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

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
Rich in aroma of malt hops, with ripe fruit. Full malt with a deep bitter finish. A traditional style ‘Scottish Heavy’.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29847) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2011
Cask. An amber beer with a thick beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and caramel, leading to a dry and bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1411) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2011
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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kassner (1373) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2013
On tap at Berts in Edinburgh, lots of dark fruit in this dark amber beer, with an astringent mouth and port flavors.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2005
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2005
[cask at jdw] reddish brown colour. Sweet and malty, some fruity notes, raisins, a little toffee. decent body, sweet finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nekronos (3646) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUN 9, 2006
Very interesting, somewhat sweet but also veyr matly. NOt really bitter but has it’s hoppy features.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 20, 2007
Cask, Alloa Beer Festival 07. Mid-chestnut with a thin off-white head. Nose is lively malt / hop balance with some medicine. Mouth is lively fruity, grassy hop and some maltiness to balance. Smooth, some fruity bitterness towards the back of the throat. Can’t help but thinking it’s a bit artificial.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichTheVillan (3478) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2014
Cask at the Olde Mitre; clear dark amber pour with a frothy beige head, roast malt aroma, taste has roast malts, a hint of coffee and dark fruits.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4674) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2007
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".

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (10648) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2007
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Dark amber with white head. Malty sweet beer with hints of toffee and fruit, blackberries, loganberries type of thing. Disappointing finish, not much in there, but an average sort of beer.


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