Highlander Scottish Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by PhantomVodoo on 04-06-2003

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by ken3c:
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper color. A thin layer of foam laces here and there.

There is sense of sweet malt in the aroma.

Sweet carmel with a roasted finish and a lingering taste of carmel.

Light to medium body and is lightly carbonated.

This beer was particularly sweet and malty. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at GLBC as part of the 4/5 gathering.

Appearance: A rich clear amber color. Creamy smooth lace sticks nicely to my glass.

Smell: Lovely aromas of malty sweetness, if just a bit on the thin side.

Taste: "Smooth" dominates this beer (as is the case with all of the GLBC beers I sampled that day...). A really cool "caramelized nutty" flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and again...."smooooooth". Creamy mouthfeel cakes the insides of my mouth. Excellent.

Drinkability: A fine starter at the GLBC for what was an excellent afternoon of comradery. Very quaffable.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color. Clear with a creamy off-white head that leaves lace.
Aroma was faint, but I picked up on a caramel and slight nut aroma.

Taste was mild, I would have liked the flavor to be a little bolder. Mildly sweet caramel malt with a slight nut flavor. Smooth as silk. Good balance; neutral between sweet and bitter. Finishes cleanly.

Some creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Very smooth, clean and drinkable.

Overall, a good beer that's well crafted, but a bit mild in the flavor department for my liking.

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Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of GeoCait
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of neenerzig
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this about 2 week ago at the GLBC. This is another, new on-tap only "pub exclusive" that has never been brewed now for a few years until coming back on-tap recently. This beer is a nice copper/amber color with a white head 1 inch thick when served to me, settles to a ring lining the inside of the glass with some lacing, but not much. Aromas of sweet caramel maltiness and not really much else. Has a nice, slightly roasted, bready caramel malt flavor followed by a nice hop profile to balance it out. The hops came out a lot more after I let my beer sit and warm up for awhile. Good, but not great flavors. Has a light to medium bodied, crisp moughtfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink as this is intended to be a session beer. Not a bad beer at all, but not up to par with the level of excellence I have tome to expect from Great Lakes.


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Photo of jaidenjb
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of ReadingRambler
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful brew that tastes good too. The color is a clear dark amber or mid copper with a gread tan head that left volumes of lace early and faded a bit later. The taste is very mild, but I'm finding that's typical of the style. This is probably a bit too mild, 'cause my wife liked it best, just as I suspected she would. Very creamy and a bit light on the malt nose. The light hopping causes a dry finish from the balance achieved against the malt sweetness. A good beer for breaking in new BAs or the wife.

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Photo of jmo2k1
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Matt2509
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Matthew1788
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of chilidog
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this on-tap only brew at the 4/5 gathering at GLBC. Its appearance as it arrived was a very nice clear, almost rusty copper with a quarter inch off white head.The head faded quick to a thin film and the lace was ok but only half the glass. The nose was of sweet caramel and nut. The taste of sweet malt,caramel and a slight hint of hop to balance this easy to drink, creamy smooth brew. This "take your time" soothing brew ends with a crisp, slight dry mouthfeel. Only if they bottled this, for its a great lunch time, extra cheese brew.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jampics2
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in the downstairs pub.

I was excited to try this, as I dig a lot of the malt profiles Great Lakes incorporates into their beers.

White head and copper, clearly filtered, body.

Smell is malt. No real identifiable toast or roast, just sweet caramel malt.

Taste is disappointing to me. I'm more of a wee heavy guy than a 60 shilling, but this isn't even a 6 shilling to me. Wow, there's just a weird absence of flavor. Bready malt, but just a light taste. I know it's a session beer, but I expected more taste.

Nice carb but no body.

I'll give it a 3.5 for drinkability - it went down smooth and easy, but without a lot of enjoyment. Just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of adamette
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

From notes at the bar: Rich malty flavors derived from kettle caramelization with hints of roasted malt.

Review from notes taken at the brewery while I tasted this beer earlier today. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass. This is a pub exclusive.

A Rather basic looking red/brown translucent body with very little head. 3.0

S Little smell really. I needed repeated sniffs to get some very faint medium roast malt. 2.5

T Medium roast "red ale" taste and a little more sweetness than I expected. This beer is true to the style but rather forgettable. 3.0

M Too thin for my taste and my experience with better Scottish Ales (like Oskar Blues). 2.0

D Just fine but then again I would probably not seek it out again. 3.5

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Highlander Scottish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 25 ratings