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Highland Wild Ale - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

Highland Wild AleHighland Wild Ale

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BA SCORE
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12.24%


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.

Slainte!

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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 00:52:01 | More by Thorpe429
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chad for sharing this oddity. Served in a Cigar City tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving thing white foam settles to a thin ring, leaving behind wispy patches and no lace. Hazy amber-brown body.

S - Musky, sweaty funk, tobacco, leather, caramel, malts, oak, and faint bourbon presence. Kind of like a bourbon oud bruin, as there's still a hefty amount of malt present.

T - The taste is again a mixture of toffee, caramel, and lightly smoked malts, lactic sourness, oak, and a bit of vinegar. Again, the wild and sour character is is well-balanced with the strong malty backbone.

M - Medium-full body, smooth texture, lower carbonation, very dry and tannic, and surprisingly little alcohol presence for a 10% beer.

D - This was surprisingly good. When I read the description I expected a mess, but the wild flavors integrated well with the base beer to create something in the vein of Oerbier Reserva. I'm hoping that Three Floyds SoBro is similar to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 22:47:35 | More by MasterSki
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:35:55 | More by mdfb79
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.  

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 07:09:09 | More by corby112
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 14:30:58 | More by woosterbill
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this. Swing-top bottle, 1/2 liter.

3.5 A: Swing-top opened with a loud POP! First pour gave me just about all head. Several minutes later I got a full glass. Lightly hazed deep amber color. Three fingers of foamy off-white head. Retention is super good, but some of that might come from maintenance bubbles. A short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This maintains a lot of the base beer (which I haven't had, but it's a reasonable assumption) and it smells great. Lots of caramel with toffee underneath. Plum, prune, and some raisin fruitiness. Bourbon is complementary, but adds a pleasant earthiness. The wild portion is mainly funk (in the nose at least). Musty basement, dry-rotten wood, and hay.

4.5 T: The taste introduces some acid and sourness. It's not overbearing and it works well within the context of the other flavors. It's mainly a tangy lactic acid, but there is some acetic in there as well. The bourbon earthiness and leather mixes extremely well. The base still offers plenty of caramel with lesser amounts of toffee and molasses. Lots of plum, raisin, prune, and dates. Oak and vanilla. This is pretty sweet for a wild and it works out to be quite enjoyable. I have no doubt that the excess carbonation is from this beer not being fully done, but the result is probably better than with the extra time it'd take to ferment it out. Very tasty.

4.0 M: Medium body. The carbonation level is fine. It seems like the beer itself doesn't hold much of the excess. Not that creamy, but somewhat velvety if you can understand the differences I mean between the two words. Super smooth.

5.0 D: Very tasty wild. Well developed with tons of awesome flavors. So easy to drink and the alcohol never becomes an issues at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:04:31 | More by DavoleBomb
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a 2 year old cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a deep mahogany with rich garnet highlights and just a little bit of misty sediment floating in the middle of the glass. A large creamy and spongy beige head foams up 3 cm even with a gentle pour. The head fades gradually to a thick edge layer and thin surface layer across the top of the beer.
The aroma is tart cherry and vinegar with a bit of musty blanket and stale bread. Quite a complex and funky nose. Appropriate for a wild ale, and appealing for this sampling.
The first sip reveals an average body and fine fizzy carbonation that tingles on each sip.
Flavor is what would be expected from the nose with some sweet cherry for a second that then roles to tart and bitey vinegar and some funky yeast notes. The finish is very dry and tart with a bit of chalk and stale bread again. IT is a mix of complex flavors and the dry finish encourages further sips.
The beer is enjoyable and the 10-11% is hidden the entire time. Funky well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:21:28 | More by sulldaddy
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this yesterday and decided I would give it a shot even without being able to find any information on it. I thought it may have just come out, and apparently I was right.

1pint, .9 oz in a blue swing-top poured into a tulip a dark scotch ale color with a healthy white head that is soon just white lacing around the glass.

Aroma of sour grapes , butterscotch and lactose. This was really much more sour in aroma than I had thought it might be. Also picking up heavy roasted malts and a good dosing of caramel and toffee.

Taste is great. I had also probably underestimated the flavor
due to nobody having even reviewed this when I purchased it.
Tons of toffee, caramel and roasted malts along with a heavy tasting scotch ale mixed with tons of lacto. I am thinking maybe a sour mash might have had something to do with it.

M: thick mouthfeel and a light carbonation.

