Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale

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Updated Review 11/07
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2007 Vintage. Bought this at GSO Wine Warehouse on a recent trip to Greensboro, NC, USA. $4.49 for the 22 oz bottle, purchased on the day of release. I resisted the temptation to buy the larger, flip top growler type bottle since I remembered not being that impressed with this beer the first time around in 2005 (last year I didn’t buy it at all). I was surprised to read my review form 2005 and see that it almost EXACTLY applies to this vintage. It’s a decent beer, but to me it is simply not that impressive – fails to live up to the hype for me; maybe I need to try this on draught.
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Original Review 11/05
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22 oz bottle. Greens on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. 2005 Vintage.
Red pour, thin looking, not much head and very little lacing. Some bubbles, but distinct lack of head-carbonation results.
Aroma is brown sugar and spice.
I get some initial bitterness but this fades quickly to yield some some sweetness and spice. The spice is difficult to place, maybe some vanilla? A little chocolately/very mild coffee note too.
Mouhtfeel above average but not great.
Drinkability is good, but I was expecting more from the hype. Nice, but I’m not really excited by this. Sorry.

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11/19/2005
Format:
bottle
ABV: 5.8 %
Appearance: 3
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.7
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