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Brewed by Cairngorm
Style: Bitter
Aviemore, Scotland
Serve in English pint

bottled
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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask & Bottled (Filtered), Seasonal, Autumn; BLESSED THISTLE – 4.5% ABV "Thistle Beer" from Cairngorm Brewery. A reddish brown ale, bittered with thistle and late Goldings hops. Hints of roast malt and fruit finish this most complex of beers. Alias with M&S Scottish Ale confirmed at the brewery (Oakes).


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MalcolmTucker (722) - SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Brown with a good head. Toffee malt balanced with an unusual herbal hop flavour.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ERB92 (231) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2014
Bread, caramel, hints of roasted malts and some herbs. Mahogany with a off white head. Medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Light to medium body with a lively carbonation. Overall a average bitter, but with some character. A bit to carbonated for my taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Graham77 (231) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2014
500ml bottle. Contrary to other reviewers I didn’t find this to be an ordinary bitter. It is bittered with thistles as well as hops, a fact that seems to have been lost on others. The thistles are noticeable in the flavour with a spicy, weedy and earthy flavour. That said I prefer my hops so don’t think this improves the beer, it just makes it a little different. I’m glad I tried this but I have tasted better beers. Credit to the brewer for keeping old traditions alive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (1230) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2014
Duft av frukter, rosin og krydder. Tykt skum. Fin mørk amber farge. fin smak av krydder og rosin med en litt bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13209) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. A small, dark beige head sits on top of an unclear, copper colored body. The aroma has a little spiced touch, but most of all there’s toffee. As low on hoppyness as Scottish beers are reputed to be, both in the aroma and the flavor. Some bitterness kicks in towards the end though. Toffee and a little spiced, herbal flavor as well. Dry, full-bodied and nicely carbonated. Yet another pretty boring bitter, but there’s some qualities in this one that I like. And it’s flawless as well. 130607

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (2924) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2013
500ml bottle at home. Pours clear dark brown, no head. Aroma has toffee and a weird herbal note, almost minty. Taste has a sweet Cola-like quality. Finishes thin. Not impressed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (1279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2014 Bottle from Aldi. Clear amber/brown body with a thin off-white head. Light carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, fruit and a touch of metal. Flavour of malt, earth, ginger and red fruits. Thin body with a watery texture. Soft carbonation. A straightforward Bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer4000 (4405) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2013
500 ml bottle. Clear amber body with a decent pale beige head. Aroma has malt and some butterscotch. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, hint of milk chocolate and some bitterness. Medium body and a bit weak in aftertaste. Pretty ordinary and a bit marred from butterscotch.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorm (1103) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2013
Gyllen rødbrun farve med lys beige skum. Lukt av malt og karamell. Smak av malt og karamell. Supermarked.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
McTapps (3627) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 2, 2013
Pours out of the bottle in a clear dark amber colour with steady head and flat body. Nose of hops and nuts. Taste of medium bitter hops, caramel, toffee, nuts, leaves and woods. Light hints of roast. Easy and nice to drink, yet not very quaffable or delicious. Solid Bitter.


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