This Scottish ale from the Highlander Brew Company in South River, Ontario pours a fiery amber-ruby colour with a frothy light beige head that leaves a collar that sticks to your pint glass on its way down, giving off a cocoon-like lace effect. Highlander Scottish Ale smells mostly of caramel malts and mineral water, with bread crust and freshly cut grains as accents.
Highlander Scottish Ale tastes like tart, sour grains that have been toasted and sweetened with caramel or honey. Wood, light chocolate, cherry and cigar smoke can also be detected. The ale has a toasty, creamy and bready mouthfeel with a low amount of carbonation. It is syrupy and oily on the tongue in the finish, with a muffin-like aftertaste that has a hint of flowers.
The glossy black plastic label on the bottle of Highlander Scottish Ale has an elaborate multi-colour logo featuring coat of arms topped by the helmet from a suit of armour and feather-like imagery. You will also find an ingredients list, a best before date and a QR code that takes you to the Highlander Brew Company website on the label, as well as the slogan “Learn Life, Taste Freedom”.
As a native of North Bay, Ontario, I’m excited to see a beer of this quality being brewed in the area and distributed on the scale that it is. You can find Highlander Scottish Ale listed in over 100 LCBO stores.
Highlander Scottish Ale is a rich and complex beer that is also smooth and inviting. It pairs well with roasted and grilled meats, earthy vegetables like potatoes, turnips, carrots and mushrooms, as well as lighter fare like deli meats and mild cheeses.
Type: Scottish Ale
Region: Ontario, South River
Brewery: Highlander Brew Company
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%