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Braveheart - Nitro | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Braveheart - NitroBraveheart - Nitro

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- This one pours with a nice looking lazy caramel colored head and of course it is thick and fluffy, with excellent retention! The brew itself is rather clear looking, is bronze/red hued and has very fine carbonation rising to the top! Lacing is good as well with thick clusters sticking to the side of the glass.....I question the robustness as the transparency concerns me.....

S- Smooth creamy chocolate malt bar, some caramel toffee sweetness, biscuit like bread/yeast, hints of roasted nut and most definitely toasty red malt, cooked brown sugar and smoky vanilla robustness.

T- The flavors are weak in general which is a bit of a letdown, but there is some nuttiness, milky chocolate, vanilla, toasted malt, caramel and toffee, all balanced out by a quick clean finish that has some mild hop bitterness and a bit of a lingering smoked almond.....

M/O- Light with nuances leaning toward medium bodied and the nitro carbonation does provide a very pleasant and smooth carbonation and the drinkability factor is rather high, seeing as this is so muted overall in terms of character...it just has a watered down personality that I do believe Left Hand can improve on big time. I don't think it's a bad beer by any means but I don't think I'd be missing out by not having this one again.....good starter brew!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand Brewing Co. "Braveheart nitro"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 08/19/17" and sampled on 06/05/17
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Pours a frothy head that settles down to become creamy. Khaki colored. The body is clear, a deep mahogany brown that almost appears black in the full glass. Nice looking glass of beer. The aroma expresses almost burnt sugar, lighter but still dark caramel, dried dark fruits, and a touch of roastiness. There's a touch of nuttiness to it as well. It's fresh, and fairly bright. Welcoming. The flavor follows; and it's creamy and smooth - medium to medium-light in body. The dark skinned fruit is soft and rounded, probably more like raisins than anything else. The malt is bready and the caramel component is soft. The mild roastiness gives it just a slight edge of additional flavor. There's a light touch of grassiness, and a bit of a tea-like note in the finish but that's about it as far as hops go. Moderately bitter yet dry in the finish with some gently fading malt; not cloying at all. In fact, not sweet, no more so than a pale ale anyway. Interesting lacing with solid sheets that show lines relating to each sip you've taken. It still has a solid surface covering of creamy tan as well. It's probably the best Scottish-style ale I've had, it really hits the mark. In fact I'd imagine that it rivals, or even beats, some of its Scottish brethren. What a joy to drink, so soft and supple and easy - but with such a great flavor and so satisfying. Highly recommended for fans of the style, or those who like English milds.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am finishing up a modest brewery horizontal with Left Hand by having this N2 bottle. I have to admit to a fair amount of curiosity about this one. N2 from a bottle is not always as successful as N2 from a CAN.

From the bottle: "Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain"; "Super smooth with soft caramel notes and bready maltiness."

I Pop!ped the cap & IAW their instructions, I performed a hard (inverted) pour into the largest glass that I own. This caused some really nice cascading action that settled into two fingers of dense, light-tan head with great retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with copper highlights. Nose was very sweet, definitely malty and rather bready. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, as though the N2 had totally dissipated out of it. The taste was mellow, very bready, slightly caramel with a light bitterness underlying the sweetness. I was not blown away by the flavors, but it was not too bad, overall. Finish was semi-sweet, which was also a relief as it could have been a malt bomb. A decent enough drink, but simply mot my cuppa tea.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Nitro at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO. Poured an opaque, jet black color with a foamy tan head. It smelled creamy with mild peat notes. Lots of sweet, rich malt. A mild grassy/peat bite. The nitro really mellows out the scottish ale flavors.

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Photo of animal69
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - some sort of connection with the movie Braveheart, in that the brewery's co-founder and the titular film character share the same surname.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with a thin cap of wispy, bubbly, and yet creamy tan head, which leaves some cannonball splash aftermath lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, muddled dark orchard fruit, a hint of biscuity toffee, and maybe a bit of earthy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, damp generic crackers, ethereal discount store chocolate, faded black stone fruit, and more weak floral, weedy, and dead leafy 'verdant' hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather light on its nitro-abetted frothy feet, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a disappointing airy creaminess all that this one can muster for itself. It finishes off-dry, the bland malt not getting any last-minute call-ups to save the day.

