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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: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4627) - 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 (193) - 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 (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, 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 (1809) - 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 (6063) - 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 (1036) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tinylightsrecs (342) - - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle from Marks and Spencer Team Valley. Pours light orange, nice honey touch - light and easy to drink

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (6189) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours golden yellow, nose is floral, sweet, light fruity taste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wheresthepath (1770) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle from M&S Reading. Deep gold with a small white head that rapidly disappears. Too fizzy for my liking. The honey is obvious throughout, and it’s nice honey too- not too sweet. There’s a little grapefruit up front, which rather clashes with the honey. Marmalade develops (and works better than the grapefruit), but then there’s some lager-like grassy hoppiness that really doesn’t go. Overall then, the honey was lovely, but was let down rather by a poor base beer that didn’t suit it. Nevertheless, I’ve had far worse honey beers than this.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
The Etruscan (567) - Tuscany, ITALY - OCT 4, 2014
White thin weak head. Bright golden colour. Aroma is malty, grainy with light floral and honey notes. Flavor is malty too with herbal and light grainy tones, ending in a moderately bitter finish. Light bodied.


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