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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


2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
stravale (2530) - 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 (4696) - 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 (11501) - 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 (313) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2011
In bottle. Pours a deep red-brown colour with a lacy head. Grassy, hay aroma with some yeast. Not my favourite. Some malt flavour with grassy hop notes. A bit thin and light for the style I think.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
niquillis (1846) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2011
Bottle from Cross Stobs Bottle Shop, Barrhead. Chocolate, butterscotch and whisky flavours come through this dark amber ale. Excellent

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
anderson01 (235) - Idaho, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Shared with poisoneddwarf and brenn79. Aroma was my favorite part of this beer which consist of whiskey and butterscotch. Pours an amber color with a minimal head and bad lacing. This beer starts off with a good caramel palate and finishes with a dissappointing charcoal flavor. Overall the aroma i liked and the flavor dissappointed.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brenn79 (1745) - Idaho, USA - MAR 4, 2011
500 ml. bottle-shared with poisoneddwarf and anderson01- Pours somewhat cloudy golden with a dark golden color, aroma is malt and alcohol. The taste is mellow malt and caramel. A little milder than I thought it would be.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
poisoneddwarf (1983) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2011
500 ml bottle into tumbler, shared with Brenn79 and Anderson01. Pous deep gold with no head; leaves a collar of big-bubbly white foam. Smells like sweetbread. Taste is sweet and lightly sour with no bitterness. Dry. Carbonation is soft, body is light. How is this a dark beer? I was expecting a black beer. The carbonation goes downhill towards the end. Not very good. I bought it for the cool-looking label. Bad mistake!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2010
[500ml bottle, Arran Brewery shop] Deep amber colour, almost no head to speak of. Aromas of dark, sweet malt ’smells like a nice old pub’ according to my girlfriend. Taste is very bitter, dark chocolate with plenty of malts. Suggested serving is cold, but it improves as it warms and the sweetness comes out on the aftertaste [25082010]


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