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

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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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).


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1067) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (802) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle at the Delday?s house. Light brown colour without too much gas. Thin head. Clear.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (4510) - 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.

3
   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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grima (2159) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cuso (5557) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
ManVsBeer (5225) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2012
Super smooth texture is great in the palate, but it hardly has any aroma or taste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mr_h (3382) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
culchiem (2811) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 19, 2012
Bottle. Chestnut brown with a thin head. Aroma is spicy ginger. Flavouris bitter with a ginger beer base. Palate is dry with light herbal spice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (1942) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Deep, clear, browny amber. Some ginger on the nose in amongst the sweet maltyness. Flavour is LARGE malt. Fruity sweetness with a definite hoppiness. Well rounded. I like it.


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