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Highlander Premium Beer - Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House

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13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A smooth Scottish (not scotch- style) style ale with a rich complex malt bill, Highlander isn’t too heavy or too light; a great session ale.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 08-06-2010)
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

On tap at the Rhino in Missoula, to make up for not trying it a few days earlier in Whitefish...

This beer appears a dark reddish amber hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a dense ring of lace around the glass upon its demise. It smells of smoky, and somewhat briny grain, and mild earthy hops. The taste is lightly roasted grain, and mild floral, weedy hops. The bubbles are wee in strength, the body decently weighty, but a tad spacey, and it finishes off-dry, the sweet toasted grain walking that extra mile.

A beer that starts off with notes like a peaty island scotch, then drops off to become a gentle, light, nicely drinkable Scottish ale.

08-06-2010 05:24:56 | More by biboergosum
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +15.7%

22 oz bottle courtesy of RWNewhouse. Pours a fairly clear amber color with a small cap of tan head. Fades fast and leaves just a collar and sheen.

Nose is mostly toffee with some buttery caramel coming out along with a touch of roast. Malt-forward beer with very little, if any, hops.

Tastes like a caramel covered popcorn ball. The buttery aspect actually works ok on this one and gives it a decidedly British flair. Flavors are not huge, and that is reflected in the low ABV, but it goes down very, very easy. It is actually kind of a thirst quencher. Medium bodied at best, but it works here. I like it, this bomber will be gone in less than 15 minutes! Tasty stuff Ryan, thanks!

01-31-2012 21:25:10 | More by twiggamortis420
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Mikexw

New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

08-17-2014 15:52:46 | More by Mikexw
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Flathead_Monster

Montana

3.5/5  rDev 0%

11-17-2013 19:04:42 | More by Flathead_Monster
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EricCioe

Montana

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%

Part of a blind scotch ale tasting with Adam H and RWNewhouse.

This pours a light ruby with a nice frothy head. On the nose there are fruity esters with some bread and caramel behind. In the mouth there is the fruit again, but this time there is a good deal of dry bread backing it up. The body is thin and the finish is quite short.

Overall, this wasn't one of the winners at the scotch ale tasting. When we found out what it was, the thinness made sense given the abv and presumably what the brewers were shooting for.

02-20-2012 02:06:19 | More by EricCioe
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev 0%

05-21-2014 22:55:46 | More by thebigredone
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neckbeered

Montana

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

05-12-2014 21:58:04 | More by neckbeered
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toastermm

Montana

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%

I'm proud to make this one of my first reviews. I've really grown to like Highlander over my stay in Montana, as it is really one of the better examples of a good scottish ale widely available (edit- widely available IN Montana). I realize that's kind-of a small category, but it is still a good beer.

Drinking a 22oz bottle, the smell suggests more bready notes than the taste delivers. The mouthfeel is good, but a tad on the thin side- I like it as is, but I also wouldn't mind more creaminess somehow. I really could loose myself at the bottom of these bottles, great hometown beer, good memories (what remains of them) and as suggestive as a rolled up sorority girl's skirt. I must say that a scottish beer without red plaid on the label is a scottish beer not worth having. Thank you Highlander, and please let this replace your infatuation with that crappy black star you are selling everywhere. But that is a story for another time. See you soon at Whitefish Ski Resort.

10-25-2011 00:22:52 | More by toastermm
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Lakes

Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%

Highlander Scottish Red Ale

Well she's not so red. Color is decidedly brown with ruby highlights. Head is thin. Scottish red isn't a recognized style but that what they're calling it so that's what I'll measure it against. It's not feeking red - minus points for naming it wrong.

Nose is very good for a Scottish "x" Ale, rich and toasty, grain without sweetness. Very inviting.

Much dryer than most Scotch Ales but very nice. Toasty malt, a touch of bitter and gone. Smooth ever finish with very little aftertaste. What aftertaste there is, is nice and makes me want another sip.

Mouth feel is very light, very clean.
Overall this is a very good Scottish (unknown) Ale.

10-15-2011 00:40:49 | More by Lakes
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Murrhey

Montana

2.48/5  rDev -29.1%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half dirty white head. Fluffy with a good retention. Murky auburn color, low clarity. Thin lacing.

S- Biscuity yet subtle smell. Slight caramel, not powerful.

T- Marshmallow-y flavor. Slight bitterness. Just not impressive.

M- Creamy and a dry finish.

O- I've had more impressive Scottish Ales, but this one has a little bit of history to tag along. Ok brew.

10-10-2012 05:11:54 | More by Murrhey
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beergoot

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +8%

Amber/red body with a thick, creamy, bone-white head. Rich grain and cereal aroma; bread crust. Malty, nutty flavors with a touch of hop bitterness. Medium bodied; not too sweet.

A satisfying malt-forward ale that improves with each sip. The malt sweetness and hop bitterness play nicely with each other and the low ABV brings added appeal, especially if you want a rich and flavorful experience that can span several bottles over an afternoon.

08-02-2014 20:41:20 | More by beergoot
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Florida9

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Very dark reddish brown in color. Forms a moderate sized, light tan colored head that doesn't have much retention. Leaves a good bit of lacing.

S: Creamy malts and lots of them and a good bit of fruity-malty esters.

T: Starts off with a good dose of sweet malts. Brown sugar and light notes of molasses. Creamy, fruity, lightly sweet, with dark caramel malts. A bit thin and watery on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, but feels thin and somewhat watery. Very mild bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: The thinness and light sweetness make this one rather drinkable, but I do feel as if this beer is missing the body, depth, and slight smokiness that typically comes with the style.

09-09-2012 01:03:40 | More by Florida9
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elglueckert

Montana

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

04-30-2013 23:02:59 | More by elglueckert
Highlander Premium Beer from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
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