Cold Mountain Winter Ale

North Carolina
United States
Cold Mountain Winter Ale by Highland Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Our spiced winter seasonal complements all your holiday festivities. It is typically malty in body, lightly hopped, and rounded out with a delicious mix of spices that varies from year to year as we search for the best vanilla, hazelnut, and other flavors.

Profile

ABV: 
5.9%
IBUs: 
28
Served at: 
40 - 45º
Hops: 
Cascade, Mount Hood
Malts: 
Two Row, Pilsen, Vienna, Chocolate, Wheat, Caramel 40, Caramel 60
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Cold Mountain Winter Ale (judged under BJCP category 30C, Winter Seasonal Beer) is a pleasant surprise for anyone who expects all "winter ales" to be hot and heavy.  Its subtle flavors are a nice change of pace, and it doesn't sacrifice a rich, wintry impression despite that subtlety.

The beer pours a deep brown, with good clarity that shows off a touch of ruby highlights.  The initial aroma is of a subtle herbal and spice character that's indistinct but definitely comes through.  The underlying malt character is of a milky chocolate.  Overall, the aroma is clean and lager-like, with no apparent fermentation character.

Flavor generally matches aroma, and the mocha, cafe au lait impression comes out even more!  To the herbal flavor we add low-medium bittering and a slight vanillin sweetness.  The finish is balanced, with a cocoa flavor lingering in the aftertaste.  There's definitely body there, but this beer is far from heavy, and the impression is one of "fullness" rather than heft.  

A great option for a cold evening, but not something that has to be carefully sipped from a small snifter - I enjoyed the entire bomber, and could have gone back for more!  

Brewery Introduction

Highland Brewing was founded in 1994 by retired engineer and entrepreneur Oscar Wong, establishing it as the pioneer of Asheville, NC’s now booming craft beer industry. With a portfolio that is equal parts established and inventive, Highland is known for consistently excellent beer. Proudly... Read More

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