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Highland Tasgall Ale - Highland Brewing

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Highland Tasgall AleHighland Tasgall Ale

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 35
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AlexJ on 08-26-2005)
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Photo of JDV
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle courtesy of emacgee. Thanks!
Pours a rich murky brown with a light short lived tan head. Smell is lightly of peaty smoky malt. Taste is actually lightly hoppy to accompany the peaty quality and has a roasty, cocoa like quality to it as well. Not my style of beer at all, but this wasn't bad.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of andrewinski1
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ben for sharing! Poured into a goblet. Nice very dark color that appears black. There is a nice tan head that is enough to barely cover the body of the brew. Adequate lacing.

There is a nice caramelly malty aroma tha has just a touch of burnt aroma to it.

The taste is all malt and sweet caramel. There isn't much balance here; this is a sweet, slow sipper. Very tasty. There is a slight roasty after taste.

The body is medium to thick and has a nice carbonation to it that isn't over-powering.

This is tasty, nothing too special but well worth drinking for fans of the sweet sippers.

andrewinski1, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of a light tan head, though not much lacing. The nose is brown sugar, some toasted malt, and not too much else. The taste is about the same and ends up being quite bland. There's some semi-sweet malt and a bit of toffee. A bit of alcohol in the feel and a decent body. Well made, but not all that great.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of JBStith
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highland Tasgall Ale at first taste was interesting. Not my favorite beer ever, but it was average.

A: Beautiful deep red color with a tan creamy head. Retention and lacing were low. Moderate clarity.

S: No real aroma to speak of. Could smell light malts, but no apparent hops or bitterness.

T: Surprisingly sweet and very malty. Much like the smell, there was very little bitterness present. As the beer warmed, it became even sweeter with a sticky finish. Acohol was masked by malt and sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel was heavy and sticky, especially as it warmed.

D: I could not and would not want more than one of these at a time because of the sweetness.

Overall, this was an average beer for me. Too sweet and sticky. Most of Highland's offerings are much better than this. Having said that, I always recommend that others try to make a judgement of their own.

JBStith, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of mentor
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle provided by mntlover. Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a thin layer of dark caramel colored head over a cloudy and very dark red brown liquid. Smells toffee, caramel, chocolate, and milk sweet. Tastes coffee and chocolate covered toffee. Yummy sweet with a milk creaminess to it. A bit of a sour zing to it that I'd guess is from black patent. Dry roasty early and wet sweet to finish. Has a nice lasting toffee & chocolate aftertaste. Md-thick body and moderately carbonated. As I progressed through the beer it became a bit sharper and unpleasant in the black patent tang, in fact I'd even say burnt grains. Plus, the ending sweetness became a bit cloying. I'll let it warm and see how things change.

mentor, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Ryan011235

Appearance
The color is a neutral red-brown with hints of purple. The head is short with not much lacing.

Aroma
Caramel and lots of butterscotch. There is a lot of cocoa powder as well. A little hint of chocolate and coffee roast. Some grassy hops.

Taste
Grainy. Some toffee, some butterscotch and some dark cocoa. Grassy hops on the back.

Mouthfeel
The body is on the heavy side of medium. Carbonation could be toned back a little.

Overall
A decent Wee Heavy. Its got a lot of maltiness, which is good. I think the richness and fruitness could be pushed.

MbpBugeye, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Brewsed, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of eristicrat
3.5/5  rDev -14%

eristicrat, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of cosmicslop
3.5/5  rDev -14%

cosmicslop, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty excited to see a few bottles of this hit some local stores recently. This seems to be one of the more elusive offerings from Highland.

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a very dark tawny brown with a thick tan head on top. Retains fairly well and it leaves plenty of sticky lace in its wake. Smells of caramel, candy, and some dark fruits.

There's a good amount of body to this. It borders on the heavy side. Carbonation level is moderate. Flavors of toffee, plum, pumpernickel bread, and has a pleasant mild bitterness from the hops. This is very much a malt-forward beer and I like it. Recommend.

