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Highland Ambush Scotch Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Highland Ambush Scotch AleHighland Ambush Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Notes from Bridgeport:

BU's: 40
ABV: 6.8%
Color: Reddish-Brown
Ingredients: Pale and Carmel Malts. UK Golding Hops.
Description: This beer will have a rich malt taste complementing vanilla flavors from the American oak barrels along with a bitterness attributed to the UK Golding hops

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of Docer
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to drinking this bomber...

- A rather light and clear brown.. bit of red... like a dark iced tea. Quick fizzling head down to a bit of a small ring and some floating continents.

- Nice rich roasted malt complexity... wonderfully balanced and roasted malt... reminds me of a nice Full Sail Lager... and a nice pine and grassy bittering hop presence for sure. Little caramel, alcohol... and oakey vanilla.

- What a perfectly blended ale... roasted malts... fired oak, light vanilla in the aftertaste.... and a bitter hop that is delicious. Talk about balance here... this is a very well made brew and for me certainly stands ahead of the pack in Scottish/Wee Heavies. Smooth sailing, and not a touch of alcohol to burn.

- Medium bodied, and a bit chewy roasty... but the hopping provides just enough to water the palate for another chug.

- Overall I am impressed with this brew, and it caught me off guard.... I wasn't expecting this delicious of a brew. I would however like a bit more of the barrel mix in this.. or none at all. A split between this, and another barrel aged series of about 60% would be killer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a pint of this on tap at Jake's Famous Crawfish (a downtown Portland institution) during Happy Hour. Tried it once before on tap ~ it's good to try again.

A: Ruddy mahogany, a hazy and unfiltered siren of Scottish/Wee Heavy goodness. If there is rising carbonation, it's tough to find amidst the murkiness. Short cap of vanilla-yellow cream, dropping to thin cover; speckles of lace.

S: Nutty and malty roast, might as well be chestnuts -kinda buttery and alluring. 'Wintery' with a healthy dose of spice, a nutmeg or cinnamon dash.

T: Nuts, caramel/toffee and plenty of malt/roast. It's toasted legumes, toffee, and raisin - a sweet and malty blend that epitomizes the style. Some barrel-aged woodiness creeps in at the finish.Vanilla, too - I like the results.

M: Mild carbonation, a fine creaminess. Medium body and building roasted bitterness.

D: Certainly drinkable - on the 'lighter' side of the style, though 6.8% is nothing to be scoffed at. No glaring weaknesses - a nice beer that's worth a try if it's handy.

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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a nice medium brown with less than an inch of light tan head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing.

A very nice peaty aroma was amplified by the whisky scent to this brew. The flavor was smoother than usual for the style and the whiskey and wood flavors were dominant.

The body was good, full and well rounded without being heavy or filling. Drinkabilty was very good, especially for what is not one of my favorite styles.

Overall, I thought this was a very interesting beer, it's worth your time.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to duffman069 for sharing, oh yeah!

A - Pours dark copper, 2 fingers, good head retention, which leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Smoky, malts, and a bit of a metallic smell. This may be a flaw in the bottling line.

T - Smoky, malty, black pepper yeast esters, sligtly metallic, fruity, with some slight bittering hops in the finish.

M - Full-bodied, malt dominated, and finishes dry.

D - Not great, but not bad either. There are some concerns with the slight metallic scents and flavors with this beer though.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from Fred Meyer. Chesnut brown,slightly hazy ale,smokey looking,even! Light brown loose ,large bubbled head. Strong Oaky,smoky aromas,little vanilla bean too. Good strong semi-bitter malt driven beer, the oak and vanilla take the background until the end, when a nice after taste is left. Not much notice of hops ( good for style)..little smke even in the after glow. Very nice palate on this one..they got it just right for style. Overall a beer i really enjoyed and will buy more before this bottling s over.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lots of vanilla in the aroma but the base malty aroma I'm looking for just isn't there. Lots of yeast-y bread smell and fruity esters. For a wee heavy, the real lack of caramel or peat or malt is troubling.

Deep copper color that starts with an inch thick head that keeps a quarter inch layer of off-white foam for the remainder of the drinking and leaves good lacing. There's a light amount of rising carbonation feeding that head.

Flavor is where the malt comes in. Really nice big malty start with caramel and cereal and a hint of smokey that is so subtle that it could be yeast esters instead of peated malt. Lots of ripe fruit. It seems like plums or raisins. Very light hopping (good for the style) just enough to make it not sweet while still being really malty. There's a buttery diacetyl that isn't
overpowering and adds some richness, diacetyl being fairly common in Scotch Ales. I guess my only complaint is that for the premium price of a bourbon aged beer, I don't get a lot of barrel flavors. But it's a solid wee heavy.

