Gordon Highland Scotch Ale (John Martin N.V.) | The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Gordon Highland Scotch Ale (John Martin N.V.)Gordon Highland Scotch Ale (John Martin N.V.)

Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GreenCard on 10-16-2003

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Photo of ernie
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Strong, sweet and sticky - just what we expect from Scotch Wee Heavy. They say it's similar to McEwan's 80/- and is bottled in Belgium. Maybe. Anyway, a typical Scotch, with lots of malt and caramelized sugar, rich fruity tones both in aroma and body, complex finish and a wish for something else after emptying the bottle. A [perfect dessert drink and of course worth a try - in small volumes, although.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with a 1 inch head that collapses after some minutes.
Smell was really interesting, lots of botterscotch and burned, chocolate flavors.
Taste was also butterscotch (diacetyl) with chocolate and burned notes. A slight bitter taste of the hops and burned malts was present. To complete all this heavy tastes, the body was pretty full and sweet and sticky, which make the beer less drinkable, but more sessionable. Nice!

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am under the impression that this used to be brewed in Scotland (edinburgh?) but this bottle appears to have been brewed in benelux. Contract brewing advances, I never did try the scottish version. I do enjoy classic scottish ales but hve no idea if this is going to taste like one.

Pours absurd huge head in a pint glass. Smell is roasted and smoked and I could almost say it has peat-smoked malt in it, something I have not read or heard in reference to this beer. The classic scottish malty nose is not present here.

Taste is a surprise, something kicks the tastebuds, very bitter up front which dissapates and lets the roasted malt escape. Alcohol is very strong in the initial taste.

I do not know how long this beer has been brewed in belgium, but maybe an ingredient change or other item has resulted in the smoky beer I am drinking, or maybe the brewing location was changed recently. Unlike the reviews here, and unlike any traditional scottish ale. Pleasant enough, after that.

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Photo of gnoff
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle at "Karlsons' Garage & Bar" in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Beautiful deep red color.
Big long lasting brown creamy head.
No distinct scent, slightly "Belgian ale" scent perhaps.
Burnt and chocolate taste.
Smooth mouthfeel.
Ratehr low bitterness.
A little it acid taste as well, but not much.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from AKSmokedPorter as part of Secret Santa 2005. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3/4" tan head above the clear bright burgundy brew. Pillowy head lasts and lasts, with heavy coating tan foam lacing. Aroma is hearty dark malt, with a tinge of fruit and wisps of alcohol. Taste is grain sweetness upfront, with the same fruit twinge as the nose in the middle, and then a tending towards alcohol close. A bit of a lingering bitter aftertaste as well. Fruitiness is present in the middle, and alcohol slightly warms the throat. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is not a problem either. Another nice scotch ale from this package.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cL amber bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

A: Poured into my Duvel tulip glass. Color is a clear amber-tinged dark copper. Very, very thick off-white head. Almost a nitro-tap consistency. Long-lasting and lots of distinct rings around the glass.

S: The nose is dominated by lots of sweet caramel. There's a citrusy fruit note as well, with a twang of medicinal alcohol thrown in for good measure.

T: Up front hit of thick and chewy caramel flavor, followed by some dark fruit flavors. ABV shows up near the end with a prickly dance on the tongue. Finish is strangely dry and pairs nicely with the bitterness on the palate.

M/D: Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Coats the palate until the end where it drys out. Very drinkable. As it warmed, the flavors really blossomed.

Notes: Quite a nice little gem from AKSP. Thanks for a great beer.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice red, amber, and brown head. The head on this beer is small and does not billow up too much. This beer seemed to lack a good nose. Some spiciness in the nose but not much else. The taste and mouthfeel are very good. A full bodied beer on the palate and it goes down very warm. It feels like a much bigger bear than it really is. Some nutty flavors along with sweet alcohol makes this great beer. I can't seem myself drinking this beer very often so it loses a bit in drinkability.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a beautiful ruby brown, crystalline clarity, a spongey layer of tannish head which slowly collapses on itself

Aroma: richly sweet maltiness with an underlying caramel note, a touch of hops and pear-like fruitiness, a wee bit of diacetyl (I think), ethanol

Flavor: malt sweetness is rich here as well, though there's a substantial hop bitterness to add a little balance; some clove, caramel, speculoos, alcohol; finish is initially sweet, but dries out somewhat to leave a mellow caramel aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, creamy, gentle carbonation, belly-warming

Overall Impression: I'm not sure how this compares stylistically to real Scotch Ales, as I've not had many. It's a good beer though. It seems to have been designed for the discerning Belgian strong-ale drinkers as it has some yeast-characteristics similar to typical abbey ales.

This beer is actually brewed by Brouwerij Palm (as are the rest of these Gordon beers).

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Gordon Highland Scotch Ale (John Martin N.V.) from The Caledonian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 33 ratings