O: A well done wild ale from a scotch ale base. I don't know of any wild scotch ales but would have to presume that there is another somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 23:16:35 | More by alpinebryant
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz swingtop bottle - served in a small tulip

A - pours with a short lived layer of fuzzy, offwhite foam, settling to a filmy ring. slightly cloudy, deep ruby in color.

S - oddish sort of vinegary, grape and wine like fruitiness. additional hints of raisin, plum, vanilla, and a funky mustiness.

T - sweet and biscuity off the bat, turning slowly to a more lactic sourness, led by crushed red grapes and tart green apples. hints of purple sweet tarts, caramel, and pressed green apples. finishes rather clean, with a faint bit of bourbon and smoke. real nice!

M - medium bodied with a nice creaminess, aided by moderate yet prickly carbonation. finishes on the tart and puckering side, with a pleasant stickiness that cleans up nicely after itself.

O - solid beer. hope to see more like this from Olde Burnside in the future - pulled off quite well. a lovely sipper...seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 05:02:58 | More by Stigs
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davey101

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml cobalt blue swing top bottle into an over sized wine glass.

A - Hazy dark red/brown body with some creamy off white edging and lacing. The initial pour produced a sizable head.

S - Grapes, lactic acid, vinegar, caramel malts, woody oak, and some spices. Smells like a slightly soured malt heavy beer. Fairly tame and one layered.

T - You can definitely taste the scotch ale base in this beer. Malty rich caramel and toffee. This is followed by some sour red grapes and lactic acid notes. The finish is smooth with some hints of oak and vanilla/spice. Alcohol is noticeable, but the sour and tart flavors work to mask it pretty well. This really reminds me of a flanders oud bruin. Really tasty and refreshing.

M - Medium mouth feel, silky and smooth with a nice high level of carbonation.

O - This was an excellent american wild ale. Very unique and tasty. I'm surprised that Olde Burnside was able to make such a great sour on their first try. I think the only fault this beer has is the fact that its sold in swing top bottles. Not sure how well this will age as my bottle had some brown residue coming up through the seal.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 03:54:18 | More by davey101
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Pahn

New York

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml swing top bottle into a snifter.

I've been waiting anxiously for this beer to be bottled since hitting it hard at the Burnside beer fest this Summer. Wasn't disappointed with this version at all.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a one inch frothy and popping offwhite head that dissipates steadily, leaving a tight but short lasting ring of lacing. Pours a hazy red brown. Leaves a wall of lacing that rides back to the liquid on the beer's legs.

Smell: Sweet, fruity malts (like in a really fruity strong ale like Founders Curmudgeon or Brooklyn Monster, sort of hard candy sweet), some tartness, and a large grape presence. Mild vanilla cake and faint woodiness underneath. Some caramel starts to show up after a few minutes.

With time and warmth, the aroma really opens up. The grape and hard candy stay, but the oak gets a lot more pronounced and some molasses and heavy malt from the base beer come out. The blends produced are great... it's less like different notes than different chords. The elevated sourness and grape go surprisingly well together with the different pastry and oak notes.

Taste: Sour up front, with a creamy finish. Mild pucker, oaky aftertaste. Sugariness not so nice with the sourness up front, and a bit of a watery character. Second sip brings more noticeable (but not abrasive) booze up front, and some nice complexities within the sourness.

Any doubts or qualms I had disappear as the beer warms--let this beer warm up. There's a lot going on here. Some smoke and leather come out, along with the bold and balanced malts of the base beer (Ten Penny Reserve, a great beer in its own right), which taste surprisingly natural and complimentary with the mild grape, lactic sourness, and occasional acetic flavors. Long oaky finish that coats the mouth... this is something I love in a wild ale, though I know some others consider it a flaw. Not really any bourbon influence to be found.

This is the sort of adventurous flavor you want from a wild ale. Sometimes it's dry, smoky, roasty, but the next thing you know it's powerful tartness, fruit notes, sugary pastries, all well served by an oaky vanilla background. I'm loving every sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, sometimes sugary, often puckeringly tart, mild alcohol heat, moderate to high carbonation. Sometimes very dry, sometimes very juicy. As interesting as the flavor, though not as consistently excellent.

Overall: I have a real soft spot for dark, malty beers put in barrels with wild yeast or bacteria. This is that kind of beer done really well. Every whiff and sip gives you a new balance of several flavors, and they're all good.

Also, I really like sour beers that can deliver tons of depth and distinct flavors without being so acidic that drinking them feels like having heartburn on purpose. This beer is sour while still being soft enough. Very enjoyable.

