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Bridgeport Highland Ambush


I know, not one of my favorite styles, but this Scotch ale is one of Bridgeport’s Big Beers. A third of this beer was aged in Makers Mark Bourbon barrels. It features Pale, Crystal, and Roast malt with UK Golding hops. This beer was apparently originally brewed in the ’80s, but hasn’t been brewed since until now.

Scotch Ale. 6.8% ABV. Oregon.

Typical scotch ale color, dark brown with reddish hues and a little bit of white head.

Smells of caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, orange, and actually slightly tart. Reminds me of a stout in some ways.

Light bodied actually, and surprisingly carbonated. Not great.

I get caramel, orange, cherries, some oak, vanilla on the back end. This is really light, watered-down, and just plain flavorless. The barrel aging didn’t do much for this beer, or maybe the beer wasn’t good to start with.

This beer was a massive disappointment. Really watered-down tasting. 77 points.

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