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Black Isle Organic Heather Honey Beer / Marks & Spencer Organic Scottish Beer

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Brewed by Black Isle
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Munlochy, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered
Originally sold as Black Isle Organic Heather Honey Beer, now sold as Marks & Spencer Organic Scottish Beer With Heather Honey
This deliciously refreshing golden beer is made with honey from the heather covered moorlands of the Scottish Highlands. Pure and natural, it is cold filtered and unpasteurised for exceptional flavour.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5510) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2015
50cl bottle from M&S, Camberley. Pale amber with a rapidly dissipating white head; honey aroma; musty honey taste with some citrus fruit; and a dry honey finish. The honey is dominant, but also quite subtle.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tinylightsrecs (437) - - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle from Marks and Spencer Team Valley. Pours pale gold with decent white head. Slight sweetness but not much else flavourwise to be honest. A little bland
Earlier Rating: 12/23/2014 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle from Marks and Spencer Team Valley. Pours light orange, nice honey touch - light and easy to drink

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (4193) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2015
500ml bottle from Marks & Spencer, High Street, Ayr, honey, malty aroma, golden, minimal head, no lacing, earthy, honey, malty flavour, soft carbonation

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4998) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Nose is caramel, nuts, straw, heather honey and hints of pale malts and light syrup. Taste is pale malts, grass, floral heather tones, honey and hints of nuts and bread. Light body, medium carbonation. Quite all right, though not astonishing.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
colui72 (488) - HONG KONG - JUN 22, 2015
Golden with creamy white head. Sweet aroma and taste of honey, refreshing. Overall a decent drink.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5467) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
500ml dark bottle, filtered. M&S Organic Scottish Beer. 5%. Gift from Marie. Gold colour. Quite dry with buttery notes. Pleasant noble type hops. This is pretty close to a Czech Lager. On a blind taste test I doubt if anyone could spot the difference, though there is honey in the aroma.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2715) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle as M&S Scotish Beer with Heather Honey. Golden colour with a white head. The aroma is certainly honey, as is the taste. Very drinkable, and a real honey taste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (7724) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2015
500ml bottle from Marks & Spencer, Morningside. As "organic Scottish beer with heather honey". Pours clear gold, thin white head. Strong honey aromas, light butterscotch, light metallic note. Taste is honey, sweet malt. Light body, earthy honey finish. Not my kind of beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1293) - HONG KONG - MAR 20, 2015


500 ml bottle as “Mark & Spencer Organic Scottish Beer with Heather Honey” bought at Mark & Spencer in 1Square, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Clear, golden honey colour; Half finger head with white foam which lasts for 1 minute; Very good sticky lacing and fizzy carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of malt, with strong honey, plums, floral nectar, sugar, light wet cardboard, very light lemon and light grass; Close to medium sweet taste of full malt, with strong molasses, light honey, light floral, strong bread, light yeast, lemon, pretty strong bitter hops and strong sharp herbal grass; Close to light body. Thin but fairly slick palate; Mouth feel is very malty and bready in a rather thin body. Honey taste is much lighter than the intense aroma. Sweet molasses and light floral dominates, mouthful of white bread and herbal grass. Really feels like a well-made but somewhat muted Helles. Good!... Hoppiness is sweet floral, light lemon and light grass in nose. Lemon and strong herbal grass in taste. Bitterness is quite strong and sharp, balanced well with sweetness for a lasting strong sweet-bitter finish; Dry after taste. Floral and bitter sweet to mouth.

Comments: The honey influence is pretty much focused onto the aroma, which is neat already. Yet the taste is somewhat divisive – sweet bready Helles on one head and muted, no-so-uplifting undertone on the other. Taste solid, but not an eye opener. Drinkable still.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (8323) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours golden yellow, nose is floral, sweet, light fruity taste.


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