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Brewed by Arran
Style: Bitter
Isle of Arran, Strathclyde, Scotland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available in filtered and pasteurised bottle.
Nose: Rich aroma of malt and hops with ripe fruit
Palate: Velvety texture, full malt with a deep bittersweet finish
Comments: A traditional smooth drinking Scottish heavy beer


2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
scotty (1060) - SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2005
Dark copper with an off white head lasts well. Nice malty nose with fruity hops lurking in the background. Sweet malt dominates the palate, but the finish is quite unpleasant...a harsh overly bitter edge appears and lingers. The Blonde is much better than this. Poor quality...poured it away.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4504) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Brown color with no head. Malty aroma with a bit of smoke and maybe even cinnamon. Dry and bitter taste with the same whisp of smoke from the aroma.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Dark Amber. Aroma caramel, nut, dried fruit, hint of smoke. Carbonated mouthfeel with some hop in the finish.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2005
caramel aroma with some sweet fruits. weak gassy body, touch of bitterness in the finish.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dorwart (2394) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Thin bubbly head which reduces quickly to pretty much nothing. Minimal carbonation. Dusty, dry, bitter aroma with a touch of roastyness. Color is a dark amber. Woo. Pretty thin palate with a dry bitterness. Almost like peach pits. That dry and bitter. Little grainy and chalky. Bitterness at the finish. Not a very good brew. Unlike what the description says, this is not a heavy beer.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2005
this is like a smokier and deeeper vertion of blonde i assume. but in all asspects its not. Its a nuce beer w9ith burntness and banter in there, but i expected a stout and its not.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Deep copper hue. Quickly dissipating off white head. Somewhat unpleasant stinky feet-like nose. Nutty, toffee, faintly sweet. Light to medium body. Hops come in on the end, providing a somewhat astringent finish. Bitter hops, faint malt, not too exciting brew. I wa hoping for more. I must try this one on cask.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5849) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 25, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 Herbal, marsh flowers. Dark amber, creamy head. Agresive hop, salt, very light cracker malt, green hop exit, smoke retronasal. Medium to light body, slightly sparkly. Interesting.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - APR 10, 2005
A clear light brown color with foamy tan head. Dusty, a bit of a seaweed scent (peat?) some floral tones. A spicy hoppiness with a sweet middle, a touch of smoke. Very thin bodied with little carbonation. Not a standout beer but bonus points for mentioning Pagan on the bottle! Even though it is used in an odd manner. Thanks Per!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 10, 2005
thought this one waspretty good better then the blond....some good hopness in the back end an where it counts on the filiform. an apricot feel with toasted malts pushing. easy to drink....funny description of ’heavy beer’ it aint.


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