My hometown brewery really went above and beyond on this one. Will be grabbing as much of this as I can.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:44:13 | More by Pahn
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Thads324

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this at the store!
A : pours a deep copper with reddish tones. A good light tan head of tiny bubbles. Sticks around much longer than most sours. Pretty good lacing. Nice looking blue swing top bottle.
S : smells of a bit of bread and yeast. Tart berries and old fruit juice sitting on a table. A bit of sweet vinegar. A bit of woody earthy dirt aromas, but I'm not sure if that's the barrel or hops.
T : starts sweet and a bit smokey. The tartness starts off early and hits hard. The flavor reminds of the candy shock tarts. It's a little fruity, tart more than lip puckering sour. There's a little sweetness like butterscotch beneath the whole tart flavor. Finishes with a bubbly and sharp sourness with cherry and oak vanilla flavors beaneath the sour bite. The flavors are very pronounced, and the depth and complexity between sour and malty sweet are enjoyable. As the beer warms you start to taste even more oak and cherry vanilla sourness.
M : medium body and vibrant but not overbearing carbonation.

A deeply complex flavor and wide ranging aromatic beer. While its less sour than most I really enjoy the solid flavor and drinkability. Very little alcohol present here. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:43:15 | More by Thads324
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Sam21

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Olde Burnside, Highland Wild
500ml bottle purchased for $8. No bottle date. Poured into snifter.

Appearance - Deep ruby red body with a creamy, yet short lived off-white head. Really beautiful.

Smell - Deep thick caramel coated citrus fruit. There are acidy fruit notes dripping in gooey malt sweetness. Sour cherries are most prominent. A touch of bourbon adds to the overall complexity.

Taste - Sour fruit notes, reminiscent of tart raspberries, blast the tastebuds. The caramel is present, but kept to the background. As the beer continues to warm, notes of caramel and bourbon sneak there way into the picture. Initially, this beer had close to no balance, as the acidy fruit notes overwhelmed everything else. The finish features a touch of caramel, oaky bourbon warmth, and a bready note that seems to appear out of thin air. Sour fruit notes linger at the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - An effervescent punch of carbonation fades into a light zippy body. Really refreshing character.

Drinkability - This is a really interesting beer. A wee heavy aged in infected bourbon barrels. It's everything one would expect and then some. Sour top notes with deep and complex base notes. Simply wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 13:08:01 | More by Sam21
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mahogany in color with nice head and subtle lacing.

esthery fruits in the nose

taste with a nice malt sweetness which is immediately taken over by a great tartness. Big chocolate covered cherry element to this beer that makes it unique and delicious. toffee and vanilla flavors abound with a lingering tart drying finish leaving you waiting for next sip. The bourbon barrels really impart a nice woody dryness and finish i love in good bourbons.

So much going on here but really works together very well.

overall an incredible beer no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 01:50:20 | More by OatmattStout
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adrian for this share. Reviewed from notes, 500ml bottle.

A - A cloudy reddish brown, pours with a nice white head that fades quickly.

S - A pretty malty but funky sour smell. I get some oak, vinegar, and some caramel smells. Quite nice!

T- The initial flavor is pretty smooth and malty with a bit of oak, quickly transitioning to some lactic sourness and a prounounced dry vinegar funk. Aftertaste is quite tart and vinegary, with more oak.

M - Good body for a sour, with slighly lower carbonation, Nothing wrong here.

D - My expectations were low for this beer, but it really was quite good. I've had plenty of the base beer, but never thought it would become a sour. Gonna have to find some more of these. Without a doubt the best sour beer made in CT.

-GFunk

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 01:35:05 | More by Gfunk720
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep amber/brown body with a thin 1-finger head that receds to a thin cap.

S- Musty funk up front, some tartness, apples, pears, some sweetness as well. Some woodiness.

T- Very nice. Tartness up front, woodiness, a touch of sweetness, and more sourness.

MF- Feels light on the palate, but more of a moderate body on this one.

O- A very good beer that I'm very happy I got to try. Glad to see a good sour from a CT brewery! This would be my go-to sour if they kept making it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 19:46:32 | More by LtCracker20
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MatthewWilde

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Dark ruby red in color, heavy internal carbonation, pours a strong off-white head, a slight haze

S: Interesting nose, very sour/tactic acid smelling, combined with citrus, dried fruits, and a good amount of alcohol

T: Complex and delicious, perfect acidic flavors, citrus fruits, finishes with a definite buttery/creamy note, a great wild, touch of alcohol

M: Highly acidic, but still balanced, refreshing and drinkable, seems alive on the palate, incredibly mild fruity aftertaste, not drying

O: An excellent example of its style, acidic, fruity, and yet smooth, would love to have tried it with some age

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 22:27:02 | More by MatthewWilde
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found this

Poured into a brandy snifter....

