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Heritage Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Heritage Ale
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85
very good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
True to the Norgrove's Scottish Heritage, this Wee Heavy is brewed with Scottish malts and lightly hopped with East Kent Goldings. Big and Malty sweet, this ale will have you hearing bagpipes.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002)
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Reviews by SurlyDuff:
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

A copper color with just some lacing, no head.
Malt forward, with some hot alcohol and some light earthy peat in there. I usually like my scottish ales packed so full of peat that i feel like i'm eating landscape chips, but this was rather light.

Taste has a pronounced sweetness, then the big alcohol fusal heat hit, making it seem perhaps 10%, not 8. The sweetness in in the form of molassass or brown sugar. This reminds me a lot of Lagunitas Brown Sugga.

It's not highly drinkable, and the alcohol is a bit hight to enjoy more than one. I'd rather save my sobriety for a couple of their ips or another high abv offering.

08-06-2009 03:22:24 | More by SurlyDuff
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance – This one poured a deep orange in color with a decent head that didn’t show much retention, which is typical of the style.

Smell – The malts here are heavily-toasted and soaked with sugars. There is a light, easy peat to this nose that rounds out the bouquet nicely.

Taste – The sugars here are very tasty. They are stiff and dominate the flavor profile. I can also pick up some light peat and a bit of brown sugars. The malts at the tongue are just like the ones at the smell: heavily toasted.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Scottish Ale is super sweet and sticky in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is on the very sweet end of the style, but it was very tasty and went down quickly.

03-11-2005 03:19:59 | More by RoyalT
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Tiernan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-18-2014 08:52:06 | More by Tiernan
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mikechance

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pint at a Whole Foods Beer Tasting Event

A: Dark brown and not much of a head

S: Malty with caramel, alcohol, sweetness

T: very interesting. Earthy, malty, complex, alcohol

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is light but works perfectly.

O: This is an excellent scotch ale! I could drink it often --- they sholud bottle it!

11-26-2011 20:31:59 | More by mikechance
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pwoods

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +4%

On tap at Dilly Deli. Notes via text.

A: Pours a light chocolate brown that lets plenty of light through. Head was only about 1/2 finger without much retention. A few wisps of lacing here and there.

S: Toasted grains with an underlying sweetness. Good but not very complex.

T/M: My first thought was a slightly weaker Dirty Bastard(and Dirty Bastard was tapped right next to it, lol. I did get the right one, though). Robust malt character with a very slight whiskey note. Malts also a brown sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is mostly creamy but a little thinner than I would have liked.

D: Overall, not a bad brew and could be easily sessioned. Maybe not quite a good as a Dirty Bastard but it can definitely hold its own.

12-03-2007 02:08:21 | More by pwoods
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-06-2013 21:40:48 | More by ste5venla
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-07-2014 21:27:11 | More by Griffith
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socon67

New York

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

A - Dark brown color with a quickly sinking foam.

S - Scent of candied fruit, caramel, and rich malt. No boozy smell which I generally don't like.

T - Pleasant flavor of dark berries, sweet caramel, and hearty dark malt. Very complex, and very enjoyable.

M - For this style I found it highly drinkable. No boozy finish, and actually mellow for the style.

O - The highlight of the Bear Republic dinner I was at, and possibly my favorite offering from them.

06-15-2012 01:57:34 | More by socon67
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loving44

California

3.93/5  rDev +4%

Appearance - This one poured a deep orange-brown in color with a thin layer of head, not much head retention...

Smell - deep sweet malts, sugars, peat, earth, very hearty aroma. lots of toasted malt.

Taste - Again sweet but not overly sweet or syrupy. Lightly toasted grants, peat, and raw brown sugar.

Mouthfeel - medium body, sticky with constant carbonation.

Drinkability - I like a little more peat or toasted grain to mellow out the sweetness of the malts of this style, but this was highly drinkable and great on a cold rainy night.

12-13-2009 04:04:33 | More by loving44
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

On tap at Armsby Abbey.

A - No head and only a bit of lace on a deep brown body. Looks a bit lifeless.

S - Strong molasses and caramel. A bit of dark fruits, but really it's all molasses.

