gunnar (5290) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 13, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
JohnRMurdoch (3278) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Bullit (4007) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
ogivlado (5703) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 500ml. -Clear amber coloured, small off-white head, flowery hoppy nose. Slight roasted malt, hoppy, grassy and caramel with nutty notes and touch of smoke in the finish. Once again drinkable but rather average Arran.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with an off white head. Sweet apple plum aroma with a light spiced note. Bitter fruit and a light toffee and roasted malt character. A hint of smoke and licorice to round out. Nice brew.
cgarvieuk (14279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home ... copper ... sweet metallic malt nose... over fizzy ... juicy fruity toffee ... little bitterness. decent if nothing special
McWorta (591) - LUXEMBOURG - FEB 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An intense smell of yeast hops with traces of barn/malt. Very light raisin a wee bit roasty, hops, floral grass/hay
Brownish-orange colour with a small head if at all. Clear liquid.
Light bitter going into a medium-heavy sweetness. Looks like having a lot of CO2 but not too much to feel of it on the lips or tongue. Medium-full body, slick bit oily texture, soft carbonation with a long solid finish. Nothing hitting but very comfortable. a potential beer for all day around.
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Almost he same colour as the bottle. Very brown. Thin lacy head.
Rich and malty but altogether less than amazing. Very malty with caramel along with some heavy cereal notes.
A little fizzy but really nice and oily.
Pretty nice and drinkable but nothing at all special.
marctacoma (35) - Fircrest, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle BBE: 10/09
Medium amber pour, very light head.
The aroma is quite distinct, and quite nice - heather dominates, maybe a hint of vanilla.
Initial taste picks up nice toasted notes, but these fade to... not much. There’s a nice sweetness (heather again) that fades to an undistinguished finish.
I think the "dark" in the name can be confusing; from the floral nose to the light, sweet taste, this is a session beer through and through.
Not bad, though perhaps not worth an extensive hunt or anything.
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (BB Feb/09).
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Light body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
This brewery has a funny idea of ’dark’, but in fairness it’s at least darker than blonde. Bland, thin, and characterless. Not the rampant raw yeast bomb that the Blonde was/is, but not much better. Drain pour. Why Shelton is carrying this stuff is beyond me.