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Highland Imperial Gaelic

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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A high-gravity version of our flagship Gaelic Ale. Last Brew from Downtown Asheville Brewery.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
1 litre swingtop, 2006. pretty surprised how this has held up, its drinking pretty much like an english barleywine at this point. slight oxidation, but a very soft and melded oxidation that does lend to the flavor, not too bright. the aroma is very nice, sweet caramel, bread, slight old funk and cheese, pretty nice. overall drinking pretty well, and especially well for what it is. good stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5837) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2010
1 liter swingtop bottle with signatures all over the label thanks big time to brentk56. 2006 vintage. Let me start by saying that Highland is one of my favorite breweries. Pours a clear dark amber color with a massive off-white head. A great aroma; hoppy pine, caramel, sweet fruit. The flavor is also great; sweet caramel and fruit mix, still lots of piny hops here after nearly four years, sweet and rich. A great smooth mouthfeel. Another winner from Highland Brewing. I’d love to try this fresh. Please make this again Highland.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4134) - Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2009
1L swing-top bottle. Very oxidized. musty malt aroma. Textbook oxidation. Dark fruit, sherry, very tasty. Distant hop. All other hops must have faded off.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Appearance: Pours a surprisingly hazy, dark mahogany-hued body with a thin, bubbly, off-white head. Smell: Toasty malts with a decent dose of sweetish, fragrant caramel with mellowed hop notes of dried citrus peels and a spicy herbaceousness. Taste: Pale malts, lightly toasty, with sweet tastes of aged caramel and toffee candy. Faint fruitiness. Though the bitterness has long since diminished, and is now mild at best, there’s still a fair share of hop flavor left to enjoy, including tastes of citrus, wood, and a few leafy herbal undertones. A few more final fruit hints on the semi-dry finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: After around 2 years and 4½ months after it’s official release on the day following the Bluegrass Beer Festival in Asheville, it’s still an enjoyable beer. However, it seems to be beyond its peak, so if you have a bottle left, I’d get around to it sooner rather than later.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Swingtop bottle probably from either ross or durhambeer. Pours mahogany with a thin tan head. Smells spicy and citrussy with lots of brown sugar present. Tastes floral and citrussy with some peaty hints, figs, raisins. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side considering the warming alcohol presence. Finish yields some fruity qualities. Great beer that I hope they brew again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2617) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2008
bottle, at Carolina Crew get together. I think I got this from ross. Good aroma, sweet. toffee, nutty, tobacco, plum raisin. Clean brownish orange color, good head, minor lace. Sweet bitter flavor. Got some citrus that I didn’t get in the aroma. Medium body, viscous creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice, probably could still sit on this as I got some heat from it. Aroma was my favorite part as it had several thing going on.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Sampler from a growler brought by Oldgrowth to the Carolina Crew Gathering at Turd’s. This one has held up quite nicely after a couple years (at least I think that’s its age). A full copper pour with a slight cloudiness and modest head. Some toffee in the nose combined with a perky fruit quality, making for an interesting updating of the style. It really does come across less like an imperial scotch and more like Coronado’s Red Devil or something like that, because the hops are very much still there in addition to the fruity qualities. Regardless of designation, this was a nice one to sample.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3981) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Thanks to oldgrowth for bringing this to the Carolina gathering. Pours a deep red with some haze. Thin light tan head. The nose had mellowed nicely, sweet, earthy, caramel, citrusy, had some barley wine qualities. Citrusy flavor, grapefruit peel, a lot more hop character than I was expecting, caramel, again more barley wine characteristics Nice smooth warming mouthfeel with a citrusy grapefruit peel finish. Very glad I got to try this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2008
We popped this over Thanksgiving, and it had been siting for well over a year. We wanted to drink this and the Imperial Kasmir back to back for comparison. I have to admit I was impressed with how well it has stood up, the nose was largely fruit forward and still very hoppy. This had really mellowed into this slightly sweet caramelly with some sweet toffee candiness. Delicious!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2008
This one’s been sitting for about a year and a half. Finally popped the cap to ring in 2008 (although I have sampled at a few tastings over the past year or so). Carbonation remained excellent even with the rubber stopper. Pours a cloudy reddish peach color with a thick stand of bone white head, which leaves spotty, sticky lace. Aroma is caramelly and sweet with candied sugar and a variety of fruits including peach, mango and some darker/pitted. Flavor is big and juicy, with bitter hops up front and in the finish with a dollop of sweet thick caramel and fruity notes in the middle, all surrounded by some fresh dry hops that have held up reasonably well with time. Very smooth with fine carbonation and full palate; just slightly warming with no alcohol noted. This was a delicious, complex treat - much more than just a big Gaelic Ale (which is a solid, but unexceptional red ale). Thanks to NachlamSie for the trade - would have hated to miss out on this limited edition beer from a fine brewery.


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