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Highland 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale

Highland 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale
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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Twenty years has passed since Highland first opened its creaky basement door, in a town otherwise bereft of breweries. Even with vast development of beer culture in Asheville, our name anchors us here. Highland honors the legends of the Scots Irish, so deeply woven into the Southern Appalachians. On this special occasion, Brewmaster John Lyda gives a nod to local history again, this time with a limited edition Highland Brewing Company 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale. Rich caramel and roasted notes blend with a subtle hop nose to create an ale suited for the finest occasions. Medium-bodied, it has a brown-red hue from a Caramel malt and roasted barley. It is brewed with the finest traditional Scottish malts and English Fuggle hops. A late addition of Sterling hops imparts a slightly spicy nose, ever so subtle. Grains: Thomas Fawcett Golden Promise, Briess 2-row, Briess Carapils, Briess Caramel 40, Simpson Roast Hops: Fuggle & Sterling ABV: 8% IBU: 25

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WillRunForBeer (1578) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle brought to me by April and Bentley. Filled 03/28/14. Pours mahoghany with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, fruity esters, mild earthy peat. Flavor follows. Brown sugar, caramel, fruity esters, miid peat. There’s a touch of mineral in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (4792) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2015
650 ml bottle thanks to Willrunforbeer for the share! Bottom of label reads bottled 3/28/2014, ok it has sat a bit... Dark mahogany color with very thin head in the snifter. Aroma shows caramel candy, oak like notes ( even without being put in a barrel) and light peat.

Flavor has a big toffee, caramel base with roasted nuts and shows a sticky toffee mouthfeel. Very sweet finish. Thought for an anniversary beer they would have gone more bold... Still drinkable even after this amount of time in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6055) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Medium brown with a tan head. The aroma full of toffee and caramel with some dark fruit, brown sugar and a bit of peat. The flavor is very similar. The peat malt goes well with the sweetness from the toffee and caramel malt. There is also a bit of boozy raisin quality and some dark cherries. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer, as always, from Highland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (1769) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2015
One of the best brews from Highland I have had. A nice super sweet malty tasting Scotish Ale. nice mouthfeel with a bit over carb. It would hve been awesome if they would have barrel aged this one. Nice malt forward warmness and ends with carb and creaminess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2948) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2014
16 oz draft pours Amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel and spice. Taste is malts and grain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle @ home, thanks to wedgie for sending. Pours a reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. Slightly nutty, rich caramel, light bubblegum, banana, and pear in the nose with some grassy notes. Moderately high carbonation. Pretty high sweetness. Quite a bit of bubblegum and candy notes. Light smoke. Finishes a little sweet. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5517) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Deep copper pour with light tan head and lace. Aroma is sweet malty start with a flat earthy bitter. Medium bodied and fizzy. Just not what I was hoping for

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Serving: Bottle from Bottle Revolution. Ruddy brown pour with a pillowy and lasting off white head. Pleasantly malty nose with a bit of earth and peat. Medium bodied and easy drinking. Straight forward caramel malt, dark bread, a hint of burnt malt, earthy hops, a little spice. Fairly quick finish. A very solid brew without all of the gimmicks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
demmbonz (677) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Shared bomber to snifters. Aroma of cucumbers. Which I suppose is what they’re going for. Flavor the same with some pepperiness and slight citrus from hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3263) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Pours a clear, very dark garnet that throws a nice light, mocha-colored head Light malt aroma The flavor is lightly sweet, not much else going on really. A bit thin. These guys can do better. Disappointing.

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