last time I tried this I decided once and for all that I don’t like it but my buddy brought some back and offered me a glass, so here we go again. The aroma is overly spiced. It reminds me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Lots of heavy spiced, sweet cereal flavor is all over this. It kind of reminds me of cream soda with Cinnamon Toast Crunch in it. I do not like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2005
The great thing about this beer is that all these critiques offer their opinion of what spices where in the beer, but the combo is always going to be different. This has been my favorite Highland. I’ve found myself proud of Asheville for such an excellent ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2005
After its release from the 1 liter swing top brown bottle, it resides in the glass a slightly hazy deep amber to copper color with a moderate in size frothy light tan head that erodes rather quickly leaving a satisfactory sheet of lace to cover the glass. Nose is sweet malt with hints of vanilla, nut-like, caramel corn also comes to mind, and fresh and appetizing, start is somewhat sweet with a decent grain presence and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is benignly acidic with a delightful hop spiciness and quite dry aftertaste, a quite drinkable beer that I savored over a couple of days

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Hmmm, it’s hot-as-heck in July, 90+ all week long..great time to break open a winter warmer, right? Right! 22-ounce bomber poured into 16-ounce goblet, a deep brown hue, nearly plum in places, with slim cocoa/cola-toned head. Aroma: dark fruits, and nuts, sweetness, molasse and maple syrup, sugar beets, ripe and spicy...very interesting, and quite unique. Taste: yum, ...same flavors noted in the nose reappear on the tongue. Full-bodied, and incredibly smooth, while delivering copious amounts of sweet, delicioius flavors. A rich and relaxing brew, sweet candyish flavors, a hint of toffee, a wiggle of caramel. Ends a bit dryly, much appreciated. Yum, I say again, tas-tee! What could be better for a mid-summer morning?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Slightly thin, solid brown malt. Very complex, but very subtle spice profile. Hops are very background -- not particuarly present. Drier than expected for a winter seasonal. Coriander, cinnamon, marshmallow, chocolate, vanilla, etc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Sampled at Summits Wayside Tavern...Highland is great Southern Brewery...Lightly hopped and spiced with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg primarily...Followed by the slightest present of Cascade and Mt. Hood hops..Nice chocolate int the middle...This is a really nice beer and I wish more people got to try it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Draught (winter 2004-2005). Brownish-red, clear with a medium beige head and lots of retention. Lots of cherry in aroma, and slight caramel. Flavor is cherry, accentuated with a little malt, and a nice ginger? spicy bitter,tart finish.

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