Monday, January 18, 2010
Beer #169 - Highland Ambush Scotch Ale - Bridgeport Brewing Company, Portland, Oregon
Part of the always tasty Bridgeport Big Beer series, the Highland Ambush is 33% ale aged in oak bourbon and 67% ale. Wow, enough said. Let's pour. Now.
It pours a cloudy brown with a big head.
The aroma holds strong vanilla and sweet oak.
It starts smooth with distinct vanilla. The smoothness holds through the full body with oak and caramel malts. The ale develops some subtle backbone flavors of rich malt as it warms.It finishes bitter with alcohol tones and vanilla malt - the strong backbone and full body keeping it from being overly sweet.
The aftertaste is quite smooth with vanilla balanced with bitterness and alcohol tones.