Highland Tasgall Ale | Highland Brewing

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Highland Tasgall AleHighland Tasgall Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by AlexJ on 08-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
182
Reviews:
151
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
7.39%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Kiknwitcooper
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 8/12/11; split with MbpBugeye

Thanks to PDXHops

Pours a flat brown and settles dark with about a 1/3rd inch head. The foam skims out quickly. A few spots of lace.

Pretty nice aroma - lots of smooth malts. Caramel, butter toffee, sweet bread and a hint or two of raisin. A bit earthy on the peripheries, too. The hop profile is minimal, at least in the nose. It has a bit of an earthy hoppy flavor though. Simple, yet tasty. Bread, raisins and a touch of caramel. Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation; lively enough. The only downside is that it has a coating feel.

Overall impression - really nice beer all the way around. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of EasyReader
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of cosmicslop
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of eristicrat
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of radioscooter
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of hyuga
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

really pumped for this one...always a fan of a good scotch and have heard good things about this one.

a - opened the bottle and filled capt lawrence taster tulip. really nice deep plum. great shine and the head built to be about a finger of off tan. beer has a darker heart than the outskirts. really attractive, classic looking.

s - purple grape malts. plums and barley. crisp. fresh grape juice. soft and timid.

t - slam in the face with barley, grape, malts, finishing with grass. malty caramel. little watery. pretty earthy almost like an esb.

m - full and leaves a tea-like after feel.

o - overall, not bad. i had higher expectations based on what i had heard. i felt that it was a little watery. it was good, but there are many better scotches out there.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of tan head, creamy, lasting. Body is a hazy dark brown. Laces decently, too.

Smell is malt, some nut character.

Taste explodes with semi-bitter malt-- roasty, nutty (bitter hazelnut?), with some slight cocoa nuance. Not quite Skullsplitter, but similar take on the style. Trace of peat in the aftertaste.

Nice rich creamy mouthfeel.

Solid Scotch style, another winner from Highland.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Ryan011235

Appearance
The color is a neutral red-brown with hints of purple. The head is short with not much lacing.

Aroma
Caramel and lots of butterscotch. There is a lot of cocoa powder as well. A little hint of chocolate and coffee roast. Some grassy hops.

Taste
Grainy. Some toffee, some butterscotch and some dark cocoa. Grassy hops on the back.

Mouthfeel
The body is on the heavy side of medium. Carbonation could be toned back a little.

Overall
A decent Wee Heavy. Its got a lot of maltiness, which is good. I think the richness and fruitness could be pushed.

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

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Such a deep shade of amber you could just almost call it brown. The dense beige head hangs around for quite a while and leaves intricate patchy lacing up near the top of the glass.

Robust malty nose that surprises with pronounced chocolate character. Semisweet morsels and cocoa powder are rather strong. Tastes more or less as advertised. You’re unlikely to find a more roasty/chocolatey Scotch ale than this. Sure, there’s a ton of caramel malt, but I could see guessing a big stout or imperial porter in a blind tasting. Medium thickish bodied with a level of carbonation that somewhat cleanses the palate, but doesn't interrupt the lingering roasted and caramel finish. A surprising and satisfying beer that’s well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Grant. Thanks again. Poured into a tulip. This one pours brown with a finger of slightly off white head. It settles with just a thin rim of lace.

Rich cocoa in the aroma with a little bit of a plumb aroma in the background. Nice caramel aroma rounds this one out. Light coffee flavors with a wheat bread kind of malt character to it. Caramel and some dark fruits sum up the pallet.

The body is a bit thin here but the carbonation is where it should be. Seems to linger on the palelt a bit though. Overall a well made beer and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ben for sharing! Poured into a goblet. Nice very dark color that appears black. There is a nice tan head that is enough to barely cover the body of the brew. Adequate lacing.

There is a nice caramelly malty aroma tha has just a touch of burnt aroma to it.

The taste is all malt and sweet caramel. There isn't much balance here; this is a sweet, slow sipper. Very tasty. There is a slight roasty after taste.

The body is medium to thick and has a nice carbonation to it that isn't over-powering.

This is tasty, nothing too special but well worth drinking for fans of the sweet sippers.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brown tinted, single finger head. Murky, very dark with little light passing through.

S: a subtley sweet and earthy aroma.

T: very mild sweet start with roasty finishing taste. Musky and caramel notes.

M: thick,mild carbonation. Initially smooth with crisp finish.

O: Very drinkable for a Scotish ale.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a 20 oz imperial nonic. Thanks commis!

Appearance: Deep reddish brown. Thin caramel tinted white head, about a half finger. Nice lacing.

Smell: Brown sugar, roasted malts, and chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate, lots of caramel, roasted malts. Very malty, and very sweet, but there are some bitter hops in there too. Decent kick of alcohol in the flavor. Bold and complex flavors abound - nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, medium carb. Smooth and creamy. Generally pleasant.

Drinkability: Not bad - it's 8%, which is right on point for the style, so you probably don't want more than one bomber of this in a sitting. Otherwise it goes down easy, but the alcohol reminds you that it's there.

Overall: This is a really good Wee Heavy. It's a widely made style with lots of boring bottles out there, but this guy stood out a bit from the pack. Worth seeking out if you're a fan of the style, or happen to be in the area.

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Photo of n2185
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish tints and two fingers of beige head that recedes into a thin cap with some decent lacing.

S: Caramel and vanilla at first followed by bubblegum and even a slight pineapple aroma. The finish has a touch a bready aroma with a touch of an alcohol smell.

T: Smooth, sweet caramel and vanilla followed by a slightly bitter yeast and bread flavor. The hops provide a little citrus and bitterness, but not much. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer manages to be sweet but not sticky or cloyingly so. It's nice and creamy instead and doesn't leave a sugary coating in my mouth. Very nice.

O: I have to say, this is probably the best beer I've had from Highland. I'm generally not a fan of them, but as Scotch ales go, this is quite good. It manages to avoid being a syrupy sweet mess like many, but is smooth, creamy, and sweet but not too much so.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my recently purchased Highlands pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear deep amber brown color. Two fingers of tan creamy/frothy head with very good retention and a good amount of lacing. Good here.

4.5 S: Grainy malts with ample amounts of caramel and toffee. A decent toastiness with some roastiness and hints of chocolate. Lastly, the thing that sets this apart is a pleasant herbalness. I'm not sure what heather smells like, but I think this might be it.

3.5 T: Taste is good, but it really doesn't compare to the appearance or nose. Lots of toastiness with a strangely noticeable burnt flavor. Grainy and bready malts. Again a good amount of toffee and caramel, but not much sweetness overall, at least not for the style. Also a reasonably noticeable bitterness. Whether this comes mainly from the hops or the roasted malts is up for question.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. A bit lighter than I like for the style. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier, but good smoothness.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but I expected this style to be perfected by THIS brewery. Anyway, worth a drink if you stumble upon it.

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Highland Tasgall Ale from Highland Brewing
4.06 out of 5 based on 182 ratings.
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