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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


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2008
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (4545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2008
POurs amber into an English pint. Sickly looking head quickly recedes to hug rim. Sweet and sour tang aromas. Soft with upfront caramel and a lasting pit fruit finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2008
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours an almost clear amber golden with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel and....fish? Somehow very British. Light in body, notes of caramel, fruit and vitamin-C - and perhaps some overripe sweet fruit also. Very discreet bitterness in the finish. 160808

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 22, 2008
(500 ml bottle (best by end of 1/08) from Tully’s) Pours slightly hazy caramel amber with two fingers of biege head. Fairly big aroma of caramel, licorice and some pine. Even caught a few whiffs of Scotch at first. Mouthfeel fairly smooth but a touch fizzy and thin. Flavor of caramel and licorice with some pretty strong earthy and peaty undertones. More earth and peat than I’ve tasted in alot of Scotch ales in fact. Malty and peaty but a bit too weak. A pretty nice flavor profile - if only this were bigger and beefier. Bitterness builds toward finish and provides a light-medium hit at the end. More a Scotch in character than a bitter IMO but falls short with the low ABV and lightness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (5799) - ITALY - JUL 10, 2008
ambrata schiuma non molta mediamente persistente sentori erbaceiterrosi maltati tostati floreali erbacei luppolo poco in bocca buon malto tostato leggero caramello una lieve nota dolce un luppolo presente ma non molto aromatico e marcato

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2008
Hazy amber with tiny off white head. Sweet and hoppy aroma with herbal notes. Sweet flavor with herbal and caramel notes. Ends sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (32344) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours slight cloudy orange with a lacing off-white head. Apple citric aroma. Light alcohol aroma bite. Woody and dry malt flavour. Growing bitterness into the finish. Dry and towards woody flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle. [Courtesy of BelJohansen, thanks buddy] Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Cloudy amber colour. Fair display of lacework. Aroma of fruit, grain, caramel, hint of floral and ask like notes. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation and light dry texture. Light to moderated bitter flavour with good counter sweetness. Somewhat herbal and hoppy like dry finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle. Light unclear light to medium amber orange color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, hay, light to moderate hoppy, grass, pine needle, orange, peat - smoke. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft to lively, finish feel is light metallic. (010408)

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BorksBabe (85) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Misleading aroma. Molasses and.... wheat. Tastes like... flat soda? Water? I can’t taste anything. Sad. Very sad.


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