Brewed by Highlander Brew Co.
Style: Scottish Ale
South River, Canada


on tap


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Highlander Scottish Ale has a bright red almond colour with toasted malt, a hint of caramel, and a touch of fruit aromas. It has medium body, with coffee and chocolate flavours, nice hop balance and nutty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (3053) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2012
500ml from the LCBO and sometimes called "Highlander Pale Ale" as on their site (right now). Pours a clean copper colour with a warm cap that is frothy, decent lasting and gives out dirty lacing. I really like the smell of this one. Kind of a nutty coffee aroma with some light chocolate and roasted malts. Thin mouthfeel making this one go down easily. The flavours are a bit milder, but still good with some toffee, well-balanced with some nuts and very mild hop arrives in the aftertaste. Hints of dark fruits eventually make it out. I prefer this one not too cold. Quite pleasant overall with some subtle characters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frothmeister (717) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown with a light tan head. The aroma is interesting; cocoa, raisin, licorice, malt, faint floral notes. The taste is very biscuity, dark malt, faint cocoa, with some red fruit, and a clean bitter finish. It’s not going to knock your socks off, but it’s definitely a solid dark ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
500ml brown bottle from wilco. Pours dark gold/orange, clear. Compact off white head with a creamy bead, good retention and good lacing. Nose is slightly toasty and caramelly. Taste has nice toasted malts and caramel sweetness, nuts and chocolate and candyish fruitiness. Very light hops come in late, a bit of grassy bitterness with light toasted grains carrying into the aftertaste. Medium bodied, tight carbonation. Solid beer, well made, sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2012
500ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on May 21, 2012 after purchasing from one of the local LCBO outlets. The beer poured translucent coppery-brown colour with a thin tan coloured head. The aroma was sweet malt, molasses, caramel, and some floral hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is a disappointment. Quite metallic for a Scottish/Scotch ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
C2H5OH (64) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2012
Pours a clear reddish-brown with a small off-white head. The nose is sweet dark fruit, cherry, hard candy, earthy & floral, with some spice. Taste is malty and syrupy sweet with caramel, plum, raisin, chocolate, grassy hops and gummy candy. Mouth feel is on the thin side with medium carbonation. Finish is short, leaving some malty/fruity sweetness. Not terribly complex, but very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2012
Rich ruby brew that gives off a sweet tang - hints of caramel. A bit sweet but not cloying and a nice sweet finish that is undercut by a hint of bitterness. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2012
500ml bottle. Pour is amber orange with a spongy cream head. ArOma is earthy , toasted caramel malt, nutty, fermented fruit. Medium and oily. Sweet toasted malt. Uncomplicated. Sour grassy finish. It’s ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cfrancis (3090) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2012
Pours a dark copper with a small beige head. Aroma is faint, nutty and malty. Taste is fairly boring, malted and a small nut. Boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3698) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
500 ml bottle (a couple as “Pale Ale”, a couple as “Scottish Ale”), served cool in a tulip glass. 20AL12.

App.: Clear bright copper, nice light tan head. Aroma: Grainy/mashy sweetness, lightly fruity, mashy/savoury notes, a little earthy, honey, quite malty, virtually no hops, a bit raw. Palate: Medium+ body, soft, full effervescence with a few prickly bubbles. Flav.: Mashy/grainy malts, honey, vague fruitiness, tastes a bit raw/under-fermented, no hops really; sweet with sufficient balancing bitterness and a sweet grainy fruity finish.

Call it what you will, it is still underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2501) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2012
500 mL bottle. Darkish copper in colour with just a ring of head. Lots of toast in the nose, along with some earthy hops, unsalted peanuts, and a hint of orchard fruit. Caramel sweetish flavour, with the nuts again, as well as some bread. Either the carbonation is a touch high, or the body is a touch light. Not terribly complex, but a nice beer. I’d like to try it on tap - it’s very quaffable.

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