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Heritage Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Heritage Ale
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85
very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-21-2012 02:51:58 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightist brown with a bit of crimson in there. Nice head and plenty of legs as it went down. Nice malt presence, with a few backing hops. Lots of dark fruits and a bit of red fruit. The taste is quite sweet and a bit cloying, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is very nice. This was one of my wife's favorites of the California leg of our trip.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 17:33:18 | More by Thorpe429
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-11-2014 23:30:52 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-12-2014 00:03:38 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Deep Ellum -served chilled in a shaker pint.

A - very dark tobacco brown w/ gentle haze and quick dropping pale head w/ tiny bead

S - A roasty nose -sweet & nutty w/ mildly yeasty ester and slight diacetyl hint

M - The feel is moderately full bodied w/ medium carbonation and toasted texture of malt w/ evenly spiced feel w/ a slightly sweet finish

T - The taste is decent w/ a bit of roasted malt flavor and nutty sweetness w/ hints of pine from the hops and subtle caramel notes w/ mild buttery sweetness. The taste has a earthy mild toasted, tobacco-like leaf brown taste w/ mild tang of fruit and nuttines w/ a sweet flavor like dark brown sugar in the finish

D - A tasty scotch brew - nowhere near 8% abv taste-wise - not the top of its class, but a solid brew nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2010 19:53:00 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Creamy .5 finger head fades at a med pace over very dark mahogany brown color.

Nose of fairly sweet caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted nutty malts, sweet malts, fruit fig and date, soft almost aged malts.

Taste is soft but dark malts, sweet brown sugar and molasses, soft aged malts, caramel, dark fruit fig raisin and date, light roast, fluffy, tasty. Finishes a bit bitter with a light earthy hop flavor, little sweet still, lingering soft malts and fruits.

Mouth is med body, soft, good carb.

Drink is good, soft and drinkable, you would never know its 8% abv, little dry finish, and no herbal good, light hops and bitterness overall, the soft malts are the selling point of this as it should be.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 03:34:20 | More by jlindros
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mdfb79

New York

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/18/12 notes. Had this on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a dark, somewhat transparent amber brown color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, light sweet caramel malts, and toasted malts. Fruitier then expected and a little sweet, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, light chocolate, swet dark fruits, sugar, toasted malts, and nuts. A ton of nice lightly sweet toffee and caramel, a really awesome taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot. I thought the taste was awesome and had a ton of caramel and toffee, which I love. Would love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 21:27:40 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702; March 2011
This beer arrives with a tan colored head that sits on top of a dark, brown-amber colored beer. A big caramel character is noticeable in the nose up front and this is backed by aromas of dark fruit, toasty malt touches and just a hearty, appetizing character that is quite nice, though definitely malt focused.

My first sip is sweet, with rich caramel notes that accentuate fruit notes of raisins and a big prune like flavor. Softer toasted whole grain notes support the sweeter / fruitier notes from up front. This has a nice, chewy body that is quite hefty for a beer of this strength. There is a touch of roasted malt in the finish that helps add a light bitterness to go along with the touch of bitterness from the soft hop contribution. This is actually quite nice; I really ike the malt character and the noticeable fruit component is nice, even if a bit divergent from a traditional American interpretation of a Scotch Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 14:44:19 | More by Gueuzedude
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy, neutral brown color. No head except for a ring of beige bubbles on the edge. No lace whatsoever.

Sweet aroma of chocolate and caramel. No hop.

In a word: Cloy. One of the sweetest beers I've ever had. Plenty of caramel (from dark crystal malt?) and some chocolate (from, presumably, chocolate malt). Super. Body, particularly for the style. Low carbonation. The aftertaste is sugary with some alcohol warmth on the back of the tongue.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 17:38:16 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours brown with a small off-white head with good retention, no lacing.

S: Heavy malt, molasses, soy sauce.

T: Sweet malt, definite soy sauce note to the beer. Not really peaty, like I get in the more tradtional versions of the style, but the malt flavour still is quite tasty. I know this is a low hopped style, but it needs a bit of hops for balance in this one, it's a malt bomb.

M: Full-bodied, robust, nice carbonation character, not overdone, sweet finish.

