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Olde Burnside Father Christmas Highland Ale

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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In the spirit of the holidays, we at Olde Burnside Brewing Co. would like to wish you the best of the season and offer to you our "Father Christmas Highland Ale." a traditional wee heavy Scottish ale to share with your family and friends.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (14366) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber color, bright white edge head. Aroma of earthy and dirty brownie. Taste is dusty, earthy, herbal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is spices, caramel and cookie malt with earthy hops and spruce notes. Flavor is toasted caramel malt, spruce, spices, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (5834) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Draft at pony bar with Brendan. Pours a deep reddish murky body with thin white lacing. Aroma is melted boozy butterscotch. Really aggressive. Mouthfeel is slick with notes of booze, J&B, and scotchy butterscotch. Definitely a "scotch" ale. Horrible.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (725) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Iíve had a pint of this last year and found it to be decent enough. However now that itís sold in 2 packs of 12 oz bottles instead of the big swing tops I decided to give it a proper try. Poured into a pint glass. Best Before 02/12/2014. Pours a murky burnt red/brown color with a half finger of khaki foam. Plenty of floaties. Decent lacing. The aroma is simply impressive. Caramel malts and cordial cherries. This is a straight up dessert aroma. Wow, this just smells amazing. Taste falls a bit flat but itís still damn tasty. Smooth caramel malts lead into bright cherry and some light spices. Finishes clean with some lingering sweetness that draws you back in for another sip. Not as daunting or peaty as most scotch ales, this really leans towards the sweeter side of things with just a faint nod of smoke. Mouth feel is a bit thin but highly drinkable. The ABV is no way nearly 12%, it feels like 6%. Overall, Olde Burnside really stepped up their game this year. This is the perfect beer to drink on Christmas. I only wish it were sold in four packs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (4355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2013
Growler in a plastic cup. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, some floral hops, and spices. Flavor a nice blend of these. Average texture. A decent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeersGoodnStuf (6) - East Berlin, Connecticut, USA - DEC 31, 2012 does not count
Amazing brew. Dark (but not too dark) malty and sweet. Not even a hint of hops, so if you are into IPAs, you might be disappointed. I can't wait to pick up mine each winter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (8239) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Gorgeous 1L cobalt blue swing top bottle with red tag from Caponeís. Pours thick and turbid dark brownish rust color with 1-finger frothy off-white head. Nose is roasty Scotch malt, some tart fruit, earthy brown sugar. Tastes rich, with a roasty caramelly scotchy malt flavor, mild fruit, nuts, and some earthy tartness, but seems somewhat discombobulated. Well hidden alcohol, with some finishing spicy notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerfest5 (1199) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2011
ooooo, ya this was a little bit of a miss from ten penny. i purposefully waited to rate this one after trying it last year, just to make sure i didnt have a bad bottle, and tried it again this year and its a little better, or maybe my palate is a little more experienced, but this isnt a good version of a scotch ale. not my favorite style to begine with, way too much malty sweetness, and this tries to cover it up with alcohol, not a good mix.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JJAlexander (46) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2010
caramel, nuts, toast, floral, citrus, butterscotch, clove, ginger, raisin, vanilla, woody, brown, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish. To hell with the haters. I await the release of this brew every year, and it never disappoints.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2010
The aroma has alcohol vapor and some sweetness along a weird, unidentified element. Dark brown pour with a medium offwhite head. The flavor is very unplesant, itís boozey and very sweet, almost sickening. The body is light with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation. This scotch ale is craptacular.

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