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Brewed by Belhaven (Greene King)
Style: Bitter
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles, nitro-cans (as Draught), and in kegs; usually nitro-kegs.
Also known as Export.
The cask version is known as 80/-.
Note: It appears there are two versions of this beer - 5.2% primarily for the US market and 3.9% mainly for Europe.


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2001

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2001
Nice color, easy to drink, decent malt and smoky flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 18, 2001
A wee bit earthy for my taste. Flavor was dominated by a burnt-coffee type taste with very little sweetness; caramel undertones were fleeting. This beer would greatly benefit from less carbination and a smoother texture. If it tasted as good as it looked (white/grey head with a beautiful deep amber color), this would be a real winner.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2001
Not bad, but I prefer the bottle

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2001
Interesting Scottish ale...has a smokey flavor and somewhat of a Belgian strong taste as well. Unique, and very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Iím rerating, deleting a 4.4 rating that was very old, and replacing it with a definite lower score...not that this beer has turned bad, but the packaging sure has. Nitro can ruins another. Looks nice, with a good reddish color, lacking effervescence though, with the widget stripping all the carb from it, leaving just that thick creamy nitro head over a flat ale. Aroma warming and caramelized, flavor very sweet, hint of smoke, losing any balancing hop character (which is what nitro does IMO). Annoying. Nitro can rating: 3.0

Another re-rate: While I didnít particularly enjoy the nitro can, I found some new bottles, non-nitro. More similar to my early experiences with this beer but not worthy of my original 4.4 rating. A full earthy sweetness with hints at leafy hops and a definite smokiness. Bottle rating: 3.7 Score shown: average impression across packaging variations.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2001
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2003 An excellent Scottish ale, oozing with malt and smokiness. Fairly thin and light for style but makes for easy drinking. A great beer for newcomers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tippie4 (97) - Auburn, Maine, USA - MAY 24, 2001

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 21, 2001
Malty Scottish ale, with the slightest touch of peat. Very smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bgoad (27) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2001
Similar to Guinness, did not like the coffee taste it left in my mouth.


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