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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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
skortila (4689) - 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 (5999) - 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 (3570) - 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 (4029) - NETHERLANDS - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogivlado (6109) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 25, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (15955) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle at home ... copper ... sweet metallic malt nose... over fizzy ... juicy fruity toffee ... little bitterness. decent if nothing special

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McWorta (805) - LUXEMBOURG - FEB 1, 2009
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alphadelic (1840) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marctacoma (35) - Fircrest, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2009
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.

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