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Highland Imperial Gaelic

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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