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. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pours a hazy amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, some roasted malts, and aged bitter hops. Flavor is roasted malts, biscuity, smoky, and some aged citrus hops MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2007
A treasure courtesy of muenster. Growler.Thanks so much Chris. I’m treating myself to this tonight because I’ve been down on my luck, and things are starting to get better slowly. Deep, dark copper/amber topped with a frothy white head. there’s a good amount of lace left too. Powerful hop aroma, which I’m guessing is cascade. Lots of piney citric goodness. Bready malts with loads of spice and perfume. Flavour is full out resiny hop goodness, pine, orange peel, and lots of sweet and balanced rye bread malts. Hints of oak and smoke as well. Very bold finish, well attenuated, excellent balance. Well done Highland, and thanks Chris for being so generous, much appreciated. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
22 oz. bottle, shared by a fellow Ratebeerian at O’Briens (sorry, I don’t remember exactly who it was...). Pours a clear garnet color with a small beige head. Nice hoppy aroma, floral and light citrus notes, rich malts, toasty and somewhat fruity. Wow, interesting. Spicy, toasty malts, citrus hoppy, but somewhat overpowered by alcohol, grapefruit, astringent finish. Medium body, gentle carbonation, smooth and yummy. Magjayran (1379) - 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.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2008
We popped this over Thanksgiving, and it had been siting for well over a year. We wanted to drink this and the Imperial Kasmir back to back for comparison. I have to admit I was impressed with how well it has stood up, the nose was largely fruit forward and still very hoppy. This had really mellowed into this slightly sweet caramelly with some sweet toffee candiness. Delicious! 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. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 16, 2007
An imperial version of a quite mild but well balanced beer should, under most circumstances, remain uninteresting or turn out poorly, in my experiences with a useless doubling of ingredients of an already enjoyable beer. The base version of this beer, however, is fantastic, certainly one of the better recipes produced by one of North Carolina’s best breweries, the resulting "Imperial" version commands recognition. The pour is a lightly hazy dark amber/red with orange glints at the edges. A light tan head produces heavy lacing that falls down into the liquid below all too quick. Earthy and pine-resin hops are foremost in escaping the glass, but the lovely malt profile is what’s most noticeable and admirable. Notes of caramel, toasted grains, residual sugars, mild, spice, vanilla and basement must. The flavor is of very rich and not overly sweet caramel, followed by pleasant mild hoppy bitterness and a clean foray into the original taste structure of the regular Gaelic ale. Earthiness is hearty and welcoming. Sweetness is medium, bitterness low to mild, no real astrincency or acidity. The finish is very well balanced, lightly bitter but mostly semi-sweet, caramel malt lingering. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and medium-full bodied, warming with weighty alcohol. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Best beer of a mighty large sampling spread of IPA’s (mostly). Reddish caramel brown, slight hazy with a dense creamy light tan head. Big full malty nose. Caramel, toast, some chocolate, alcohol. Balanced. Substantial body, small alcohol warming, low carbonation. Big sweet caramel, alcohol balances it nicely. Some toast, tannic, surprisingly dry woody finish. Not bad at all! wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
1 litre swingtop, 2006. pretty surprised how this has held up, its drinking pretty much like an english barleywine at this point. slight oxidation, but a very soft and melded oxidation that does lend to the flavor, not too bright. the aroma is very nice, sweet caramel, bread, slight old funk and cheese, pretty nice. overall drinking pretty well, and especially well for what it is. good stuff!