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


on tap

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alphadelic (1925) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6730) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (4828) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25073) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterhouse (1580) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (6534) - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KimJohansen (10347) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (35101) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grovlam (4166) - 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.

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