RATINGS: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bomber. A strange deep, dark, but also shiny and clear red color with a real big soapy tan head. Odd looking, but kind cool. Smells as sweet as candy with syrup on top. Really unique flavor...I get some honey, caramel, raisins, grapes, vanilla, coffee.... Quite complicated, really strange, but somehow still good and balanced. It surprisingly doesnt leave my mouth sticky and finishes much cleaner than I expected. Tastes sorta like a sweeter version of a low alcohol barleywine...if such a thing existed. One of a kind for sure.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Got this big ol bottle from Jimbowood sometime last year, I believe. Ever been inside the tinderbox? Its a cigar shop that is found in malls throughout the country. Well, this stuff smells just like the inside of a tinderbox. Vanilla, malt and tobacco are on the nose, and the flavor tastes like a sweet vanilla cigar. Weird, but pretty good. I guess its fitting that a beer from North Carolina tastes like tobacco.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayg1 (593) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours out a deep drark red with a a huge tan head. Aroma is sweet as can be with caramel and spice. Taste is interesting, heavy on the vanilla and cinnamon as well as nutmeg. Good lord this is sweet and spicy!!! I have to say up front that Im not a big fan of hugely sweet beers. For this reason, I cant rate this beer very high, however I must say that this beer would be much better if I had split the bottle with two or three people instead of trying to drink it myself. Too much sweetness is sometimes not a very good thing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
PP Strong Ale Fest 07, bottle brought by kp, thanks dude. Pour red with thin tan head. Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet, with a sugary cereal taste. Weird but interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Thanks to kp for sharing at the pizza port strong ale fest 2007 Rich and flavorful, this is a tasty brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2007
draft at barleys in asheville....pours a dark muddy caramel brown with some white head.....aromas of spiced malt and and some lingering hops....flavors of creamy mild caramel malt with a slightly bitter and spicy finish to it.....this one i would like to try again sometime.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Pours dark amber with a thick creamy head. Malts and nutmeg on the nose. malts and hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Draught. Pours dark amber with thin off white head. The aroma is sweet with hints of chocolate, and malt. The flavor is very sweet but with a nice light balance of bitterness. Very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2007
on tap. small off-white head into clear amber body. aromas of strong vanilla, malts, and other spices. flavor is sweet. good different but more of a dessert beer though.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bikerunbeerman (8) - Grinch Mountain, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007 does not count
Draft at OMalleys in Sylva, NC. Dark cooper color with sweet, light brown head. Outstanding winter brew! Smooth and delicious blend of spices. Cinnamon, vanilla, maybe a bit of chocolate? This is a great wintertime beverage. Better get some soon...it sold out fast last year...we had to hunt all over Western North Carolina last year starting in December. Ive already started to stock up. If you like winter ales, you will not be disappointed with a cold, Cold Mountain!


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