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


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
poisoneddwarf (2247) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - 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]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7487) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2010
500. Pours a cloudy burnished dark amber. Loose creamy tan head. Sweet nose. Lots of caramel and some orange blossomy phenols....could conceivably be the hops but seems like no. Creamy medium body with low carb. Toast, caramel, and some yeasty spice and tang. Iced tea finish. Bit of a muddle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4294) - SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2010
Pours dark red amberwith small fluffy short lived tanned head. Sweetish malty, fruity, salty and dry hoppy aroma. Dry, tart bitter, smokey malty flavor, suprisingly no sweetnes at all. Acidy mouthfeel. Acidy dry tart on palate. Finish is tart dry bitter. Definately an odd flavoured beer; lean and damned tart bitter at same time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle. Copper pour, white head. Caramel malt, fruit, and some hops to balance. Not very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2010
Dull copper, white swirl of foam, barely a tickle of carbonation. Second hand bookshop, slight Feta, berries and beansprout aroma. Damp with earthy malt notes, sesame, a flavour somewhere between mouldy strawberry and chocolate-coated mushrooms. Nutty, mildewed aftertaste. Deep (soily) and involving for a pasteurised beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
skortila (5161) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2010
Bottled. The aroma has caramel malts, some biscuits, little raisin. Clear, amber coloured beer with a thin, off-white head. The taste is sweet, has caramel malts mainly, some hops. Light-medium bodied beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnar (7672) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 13, 2010
500 ml bottle, gift from Scotland. Pours copper with a moderate off-white spongy head. Nice aroma with an outstanding roasted character, some dark liquorice as well. Taste is full of the light roasted malts, moderate hops. Dissapointing at the end, even though there is a slightly burnt lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (4266) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2010
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Bottle from Tesco & The Arran Brewery Shop. Bright fresh oaty aroma. Mahogany brown colour with rapidly disappearing rocky head. Smokey barbecue grassy malt flavour with spicy bitter aftertaste. Watery texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bullit (4389) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Dark golden colour, off-white head. Aroma: biscuit and caramel. Flavour of caramel malts, some fruits. Hint of hops. Slightly bitter finish.

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