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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4032) - 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.

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 Turdís. This one has held up quite nicely after a couple years (at least I think thatís 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 Coronadoís 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3910) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle from Dan at the beerinator gathering. Thanks, Dan! Aroma was a mixture between an imperial ipa and a barleywine. Strong, citrus hops with a nice malty backbone. Very well balanced and quite tasty. Happy to try this rare brew and was quite surprised at how much I liked it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3870) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Pours clear deep amber with a large off-white head. The aroma is big in itís malt profile. Some bitterness that builds to a dry finish rounds out and compliments the flavors that the malts provide. Thanks to kp for sharing this at the pre cask tasting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Yay kp. He brough some to the pre- Cask Ale fest gathering just for me (or so he said). Really not much in the way of a scottish ale, but makes an excellent American Strong. Great big sticky hops. Good malt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (2646) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 Giant liter jug: Pours really deep ruby with a tall, thick white head that soon forms mountainous terrain and never really disappears. The aroma is peppery and piny with toffee and biscuits. I picked up a bit more spicy hops in the aroma this time around. Dense peat and toffee coat the palate with many semi sweet cigar-like qualities. Less of the hops are noticed in the mouth, but theyíre there to add light touches of pleasing acidity. The brew has much less noticeable alcohol after a couple of months and it seems a tad more dense as well. The burn is very appropriate and basically just an afterthought. The finish is moderately dry with a good array of spiced notes like cinnamon, cacao and tobacco. This is a nice drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2477) - 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 didnít 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2007
Ok, Iíve had a bottle of this (which NachlamSie was so kind to pick up for me) sitting around for a while now. After some of the initial reactions to it, I decided to wait a while and let it meld. Gotta say, good call on my part. It pours a bold red-orange with tight, light beige head and good lacing. The aroma is rich, fruity malt, prune, caramel, maybe some blackberries; there are also scents of pine and orange from the hops, and an occasional stray waft of cocoa and honey. The flavor is resinous pine up front, and leaves sticky hoppiness everywhere. These hops blend very harmoniously with a malt backbone that reminds me of raisinbread and granola bars. The finish is perky bitterness and only slight alcohol warmth. All the flavors come together very gracefully, I must say. The mouthfeel is full, with enough carbonation to spread things out. I loved this. To those of you who drank this too young, you missed out.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Pours with a deep red-brown with a thick head and lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a slight roasty note. The flavor is sweet and malty with a little rosty/smokiness and a grassy, sweet hop note and a little pine. Full bodied, tingly and a touch warming.


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