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Highland 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale

Highland 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4155) - Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2014
22oz bottle, filled:03/28/14. Reddish brown color, deep mahogany. Tan head. Aroma of toasted barley malts, burnt sugars. Sweet caramelized sugars, burnt malt syrup, toasted cereal. Mild bitterness, heavy bodied. Delicious. 1 of 4, canít wait to get the next 3. (4120)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3751) - - JUL 13, 2014
bottle. clear light brown under a small,stable, tan head. yeasty, caramel, nutty malt aroma. medium bodied. drinks easy for abv. light caramel and nuts, some robust base malt (golden promise) character and a hint of dry roasted malt. a well made, but standard, scotch ale. canít complain other than how textbook it is for an anniversary offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeKirk (8) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 8, 2014 does not count
Dark mahogany color. Sweet caramel candy flavor. A little weak on the end but very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1816) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Pours from the limited edition bottle an amber-mahogany with a light beige head that reduces to spiderweb lacing. The nose is of caramel, pound cake, dark pitted fruits and sticky "monkey" glazed bread. Flavors are of dry caramel and toffee, plums, fruitcake, bourbon-barrel aging, yeasty sours, and finishes with spices, as well as a curt dry hop that lingers appropriately with spicy bread notes. Decent carbonation levels provide activity to the palate, and combined with the medium body, lets the complexity expand as it warms. This is a very nice Anniversary brew, and provides a true experience of the Scotch Ale as is expands (temperature-wise) into the cosmos.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4359) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2014
22 ounce bottle - $9.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Filled: 03/28/14.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark, tawny brown body with just at an inch of light beige foam.

Smell: Earthy dark maltiness in the nose, charred toast, thin ashen roast, nutty, dry caramel, grilled plums, and a small hint of the alcohol.

Taste: Robust, earthy malts of dark toast encrusted with nutty caramelized sugars and a notable tinge of roast. Medium sweetness. Sly, slender, tangy fruitiness. Herbal, lightly spicy hints from the hops. Finishes a bit dry with lingering roast and caramel tastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While itís not the most characterful scotch ale, it isnít rippling with malty sweetness, isnít jam-packed with peat-smoked malts, isnít coarsely boozy, etc, I liked it well enough. Itís good, albeit understated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
woodychevy (348) - - MAY 28, 2014
On tap at Native Kitchen in Swannanoa. Pretty typical scotch ale- true to style. Pours a nice, inviting deep brown with a reddish hue and nice sized head. Nose is really malty, peat, toffee, and caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth- mild carbonation. Taste runs to sweet (think caramel) - not much in the way of bittering to balance it out but as expected for style. Pretty easy going and decent, just not my favorite style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2513) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Bomber. Lots of toffee and caramel flavors. More on the heavy and sweet side than a little more light and nutty side of a scotch. Aroma is caramel again. Good body. Good sweetness. Good dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3898) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Form the 22 once bottle thanks to local rep! Light scotch blended with caramel and light oak. Hides ABV. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4806) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Deep brown ruby pour with a few cream colored bubbles. Rich caramel, toffee, light peat, and a hint of smoke. Smooth palate, heavy caramel, toffee, chewy, dough, and a nice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5118) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Deep mahogany, thin head. Clean, bready aroma. Tastes...odd, but good. In addition to the expected molasses and caramel, there is a sweet fruity notes and even some bubblegum and grape. hints of smoke, and a touch of red wine.

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