Barrel Aged Highland Charge
Heathen Brewing

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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #93
ABV:
11%
Score:
88
Ranked #49,085
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 6.19%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
10
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Heathen Brewing
 
Washington, United States
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 10
Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, soft brown pour looks dark brown/black in the glass... Never had the non-barrel aged edition... Decent enough wee heavy - the barrel aging saves it from being mundane I think... Has the appropriate aromas and flavors of malted and fermented fruits like fig and date and plum, with elements of dank spice and chewy resin... A mild booziness, a hint of vanilla and oak, and some vapors of alcohol confirm the barrel affects... Improves and develops as it warms... A good if not top-notch wee heavy, easy to recommend but not likely to crack your top 5...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One year old, properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with little light transmission in the glass with a half finger khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dates, dried plums, light peaty smoke and a hint of oxidation. Flavor is biscuity caramel malt, dates, raisins, bourbon, cherry and raspberry, finishes slightly berry tart with a little peat smoke. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. Flavor profile is pretty much what I'd expect from a barrel aged Scotch ale with a bit more fresh, slightly tart fruit than I expected, probably from the bourbon. Peat smoke is a little laid back, but adequate for the style. This turned out pretty darn good and the year of cellaring probably mellowed it out a little. Nice flavor combinations that fit together well.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a BA spieau glass.

Look is a dark brownish red with a fizzy offwhite head.

Aroma is dark red fruits and candi sugared fruits.

Taste exactly matches aroma. Thick boozy and fruity.

Delicious.

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Photo of rarigney
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is opaque dark brown with a generous tan head. Retention is below average and lacing is minimal. Aroma is subdued, but has some bourbon and toffee notes. Taste is bourbon, cherry, and a hint of oak. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and slightly hot.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 17.77 (Including shipping)/waxed capped 22 oz bottle ($ 0.808/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Ink-stamped above the label on the shoulder and barely visible is “12/04/17”, stored at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, penetration around the top shows brown.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.1cm, aggressive center pour), dark tan, medium density, shorter than average retention time, diminishing to a two to three mm ring and a thin broken layer.
Lacing – Transitory at best.
First pour – Medium brown, clear.
Aroma – 3.75 - Weak. Tobacco and dates.
Flavor – 4 - Begins with bourbon which obliterates the caramel, toffee, and diacetyl of the base beer while oddly accentuating the cherry notes. This incarnation is also less sweet. Allowing it to warm in my mouth brings out some alcohol and a bit of barrel tannin. No hops, no vanilla, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.75 - Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 - The label is marked “2018” so I assume (!) that the “12/04/17” is a bottling date, not a “Best by” date. The appearance is better than the base beer because we at least get a head with a measurable retention time and a bit of lacing appears before coarsening and disappearing. The aroma is also better than the base beer because of the unexpected tobacco and date aroma; however, it is just as weak. The flavor is mostly bourbon and thus different in a not-so-good way from the base beer since most of the Wee Heavy characteristics are missing except for the cherry. Aging has apparently thinned the beer so that it is no longer full-bodied and thus less characteristic of a Wee Heavy. Not every style of beer is made better with bourbon barrel aging. Overall, a much higher price point and a poorer brew than the base beer.

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Barrel Aged Highland Charge from Heathen Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 10 ratings