D: A good beer from Bear Republic. I really liked it at a bit cooler temperature, I thought it became more cloying as it got warmer. Still a nice one, I'm glad this made its way out of the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 01:43:50 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface covering. Some spots of lace stick to the glass.

Smell: caramel and some peat aroma is mild but detectable.

Taste: caramel, hint of chocolate, soft smokey peat, earthy tones, and alcohol are the main flavors here. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish.

Overall: a slower sipping beer that was enjoyable but not overwhelming. Alcohol was a bit strong here so the pint lasted a while. One was enough in the session.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 20:56:40 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-03-2014 04:50:05 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with faint mahogany edges and a frothy one finger beige head.  Good retention slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey aroma with lots of peppery spice and roasted malt.  Hints of bread, clove and pepper followed by toast, chocolate and caramel.  

Medium bodied with a decent balance of  dark malt, zesty spice and dark fruit.   Spice is more prominent than expected with hints lots of peppery clove.  This is followed by hints of eye, toffee and caramel as well as some grape and dark berries.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:41:24 | More by corby112
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-19-2013 15:33:46 | More by InspectorBob
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-16-2014 23:06:46 | More by DrunkinYogi
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DoubleJ

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's, on to the beer:

I had never heard of this beer, so I had no idea what style of beer I was getting. It's brown in color, maybe ruby brown, lighter hues of color found on the edges. In the nose, I found some dark fruits and a pinch of cocoa. To taste, my tongue found a lot of fruit skins of dark fruit flavor. There were also figs to be found. Cocoa is revealed, and the overall taste becomes powdery as it dries in the mouth. Worthy of a pint...if you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 04:37:07 | More by DoubleJ
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA.

Presented in an imperial pint glass, a 3/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish brew. Head lasts well, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is sweet, lightly fruity. Taste starts sweet, goes a bit off tart in the middle, which carries through the moderately hoppy close. Mouthfeel is creamy but still prickly tart, and drinkability is okay. The slight sour just was out of place for me in a Scotch/Scottish Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2010 02:35:47 | More by ppoitras
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-11-2012 18:00:49 | More by drewone
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-25-2011 03:43:24 | More by rab53
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Muddy orange body, minimal head. This one looks average, but tastey.
Smells of slightly roasted malt and brown sugar. Maple comes through in the nose as well, as does some molasses. Smells too sweet.
Taste isn't too sweet, but a bit weak. the brown sugar and malt are predominate, yet not held together very well. Seems flat or something, no zip or anchor to hold it.
Not bad, not spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2007 20:48:56 | More by Mebuzzard
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-14-2013 02:48:27 | More by PEIhop
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a deep caramel brown color with some brighter cherry and orange hues in the light. Tanned head rests on top, fading into some patchy lacing on the glass.

Pretty robust and malty in the nose with layers of chocolate and caramel. Hints of peaty smoke and faint bitterness. Somewhat sweet and warm.

A decent spike of warmth up front with edges of smoke and peat. The profile smooths out with touches of dark chocolate and caramel, before the bready, burly malt backbone comes through. A couple touches of dark fruit lurk underneath as well. Finishes a little sweet and warm.

Slightly fuller medium body, decently carbonated, a bit chewy and sticky. Drinks pretty nicely, good combination of flavors that I typically look for in beers like this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 00:03:48 | More by xnicknj
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. On-tap at Top Hops, NYC. Pours reddish brown with a small white head that quickly settles to a thin band. Decent sticky lacing. Very malty aroma with sweet caramel and brown sugar notes and an underlying floral hoppiness.

Something is missing in the flavor for me; it’s malty and somewhat sweet, again with the caramel, toffee, brown sugar of the nose, and a subtle flowery hop note, but everything feels very muted and dialed down for some reason. Vague hints of peat, toasted malt, dark fruit. This is a style in which I look for big flavors and Heritage didn’t really deliver. It’s mild and doesn’t seem particularly well-balanced. The mouthfeel is similarly lacking and is only medium and without the requisite heft. Medium carbonation. Not as smooth or creamy as it could be.

I think Bear Republic is a damn fine brewery and I had high expectations but this was not one of my favorite beers of theirs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2012 04:31:20 | More by tobelerone
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

08-30-2013 13:16:43 | More by ShanePB
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Heritage Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.