Overall, yeah, this one just doesn't do much for me, there's very little going on, and I constantly found my attention wandering. Not a poorly-made brew, but as my pre-schooler says about anything Daddy-related: 'boring!'.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured hard into a snifter. For a moment, there was just a thin bubbly head but this soon turned into a creamy looking tan coat that exhibited very good retention. Very dark reddish-brown body.

Overall: a bit thin and not quite as bold as I prefer, but still a well-crafted, a nicely balanced, smooth and tasty version of the style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Best By date of 8/19/17. Sampled on May 5, 2017.

It pours a very dark chocolate brown with a modest, lingering soft tan head. Attractive to look at for certain.

The aroma brings out a sweet caramel or even a baker's chocolate character with a low to no hop profile. Maybe a little burnt note.

The body is light to medium. But still soft.

Decent sweetness in the taste with a kind of short-lived earthy bitterness at the end. Not bad but seemed to be lacking something.

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Photo of RedJim
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 9/8/17. 12oz nitro-bottle poured hard into a pint glass. Pours a dark auburn with ruby hues and has nice clarity; creamy khaki head that you would expect from a nitro beer. The aromas are pretty subtle. Mild hints of caramel, cocoa and vanilla. Malts are there leading the way. The flavors follow the nose for the most part. More caramel and cocoa powder along with some toffee in the mix. Subtle hints of vanilla. Mild wood flavors. Solid malt backbone. Subtle sweetness. It's not bitter at all. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is what you would expect from a nitro beer. It's thin and watery with little to no carbonation. Very smooth and extremely quaffable.

This is a solid nitro brew. The nitro characteristics work with the style, but the aromas and flavors are kind of boring. I do understand it's not a flashy style to begin with. It's ultimately enjoyable stuff. It's very clean and refreshing. It's probably better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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Photo of smithj4
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sendbeer
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 8/19/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick soapy lacing clings down the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of roast, dark fruit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of roast, dark fruit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light roast, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from lingering bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Low carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a very nice Scottish ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. Nice clean malt showcase, with well restrained yeast/hop notes. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wamba
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fan of LH Nitros, and no where does it work better than in Scottish Ale, esp a tame one like this.
Nitro bottle poured into a 16oz cup at my ferry bottega.
a) Pours near opaque cola brown that sports a lumpy, sustaining, creamy khaki head that laces massively.
s) Too faint, but good, with the expected notes from toasted dark bread malt, dark fruit, peat fire, and wood smoke.
t)Follows the smell but more fresh baked, inviting bread shop malt, smoke, church pew incense, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, and sweet hints of dark fruit.
f) Never cloying. The nitro adds to the pleasing feel.
o) I'd drink this often. Great series. Try 12.

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Photo of tmcarter23
2.32/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of SFACRKnight
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured hard into a shaker pint for maximum nitro showboating. This dark red ale really looks beautiful with the reverse waterfall of nitro bubbles forming a two inch thick cap of creamy goodness on top. Smells like mild carmel malt, touch of roasty smoke too. Flavors are a bit more diverse, sweet malt on the front yields to a smokey coffee roasty dryness that keeps bringing me back for more. The nitro mouthfeel is where this beer falls short. The first mouthful is all creamy and full, each subsequent drink nets a less carbonated and more watery mouthfeel each time. That's nitro I suppose. Overall, great beer that I would drink copious amounts of, especially if I can find it on CO2

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a huge cascading off-white head. Basically looks like a root beer float. The head just kinda sits there like a foamy turd.

The aroma is light but pleasant. There's a fair amount of caramel and toasted grains. There's a hint of brown sugar and toffee as well as the foggiest idea of dark fruits.

The taste follows the nose. Bready and grainy, with plenty of caramel. Finishes faintly tart and fruity.

The feel is typical of a nitro beer, though perhaps a bit more watery.

Overall, a pretty solid ale that's refreshing and flavorful. That's about it. Nothing special. Would still drink again.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweetish caramel and slightly grainy malts. The flavor is caramel, slightly grainy malts, mild fruit and a mix of sweet and very mild tart in the finish.

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Braveheart - Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 69 ratings