Pours somewhat cloudy with an inch of tan and tiny bubbled foam. Ravid effervescent highlights the liquid below. Foam has nice staying power, lathering as it begrudgingly dissipates. Lacing is quite thick and covering with most sliding back within a few seconds.
Aroma is definitely malt forward. Caramel and toffee sweetness greet the nose while dark fruits turn the sense away from the candied backbone. Slight alcohol.
Taste is all about the dark fruits. They mingle with sweetness the entire way but the fruit over states them and builds mildly through to the finish, lingering. Alcohol comes in late and nicely.
Big end of medium mouth feel here without cloying sugars but does leave the mouth dry with the lips slightly sticky. Carbonation is medium or better.
Didn't know what to expect here as my first go around wasn't pleasant with Highland but this is one good Old Ale. Well balanced and smooth. Enjoy!
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers