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Highland Tasgall Ale | Highland Brewing

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Highland Tasgall AleHighland Tasgall Ale
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Highland Tasgall AleHighland Tasgall Ale

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by AlexJ on 08-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of blitz134
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark garnet color. You have to hold it to the light to see any light coming through. Head is a light tan color and came up two fingers thick. Reduced down to a quarter inch layer with lacing sticking all around the glass.

Slight toasted malt aromas with lots of caramel sweetness. Some nuttiness to round it out. Nice amount of hops, floral in nature.

A good flavor overall. It comes across with some chocolate and toasted malts. Some earthy flavors as well. Finishes with a bit of a bite, mostly likely from the alcohol, although there is no alcohol taste in any part of this beer.

Mouthfeel is a true highlight of this beer. This is the fullest bodied scotch ale I've had. It coats the mouth with an almost creamy feel.

Drinkability is superb. A nicely balanced flavor with a full body. No hints of alcohol. Well done Highland...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, nearly opaque brown with a slight, ivory head holding minimal retention.

Smell: Mm-mmm! A good, solid roasted malt aroma with a background of earthy hops.

Taste: An envigorating upfront roasted malt surge. There's also a toothsome sweetness about it, and that's entirely a good thing. More hopped than other scotch ales I've had, but the hopping is still quite light, and only helps to round out the malt flavors. The hops follow through in the warm, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a careful amount of carbonation lends to a great mouthfeel!

Drinkability: While not your typical scotch ale, the Tasgall Ale is an exceptionally approachable beer. This brew is quite pleasing, and the 8% ABV is indiscernible. I know *I'm* up for another one!

Congratulations to Highland on their first higher alcohol brew!

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Photo of fingolfin72
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- Cola mahogany. Palomino head.

Nose- caramel and raisins I think; the people next to me in the bar were smoking.

Palate- Big, tasty, caramelly and smooth. Hints of peat and smoke, with a tinge of bitterness in the back. Nicely integrated and easy to drink. Very satisfying, and not cloying. A bit rich to have more than one, but I would anyway.

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Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown small cream colored head but was poured not to have much of a head, it does lace some. Also served too cold which affected the head some also the aroma and taste to some degree.

Aroma is malty caramel spicey some earthy hops. As noted earlier to cold when served.

Taste is big on malt loads of caramel big chewy some licorice popping up. Hops earthy herbal like to start moving to grapefruity with lingering bitterness. As it warms some chocolate malt and toffee comes out. Can't wait to have in a bottle or at a proper temp. Very tastey couldn't save it long enough to warm it.

Mouthfeel is big lots of malt nice carbonation loads of hops for a Wee Heavy some lingering sugar also felt.

Drinkability is great very nice what 8% enjoyed and will rereview later time probably when bottled so I can get a better check on the smell.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served from the tap at barley's in asheville on my way back to greensboro tonight. a 10 ounce goblet for $3 (better than $6 for roughly the same amount of chimay in town here).
pours up a cloudy dark brown, blood red on the edges when held up to the light. off white head, somewhat thin, but stays around for the entire beer.
smell of malt, strong and sweet. tastes just the same at the front of the mouth, burnt chocolate and coffee, nice and strong. however, a powerful hot flavor comes up in the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste.
medium to thich mouthfeel. i really liked this beer, and would have had another, but had to hit the road. hope to find it in bottles soon.


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Photo of finepaws
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown with a touch of reddish background. Creamy tan head coats glass. Has a roasted malt smell, and a touch of piney hops in the background. Tastes smokey, with a chocolate roasted flavor. Good piney hop flavor, that I've been informed, more breweries are doing to appeal to the American hop heads, with their scotch ales. Medium body feel, lighter than a porter or stout, but not as light as a red ale. Very smmoth and creamy. Alcohol at 8% is well hidden in my book. So be careful with this "Cauldron of the Gods" as the name implies.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by noting that I'm not 100% on the ABV of this beer, I'm going by what the bartender told me.

Dark mahogany pour with burgundy highlights. Rather hazy with a small, but creamy beige head. Moderate lace.

Nose is filled with caramel and honey malt, soft wildflowers, a hint of peaty smoke, and notes of pine hops.

Sweet caramel and brown sugar malt flavors dominate. As it warms, lots of other flavors come out: light fruit, peat smoke, a hint of roasty chocolate, and a pleasantly large hop presence of pine, floral, and even citrus. Nicely balanced, unlike typical Scottish ales.

Body is medium, with a chewy, slightly coarse texture and a creamy mouthfeel. Probably the tastiest Scottish ale I've had, this style normally eludes me due to it's extremely malty nature.

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Highland Tasgall Ale from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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