Father Christmas Highland Ale | The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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Father Christmas Highland AleFather Christmas Highland Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Legend has it that Father Christmas wandered through Scottish villages gathering a merry following and distributing sweets to children and "wee heavy," a cheery libation, to adults. Like its predecessors, Father Christmas is heavy and potent, tremendously and uniquely satisfying and flavorful. The aroma of toasted grain and mocha are mouth-watering. Father Christmas Ale is ruddy and ruby-brown, topped by a thick, loose, tan head. Sweet, roasted malt and mild smoky tastes merge into a phenomenal finish. The tall, cobalt-blue bottle, brightly labeled, makes for a wonderful presentation and host's gift. Delightful in every respect, Father Christmas Highland Ale is a Yuletide staple and Santa's favorite. He enjoys a pint at my house annually and never spares a drop.

Added by sulldaddy on 01-27-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
57
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
14.84%
 
 
Wants:
8
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4
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Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger brown head that fades quickly leaving a little lace. Deep cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is like an oak barrel. Flavor is a roasted coffee, smooth finish, quite different - not as heavy - from any scotch ales I have had; the high ABV (11.5%- [from brewer]) is totally unnoticeable. $8.55 for a 1 liter bottle [nice split with a drinking partner] from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark muddy color with a sandy head. thick like mud too. modest head lingers for a bit. smell is lacking when cold but wait til it warms up a bit and the chocolate and alcohol scents come out. also burnt coffeee coming out far mroe as it warms. the taste follwos the smell, only with the alcohol pretty well hidden. not much carbonation. thick in your mouth. hearty beer. makes the bitter night seem less cold. another fine beer by the boys at olde burnsides, and Hooker specialties get all the pimping but these guys do a heck of a job under the radar.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown ale with mahogony with highlights. Has a small tan head that clings thinly to the surface all through the glass. A light sweet molasses note comes thru with a hint of sourness on the backside. The taste starts with a good strong roasted malt bitterness which carries through a quick bittersweet chocolate character to an almost dry finish.
This has the flavor and mouthfeel of a porter. It is tasty and drinkable but I could not give it higher marks because a Wee Heavy does not have these characters.

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Photo of kennyo
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer comes in cool looking cobalt blue, 33.8oz, swing type, grolsh, bottle. This is the 2003 xmas ale from the Olde Burnside Brewing company out of East Hartford. This is a wee heavy Scottish Ale, abv unknown.

The beer is an opaque brown with a nice tan head that sticks around for a little while. The aroma is all malt, a little like homebrew, with a little chocolate and alcohol to it. The beer has a very malty flavor to it with a very minor hop taste to it. This beer is very drinkable. I saw that it was 33.8oz and figured that it would take a while to drink but no way. It flowed very easily. I wish that they stated the alcohol content. Went to website and there is nothing on any of their beers except the ten penny ale. As previous reviewers stated, I wish I bought more than one bottle.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up my 1 liter bottle with some friends nite before the cask fest.
I pour a sample into mypint glass,the brew pours dark brown with ruby tints. A bubbly beige head foams up easily and dissipates to a thin layer across the surface. THe aroma is mostly sweet caramel malts with some roastiness as well. I also detect very mild floral hops underneath the other scents.
First sip, this is a fairly thick brew, almost chewy. The flavor is roasty caramel and is very rich like good toffee.
I get a mild hop bite in the middle but the finish returns to the caramel dominance. Wish I had bought more bottles of this one.

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Father Christmas Highland Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.
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