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Highland Wild Ale - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 39
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian breweries have made Scottish Ales for years. Beginning during World War I, the breweries in Belgium made beers for Scottish troops stationed in their country and continue to do so today. We here at Olde Burnside Brewing have decided to return the favor by brewing a Belgian style sour. The Belgians have always allowed nature to help "brew" their beers by utilizing the natural yeast and bacteria present in the air to impart the wonderful tastes and aromas that Belgian beers have to this day.

Our Highland Wild Ale starts as our award winning Ten Penny Reserve that we made "wild" by aging it in some bourbon barrels that had some "helpful" bacteria. These bacteria added a wonderful tartness and acidity to an already spectacular ale. Almost ruby red, the beer is unlike anything we’ve made at Olde Burnside and we hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we did making it.


(Beer added by: jimmy82063 on 11-05-2011)
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Photo of corby112
2.6/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a dark ruby/caramel brown color with a one finger off white head that quickly settles into lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of funky bugs, lactic funk, dark fruit and caramel malts.  Herbal with a subtle oak character.

Tart, puckering medium body with acetic vinegar, dark fruit, caramel and sweet malt with a lingering, overpowering diaceytl flavor.  Hints of sour cream, ranch dressing and vegetable oil.  Starts off strong but finishes really with a really weird dairy feel. Buttery, tangy diaceytl pretty much ruins things.  Everyone else said that the aftertaste reminded them of cool ranch doritos  Not much bourbon but there is some oak and funk up front.  

corby112, May 03, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.65/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this bottle last weekend. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a muddy amber color with a thin off-white head and not much in the way of lacing. Thin collar. The nose brings forward plenty of heavy malts with sourness in the background. Lactic and acetic both make an appearance along with some dark fruits and cherries. Flavor is pretty powerful in terms of sourness with too much acetic character for my tastes. Same for the feel. Not too bad, but not something I really enjoyed.

Thorpe429, Jan 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

sideshowe, Jan 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

thegerm87, Mar 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

hlaus, Jun 16, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/15/12 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one. 500ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy reddish amber color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, brett, spices, fruity malts, oak, and caramel malts. Nice and sour, I like it.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, brett, oak, sour fruits, light spices, yeast. Taste is not too sour, a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate caronation.

o - Overall a decent wild ale, and pretty cool for $8 off the shelf. Nose is nice and sour, though the taste isn't quite as sour. Worth checking out.

mdfb79, Jan 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Greenplastic615, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

antilogic, Sep 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

baybum, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

wdarcy77, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml swingtop into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Shared with friends.

A: Clear mahogany body topped by a half inch of frothy eggshell head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Somehow both harsh and weak simultaneously, with some lemony lactic acidity atop butterscotch and vanilla. Meh.

T: Better here - much better - with caramel malt up front, followed by a slow, steady crescendo of lemony sourness on the way to a rich, vanilla-drenched finish. A bit of overripe citrus as well. It actually coheres beautifully, and is nothing but tasty. No trace of booze. Really impressive.

M: Soft, nicely carbonated medium body. Quite nice.

O: This was a strangely bifurcated beer, with a rather unpleasant aroma giving way to a truly delicious flavor. The sweetness and sourness ultimately balanced each other quite nicely, although the sweetness started to seem a bit over the top after side-by-side comparison with the piercingly dry, complexly flavorful Fancy Pants; the best result was actually a blend of the two, with the vinous fruitiness of NEBCO's sour going wonderfully with the greater body and sweetness of Burnside's. If you've got bottles of both, I highly recommend comparing and then combining the two CT sours.


woosterbill, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

HopsHopenstein, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ShanePB, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

KevSal, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Arenbeer, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

shufon, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

nmann08, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

cadaugherty, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

HopStoopid120, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Jwale73, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

rmaste6282, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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Highland Wild Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.