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Highland Imperial Gaelic

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
A high-gravity version of our flagship Gaelic Ale. Last Brew from Downtown Asheville Brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 Liter bottle. Pours dark mahogany/burnt orange with a bubbly beige head. Aroma is hoppy, with notes of sweet malts and caramel. Flavor has a nice citrus/piney hop character similiar to a good IPA, and a sweet maltiness and alcohol finish like a barleywine. Thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cam501 (58) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 While i can taste the alcohol in this brew, I don’t feel it is as obvious in the finish as others migjht think. thehead disssipates quickly leaving only the soapy finishing leftovers behind but that’s okay. Slightly sweet. Almost feels like a tascall mixed with a gaelic with an extra kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Pours out a deep orange brown color with a small thin head. Aroma is sweet and slightly hoppy. The flavor was very malty and had a strong alochol finsh to it. I liked it, but i was hoping for a bit more than this. I guess i had more expectations than i should have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Bottle from Suttree, Thanks! Pours out a redish color with a white head. Smell is sweet, hoppy, and caramel. Taste is also pretty sweet, possibly a little too sweet. The sweetness dominates the hop profile and this ends up turning out like a mild barley wine. Certainly not their best beer, and probably not worth all of the hype that was built up about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Sampled at Brewgrass Fest. Big grapefruity hop aroma, with some sweet caramel- like malts. I found the flavor to be rather harsh, especially in the finish. I know this is a new beer for Highland...maybe it will benefit from some aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Pours a mostly clear dark amber color with a fluffy white head that dissipates. Some lacing. Aroma has hints of sweet molasses and toffee with a bit of alcohol. Flavor is mostly sticky sweet but with a slightly abrasive bitterness around the finish to go with some alcohol burn. There was a lot of hype about this beer in this state and I have to say I’m a little dissapointed.

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