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Highland Tasgall Ale - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 179
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

williamjbauer, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

UncleJimbo, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Chaney, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of alpinebryant
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

alpinebryant, Jul 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Brewsed, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

ecmoon3, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

OldTime, Jan 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Kiknwitcooper, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Ryan011235, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

EasyReader, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

cosmicslop, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

eristicrat, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

jak, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

radioscooter, Nov 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

hyuga, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
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 zaphodchak
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of tan head, creamy, lasting. Body is a hazy dark brown. Laces decently, too.

Smell is malt, some nut character.

Taste explodes with semi-bitter malt-- roasty, nutty (bitter hazelnut?), with some slight cocoa nuance. Not quite Skullsplitter, but similar take on the style. Trace of peat in the aftertaste.

Nice rich creamy mouthfeel.

Solid Scotch style, another winner from Highland.

zaphodchak, Aug 28, 2011
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

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

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.

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

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

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
Highland Tasgall Ale from Highland Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.