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

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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2005
Supping on it right now, and it is fantastic! The taste is there but it lacks something, if it was a piece of music it would need more bass, however it is still a fantastic beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 Getting better with this beer from the Brewery. Really Dark for being a bttled Ale, I like dark ones, but it was nice to taste, it was more than a strong Ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2005
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a dark red hue and no head. The aroma is malty and fairly sweet. Brown berry fruits are present. The taste is also malty and quite Christmassy; more raisins and maybe a little butterscotch/toffee. OK but feels a bit tinny.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6278) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2005
Bottle (500ml). Poured clear copper with an average lasting foamy light tan head. Aroma of musky hops and sour fruit - plenty of malt in this one, reminded me of burning wet leaves. Taste is very bitter, the hops are quite pungent and almost overwhelm the plentiful but mild malt - very leafy/mossy in the linger. Palate is quite astringent with a longish bitter finish. Couldn’t drink too many of these, but very interesting and heavily hopped Scottish offering.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
scotty (1094) - 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 (4629) - 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 (1110) - 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 (2450) - 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 (5595) - 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.


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