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Highland Imperial Gaelic

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A high-gravity version of our flagship Gaelic Ale. Last Brew from Downtown Asheville Brewery.


3.9
   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.

4.1
   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 donít feel it is as obvious in the finish as others migjht think. thehead disssipates quickly leaving only the soapy finishing leftovers behind but thatís okay. Slightly sweet. Almost feels like a tascall mixed with a gaelic with an extra kick.

3.4
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2080) - 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.

2.8
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1379) - 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 Iím a little dissapointed.


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