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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (38879) - 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)

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JAN 28, 2008
Bottiglia da 50cl all’Exultate, con una pizza fantastica (mozzarella, funghi, birra, crema di tartufi); versa color rubino limpida con poca schiuma. Aroma fragrante, ben bilanciato, sapore delicato con un buon finale di luppolo convincente anche se non aggressivo, che pulisce la bocca alla perfezione. Merita.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
25-Dec-07 (500-ml bottle, Best Before Jan-08: Purchased 23-Dec-07 for $4.99 at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA) Let’s start with the positives. This beer has a decent flavor: earthy, very nutty, and toasty, finishing with baker’s chocolate and dry, light roastiness. Nothing too exciting, but fairly enjoyable. Similar notes of nuts, chocolate and toast in the nose, but a quick swirl releases toffee as well. Now for the not so positive. On the palate, this beer is thin, to the point of being watery, and nearly flat in regards to the carbonation level. Amber-brown in color and fairly hazy, it pours with just a wisp of heading, with a few large bubbles from my vigorous pouring. Not a bad beer, but when I bought a dark beer from Scotland, I really expected more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Bottle. At The Flying Barrel, Gothenburg. Brown/red color with a small off-white head. Aroma: Sweet and lightly toasted malt, figs, citrus, yeast and caramel. Flavor: Lightly roasted, light hops, citrus, yeast and sourness. A bit thin and watery, but still not bad. Reminds me a bit of a cask ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6954) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle. Amber coloured with a slight off-white head. Malty fruit and caramel aroma. Flavour also inclined towards sweetness with a short, bitter finish. Ok, but not memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivnizub (9308) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle: Amber coloured, lacy off-white to yellowish head, fruity, dark malty nose with a tinge of burnt barley and distinctive hops ; moderate bitter-sweet flavour, light bodied; hoppy aromas, mixed with burnt malt, in the finish. Not bad, but not really well balanced...........

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Pours copper with a small off-white head. This beer had a bit of an oxidized taste to the malts in the finish that was a bit distracting. Earthy flavors show in the finish, caramel, fruits, and sort of nutty flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with a medium rather short lasting beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, tosted malt, some grains, bitter hops and bit of chocolate. Rather thin mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet with caramel, toasted malt, bit of chocolate and fruit, hops and slightly herby. Dry bitter toasty finish with a chocolate touch. Good flavour but it’s too watery and needs more body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle. Clear amber colour with a small moslty diminishing white head. Rich malty aroma and taste with fruity notes. Semi dry finish.

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