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

bottled
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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   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).


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mile (2752) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (2418) - California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
11 May 2011, bottle. light to med brown, clear, no bubbles. looks like a nice nut brown ale. copper malt background with a significant rose or other floral element. full body and fairly fizzy. with a copper malt background, heather comes to the front and forms the defining characteristic of the beer. it is slightly tart as far as the malt is concerned and i’m not a big fan of heather in my beer. okay.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (2974) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2011
Bottle from Marks & Spencers West End Simply Food. Dark reddish brown colour with a good foamy head. Sweet fruity aroma. Fruity ferric malt flavour. Sweet fruit aftertaste. Better than expected.
Earlier Rating: 12/1/2010 Total Score: 3.1
Bottle from Tesco. Aroma of malts & mixed fruits. Dark brown colour with a reddish tinge. Flavour of roasted malts and mixed fruits. Bitter aftertaste. An above average bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2011
Bottle. Clear nut brown body witha large off white head. Aroma-taste of biscuit, with a sweet lemony-cheesecake finish. Sunbdued bitterness. Medium to light carbonation.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tommann (2491) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small head. Aroma is subtle, warm ginger and some spicy malt. Taste is a bit of thistle to start and gingery malt to finish. A bit lifeless.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
suprchunk (1955) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours a dark amber ruby with a small white head that fades fast and leaves no lacing. Smells like ginger crystals and thistle. There is a bit of malts buried underneath, but it isn’t starting out well. Tastes like the above mentioned things that shouldn’t be in beer. Not overly horrible, but just not right. And some kind of burnt flavor as well. Thin and watery. Mix that with ginger and plant aftertaste and you know what you are in for. Not very good. I supposed if I was eating fruitcake all night it would go well with it. But I don’t touch that stuff, and I won’t be touching this again. This is going to the wife.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borup (5086) - Albertslund, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle from Superbest Hellerup. Tasted at work. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, caramel, hops, fruit and spice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gary (1305) - Brentford, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2011 (bottle) The term "Scottish Ale" infuriates some members of this site , with the "there’s no such thing" argument, but that doesnt bother me . A pretty decent ale with ovbious use of thisles, ginger and other oddities. Rich enough , with chocolaty notes . Interesting.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zvikar (2837) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2011
At a tasting, thanks Dror, pours rusty red with a medium head, aroma of bubblegum, lavender, mint, cinnamon and malt (a bit like Xmas Ale), flavor is dry and bitter with some cinnamon, mint and ginger, medium bodied, too spicy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomer (1529) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JAN 24, 2011
At a tasting, thanks Shachar, a touch hazy dark orange to lightish red colour, aroma of spearmint, herbs, ginger and some light spiciness, light malty flavour, floweriness and a touch of fruit, quite dry. Good.


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