20th Anniversary Scotch Ale | Highland Brewing

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20th Anniversary Scotch Ale20th Anniversary Scotch Ale

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Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by blackie on 04-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of zekeman17
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gjoker321
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Rich flavors blend beautifully in this medium-bodied ale. Sterling hops subtle spice nose gives way to the taste of rich caramel and roasted notes. Brewed with the finest traditional Scottish malts, American malts, and English Fuggle hops, this is a beer worth celebrating!" Brewed in the style of a Scotch Ale. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Release #1 of 4 over the course of a year celebrating the brewery's 20th anniversary.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy, frothed tan head over a deep mahogany amber body with high clarity and ample carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Caramelized and toffee malts, light toasted grain, mild roasted barley, very accessible malt profile for a scotch ale. Reserved notes of fruity and earthy hops and a subtle undertone of coffee and bakers' chocolate. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) A malt profile that echoes the aroma, with lightly caramelized malts and light toasty grains, lesser roast and slightly more underlying dark fruit sugar sweetness. Delicate hop aromas and more fruity tanginess plus the earthy bitterness of faint roast coffee bean character providing the subtle balance that this very clean and modestly-bodied ale needs. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, clean, silky smooth and lightly dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a light frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy and nutty bitter. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters in this ale. 3.75

(Overall) Overall a pleasing ale. That said, I recall a much more robust and flavorful Scotch Ale of Tasgall, brewed as a rotating release for many years prior, and hoped for an anniversary celebration ale a little less trimmed down than this beer boiled down to. According to the bottle, I think modesty may have been what they were going for, especially with three other releases on the way. Regardless, I favor Highland as one of the more enjoyable pioneers of bringing this excellent and underrepresented style to the mainstream craft movement, and found this ale overall enjoyable, if not playing it perhaps "too safe" for the sake of the mainstream consumer. That said, expect something very drinkable, but not too memorable. 3.75

Highland Brewing's
20th Anniversary Scotch Ale

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear tea brown color with a nice ecru head; plenty of lacing sticks to the glass

Smell: Caramel and plum tones

Taste: As in the aroma, the flavors present caramel and plum; there is a bit of spiciness that arrives in the middle but, overall, relatively little flavor progression

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am surprised that, given the Scottish theme Highland uses, that they didn't come up with a more interesting take on the style for their 20th anniversary; no peat, little earthiness and, overall, somewhat of a disappointment though it is readily drinkable

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eziel
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tgraymartin
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of midlifec
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dhesington
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian74
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sendbeer
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Crimkj
4.92/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.44/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Fordknox
3.88/5  rDev +4%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of northstar23
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jak
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Dave1999
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark reddish brown.

The smell is caramel and earthy hops.

The taste is sweet malts and carmel.

The mouthfeel is very thin for the style with medium carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer, but meh! Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

On tap at the brewery.
Dark red-brown, nearly opaque, with a decent head.
Tame for style. Lightly sweet. Drinks like a cross between a Scutch ale and a brown ale. Does finish more like a Scotch Ale, with a trace of smoke.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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20th Anniversary Scotch Ale from Highland Brewing
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