Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Beer pick of the week: Highland Shining Rock Lager

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 8:42 PM

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Highland Shining Rock Lager

Highland Brewing Company

Asheville, NC

6.0% ABV

It’s a little late for this spring seasonal from Highland, but it just seems to be popping up in liquor store coolers. This chestnut-colored bock has an aroma of rich, earthy malt and spice. There’s a load of sweet caramel and toffee flavor up front from the toasted, bready malts. Hop bitterness is low, but distinct woody, spicy and herbal notes add a measure of balance. The finish is a bit doughy and heavy, but there is a smoky, nutty, cinnamon character that gives this beer a complexity that would marry well with traditional German fare like spiced meats, cheeses and pickled vegetables.

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