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


on tap

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClubGonzo (4817) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11532) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 25, 2013
500ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)
Rich reddy brown, large spongy persistent head. Rich malty aroma, some husky spiciness, a hint of ginger, and noble UK hops. And that was straight from the fridge - I imagine warmer it’s a hummer! There’s a touch of wool later. Satisfies the Scottish stereotype, a little bit of treacly toffee too. Full palate, pleasant carbonation . Good grainy and husky malty body. Pleasant herbal-to-floral aspects from the thistle - a little bit of treacle in the taste too. Absolutely lovely. Doesn’t work as well for Anna, she’d give it 3.4-ish. I just love the walnut papers in the finish and the dry wooliness.
Earlier Rating: 2/6/2010 Total Score: 3.4
500ml bottle (M&S)
Fruity boppy aroma. Ditto taste - huge fruity hop body, with a really full rich malty spine. Decent roast with a touc of burntness. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1207) - SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle from Tesco (£1.70, 500ml):
Clean aroma with some malts to begin with, mainly sweet but with some roasted notes too and a nice fruity aroma to follow on from this. There is a definite herb presence and some floral notes too along with a touch of spice.
Darkish brown with some red tinges and an off-white, bubbly head that fades to a patchy lacing after a couple of seconds.
Sweet malts and a few herbs shinning through at the start but the main taste is definitely a mix of strong tropical fruits and spices with a solid herbal base. There is some caramel in there too and some berries around the middle as well.
Light medium with lively carbonation and a bitter, herbal middle. The finish is very dry and not one I found particularly refreshing.

Another beer that got better as it began to open up a little and is one that I quite enjoyed from that stage on. There was a nice mix of sweet malts and herbs that worked well together and overall there was a good balance with the beer. Probably not one to go back to all that often but a nice, enjoyable beer that I would have again if it was on offer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (905) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle at the Delday?s house. Light brown colour without too much gas. Thin head. Clear.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (5091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
500ml Brown bottle: best before 28 Nov 2012, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 31 July 2012. Dark reddy/brown body with an off-white head of deep bubbles. Malts in the nose; roasted and toasted, not a lot else my senses could detect. The taste was also malty but with a bitterness never far away. Very dry aftertaste be it from the hops or the thistle content? Nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t set my world alight and I’ll not be seeking out another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2012
50cl, exclusive Scottish brew, with thistles, from Bierzwerg Greven, not complex brew, sweet/malty and slightly spicy/roasted, yet balanced, clear, good head, simple brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grima (2202) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2012
The beer in the glass is ruby red with a beautiful head. It smells very bitter and spicy, subtle herb-like. Starts very malty-bitter, with roasted malt, very spicy in the background. The middle part the dominant hoppy-bitter, with flavors of roasted malts and nuts. Goes into a bitter-dry finish with some roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cuso (6269) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle from M&S Bratislava. dark copper color with huge, long lasting, white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, plums, apples, ginger. Fruity taste with ginger, bitter hops, hints of chocolate, liquorice. Long bitter finish. I paired it with cake and this combination was quite good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
ManVsBeer (6251) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2012
Super smooth texture is great in the palate, but it hardly has any aroma or taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mr_h (3875) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2012
Cask by handpump at Henglers Circus, Glasgow (18 May 12) - clear brown ale, creamy tan head, sweet roasted malt aroma, good temperature, sweet toffee / caramel, watery, very nice

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