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


on tap


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask; Regular.
Rich in aroma of malt hops, with ripe fruit. Full malt with a deep bitter finish. A traditional style ‘Scottish Heavy’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3803) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2005
Cask. Red, normal head. Woody, slightly burnt flavour. Spicey, peppery flavour. Nice bitterness in the finish. Truely a great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 18, 2005
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mr_h (4758) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 5, 2012
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erzengel (7760) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2014
Smooth malty beginning. Fresh, smooth, easy to drink. Fresh malty and not too sweet in the mainpart. Hints of roast, smooth fresh. The aftertaste is fresh, malty-hoppy, floral hints, hints of roast. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pughy1957 (62) - Rugby, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23513) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2002
Sampled cask conditioned. Copper coloured. Spicy, roasty aroma. Medium bodied. Salty and peaty with bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2003
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')

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