sic1314 (2403) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured deep dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma of heavy malt and dark fruit. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, well balanced and the gem in the Arran portfolio.
kassner (1313) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Berts in Edinburgh, lots of dark fruit in this dark amber beer, with an astringent mouth and port flavors.
witthatsbier (144) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nose has grain with some caramel and smoke,dark brown with cream head,malty with smokey tones bitter finish,overall a fair beer .pump clip proclaimed it had won best dark brown beer in the world at WBA awards,stupid category and totally unbelievable that this comes anywhere near being a champion beer,just a reasonable but average beer
Stuartyboy (413) - SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask Edward G Wylye jdw Glasgow a deep Amber reddy beer with flavour of plums and berries some sweet carmel and slightly nutty taste pleasant easy drinking beer
zimbo (465) - SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks good. Deep reddy brown. Dense firm head. full roasty and fairly earthy. Some nuts, some acidity.A bit too firm really and on the astriongent side without much of an appetising quality to it. Potential juice just leaves a hard edge. Needs balance and more engagement.
AshtonMcCobb (2025) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Ghillie Dhu. Pours dark amber to black with a nicely proportioned head. The nose has honey nut cornflakes. The taste has more of the same and a nutty note too. The palate is medium with a creamy structure and a reasonably elegant finish. Overall, the best Arran beer I’ve had.
MalcolmTucker (639) - SCOTLAND - MAY 31, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask. Amber with a beige head, doesn’t look very good. Not much in the way of aroma. Flavour is caramel with a bitter finish. Manages to be both dull and shit.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On cask at The Heriot-Watt Beer Festival. Strangely pours a golden - amber colour. A yeasty aroma with caramel and apple seed characters. Similar flavours and just a little dry to finish. Mild carbonation. Unexciting.
mr_h (2313) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask by handpump for Battle of the Brewers at Last Post, Paisley (28 Jan 12) - clear amber ale, small off-white head, no real distinctive flavour, but hint of caramel, toffee and fruit, clean finish, nice
tombyars (1304) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2000. Cask, handpump. Clear ruby red in colour with a thin buff head. Slight hint of roast malt in the short aroma. Thin oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts give a maltloaf base with moist sultanas and wood smoke. Prickle of hop resins in the short aftertaste. Dry oak cask and nutty flavours come through in the rounded finish. An ok session ale.