BridgePort Highland Ambush Scotch Ale

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
First brewed in the 1980s as a special beer for the BrewPub at BridgePort, Highland Ambush is making its triumphant return more than 20 years later. Stuart MacLean Ramsay, then pub manager, conceptualized the brew to pay homage to his Scottish heritage. This years Highland Ambush takes inspiration from the original ale using NW pale ale malt along with a Scottish crystal and roast malt. The hopping rate of Highland Ambush has been toned down to help highlight the complementing vanilla from the American oak bourbon barrels and caramel-toffee malt nuances. Reddish-Brown in color, Highland Ambush will warm the coldest of toes and noses this holiday season.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (954) - - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle. Half-inch tan had that recedes to a sheen retained over the top layer. Light copper in color with red-orange highlights. You know those little gummies that come in fun-sized packs and are shaped like Scooby Doo or Transformers? This beer has a candy sweetness akin to those. Also red grapes, bread, vanilla and oak. Smells similar to a Dr. Pepper. The flavor begins with the candy sweetness: apples, grapes, gummies. Sourdough breadiness and the oak follow. The bottle says 30 percent of the beer was aged in oak barrels, but it tastes like more. Like a molasses campfire. Light yet creamy body; peppery carbonation. Not bad, Bridgeport. Not bad at all. I split this bomber with my pops, but now Im kind of upset I did. I could easily put back more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maekchu (3821) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle from the discount bin at Five Points Bottle Shop (Atl Highway). Rich fruity nose, citrusy, lightly smoky, and some small notes of oxidation. Hazy ruddy brown color. Brown sugar, sweet malt. It goes thin in mid palate. Light fruitiness. Medium body. Overall, a bit too sweet and sugary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (11678) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"you get the feeling this was a textbook scotch ale before the barreling. no frills, but spot om for the style, and tasty if you like peet. the barreling softens things up just a little (still less than 7%) and gives it an extra layer of sweetness, vanilla, and oak, but the smokiness still is the key player in the aroma and flavor. a nice ale."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (4544) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Mild and drinkable. Somewhat sweet, mostly caramel with some breadiness and grassy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
22oz bottle 2/23/13 (Binnys Naperville)-42 in Snifter-Pours brown with an off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Taste of the same with some oak, smoke, and more vanilla. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty. Nice job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jandd1983 (4210) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2012
It poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of brown sugar and yeast. The taste was smokey with burnt sugar and a flavor that lingers on with a nice crisp finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1537) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Dark amber color with a beige head. Aroma of wood and some fruit. Taste is woody and peaty,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2012
One finger head, good lacing, off white, dark brown, oak aroma, slight cherry flavor with oak/scotch notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricktop86 (838) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Pours amber with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, oak and whiskey. Flavor follows nose and its not very sweet for a scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
knickskicks (1162) - - JUL 8, 2012
Amber. Beige head. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Nothing special.

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