AR (986) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light aroma and a quickly dieing head. Carbonated beer with a spicy flavor of cherry soda and watermelon.
MIBRomeo (2485) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
dark mahogony in color w/ a small tan head and some nice lacing. Smells of baby powder and some light malts, very odd, a few other light spices in the back. Palate is full and fairly well carbonted. Flavor is odd, the baby powder wont go away, fairly sweet some odd spices in the finish. Not something i can drink.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009 22oz. bottle. Pours red/copper/brown with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly to a light ring. Very little lacing. Sweet aroma, caramel malt, vanilla, some dark fruit. Flavor is underwhelming, some black cherries, caramel malt, vanilla, spice, but rather weak and watery. Somewhat medicinal. Mouthfeel is low on carbonation, pretty thin, yet manages to get a bit sticky long after the finish. A fair amount of local hype on this one and I was not terribly impressed for my first one. Coulda got an ’08, but I will check it out again next year.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2006. Light brown color with white head. Malty chocolate nose. Flavor is malts with spicy, sprucy flavor.
Ernesto987 (3258) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber, it’s got the southern tier Creme burlee flavor. Luckily it’s just a significant flavor not utter dominance. Dry finish, thin body. Lame brew
Ungstrup (28254) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and vanilla, leading to a dry finish.
lb4lb (2172) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle courtesy of DrBayern
Rich maroon brown with a fluffy beige head. Smell is sweet, malt, vanilla, cream and perhaps some butteriness or butterscotch. Kind of reminds me of scotch ales, which i’m not too keen on. Taste is smooth vanilla, cream and caramelly malt. A good beer, in all honesty, but something about the strong sweet vanilla like aroma that was a bit cloying or unpleasant to me.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JAN 11, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bomber. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep copper color, with a sticky tan head. Aromas are of sweet malts, vanilla, slight spices.
Flavors is strictly vanilla cream soda.
Strange flavor for a beer, especially a Winter ale. Medium mouthfeel, decent body. Finished sweet & sticky.
rollinsr (333) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - FEB 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wasn’t a huge fan of this one though it came out of a single batch cask and may have just been an off batch. The maltiness of this one seemed to beer overpowered by the whisky aroma. Reminded me of a watered-down boiler-maker. I will most likely try this one again and re-rate it.
NachlamSie (2618) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.