Finally got around to tasting the Heather Ale, it's a fine line between Braggot and Ale, but after tasting this, it is definetly an Ale.
The beer is definetly unique. It pours nicely, quickly developing a very thick creamy head. First impression is the nose, wow, the combination of Heather and some of the "bee items" (propolis and pollen) creates a cross of freshly crushed pine needles.
The beer takes a bit too drink, it is not a light beer and has some attitude. One or two bottles of this and things can look right with the world. I'm quite pleased with the balance and flavors of the beer, which is always a challenge with "big" alcohol heavy beers. Definetly the dominating profile is the nose from the heather and "bee items".
I want to brew this again, but will definetly cut back on the Bee Pollen and Propolis to 1 or 2 ounces from 8. Also the Heather Honey from Scotland costs a fortune ($80 for 1/2 gallon), so I'm going to have to find a reasonable subsititute. Though in my mind the comination of the Heather Honey and Heather tips is what makes this "Heather Ale". I may try a substitute and compare them. I currently have a 1/2 gallon of Meadow Foam Honey, which is also some expensive and rare stuff, wonder how it will brew up...Link to original post on creating Heather Ale.
The beer has only been aged 6 months in the bottle (feb 08), having been brewed in Nov 07. These honey based ales (braggot), take several months to brew and can easily improve with age.
It'll be interesting to taste over the next year.