20th Anniversary Scotch Ale | Highland Brewing

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20th Anniversary Scotch Ale20th Anniversary Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 82
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
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3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $9.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Filled: 03/28/14.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark, tawny brown body with just at an inch of light beige foam.

Smell: Earthy dark maltiness in the nose, charred toast, thin ashen roast, nutty, dry caramel, grilled plums, and a small hint of the alcohol.

Taste: Robust, earthy malts of dark toast encrusted with nutty caramelized sugars and a notable tinge of roast. Medium sweetness. Sly, slender, tangy fruitiness. Herbal, lightly spicy hints from the hops. Finishes a bit dry with lingering roast and caramel tastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While it's not the most characterful scotch ale, it isn't rippling with malty sweetness, isn't jam-packed with peat-smoked malts, isn't coarsely boozy, etc, I liked it well enough. It's good, albeit understated.

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Photo of oberon
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Filled on 3/28/14.Ever since I have moved here Highland has been the main stay here in NC,nice to see them come out with a four part series for their 20th Ann.Pours a deep amber/mahogany with a sticky light beige head that settles into a frothy mass.The aromas left we wanting more I must say,a bit of brown sugar-like sweetness and meatiness.A little fizzy and thin for the style and abv.wich left me a little perplexed as well.Caramel and a hint of butterscotch on the palate that turns into a toffee finish.The flavors are ok but the mouthfeel leaves much to be desired,the flavors could have a little more oomph to them as well.Iam really let down by this beer,Highland is a great brewery but man this is a downer here.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Mantooth
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to try this beer at a recent festival. It's a lovely amber pour with a viscous head and generous lacing. The nose isn't particularly amazing, but the taste makes up for that. Loads of malty earth tones and caramel. The 8% alcohol is well hidden. Very good beer. I can't help but feel a bit sorry for Highland, so many new breweries have hit the area, NC is swarming with them, and everyone's eager to try the new guy's stuff. Highland has been doing a great job of it for 20 years.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a Wee Bit Different. I have enjoyed Highland brews for years and will continue to do so. While they don't make any thing fancy or whales so to speak they brew some solid beers that will always have a spot in my beer fridge. Grats on 20 year guys.

Pours a reddish brown with a nice tan head that falls slow to a cap that leaves some descent lacing.

Aroma is malty and earthy, caramel malts, hints of dark fruit, peat notes and hints of smoke. Along with a wee bit of hops to finish it out. Pretty much right on par for the style.

Taste is Just like the nose, a nice big malt presence, caramel with toffee hints good earthy notes light dark fruit hints. Finish gets lightened by the carbonation that's when the fig/plum notes appear and linger through out the finish with a dash of hops that add just the right touch of grassy/herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is nice big bodied brew to start then lightens up in the finish to medium with the carbonation burst.

Overall pretty much spot on style for this brew. Wouldn't mind having this one as a regular brew from Highlands. Also not notice of the 8% anywhere.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Craigory
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 03/28/14. Poured into a Highland snifter.

A: Pours a light cola/dark ruby body, showing a clear, bright ruby when held to the light. Forms an inch of off-white head, which after subsiding maintains a healthy cap and ring.

S: A good bit of earthy hoppiness on the nose, dark fruit lying underneath.

T: Slight hop bite up front, giving way to bitter malt and dark fruit. This is really nice with each sip, avoiding the common error of going to sweet for an already malt-forward style, but not swinging the opposite direction with hop bitterness, either.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation; this carries the flavors well without sticking around. I'm a fan of the bigger, stickier wee heavies, but this gets the job done.

O: This is a really nice example of the style, and something that would make a nice year-round release.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.92/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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20th Anniversary Scotch Ale from Highland Brewing
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