unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Tap @ TacoMac, Alpharetta. Dark brown color. Aroma of sweet malt, earthy peat, distant smoke. Mostly toffee and sweet malts in the nose. Tastes like a well made Scotch Ale. Sticky, toasted malt flavor, earthy finish, touch of smoke. Loads of toffee and malt character. beerme31 (686) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2011
On draft at Highland. Poured black, medium tan head. Aroma was a nice mix of roasty, chocolate, caramel, and floral. Full flavor that was malty sweet with a nice bitter to it. Medium heavy body, creamier texture, pleasant bitter finish. Overall this was great and I’d like to compare it to having it in the bottle if I ever find it. Guyute_Pig (103) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Cask at brewery. Muddy appearance, very little on nose. Tastes of hazelnut, milk chocolate, maybe almonds. Solid scotch ale and quite tasty in the cask. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2011
bottle... dark brown with a nice color, light tan head, ok thin head... very malty nose, tons of caramel, dark fruits, prunes, dark malt bomb, I like it... the taste is a letdown, the malts are more muted but still present, lots of chalk, bitter, alcoholic, not bad, but from the nose thought it was going to be awesome Drake (13939) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2011
22 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Opened 3/30/11. Pours a dark clear ruby color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, berries and an earthy, almost peaty note. The taste is toffee, brown sugar, earthy notes and a bitter hop finish. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.
anders37 (26678) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2011
Draft @ Hickory Hops 2011, Hickory, NC. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a slightly roasted malty chocolate aroma with hints of dark fruit and hints of hops. Roasted malty sweetish chocolate flavor with spicy hints. Has a sweetish malty chocolate and dark fruit finish with spicy hints. DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Dark brown, nearly black. Smoke, candy & coffe on the nose; palate is full-bodied and a little "sticky" with flavors of candy, malt and coffee. Nice, well-balanced, rich. jb (3267) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Didn’t realize this was a higher alcohol Scotch when trying it. Had it pegged as a swarzbier. Had at Tilted Kilt. Many extra points because one of our bartenders (buffalo boy) made good and got about 20 of the girls to come pose for a photo op. with us. Doar orange tinged. Great lacing pattern. Nice balanced beer, velvety mouthfeel at start, then turns unusually hoppy for a scotch, still it is mild overall. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Poured into my recently purchased Highlands pint glass.
4.5 A: Clear deep amber brown color. Two fingers of tan creamy/frothy head with very good retention and a good amount of lacing. Good here.
4.5 S: Grainy malts with ample amounts of caramel and toffee. A decent toastiness with some roastiness and hints of chocolate. Lastly, the thing that sets this apart is a pleasant herbalness. I’m not sure what heather smells like, but I think this might be it.
3.5 T: Taste is good, but it really doesn’t compare to the appearance or nose. Lots of toastiness with a strangely noticeable burnt flavor. Grainy and bready malts. Again a good amount of toffee and caramel, but not much sweetness overall, at least not for the style. Also a reasonably noticeable bitterness. Whether this comes mainly from the hops or the roasted malts is up for question.
3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. A bit lighter than I like for the style. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier, but good smoothness.
3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but I expected this style to be perfected by THIS brewery. Anyway, worth a drink if you stumble upon it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-17-2011 22:46:00
adavis234 (288) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle. Deep, dark pour - almost black with a bit of ruby when held to the light. Head is medium, tan with little lacing. Roasted chocolate malt in the nose along with some hops in the background. Nice dark, roast chocolate malt taste up front trailing into a burnt caramel wood flavor with just a hint of hops flavor. Highland does not disappoint with this beer.