Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick 1-inch foam covers the clear light orange to brown gown. Immediately very fruity (figs and oranges among others) maltiness rapidly shows toffee-like foundations. Toasty, bready and sweet malt flavours all through. Well balanced and pleasant on the palate thanks to its restriction. Feels like a fresh and not too fat strawberry waffle. Fresh enough for the sweetness to be easily bearable.
berkshirejohn (5884) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. Copper with an off-white head; malty aroma; caramel malt and nutty flavours; dry finish. Rather boring in the tradition of a Scottish "heavy".
DonMagi (5594) - 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.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - 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')
AshtonMcCobb (5036) - 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.
sic1314 (4775) - 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.
mr_h (4642) - 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
Bullit (4389) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ Henglers Circus, JDW. Slightly hazy orange - copper colour, foamy off-white head. Nose is bready, caramel, toffee, little fruity. Flavour is malty, caramel, toffee, creamy, some fruits. Bitter finish. Not much going on.
JohnRMurdoch (4264) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2010 Gravity cask @ The Lovat Hotel Autum Beer Fest, Perth. Sour grassy vegetable aroma. Medium brown colour. Bitter grassy vegetal flavour. Sour aftertaste. Not nice, unlike bottled version.
Nekronos (4039) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUN 9, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very interesting, somewhat sweet but also veyr matly. NOt really bitter but has it’s hoppy features.