DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 As with all arran ale, this is particulary hard to cellar properly due to the fact alot of thier casks are rubbish, i tap alot of kegs and generally speaking arran beers are the most problamatic. This was not at its best maybe, however... Pours fine with ruby colour and lightly browned head. Aroma is not as much as expected though some fruity hops and obviously malt, however cant figure out if its sweet or not. Taste is roasted malt with dark fruits and a lightly hoppy, finish small dryness. Very very drinkable i found, though not the most intretsing of beers. certainly better than the bottles anyway, but maybe one to try again if arran can sort thier casks out. Rerate: Not so hot this time.
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask@Charlies. Dark ruby with small fine offwhite head. Fruity notes in the aroma. Smooth. Fresh in the initially taste and then the aftertaste kicks in. Rosted, bitter and wood
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask. Red, normal head. Woody, slightly burnt flavour. Spicey, peppery flavour. Nice bitterness in the finish. Truely a great brew.
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Conditioned & on hand pump at the Derby CAMRA beer festival on 10/02/05.
Dark brown colour.
Dry, bitter, pretty standard/solid dark bitter.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Bon Accord, Glasgow. Enjoyable, much hoppier than the usual Scottish 80/- style beers. Not dark so much as amber. Fruit and spice flavours along with the hop.
pughy1957 (62) - Rugby, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried this along with the blonde in a hotel in Brodick on Arran.The brewery had just been opened and my friend and I went on a bit of a session on the two ales. The dark as the name suggests is a deep ruby colour with a typically scottish dark malty taste. Unusually it is resonably well hopped giving a lovely fragrence and after taste. Well worth a try.
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best beer we found after 8 days in Scotland.Even good as bottled, but (of course) best from the tap.Not as heavy as the description, but quite a mouthful.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really liked this. Caramelly malt, peaty, salty, with some floral hops on the finish, really well balanced, lots of flavour and entirley skullable. Good stuff. (Cask-GBBF 03')
rauchbier (3497) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned. Chestnut brown, good head and condition. Big fruity hops, pine cones and caramel in the nose, well balanced toffee malt and peppery hop in the mouth and a long lingering hop finish that becomes earthy with a chalky dryness at the end. Tried it in bottle and found it an entirely different beer, with roast barley being more apparent and much more bitterness in the finish. Rating is for cask.
omhper (18326) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled cask conditioned. Copper coloured. Spicy, roasty aroma. Medium bodied. Salty and peaty with bitter finish.