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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2005
0.5 l bottle. Orange-brown, tan head. Very fruity and hoppy aroma, with some of the malt winning through. Flavor is more to the hoppy side, with the malt almost providing balancce, but not quite. Some carmel in the flavor behind the sharp hops. Very light on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Bottle. Deep amber in color with a little thin head. Complex aroma. Lots of stuff going on. Light roasty flavor. Nice hop bitterness. Nice palate. Mouthfeel is pleasant. Decent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2005
Bottle. The colour is brown-red, the liquid is clear. The foam is white and very thin, making the brew look a little sad.

The smell is loaded with a complex and rather tricky, chemical flavour of hops. I found notes of bitter lemons, bitter almonds and a touch of yeast.

The carbonation is rather mild giving it a nice, soft feel. The small bubbles make it more like a cask beer than a bottled brew.

The taste is dominated by the bitter and aroma hops, but the somewhat sweet malt gives it a good body and a balanced tasting experience. The aftertaste is a bitter one with a complex, dry taste.

This is a session beer that might need some time to get into, but it is worth it!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2511) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2005
Dark amber colour. Small head. Hop and gooseberry-aroma. Light roasty flavour, slightly peaty. Good hop bitterness. A bit thin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5635) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2005
Bottled. Brown with a steady, beige head. Roasted aroma with some chocolate and toffee. Reallly bitter finish with a bit sourish flavour. Some chocolate and toffee here aswell.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Golden amber, with a creamy head, giving off aromas of fruity malt and some hops. Dry and bitter, with spicy hops balancing some roasted malt and dark fruit flavors. Medium bodied, it fades to a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Although not exceptional, this is a pretty good and well-balanced bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AAO (102) - Næstved, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2005
Cobber color. Weak sour and spicy aroma. Very tastefull bitter and spicy flavor. Good beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29464) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2004
A hazy dark orange beer, very carbonized which gives a froathy light brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of oranges and caramel. The flavor is very roasty and bisquity with notes of caramel, that gives it an OK sweetness, but it is very well balanced with a dry slighlty bitter and slightly woody end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 12, 2004
It wasn’t surprise, it was shock. Only 4.3% but lots of spices, fruits, chocolate and roasty notes. Thanks God, it could be easily found in supermarkets.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10308) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2004
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Beige thin head. Fruity and wellhopped aroma. Fresh. Herbal, fruity and hoppy flavour. Some light chocolate notes. Ends up in a delicious fresh bitterness. Quite a treat found on a little local pub in Stockholm.


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