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Cold Mountain Winter Ale


Winter Warmer
Highland Brewing Company
Asheville, NC
ABV varies

The recipe for this winter ale changes each year, but the emphasis is on an earthy, malty ale with a hint of spice. This year’s version is chestnut brown with a maple and vanilla-oak sweetness, backed with a solid, grassy hop bitterness. Cinnamon and nutmeg are there, but are never overpowering. A dry, woody finish and low carbonation gives it a wine-like mouthfeel. Serve it in a wine glass at Christmas dinner instead of that cheap merlot you got at Kroger.

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