Highland Piper Tartan Ale | The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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Highland Piper Tartan AleHighland Piper Tartan Ale

Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by UnionMade on 10-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by deBeers:
Photo of deBeers
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recapped this beer and opened it a second time. I'll review the initial bottle opening: flip cap and cobalt blue? as someone mentioned above....

Pours what appears to be a midnight black with an enormous 3 1/2 finger head into a half yard glass. Mocha/cappuchino colored head leaving a gentle lacing around the glass in a circle as it begins to recede.

Initially smells of a Scottish ale with some roasty/malty undertone. Dark, roasted chocolate with initial notes of citrus, orange, coffee bitterness and a tinge of grapefruit towards the back end of this drink which finished on a dry note with the coffee flavor coming back in the end.

I would love to try this stout alone. This was pretty drinkable but somethings seem askew in the overall balance of things. The grapefruit notes that come through are such a surprise. Decent head retention as well.

Strange brew. Definately a unique drinker for a black and tan heading towards the dark side.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classy large cobalt bottle, with a swing top. Pours allmost black, with a dark tan medium bubble head, slowly melting to a smaller bubble sheen, leaves nice lacing. Nose is coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Quite "stouty" for a black and tan. Maintains alot of roasted malt character, burnt flavors, coffee and chocolate notes. Creamy and long lasting on the tongue, all together tasty and very quaffable stuff.

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Photo of far333
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fall seasonal from Ray Ballard, made from a blend of a stout and Ten Penny Ale. Appearance is a very inviting dark brown with a thick and chunky light brown head that settles down slowly. Aroma is pretty light, and consists mostly of dark malt. Flavor is of roasted malt, with hints of dark chocolate, fig and raisin. There is a slight hop in the finish, with some minimal lingering maltiness. The flavor is not as big and rich as the appearance made me expect, and it seemed to hit hard briefly at the front of the tongue, and then disappear as it rolled across. Also, there was a yeasty aftertaste that detracted from the flavor IMO, as seems to be the case with all the beers I've tried from this brewer, but this one is my favorite of all their offerings.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L swing-top bottle from Manchester Wine & Spirits, Manchester, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a frothy 1" dark tan/light brown head above the dark brown/black brew. Head fades rather quickly, but laces well. Aroma is of dark malts and coffee, with earthy undertones, their yeast strain at work again. Taste is initially sweet, with some heavy dark grain bitterness cutting through as time passes. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for such a hearty looking brew, but I guess the 10 Penny's showing in the feel, not so much in the appearance. Drinkability is good. Worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of mikeys01
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served froma blue glass 1 liter swingtop bottle, perfect size to share. Also noticed they're individually numbered, kinda cool to see from a local brewery. It seems like Old Burnside is trying to do some different things lately and I've liked their efforts so far. Anyways, the Tartan pours out a burnt brown color with a foamy light brown head. The aroma is very smoky and coffee-ish, with a little bit of sweetness. The Tartan tastes quite roasted and smokey as well, without being overwhelming. The roast flavor gives way to some chocolate sweetness and just a slight bit of hop bitters. Body is actually fairly light thus making the Tartan a very easy drinking beer. Goes down smooth and finishes dry and crisp.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is an opaque brownish black, topped with a thick beige head. Good cobwebby lace. The head diminishes into a thin, broken mist shortly, retaining through the pint.
The aroma is roasty and chocolatey, with a bit of coffee. Some light apparent yeast. Moderate esters, with apple, fig, and the barest hint of cherry. Moderate hops, mostly citric, laying way in the back behind the malt. Some husky, freshly cracked grain.
The flavor is quite roasty, with a pleasant chocolale flavor. Some toffee and black coffee. A thinnish, tingly mouthfeel, a little powdery with the yeast. The yeast is apparent throughout the beer, semi sweet and drying. Nice esteriness, with considerable plum and apple, and a touch of raisin towards the finish. Moderate hops come through to finish the beer, providing a light citric/herbal flavor with light bitterness. Some graininess in the end, with a caramel, yeasty aftertaste. Fluffy moderate carbonation, medium bodied.
A pretty nice black and tan. I prefer mine to be mixed from two taps, for that layering effect, but this was great for a blended beer. The yeast presence is a little odd, but not unpleasant. Roasty, yet sweet, this was a fine choice to watch the Red Sox lose again. It eased some of the pain.

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

1 Litre Swing Top Bottle #0541: This beer is dark. It is a very deep brown that is almost opaque. There was a pretty rich tan head that lingered awhile. There is a roastiness to the aroma, with some maltiness and coffee in the background. Fairly roasty taste. A hint of sweetness in the background. No real hop bitterness at all. The stout has pretty much overpowered the Ten Penny. This might be better with more Ten Penny and less stout. Still, a decent drink!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i dont know if they are unretiring this or i got some from an old batch, but Manchester Wine and Liquors arent the kind of guys to hold things over for a year and sell it, anywho...

A - holy shit! i didn't read any description or review of this beer when i bought it, i just love Olde Burnside and will try anything of theirs, and when i read "Highland Piper Tartan Ale", being November, i definitely expected some sort of harvest ale to pour out, instead this impenetrable blackness and dark mud/cappuccino colored head poured out, far to black to note any carbonation, man was i surprised! Cant wait to sink my teeth into this one

S - damn, what an aroma, a smooth lactic type milky sweetness to it, with an unplaceable fruitlike aroma that as i read a prior review as i write this someone identifies as grapefruit, which i would be inclined to agree with

D - wow, this may be my new all time favorite beer, to me this tastes like a cream stout, a nice smooth milky sweetness with a firm body to back it up and great, high quality yet subtle chocolate and coffee flavors as well, very complex, I Love This Beer !!!

M&D - what can i say! after pausing enough to appreciate and respect half of a pint, i put back a few more, i am glad the girlfriend doesnt like this kind of beer, more for me! the mouthfeel was velvety smooth, as Costanza would say this esconces my tongue in its velvety smoothness, and with a low abv, this is a higly drinkable beer. i honestly find no flaw, though nothings perfect.

i will definitely grab a few more of these before they are gone, especially since BA says its retired, i dont want to miss out on any of this in the future. if you live in Ct or Western Mass, get some of this beer before its too late

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Highland Piper Tartan Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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