Highland Tasgall Ale - Highland Brewing
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3.83/5 rDev -5.9%
"A scotch-style Ale named from Norse mythology, combines the heritage and tartan of our brew team. The roasted barley and chocolate malt lend a bold flavor to this delicious dark beer. The increased hop level is a modest departure from a true Scotch-style Ale and we hope that you agree - this is a beer worthy of the name Tasgall, "Cauldron of the Gods". Brewed in the style of a Wee-Heavy Scotch Ale. This beer was previously brewed in the fall by Highland and available in 22 oz. bomber and draft formats, but seems to have been put on indefinite hiatus.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Highland pint glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a frothy, crisp tan-white head over a deep hazy medium brown body, very dense. Carbonation is sporadic and light. Retention is average at best, and lacing is spotty and thin. 3
(Smell) Medium roasted malts, light molasses, unsweetened cocoa, licorice and toasted nuts make up the build of the aroma, fairly well-preserved if this beer just happens to be 2+ years old. Hops have faded if they were ever present to begin with. A bit of thin alcohol is detectable but hardly a distraction from the remaining aroma. Overall the aroma is smooth and favorable. Potency is moderate. 3.75
(Taste) Tasty molasses with a hint of biscuit and light roasty malt, peat smoke and licorice up front. Sweetness is modest and doesn't overwhelm the palate, any imperfections due to the age of this beer are virtually imperceivable. A dash of char and smoke linger in the finish. Sessionable and flavorful. 4
(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly viscous, smooth and smoky. Carbonation adds some smooth silky frothiness, keeping the texture simple and enjoyable. Body is medium for a Scotch Ale and medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is moderate. 3.75
(Overall) It's truly a shame that I haven't seen or heard from this beer since I stumbled upon a single 22 oz. bottle of it about a year ago, and all mentions of it have been removed from Highland's website upon the latest changes. A fairly sessionable Scotch Ale that undoubtedly would harness more flavor benefits at a fresher age, but plays fair with the peat smoke and roast flavors. A highly quaffable and reputable Scotch Ale if there ever was one. I await its humble return. 3.75
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03-17-2014 21:28:56 | More by Jadjunk
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of this style. However, this one gets good reviews and is currently #17 here on BA.
I picked this up at an awesome liquor store while on vacation a few months ago right outside of Nashville, TN.
Served in an Olde Hickory shaped-glass.
A: Poured a moderately brown, yet cloudy color, with only a slight, whispy head that was basically just a mere ring around the brew.
S: Not the sweet, sugar bomb I was thinking this might be. Pleasant surprise for sure. Understated, yet I could still tell this was a Wee Heavy. Caramely and malty.... yes!
T: I totally dug that this was a hoppier example of the style. I got that right away. Actually, I could almost detect a pale ale or amber imbedded in the caramel malt bomb.
M: Not too sugary at all. Bright and refreshing... which is not something I usually use to describe a Wee Heavy. No lacing left of the glass whatsoever.
O: I was actually dreading reviewing this one and was putting off doing so. Can't imagine why.... This is a very nice beer.
11-05-2012 03:01:44 | More by Chaney
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
A: Pours a dull hazy brown with a sticky tan head and a decent lacing. No dating on the bottle.
S: Aroma of butterscotch, roasted brown malt, some sweetness, and raisin.
T: Wow, a very robust scotch ale, more than I was expecting. There are a lot of BOLD flavors coming out of here, coffee, bitter earthy hop profiles, rich malty kicks and a biscuity whole wheat honey bread loaf mixed with rye and some gingerbread.
There is a weird medicinal taste to this as well that I have had before in a friends homebrew. I don't know if it is from a delayed fermentation or too hot? This is pretty smooth except for a sharp cloying finish that is what I think to be an off flavor.
M: Medium body, high carbonation.
O: Definitely worth a shot, one of my favorite style beers, and I have had this sitting in a fridge for about 6 months now waiting.
07-02-2012 22:56:09 | More by alpinebryant
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
Poured into a snifter on 8/12/11; split with MbpBugeye
Thanks to PDXHops
Pours a flat brown and settles dark with about a 1/3rd inch head. The foam skims out quickly. A few spots of lace.
Pretty nice aroma - lots of smooth malts. Caramel, butter toffee, sweet bread and a hint or two of raisin. A bit earthy on the peripheries, too. The hop profile is minimal, at least in the nose. It has a bit of an earthy hoppy flavor though. Simple, yet tasty. Bread, raisins and a touch of caramel. Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation; lively enough. The only downside is that it has a coating feel.
Overall impression - really nice beer all the way around. Definitely worth a shot.
01-04-2012 01:50:29 | More by Ryan011235
Highland Tasgall Ale from Highland Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.