T - Strong malt presence, of course. Very sweet caramel and molasses. Doesn't change much through the drink and finishes sweet. One-note.

M - Thick and syrupy, but that is kinda to be expected from the style. Even so, it's a bit much. It also has a strange flavor in the finish I can't place.

O - The flavors it has are strongly, but they're too simple. It lacks the complexity to be as in your face with the flavors it has.

08-05-2011 16:45:23 | More by Alieniloquium
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-03-2014 06:06:46 | More by mc4z
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Sailracer


4.5/5  rDev +19%

03-24-2012 12:53:40 | More by Sailracer
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GeorgeH

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-29-2013 17:42:09 | More by GeorgeH
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4%

A - On fingers worth of creamy light tan colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a full rich lacing which too ultimately subsides leaving only a slight collar... A slightly murky medium brown color... A few stray carbonation bubbles can be seen climbing along the sides of the glass... Just a touch of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A moderately malt forward aroma... Some toffee and caramel... A hint of toasted malts... A vague nuttiness...

T - The palette is dominated by peat... Dark bread and crust... Some slight caramel notes... Even slighter notes of fruit and coffee...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... The carbonation is a bit biting...

D - An easy drinking Scotch Ale... The ~8% ABV packs a pretty good punch... It's nice to see Bear Republic playing with the style... Not my favorite Scotch Ale, but one I would drink again in the future and one that I could put down a couple pints of in a sitting...

02-12-2011 01:09:32 | More by philbe311
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raulstotle12

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-03-2014 18:37:32 | More by raulstotle12
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-12-2014 00:03:45 | More by jaydoc
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HungarianCount

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-01-2014 19:15:25 | More by HungarianCount
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-11-2012 00:58:00 | More by Tyrawlings
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

08-30-2013 13:16:43 | More by ShanePB
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -20.6%

03-19-2013 03:09:22 | More by pin
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

On draft.
Pours a dark ruby brown in color. There's a head for a few seconds, but then it's gone by the time your first sip is done.
Smell is huge malts and some toffee. Taste is the same with some brown sugar and spice coming through at the end. Alright tasting and highly sessionable. Glad I had the chance.

02-13-2009 17:52:11 | More by FtownThrowDown
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david18

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19%

This is on tap at the Amsterdam Ale house as a part of Craft Beer Week in New York City. An excellent beer. I had no idea what the style was when I tasted it but the maltiness came through immediately. Very good color, great flavor, excellent mouthfeel and drinkability.

09-12-2009 14:27:48 | More by david18
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Served in a goblet. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer arrives at the table with a short lived off-white head that initially covers the liquid and then recedes fairly soon. The beer is dark brown with undertones (mahogany) color. Initially sipping leaves some light scattered lacing but that soon is over.

Smell: Rich sweet dark caramel malts creating an aroma of toffee and brown sugar.

Taste: As expected from the aroma the taste is dominated by sweet brown sugar and toffee from the dark malts with no hops really detectable.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a just a bit sticky from the sweetness. There is some faint carbonation in there for most of the beer. The finish is medium long and is all about the sweetness of the malts with no real hop presence so all the flavors are brown sugar and toffee.

Drinkability: This is a beer where one in an evening is enough, but it is a great way to end the evening, just sipping and enjoying. I could return to this beer in the future if given the chance, but on the other hand, if given a choice there are other Scottish Ales I'd probably give the nod to.

06-22-2009 02:20:32 | More by drtth
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -19.3%

I had this beer as part of a flight of samples at the Healdsburg, California restaurant. From tap and in 3oz sample glasses.

A-dark amber body with a thick beige head

S-smells like a jolly rancher candy

T-candy-like flavor, just a little hop kick at the end

M-medium

D-I kind of expect some smoke to come with this one. I didn't get any. I would like to try this in a pint glass next time and not in a sampler. I may have enjoyed it more. Otherwise the base of malt and hops is fine, but I just feel that a scotch ale should have some distinctive earthiness to it as well as some smoke character.

08-07-2009 20:02:59 | More by jneiswender
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sansho

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-15-2014 21:19:16 | More by sansho
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Heritage Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.