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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Highland’s vintage Scotch-style ale. Named for the "Cauldron of the Gods" from Norse mythology, this deliciously dark, complex beer combines Scotland-grown Golden Promise malts with double roasted crystal malt, crystal rye, and a touch of cherry wood-smoked malt for a deeply rich, bold flavor. This winter sipper is worthy of its mythological name.

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3.7
Bacchus66 (1096) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2017
12oz bottle @ home. Clear dark reddish brown with a minimal off-white head. Sweet malt and caramel nose. Flavors are sweet toffee, brown sugar, malt. Thick texture. Long finish. Well-concealed alcohol. Nice.

3.5
egajdzis (6856) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2017
Hazy red brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Caramel, smoke, light roast, some fruit, sweeter finish.

3.7
Dogbrick (14391) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2017
This brew pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head that dissipates steadily to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and fruit. Medium body with flavors of caramel malt, spiced fruit and a touch of hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.6
chinchill (5451) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2016
12 oz bottle with an indicated production date of 2/23/16 served in a snifter. Pours clear, dark mahogany with little head. Minimal lacing is left on the glass. Aroma & Flavor: Smells less complex, milder and more woody than it tastes. Aromatics include soft dried fruits. Complex, lightly sweet flavor. A touch of wood and hints of cherries and raisins in the aftertaste. The higher ABV is not obvious in tasting. Overall: a fine Scotch Ale that improved with warming.

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Aurelius (5689) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Rich and complex aroma - molasses/dark sugar notes, prunes/raisins/dates, peat, leather, tannins. Standard longneck, decent label, dark clear pour, huge and persistent khaki head. This is a fine pint - rich malt gives it a doppel sort of impression at first. Sweet, lots of dark-n-dry fruits - back to the dates/raisins/prunes. Earth/dust, peat and leather kick in towards the middle and end. Moderately acidic, warming at the end. The foam sticks around forever - gets in your moustache - oats? Moderately heavy mouthfeel. This would be a good pairing with game or roasted red meat. Hairy chested, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. ABC Liquors, Bull Run.

3.8
edgallow (4689) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2016
12 oz bottle pours deep amber with a tan head. Aroma of dried fruit, wood and sweet malts. Taste is very malty with some spice and dried fruit.

3.5
wombat23 (2172) - Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pours dark amber and clear with a soapy off-white head. Aroma is malty with dark fruits and peat undertones. Taste is fairly malty, with subtle scotch and peat flavors. Also some wood flavor and mild sweetness. Nice.

3.6
darbeer75 (1160) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2016
Aroma: fairly neutral without the typical maltiness found in scotch ales; Appearance: very dark amber with offwhite head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacing; Taste: much more burned/smoky flavors than expected; not sweet/malty at all; more complexity emerges as you go; Palate: very heavy body with long, toasty finish; Overall: a little more laid back than the typical scotch ale, but I think I like it. Would try again.

3.3
jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown color with white head. Malty, caramel, slight toffee, slight metallic aromas. Toasty, malty, caramel, toffee flavors.

3.7
bubbleflubber (2244) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2016
This pours a burnt mahogany into the glass, with an initially wispy head that reduces to thin ring lacing. The nose is of toffee candies, plums, prunes, molasses and lightly roasted notes. Flavors are of burnt toffee, molasses, prunes, highly roasted and toasted grains, burnt grain husks, dark stone fruits and finish with a roasted grainy hop. The full-body is thick, yet has an active mouthfeel with zesty carbonation. A chewy palate ensues with light oiliness. As a fan of the original Tasgall Ale, and sorry to see it go, I don’t know that I can give this the same Scotch marks that I gave it. A return to Tasgall, but slightly disappointed in comparison to the original.


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