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Highlander | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 by Lawl3ss:
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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of rwf08
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of MrHolden
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of champ103
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Dicers
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Highlander from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 49 ratings
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