Nice full body and smooth light carbonation. All of that is right on for the style.

Really a good example of the strong scotch style. Not an ass-kicker but not a lightweight either. Probably wouldn't want more than one of these at a sitting but having two wouldn't wreck you the next morning either.

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark copper with a tint of red, a small beige head, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, caramel, and butterscotch.

taste is of butterscotch, toffee, malt, earth, and hops in the back, end is a little dry.

overall a little over bearing on the buttery taste.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour into tulip...

A: Dark amber body with a creamy two finger head. Falls slowly leaving excellent creamy lacing on the sides.

S: Typical scottish malt profile, lots of fruit, faint cherry, a little wood. Not overly complex, but solid.

T: Falls short of what is expected from a scotch ale, not as big of a malt flavor profile. Drinks more like a scottish ale, lighter body and has a lot of reminiscent qualities of ebenezer...can really tell it is 50% of the beer. Super faint bourbon, if it wasn't on the bottle I probably couldn't pick it up.

M: Too light to be a scotch ale, again drinks more like a scottish ale. Light medium body, very aggressive carbonation...a little too harsh, gets in the way of the flavor.

D: Pretty drinkable, carbonation detracts somewhat, but light body and lower abv helps this go down pretty easily. Overall a good beer but not great...needs more backbone.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer" ... I don't care for the song, but this bottle is the Title line. Scotch Ale aged partially in Bourbon barrels.... Poured into my Delirium goblet.

Nice 1" off white head.. good lacing and only a descent cap atop a hazed amber brew.

Definitely not a Wee Heavy in my mind.. Export maybe.. Malty aromas are surprisingly lite.. lite woody elements combine with some vanilla.. seems pretty flimsy.

Flavor isn't as malty as I was expecting.. a bit of lite plummy esters move in early in the palate.. vanilla and a bit of tannic woodiness with very lite cherry flavors... ehhh... Where is the Scotch Ale? Body is lite/medium and waaaay too light for the advertised style.. carbonation is to high too..

Nice "wood aged" beer, but pretty much misses on all other advertised elements.

Overall, this is an okay brew.... it shows great bones, but it seems like the brewers dumbed it down for the masses. I would LOVE to see what Bridgeport can do when they throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.

I will be buying a few of these... It will be nice to see what they do with some real time on them.. but fresh.. this is not doing it for me.

Ehhh... 4/3.5/3.5/3/3.5

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4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Samuel Smith imperial pint, Highland Ambush is a ruddy mahogheny with a tight sand colored head with very long last, leaving nice, sticky, foamy lace.

Smell is caramel malt, herbal hops and bourbon (the flavor, without the alcohol vapors you sometimes get in wetter barrel beers).

Taste is big blast of barrel character, in a very pleasing way to me. Not overly strong but noticeable bourbon, more so vanilla and coconut notes, which provide very nice depth to the sweetish caramel malty backbone. Really more bittersweet though that's to the hops, especially after having the Pelican wee-heavy this weekend. Nice bourbon aftertaste without being boozy, overall very nice.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with a lighter body and soft finish.

Drinkability is high, I'm really enjoying this scotch ale. Nice complexity, satisfying but smooth, and a nice ABV that warms without bruising. Add the nice price and this is yet another winner from the Bridgeport Big Brews series. I'lll have to buy a few more before they're gone.

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Photo of mykie73
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a unique beer.

L) beautiful mahogany in color with a very attractive 1/2 marshmellow head. transparent for style so i'll give it a little knock for that.

S) sweet malt, pecans, fruit, vanilla, some roast....

T) rye bread, tapioca, red apples, with a cola finish. I would love to see more bourbon and more roast in taste

F) The feel of this beer is where it shines. Quite full bodied and quite smooth and creamy. Coasts the mouth great... missing the stickiness of a wee heavy however though...if this was another style (strong ale) it would get a 5.

D) thought this beer would be too sweet for after first sip but it grew on me as it warned. great beer. worth trying.

I enjoyed this beer more than it's score shows.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a reddish copper color topped by a small, creamy, off-white head. A very sweet malt character holds notes of brown sugar, grapes, and something akin to cherry cola.
Palate is dark, sweet malt, with notes of cherry cola and a hint of oak and a very slight roasted character. A touch of fruity hops adds a little bit of balance, but the malt is in charge of the show here. Finish is fairly clean, with a nice, mellow sweetness.
Body is full and a bit effervescent for a wee heavy, but without the traditional stickiness. This is not to say that it's unpleasant, just a bit out of character. Overall, this is a tasty, easy-drinkng ale that may not be true to style, but is still quite enjoyable.

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Highland Ambush Scotch Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 87 ratings
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