Onenote81, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This ale is a light orangish-brown in color with a similarly-colored head.

Smell – The malts are rich and powerful here and have a light scotch aroma to go along with them. The sugar is like a sticky, liquid sugar syrup and I can pick up some light alcohol in the foreground.

Taste – This is super-sweet once it hits your tongue. It’s a very refined sweetness and lightly swabbed with alcohol. It’s reminiscent of Southern Comfort if you’ve ever had that.

Mouthfeel – This just does meet the bar of medium-bodied with a slick, sticky mouthfeel and some good boozy notes.

Drinkability – This is a sharp but somewhat broken down Scotch Ale.

RoyalT, May 17, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I have been experimenting with this style and I finally feel comfortable enough with it to begin reviewing it. This was my first experience with Highland's, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that all of the highland bombers have been filled by hand in their Asheville brewery since the beginning (some of their beer is contracted elsewhere).

A-Dark mahogany, with light browns and reds on the edges where the light hits...1/3-1/4 inch head that was coffee colored head had risen....there is visible carbonation near the surface. and a very thick lace.
S- Thick toffee and caramel....there is a hop presence, but it is not as pronounced as the description on the bottle makes it out to be.
T-Caramel malts strong up from, and there is also a surgery alcohol sweetness...a very mild hint of chocolate...hops hit in the middle of the body, much bigger than the hops in other beers of similar style, but still not as big as the description made it out to be...more alcohol/sweetness in the finish.
M/D- Moderate carbonation for a heavy syrupy beer....very rich. The hops drastically increased its drinkability.

jameaterblues, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost through trying this breweries lineup thanks to a generous trade! I liked this and am glad to have tried it. Could be a skewed preference but I like a more pronounced carmel flavor in the brew.

A - Dark brown with a reddish sides of the glass. Brown thick head took a while to dissipate.

S - A nice malty mix of caramel and toffee.

T - Similar to smell but with faint touch of roasted grain and hops. ABV is well hidden.

M - Medium bodied, dry finishing. Nice carbonation levels.

D - Smooth nicely quaffable scotch ale.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

really pumped for this one...always a fan of a good scotch and have heard good things about this one.

a - opened the bottle and filled capt lawrence taster tulip. really nice deep plum. great shine and the head built to be about a finger of off tan. beer has a darker heart than the outskirts. really attractive, classic looking.

s - purple grape malts. plums and barley. crisp. fresh grape juice. soft and timid.

t - slam in the face with barley, grape, malts, finishing with grass. malty caramel. little watery. pretty earthy almost like an esb.

m - full and leaves a tea-like after feel.

o - overall, not bad. i had higher expectations based on what i had heard. i felt that it was a little watery. it was good, but there are many better scotches out there.

cosmicevan, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of AndoBrew
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*did not mind would not buy*

app: looks like dark coffee in the light. cute little tan head.. not very big or powerful looking. I like scotch ales to look powerful some ok lace

smell: smells like a standard brown ale.. nice toasty malts, clean booze. weak smell though.

taste: oh how it taste much more rich than the smell. nice. very toasted smokie almost malts.. yes smokie.. mostly some brown malt sweets then toasted more black smoke filled warmer nuttier malt flavors. lotsa carbonation, and some clean water flavors as well.

nice booze flavors start to pop out.. not te cleanest or clearest booze, maybe a little sour.. but its okie dokie.

I think the building sour aspects, the over carbonation, the lack of richness and an almost one dimensional flavor really limit this beer.

A lack of anything offensive really help this beer.

mf: a little watery and to much carbonation

drinkable?: it is. its just not great.

AndoBrew, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of elgiacomo
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottled March 4, 2011. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown with a decent sized tan head that leaves some spots of lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, some light peat/smoke, and some grainy, grassy notes. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor follows with more caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a hint of chocolate, some peat, some herbal notes, a bit of alcohol at the end. Mild sweetness, low bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, smooth, carbonation is on the low end.

A good Scotch Ale, but not the best I've ever had.

elgiacomo, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle, with no obvious date information.

