merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sharp looking copper body poured from the 22 oz bottle. Tall tan head. Aroma is vanilla, orange peel and dark fruits. Taste has raisins, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, and spicy hops underneath. Vanilla is overdone in this 2008 version compared to other vintages, but still my favorite winter ale.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great looking dark ruby ale. Clear. Very malty with spices and vanilla. Cinammon and gingerbread. Fuk yeah for Highland, this is the best Winter Ale I’ve had all season. Very good in the ways of drinkablitity and complexity. Get this beer... today!
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark rudy brown pour. Smelled like cola - sweet malty and some prunish fruits and spices. Sweeter malty flavors, medium fruits, and a fair bit of spice for flavors. A touch of clove too.
pintocb (648) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brick store on tap. Brown with a creamy head. Looks thicker than it tastes. Some elements of a nice brown ale, caramel and toffee flavors, but a different finish. A spicey finish.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22oz bomber this beer pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, and vanilla. The taste is quite sweet with some brown sugar and lots of cinnamon coming through. Very little hops but for a very sweet beer this is one of the best, if not the best, winter beer I have had this season. I am ready to go buy another bottle. Outstanding.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 vintage. my first vintage of this stuff, i am hanging on to a couple bombers to try next to next years batch... This year it was overwhelming in the vanilla category, very sweet, poured an amber color with medium head... this is a regional cult favorite, one of the hardest seasonal beers to find in Asheville, a very popular cult beer, I like the mystique more, but hey, isn’t that half of the attraction....
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a fairly dark reddish orange with a moderately-sized creamy off-white head that lasts a while and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is somewhat sweet, with cinnamon, vanilla, bready malts, a bit of caramel, and a hint of pine hops. Flavor is a pretty strong rush of sweet spiced bready malt---cinnamon, vanilla, maybe ginger. Finishes with a bit of chocolate, with some light sweet-citrus hops in the background. Kind of like drinking a Christmas dessert, but unlike most such attempts, this one avoids being cloyingly sweet or artificial, and is quite drinkable.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Blake for this one. Brown bodied, tan head. Nice spiced chocolate nose, caramel as well. The flavor is a creamy chocolate, and is lightly spiced, deliciously smooth and velvety. A slight it thin for the flavor but very nice all around.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium brown with a small head. Aroma is of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is melted vanilla ice cream with some chocolate syrup mixed in. Short finish with little aftertaste. Thanks to Brandon for this one.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a red streak, not much head. Kinda ugly. I mean, not real ugly, but not the sexiest brew, either. But then you smell the pint and you pick something sweet, dark, inviting, and with a bit of cocoa, maybe. Kinda tastes like mildly sweet tea with vanilla, chocolate, and licorice thrown in. But putting it that way makes Cold Mountain kinda gross, which it most certainly is not. There’s enough hops to keep the beer from turning into Granma’s Cookie Tin you get every Christmas, but still keeps the essence of what ol’ Granny’s been baking close to heart. Sweet but not too sweet, fairly low ABV for a winter ale, quality cold-weather creation. (12/8/08)