Kings Mountain - Heritage Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heritage Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: fishguyac on 05-11-2014

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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 11
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Photo of delta490
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can. Very lively pour, much too aggressive coming out of the can. Had a sour and metallic quality to both aroma and taste that is incredibly off-putting. Poor quality control.

Photo of Beejay
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours brown and hazy.... Nice tan head on top, super thick. In the glass it's basically muddy water.

S: Rich caramel and a touch of milk chocolate sweetness. There is something almost a little fruity in there as well.

T: Very sweet, notes of caramel, molasses, and brown bread. There is a touch of fruitiness in it, and possibly a hint of smoke.

M: Medium light in body, with high carbonation... Very high carbonation for the style.

O: Overall I'm not impressed. The flavor isn't too bad but the appearance and carbonation seem off.

Photo of smakawhat
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a wee heavy glass. Straight down the middle since I only have so much, sure why not go for it. Interesting to see this having had the barreled version first.

Woah there nelly, good thing we brought out the big glass cause this one is gushing a bit. Out of control head, but classic toffee light tan color and crème brulee appearance. This head though just will not quit. Body bulb is murky, floaties, and some dark flakes as well mixing in with the head on top like sprinkled flakes of nutmeg. Murky body. Egg nog this is not folks. Not a good start gentlemen, while having some wee heavy like character coloristics this is not making for a nice presentation to say the least.

Aroma brings some light toffee, almost waffery and sweet cookie like. Hints of and almost lemon lime soda sweetness also matching in which actually comes out very nicely. Fairly alright but nothing great.

The palate matches at least to the noses description. Mellow light toffee, even some nice spiced caramel sugars coming in, and a finish that comes with controlled clove and other dry brown spices on the aftertaste. Light bodied and slightly wet, with a very fleeting palate though. Toffee light quality comes out with a bit of crispness to taste which is actually a nice change from some of the classic booming malt bomb wee heavies at times.

Appearances aside, comes out drinkable at least, if memorable for perhaps some of the wrong reasons.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The look of this beer excited me. The taste not so much. Dark and hazy mahagony body with a thick and fluffy khaki head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

Smell is dull and faint with some sweet malts and just a hint of piney hops. A bit of milk chocolate.

Taste is dominated by a strange metallic sweetness. I don't mind a sweet Scotch Ale but this was too cloying. Mild hop bitterness didn't manage to round this out well enough.

I really wanted to like this because it is local. And I am on a canned beer kick. But this just didn't hit the mark for me. Wasn't awful or a drain poor, but getting there.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap at the brewery

Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head that retains as a film.

Bready caramel malt aroma, some brown sugar.

Caramel and bready malts, some coppery malt too, with a light woody hop finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very nice scotch ale with some good flavor and aroma. I've had better in this style, but I've had far more worse. It's definitely worth a try and very enjoyable.

Photo of Tfols
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Generally uninspiring. Massive head for no reason, but may have had a slightly off can, so want to give this another try.

Photo of CapsFan70
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

L: As many others have mentioned, there is a crazy amount of head that comes with this beer for whatever reason (canned). Being a brewer myself, whenever I see a gusher that tends to be a red flag for me. Once the jungle of head has dissipated (if it does), the color is actually quite nice.

S: This is really all this beer has going for it unfortunately. It smells amazing, very sweet and toffee like smells.

T: Let me explain the 1.5. Keep in mind, this the canned version. I've had this beer on tap at Heritage Brewing and it's nothing like what's in the can. I get some light fruity flavors and few toffee notes but this version tastes like watered down coke to me. I'll talk more about this in the Overall section.

F: If you happen to open one that's not over carbonated, the mouth feel is fair, it's the aftertaste that you may notice something isn't quite right.

Overall: Having had this on tap at their brewery, I can safely say this is a fine Scotch Ale. But I suspect an issue in their distribution process is resulting in some unwanted flavors and carbonation issues. The first can I opened gushed like a geyser and was flat as a pancake to taste. Overall, this is a shame because the beer really is quite noteworthy if you can get your hands on one that doesn't have imperfections.

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brownish red body with one finger head and minimal lace, with a rather malt heavy aroma as one picks up some booze and roasted malts as well as dark fruits like figs. The body is thicker, a slow sipper, a tad bit of alcohol, has some minor caramel/toffee like sweetness, just a touch of dry hops. The balance is good as the malts are the dominant feature but don't overpower the beer so it's just a thick mess. Not too much of a flavor profile but it is simple and effective.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was given this at the Cloverleaf recently for reaching 20 beers on my PhD list there. I never had anything from Heritage before and it had been quite a while since my last Scotch Ale. This was relatively easy to drink while being strong enough to have some body and oomph to it. It almost felt like a Brown Ale but there was just enough toffee and tea-like mouthfeel to this to not fall into that category.

Good brown pour to this with a moderate radiance and some cloudiness to the hue. A bit of a tan head that receded quickly and left a bit of lacing here and there, as a fraction of the head lingered down to my last sip. Aroma was of toffee and light caramel with some iced tea both in the taste and in the mothfeel. Somewhat thin and not that sticky, this was easy to quaff without feeling light but not as sticky as I would have been led to believe.

There was enough alcohol in this but it wasn't noticeable and the malt in this didn't resemble those that I've had in other Scotch Ales at all. For a canned beer, this certainly didn't feel like one and it would have been easy to pop another open in my session. Some roasted, sticky, or nutty notes would have made this great but as it was, it was a textbook take on the style that would not offend anyone. I never figured out exactly what was swirling in the beer, in addition...

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color. The head is three fingers high and khaki in shade. Both the texture and retention are excellent for the style. An incredible amount of lacing sticks to the glass, as well. (4.5)

Smell: Quite perfume-y for the style. I get lots of caramel and brown sugar, in fairness, but the primary note is a floral hoppiness. Also, I'm getting a lot of leather. The aroma is about right for a scotch ale, but it's certainly not the best example I've smelled.

Taste: It opens up much like the nose indicated. Plenty of caramel notes ballasted by floral, slightly perfume-like hops - these hops trail slightly more strongly into the finish. At first, it lacks the ale esters I like from a good scotch ale, but they pop up nicely after a few sips. This is one of those beers that improve the more I drink it; even if this isn't a world-beater, that's always a good thing. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: While it starts off with a medium body, it leaves the palate somewhat dryly, and even crisply. Sweetness lingers on the palate, but not oppressively. Carbonation is medium. (3.25)

Overall: Their IPA was a trainwreck, but this isn't bad. If I pay attention, it kind of reminds me of Old Chub - that's a great thing (obviously, it's nowhere near as good, but who's taking score...oh wait). It starts off mediocre, yet it improves with each sip. Worth a try, but there are better scotch ales. (3.25)

3.27/5: Hey, it's ten times better than their IPA

Photo of cjgiant
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

On tap, pours a little bit cloudy, perhaps, but a nice auburn-brown, almost like a dark iced tea. There is a nice soapy/foamy head that collects at the edge and laces the glass. Light toasted notes, with a bit of sweetness in the nose. I also get a hint of coffee with a deep whiff.

The taste starts up less sweet than I'd expect, but a nice bitterness backed by roasted nuts. To this the toffee taste (and sweetness) comes. The balance to me is quite good, and the tastes hit most of the tongue. The lingering taste is mildy wood-dry, but a lingering sugar sweetness also dances in the background.

Mildly impressed with the taste and balance of the beer. It has a touch of brown ale characteristics, and the alcohol is unnoticeable (it's not too strong at 7.4%). A very enjoyable beer, regardless.

Kings Mountain from Heritage Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.