Highlander | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Real Heavy aged in French and American Wine Barrels and blended together.

Added by GregSVT on 04-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 50
Photo of SavvyStudent
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: it pours with a slight head and very think with no transparency (which is what I look for in these heavier beers).
S: An amazing sweetness that is something unique to this beer and why I rated it so high. You know you are getting a quality aged beer
T: Almost reminds me of a maple-ish flavor with a solid background that allows the barrel aged potency to shine
M: A little heavy but something I have come to expect with these aged beers
O: A unique barrel aged treat that is work the $$ if you find it. An overall solid flavor profile that allows the barrel flavors to shine

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11 oz. pour. Stemmed tulip.

Look- Murky brown, half finger of off-white head. Very fine froth, decent retention.

Smell - Whoof! Big, barley-forward nose here! Raspberry jam, fig, concord grape. Light smokiness. Sweet, vinous, more fig. Mild booze - vinegar, but only in the best way. Very bold, pungent even.

Taste- Well, this tastes like straight-up fig Newtons. Go figure. Soft, round, ripe,, vinous fruit hits straight off, followed by a mellow sweet biscuit. Finishes with brown sugar, light tealike hop flavor. Mild-moderate green, fresh minty something mixes it up with a dank earthiness. Robustly figgy. Can't say I've ever had quite like it.
Mouthfeel- Full, medium- heavy body. Crisp, smooth carbonation. Lighter than anticipated. Mild, mellow finish. One to savor, but by no means heavy. Mild warming, light astringency on the back end, overall warm, well-rounded feel.

Overall- A winner. Uber-barleywine, super plum-fruity, moderate earthiness keeps it in check. Unique. Highly recommended.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at Dancing Bear, 17 Jun 2011. Served in a ~300 mL Maudite snifter.

Small beige head dissipates to a small ring around the glass. Hazy orange brown. Lightly carbonated. Aroma is slightly oaky, touch of syrup, somewhat vinous, light but pleasant. Dried fruit, some yeast. Fair amount of oak. Becomes more oaky and tannic from the middle to finish. Alcohol is warming in the finish and aftertaste. Medium body. Long lingering tannic finish.

This would be much better in January.

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Photo of rwf08
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a snifter.

A: Dark amber light white head and no lacing.

S: Vanilla and alcohol. Really thought this was bourbon aged, jokes on me. Good malt and some maple in the back ground.

T: Thick malty backbone with lots of vanilla, light smoke and good strong oak. The alcohol is present on the finish but is nice and warming.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Coats the tongue very well and leaves the mouth kind of full.

D: I have wee-heavys and this was the best beer I had at RealTail BA Beerfest.

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Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt vanilla oak and alcohol

T - Follows the nose with sweet caramel malt vanilla and oak flavor with an alcohol finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I'm really liking what the barrel aging has done for this beer making it more complex and smooth a must get if you see it around

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Garland Flying Saucer.

The beer pours a brownish-red color with a white head. The aroma is oak, caramel malt and dark fruit. The flavor is a complicated mix of alcohol, caramel malt, syrup, oak, dark fruit, brown sugar, raisins and some smoke. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sherry barrel-aged Real Ale Real Heavy, served at the Draughthouse in a 4oz mini-snifter.

Pours a honey-amber hue with immaculate clarity and lots of depth to the body's color. Nice lace left behind on the glass from the scant sawdust head. A great aroma greets the nose, with soft cherry fruits and lots of toffee sweetness. A hint of floral & piny hops lingers in the background---very barleywine-line, which I enjoy.

The flavor has the typical Wee Heavy malt profile boosted by a vinous barrel note. Gummy, sour and sweet with a nice finish of yeasty tropical fruits and hoppiness. Spicy with booze, but the 10% ABV is very well-hidden. Mouthfeel is dry and a bit thin, while remaining low in carbonation. Overall, a great special release from Real Ale, and probably one of their best beers I've had to date. Very excited for the rest of the Mysterium Verum series...

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Photo of champ103
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rudyard's in Houston.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. A very minimal beige head forms, and recedes to a light film in a second. Very light lace.
S: Lots of complexities in the nose. Toasted malt. Sweet caramel up front. A smoky and woody aroma. Apples and pears linger. Some yeast. A light vinous aroma. Really inviting.
T: Again, lots of stuff going on. It does not come together as well as the nose though. Light toasted malt. Smoke and wood with some caramel sweetness.
M/D: A medium body that is almost under carbonated. A little thin. Plenty of warming alcohol. Though a really good beer to sip on.

I really enjoyed this. Not my favorite of Real Ale's barrel aged beers, but very good none the less. Something that I would recommend.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Addison Flying Saucer. Real Ale's Real Heavy scotch ale aged in French and American wine barrels and was then blended together and carbonated.

A: Pours a deep ruby red with a small tan head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has a ton of wine characteristics. Fruit in the form of apples and cherries with a belgian yeasty aroma and sweet malt in the background. You can tell it's slightly sour as well.

T: The taste is huge with tart and sweet flavors hitting your palate all at once. It starts with sour cherries and then sweet apples. The finish really reminds me of a belgian with a yeasty flavor but it's slightly acidic as well. Very interesting and complex beer.

M: The feel is light yet crisp and refreshing...good carbonation as well. I'd still like to see this one a bit creamier. I think it would up the flavors a bit more. Maybe put it on cask.

D: The ABV alone is enough to kill the drinkability but I had no problem putting this one away. The price was steep though...

The wine barrel seems to have changed this tremendously and turned it into a completely different beer. I think it's awesome that a Texas brewery is doing radical things like this and releasing them to the public at least on draft for now. Let's hope they try out more big beers and experiment with barrel aging some more!

Highly recommended if you like sours or belgians. My 12oz glass was $14...just to warn you.

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Highlander from Real Ale Brewing Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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