A) Nice golden hue, slight head a bit of lacing.

S) Grapes and Funk...thats great!

T) For those who like sours (me) this is pretty damn good. The brewer is pretty well known for their scotch ales, that said you get the malts to follow up on the yeast.

O) Would really like to know how this ages...

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 23:35:13 | More by jimmy82063
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Adrianized

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz swingtop.

Pours a brown with copper tones.  Head quickly disappears to leave behind only a thin ring of an offwhite head.

Lots of soured red grapes, some apple cider, and a hint of oak and bourbon.  Plenty of funk, too.

Wow this has a lot going on.  Ripe and sour tart grapes, big funk, oak and a touch of bourbon.  You can get the scotch ale base in the background.  The 10% ABV is totally hidden to me.  Finishes very sour. This is Olde Burnside Brewing Co.'s first sour, and it's hugely successful. The best Connecticut brewed sour I've had.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a wonderful, light effervesce.

Overall with was a hugely pleasant surprise.  I didn't know this existed and now I'll need to look for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 11:55:28 | More by Adrianized
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Mertzy81

Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a deep chestnut/amber color with a bit more head than a typical sour.

S- Smells tart. Some funk, grapes as well as some malts poking thru. This is one of the best smelling sours I have had the pleasure of. The scottish ale/sour combo here is amazing, though please do not think this is not sour, it is!

T- Wow! this is way above my expectations. Much the same as the nose but there is a ton of tartness to this.. Very well done. The carbonation is spot on here, prickly. Not a hint of the 10% in the taste, and I mean at all.

M- a bit heavier than the sours that i am used to but that is to be expected when the base beer is essentially a scottish ale. This beer is great.

O- I have to give this an A+. Not perfect in all aspects but for me, this is just the perfect beer. I could seriously drink this everyday. Sounds like a homer reveiw here being from CT, I know but get your hands on this it's the real deal IMO. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 08:48:00 | More by Mertzy81
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Robtobfest

Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz blue swingtop into a Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a deep chestnut/amber color with a bit more head than a typical sour.

S- Smells tart. Some funk, grapes as well as some malts poking thru. This is one of the best smelling sours I have had the pleasure of. The scottish ale/sour combo here is amazing, though please do not think this is not sour, it is!

T- Wow! this is way above my expectations. Much the same as the nose but there is a ton of tartness to this.. Very well done. The carbonation is spot on here, prickly. Not a hint of the 10% in the taste, and I mean at all.

M- a bit heavier than the sours that i am used to but that is to be expected when the base beer is essentially a scottish ale. This beer is great.

O- I have to give this an A+. Not perfect in all aspects but for me, this is just the perfect beer. I could seriously drink this everyday. Sounds like a homer reveiw here being from CT, I know but get your hands on this it's the real deal IMO. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 02:03:43 | More by Robtobfest
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dayan

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml blue swingtop into a Duvel tulip.

A: Big frothy head that dissolves quickly. A little lacing atop a cloudy chestnut body.

S: Citrus, cedar, tobacco, a little smoke - not totally surprising given the base beer, but a little misleading as to the eventual taste of the product.

T: A bold, lactic oud bruin, with increasing levels of malt and oak as the beer warms up; the Scotch ale character takes some time to develop, and provides an interesting counterpoint to the initial tartness. As it warms, some really complex interplay develops between the sourness and the oaky backbone.

M: Lightly carbonated and a little creamy, finishing very dry and crisp. Very smooth drinking considering the ABV. Not nearly as much of a palate-killer as it could be, which might be its best trick of all.

O: A surprisingly well-crafted beer overall, considering it's the brewer's first attempt at a sour. There isn't much to compare it to in terms of sour Scotch ales - it's a strikingly unique and forward-thinking beer, one of my favorite out-of-nowhere finds of 2011, and a beer I'll be happy to revisit again.

This is really worth seeking out if you like unusual American sours; Olde Burnside's distribution is very limited, and I've only seen this at a couple bottle shops around Hartford. I recall having this on tap at BCTC11 and being pleasantly surprised; it should only get better with age.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 05:51:26 | More by dayan
Highland Wild Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.