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

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Pasteurised. Previously 4.6%.
A full-bodied and malty ale with a rounded, smooth fruit palate and a tight, creamy head that laces all the way down the glass. Rich in colour with a smooth, creamy texture and a distinctively strong flavour.


2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2003
Stong scotch, sugary aroma. One of the strongest aromas I have experienced so far. Pours a lovely copper brown, thick head. Looks great in my Guinness glass. Downhill from there. Has a unenjoyable palate. Hint of smokiness, combined with the cigarette-butt aftertaste. Description on the back of the bottle talks about the golf course and skips the beer. Now we know why.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Smells and tastes like smokey, lightly watered down scotch whiskey with slightly bitter hop flavor. Dark reddish brown in color. Good head diminishes very quickly.Light to medium body or mouthfeel.Not much sweetness. Decent carbonation stays. Tasted a little bland. Maybe this was an old bottle, but I probably won't try this one again.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2003
Sweet, fruit and malt aroma. Copper, pours a large vanilla head. Malt, caramel, almost no bitterness. Thin mouthfeel, good but I'm sure this was better when it was fresh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3394) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2003
Sparkling brown.thick off white head. Light pleasant malt nose. Smooth and malty,malty,malty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Burnt caramel color. Tan head, very creamy with good lace. Fruity, hoppy and malty. The entire package comes together pretty well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reverend (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2002
An awesome beer! Beautiful copper amber color with great Belgian lace.A perfect blend of malts and hops.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Choke (96) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2002
This stuff is sweet to the taste mild after taste, and it goes down so smooth. Cheap for what you get

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Bottle. Dark amber color with a ight cream colored head. Light Otter malt aromas, with hay and peat. Quite silky in feel. Malty flavors with a touch of peat. Very balanced, but quite bland. Much prefer the "Wee Heavy".

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Extremely malty, with a lot of body and flavor intensity. Hops are light and present only in the finish. I can’t imagine a bunch of lame golfers drinking this stuff. They all seem like Zima types.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 I used to love the toffee aroma and smooth toffee malt flavors...and I must say, I do still like them a lot...However, its a bit thin on my modern palate..That being said..the pour produced an interesting bourbon-amber color...a thin sheet of somewhat lace resistant head tops things off...nice nutty toffee aromas and flavors...It might be a bit thin, but i still like this beer.


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