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

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (8674) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, bread and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (6298) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle.Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, butterscotch and some herbal notes. Flavor is sweet and malty with some herbal notes and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy bright reddish-amber color. Good off-white head with good retention. Aroma is roast malt, caramel, and dried fruit. Flavor is sweet malt, butterscotch, raisin and grassy hops. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Smooth-drinking, but not something I would seek out on a regular basis.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esp0r (2216) - NORWAY - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle from Meny Manglerud enjoyed at home
Dark red, big tanned head. Smells of dark fruits, malts, caramel, spice and hops. Taste is moderate sweet, malty, some dark fruits. Medium bitter with earthy hops. Nice malty base; ok hopped, maybe a hint more aroma hops would do? This of course minor details. A very nice and drinkable bitter

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - APR 25, 2013
50 cl bottle from Meny Kolsås. Pours a clear copper brown with a small white head. Nose is caramel, butterscotch with some notes of thiestle. Somewhat strange aroma. Taste is caramel and some herbal/grassy notes. Soft carbonation, medium body, medium bitterness. Just an average bitter with a small twist.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oysteib (112) - NORWAY - APR 23, 2013
From bottle. Clear, copper colour. Fascinatingly complex herbal aromas. Reminiscent of a much darker beer, burnt aromas. Malt sweetness balances the bitterness well. Has a lot to offer. Recommended.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foffern (1385) - Bodø, NORWAY - APR 9, 2013
Bottle shared with ClubGonzo and Veitafan. Have a dark golden amber colour with a small light tan head. The aroma is dominated by sweet malt, sweet cake, vanilla cookies, anise and a little caramel. The taste is a little more careful with a touch of leather and wood, and a little caramel, spices, hops and anise. Mouth feel is easy and smooth and, has a light bitterness. An interesting and easy to drink beer, and is decent enough.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Arve_Christian (3705) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 1, 2013
On bottle from Meny Lørenskog. Brown color, ok foam. Aromas of malt, some dried fruits and malt, also good general fruitiness. Medium/ light body & complexity. some immediate sweetness , some bitterness, ok balance but a little on the sweet side. Enjoyable

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2013
0.5l bottle. This is a crystal clear brown-ish beer with a medium sized big-bubbly light beige top. Smells of bitter and sweet caramel, nougat and traces of nutty chocolate paper. It’s somewhat averagely carbonated and the mouthfeel is thin oily. Dry-bitter nutty flavors. I get some dark caramel and some herbal nuances. I’m having a hard time really enjoying this, but it still manages to not be to bad tasting. Absolutely not something I will be hunting down again though. 15.02.2013

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClubGonzo (4523) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle from Lerøy Mat, Bergen, shared with Foffern and Veitafan. Pours a deep clear copper brown body with a small white head. Nose is caramel, biscuity butterscotch tones (could be diacetyl, but it’s hard to be certain) with some sweet, stale berry-like tones in the back. Not very pleasant. Taste is decidedly better; smooth caramel and herbal grassy tones with hints of something very floral which I, knowing the special addition in this one, think is thistle flavor. Soft carbonation, medium body. OK, but not exactly amazing.


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