Clear, deep rubied amber. Thick, dense head of dimpled khaki bubbles that left strands of lacing as it settled. No carbonation streams are present. Some light hints of vanilla, but amazingly nothing else in the nose. Strange. Full, sweet malt, some dark fruit that is vinous. These fruit notes persist throughout along with a subtle bitterness that keeps it from being cloying. The finish is long and sweet with only a slight bittering hop bite. This one seems well put together. Full bodied with some modest carbonation give it a nice and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable and enjoyable.

hopsaplenty, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of waldowin
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a smoky amber, almost black when held up to the light. Strangely dark for a Scotch Ale. A nice light tan head forms on the pour, and fades to a thin ring.

Smells of dark malts, and roast, with a hint of chocolate. Taste is mostly smooth malts and vanilla, with a kick of roasted grains halfway through. Very roasty, more a porter than a Scotch Ale. Nice and toasty, a good winter brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly carbonated.

This is a good beer for a cold night, a bit hearty, and smooth (if that makes any sense). Many thanks to merlin48 for sending this my way!

waldowin, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of Bendurgin
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Grant. Thanks again. Poured into a tulip. This one pours brown with a finger of slightly off white head. It settles with just a thin rim of lace.

Rich cocoa in the aroma with a little bit of a plumb aroma in the background. Nice caramel aroma rounds this one out. Light coffee flavors with a wheat bread kind of malt character to it. Caramel and some dark fruits sum up the pallet.

The body is a bit thin here but the carbonation is where it should be. Seems to linger on the palelt a bit though. Overall a well made beer and enjoyable beer.

Bendurgin, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of kingjames1
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not that familiar with the style (only had one other Scotch ale), so I'm not sure what to compare it to. It pours a cloudly,opaque coca-cola amber, with a sticky, tan head. The nose is good, but weak. I smell chocolate, coffee, and bready malts (I can tell that this is a sister of their black mocha stout).

The taste is better than the smell, with the roasted malts being balanced with tangy hop bitterness. How to describe...coffee, for sure, bitter dark chocolate, some oily pine resin, molasses, pumpernickel and a hint of cherry. Very interesting ale. Leaves a distinct after taste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel is nice, balancing the oily aspect of the beer with good carbonation.

very drinkable and enjoyable. A 22 oz is enough, but its a good amount (at least for little ole me).

recommended - give it a try.

kingjames1, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Kegatron, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of hyuga
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

hyuga, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my recently purchased Highlands pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear deep amber brown color. Two fingers of tan creamy/frothy head with very good retention and a good amount of lacing. Good here.

4.5 S: Grainy malts with ample amounts of caramel and toffee. A decent toastiness with some roastiness and hints of chocolate. Lastly, the thing that sets this apart is a pleasant herbalness. I'm not sure what heather smells like, but I think this might be it.

3.5 T: Taste is good, but it really doesn't compare to the appearance or nose. Lots of toastiness with a strangely noticeable burnt flavor. Grainy and bready malts. Again a good amount of toffee and caramel, but not much sweetness overall, at least not for the style. Also a reasonably noticeable bitterness. Whether this comes mainly from the hops or the roasted malts is up for question.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. A bit lighter than I like for the style. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier, but good smoothness.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but I expected this style to be perfected by THIS brewery. Anyway, worth a drink if you stumble upon it.

DavoleBomb, May 17, 2011
Photo of Enola
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a pretty good beer. I first had this on tap at Brewgrass back in October. The beer is a deep reddish black color. The beer had a good head that has gone away. It has left some lacing in the glass. The smell is a faint one. Some spices thrown in. The taste is of spiced maltiness. The alcohol has sneaked into the taste. The mouthfeel is a little bit dwindled due to the alcohol bite but not enough to keep me away. The drinkability os good. Certainly not a session beer but a good beer to enjoy on Christmas Eve. I will drink this again from time to time.

Enola, Dec 25, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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Highland Tasgall Ale from Highland Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.