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

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Added by superspak on 01-31-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by fscottkey:
Photo of fscottkey
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.75] The bottle lists the ABV (5.5%) with a best by 09/19/2017. The beer is a dark cherry color and forms 3 fingers of impenetrable off white head (love the nitro look).

S: [3.50] Caramel, toffee, cocoa, charred wood, toasted marshmallows.

T: [3.25] Slight metallic rust tint. Cocoa, charred wood, cocoa.

M: [2.75] Really thin and watery. Disappointingly so.

O: [3.50] This looks great in a glass! The smell is pretty inviting (but reminds me ore of a Porter nose). The flavor is very subdued and underwhelming and it really misses the mark on the mouthfeel. Overall this isn't bad but it is totally forgettable. I would much rather have their Nitro Milk Stout.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chossboss
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of DOCRW
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of mintzmeet
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of akolb
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 RyanK252
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nitro bottle poured into a pub glass

A: Pours cascading rich shades of brown finally settling into in a nice mahogany with a creamy khaki head that hangs around and leaves some thick lacing.

S: Toasty toasty bready malt dominates, toffee sweetness, a little dark fruit, and a hint of smoke.

T: Roasty toasty bready malt, a little dark chocolate and coffee, big toffee, hints of dark fruit, and faint smoke.

M: Light to medium body, mild carbonation.

O: Big time flavor for a Scottish ale. Nitro treatment is cool, but not really necessary.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand Brewing simply never disappoints...

This was a very tasty nitro, a beautiful looking beer in the pint glass and a decent bready smell. Mouthfeel was a bit watery, but it did it was also sessionable to the tongue. The taste was what will be most memorable to me for this brew - slightly sweet, malty, bready, truly a flavorful beer. I will definitely look for these in the future.

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Photo of chrismattlin
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkazemi
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmh21
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | 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 HermitDan
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark caramel pour with very little tan head. Decent but nothing outstanding with the aroma. Flavor was pretty much the same. It is not bad by any stretch but also not great, balanced just not big. Mouthfeel was thin but clean. I think I was expecting more due to the Nitro on the bottle. Actually seemed under carbonated. Overall this is what it is, a decent beer and decent representation of a Scotch ale.

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Photo of lastmango
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a semi opaque root beer brown with a very thin tan head. Moderate lacing. Very faint aroma of caramel. Taste is very faint also. Caramel, malt and a little hopiness. Dry on the end. Thin feel. I like this brewery but was not happy with this brew, which is just weak.

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