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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (15934) - 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 ’the man’ says

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (7787) - 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 I’ve never tasted a thistle so I’m not sure. Enjoyable tasty Bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ComradeK (1060) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a clear, dark chestnut, with a medium light beige head, which lasts fairly well, and leaves decent lace. The aroma blends burnt toffee malt, fruity hops and an unusual floral aroma, which I assume derives from the thistle. Slightly spicy hops up front mix with an astringent light herbal taste, which I am again assuming is a product of the thistles. These flavours give way to smooth, dark malt in the body, with rye bread, toffee and some fruitcake notes detectable. Light floral hops and more of the herbal taste linger in the finish. A strange but satisfying beer: strange because of its unusual flavours and satisfying because its production involves killing thistles, ugly and vicious plants as they are.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012
Beautiful clear amber color with okay head. Some ginger flavor and slightly bitter. From my Backlog

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
petexner (935) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 1, 2011
bottle. interesting taste with herbs and ginger, long oily palate, nice brown color. not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
worldbeertaste (1709) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2011
Medium light brown with thick tan head. Butter, caramel, flowers, ginger and malt smell. Bitter taste all the way through. Medium body with soft carbonation. Soapy. Hot ginger, burnt toast and sweet malt. Goes down with flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suurjuust (1489) - ESTONIA - OCT 9, 2011
Ruby red, medium off-white head. The aroma is an interesting blend of ginger, herbs and malty sweetness. Thistle and malt in the start, ginger and hops in the finish. The aftertaste is more thistle and bitterness. Body is a bit watery, the balance is a bit off, but this is an intriguing beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle. Herbal, grass nose, ginger, spices and light malt. Copper-brown color with lace. Flavor of nettles, ginger, caramel, ginger. Dry and a bit dusty, with a somewhat vegetal bitterness at the end. Nice dry finish, though. Interesting, rather strange, but good enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirstyrabbit (1280) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle. Red amber body, medium head. Herbal aroma with a hint of ginger. Taste is hoppy with herbal elements similar to nettle and dandelion milk. Bitter finish. Good, but not very harmonic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mile (3235) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 22, 2011
Bottle. Amber, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel and herbal spiciness. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, some caramel and roasted malt with some herbal spiciness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some roasted malt and hoppyness, some herbal spiciness. OK bitter but spiciness just do not work here.

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