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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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JAN 22, 2013
Very nice bitter. Medium bodied and interesting flavour that is multi-dimensional. Lots of hops - citrus and floral notes. Quite smooth.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2012
From bottle, pours a dark amber colour. Malt and red berries on the nose. Sweet caramel malts dominate the flavour leading to a pleasant bitter tickle. Solid performer and a safe pair of hands.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Bottled. Deep amber colour, small slightly off-white head. Aroma is butterscotch, mild leathery notes along with some slight floral notes. Flavour is caramel malts, butterscotch, some mild leathery notes as well as mild floral and grassy notes as well.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (945) - SCOTLAND - APR 14, 2012
Bottle (500ml):
Dark roasted malts and an earthy hop aroma with some burnt toast in there as well. There is a strong and rich bitterness to the aroma and overall the beer is well balanced on the nose without really exciting.
Mild chestnut brown colour with a thin looking, foamy head that is light brown in colour and fades from a centimetre tall to a soapy lacing after about thirty seconds.
Earthy malts make up most of the taste here along with a little bit of spice, some bitterness and a touch of caramel and vanilla. It seems a bit more complex that the aroma but again without truly standing out.
Medium and smooth with mild to moderate carbonation and a crisp finish that has a touch of bitterness as well as some sweetness to it.

Not a bad pint that as I mentioned probably won’t stand out from the crowd but still goes down pretty well and taste good. I enjoyed it but I’d probably not pick it up again.

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2881) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2012
500ml bottle from Tesco, Ayr - clear dark brown ale, roast malt with a hint of chocolate, very smooth and easy to drink, well worth a re-visit

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2011
bottle from Tesco in Port Greenock. Pours a nice color, but going to skip everything and get right to it. I was actually afraid to drink this. it had a strong odor of bleach, and so was the taste. I drain poured this very quickly. I have never been afraid to drink a beer before...

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
stravale (2103) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle from Sainsbury’s Nairn.
Dark golden brown, very thin head that dissipates to nothing.
Aroma - Not much here, some roasted malts, slight hint of chocolate, hay.
Tastes of roasted and toasted malt, earthy. Rather rough and not great.
Palate is thin, low carb, very dry, rough, sourish finish.
Overall - Sub-standard bitter.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
wlajwl (3882) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Appearance is medium amber and hazy. The aroma is vinous and fruity and has a hint at scotch barrel aging that almost has a hint of rubber, not good. The flavor is off and has a hint of rubber, again not a good sign. Could have been much better.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (10297) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2011
Bottled, 500ml from a Co-Op near the Campsite. Gold to copper with white head. Pretty malty with a bit of a metallic edge, sharp, hints of caramel and grain, no real finish apart from the above lingering on the palate.Just about ok.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Velkyal (296) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Pours a gorgeous russet topped with a firm slightly off white head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, juicy caramel and the merest hint of earthy spice. tastewise the sweetness of caramel and light chocolate dominates and with a slightly thin body makes the beer insanely drinkable. Gorgeous, gorgeous beer, exactly what a Scottish ale should be.


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