1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Highland Tasgall Ale - Highland Brewing

Not Rated.
Highland Tasgall AleHighland Tasgall Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

179 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 151 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of EasyReader
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

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

cosmicslop, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

eristicrat, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +22.9%

jak, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.7%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -1.7%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of radioscooter
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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

hyuga, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev -1.7%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

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%

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%

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 PDXHops
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Such a deep shade of amber you could just almost call it brown. The dense beige head hangs around for quite a while and leaves intricate patchy lacing up near the top of the glass.

Robust malty nose that surprises with pronounced chocolate character. Semisweet morsels and cocoa powder are rather strong. Tastes more or less as advertised. You’re unlikely to find a more roasty/chocolatey Scotch ale than this. Sure, there’s a ton of caramel malt, but I could see guessing a big stout or imperial porter in a blind tasting. Medium thickish bodied with a level of carbonation that somewhat cleanses the palate, but doesn't interrupt the lingering roasted and caramel finish. A surprising and satisfying beer that’s well worth seeking out.

PDXHops, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

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 andrewinski1
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%

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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.7%

A: brown tinted, single finger head. Murky, very dark with little light passing through.

S: a subtley sweet and earthy aroma.

T: very mild sweet start with roasty finishing taste. Musky and caramel notes.

M: thick,mild carbonation. Initially smooth with crisp finish.

O: Very drinkable for a Scotish ale.

kylehay2004, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of cbeer88
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

22 oz bomber poured into a 20 oz imperial nonic. Thanks commis!

Appearance: Deep reddish brown. Thin caramel tinted white head, about a half finger. Nice lacing.

Smell: Brown sugar, roasted malts, and chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate, lots of caramel, roasted malts. Very malty, and very sweet, but there are some bitter hops in there too. Decent kick of alcohol in the flavor. Bold and complex flavors abound - nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, medium carb. Smooth and creamy. Generally pleasant.

Drinkability: Not bad - it's 8%, which is right on point for the style, so you probably don't want more than one bomber of this in a sitting. Otherwise it goes down easy, but the alcohol reminds you that it's there.

Overall: This is a really good Wee Heavy. It's a widely made style with lots of boring bottles out there, but this guy stood out a bit from the pack. Worth seeking out if you're a fan of the style, or happen to be in the area.

cbeer88, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of n2185
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish tints and two fingers of beige head that recedes into a thin cap with some decent lacing.

S: Caramel and vanilla at first followed by bubblegum and even a slight pineapple aroma. The finish has a touch a bready aroma with a touch of an alcohol smell.

T: Smooth, sweet caramel and vanilla followed by a slightly bitter yeast and bread flavor. The hops provide a little citrus and bitterness, but not much. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer manages to be sweet but not sticky or cloyingly so. It's nice and creamy instead and doesn't leave a sugary coating in my mouth. Very nice.

O: I have to say, this is probably the best beer I've had from Highland. I'm generally not a fan of them, but as Scotch ales go, this is quite good. It manages to avoid being a syrupy sweet mess like many, but is smooth, creamy, and sweet but not too much so.

n2185, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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 haddon
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

pours a dark cola color with a brown frothy head. lots of carbonation bubbles released throughout the glass. very traditional looking scotch ale.

smells sweet with malts: caramel, cola syrup, butterscotch & brown sugar.

tastes of caramel, smokey wood, dark chocolate and a nice lingering bitter aftertaste. very unique to catch the hop character in a wee heavy. start to feel the warmth of the alcohol as it comes to room temp. very nice.

full body. creamy and thick feel. good amount of carbonation mixed in. well-balanced. may be best part of the beer.

this is one of the more layered and complex scotch ales i've had. again, it seems that they added a little more hops than an average scotch ale. more body & depth than old chub. would put it up there with skullsplitter. will go back to this one.

haddon, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of heavy toasted malts with hints of darker roasted malts. Also present are moderate amounts of light molasses and lighter amounts of toffee. Finally, earthy hops and very slight smoke waft in and out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet toasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of toffee and lighter amounts of molasses. Midway through the sip very slight amounts of smoke come into play before being pushed aside by earthy hops. The hops soon give way to the toasted malts which carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall this beer had escaped me for some time but I’m glad I finally had the chance to try it. It’s short of exceptional but it is very good and is worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

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