mr_h (2705) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask by gravity at Paisley Beer Festival (26 Apr 12) - 7.2%, clear dark brown ale, non-existent white head, complex sweet malt aroma, caramel, alcohol, sweet, smooth, fruity, low carbonation, lovely
tombyars (1328) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was my first introduction into real ale and although heavily biased, to me this is my all time favourite. In Scotland during the 70’s, it was one of the best known strong ales around and could be found almost regular in a handful of Glasgow pubs. Nowadays it is extremely rare and only found at the occasional festival or a winter one off, as Belhaven brew this just once a year. The o.g. has varied through the years but be warned the bottle version at 6.5% is completely different from the cask version which can vary between 7-8%. First tasted this barley wine in the Golf Inn, Bishopton in September 1978 and more recently at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2010. This is the 2010 review. Black ruby in colour with light mahogany tints around the edges. Thick creamy buff white head which disappears rapidly, leaving no lacing at all. Strong, sweet, fruity intense aroma of syrupy pineapple chunks and port notes. Thick silky smooth mouthfeel with a single cream texture. Dark malt complex delivers a full fruity maltloaf base with slightly sour pineapple evident. Fruit notes continue with damsons, rum soaked raisins, sultanas, molasses, figs and vine fruit. Hops appear to be almost absent in this malt excess with just a bare whiff of hop prickle in the aftertaste. The finish has strong elements of port and dry sherry which gives a warming alcoholic sweet flavour. This Scottish wee heavie should be sipped and respected - it is very potent but extremely seductive. Please make the effort to seek this out and try it for yourself, you will not be disappointed.
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask Stillage at the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt, Liverpool 22/02/2001 (As 90/- ABV 8.0%)
A fruity beer with plenty of alcohol content and a strong aftertaste.
Bullit (3961) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 18, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Bon Accord. ABV 7,5%? Ruby red colour, small white head. Aroma of grassy hops, alcoholic and metallic. Flavour has caramel malts, bitter hops. Metallic. Bitter and dry finish. Not very well done.
cgarvieuk (13920) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2013 Edinburgh beer festical 2007 ... nice ruby brown ... sweet complex malt ... rich sweet smooth rich complex caramel malt ...
Cask at SRAF... Deep copper... Soft sweet rich toffee nose... Soft sweet roast... Soft toffee.. Nicr malt but some green apple 3.5