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H & H Highland Ale | St. Elias Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
St. Elias Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Reswald on 12-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.65/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 10 Dec 2010 at the brewpub.

This beer is a Strong Scotch Ale that was brewed back on September 6, using Golden Promise barley, to an O.G. of 1080. It is hopped exclusively with Fuggles to about 35 IBUs and fermented using White Labs WLP 028 Edinburgh Scottish Ale Yeast. Once fermentation was complete, half of the batch was moved into used bourbon barrels for aging, with 25% going into a fresh barrel that had not been filled with beer before. After two months all the ale was blended back together before being carbonated and served. Final ABV was 7.4%.

In the goblet it is a slightly translucent ruby-brown color, with a small cream-colored head. The whiskey aging is obvious in the nose, backed up with notes of caramel and a hint of peat smoke. On the tongue there is medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. The strong malt flavors are in the forefront, as is proper for the style, followed by touches of wood and whiskey, dropping off to a nice, long finish, once again with a hint of smokiness. The whiskey presence is actually smaller than you would expect from the nose and works very well within the context of the other flavors. I suspect it would have been even better aged in Scotch whiskey as opposed to bourbon barrels, but used Scotch barrels are not easy to obtain in Soldotna, AK.

An excellent example of a Wee Heavy.

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H & H Highland Ale from St. Elias Brewing Company
4.65 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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