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


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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask & Bottled (Filtered), Seasonal, Autumn; BLESSED THISTLE Ė 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (3797) - 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 doesnít set my world alight and Iíll not be seeking out another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5479) - 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 (2099) - 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 (4628) - 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
wimpyjoe (3979) - 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 (2881) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
culchiem (2543) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (1780) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (14543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2012
bottle at home ... copper ... big foaming .... it really did foaf ... sweet dark fruity ... roast malt nose nose... dark deep soft fruity roast malts ... caramel fruits ... a really nice scottish ale,, or 80 shilling.. well im not getting much ginger... nor am a sure about thistle... thought there is a little pricle to it... but its really quite nice
Earlier Rating: 3/5/2007 Total Score: 3.4
Ok had this in both cask and bottle, with both pretty similar. Deep ruby colour, with a malty nose, malty with a little spice , a little teacle and quite fruit with a little bitter in linger. nice and complex just like íthe maní says

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (6862) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2012
500 ml bottle. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Clear copper colour with average size fluffy light tan head. Some strange sweetness, fruits and herbs in interesting aroma. Flavour is mildly bitter, some fruity hops, sweetish malt and hints of metal. Might be also thistle, but Iíve never tasted a thistle so Iím not sure. Enjoyable tasty Bitter.

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