madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
9th April 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Dark with a floral fruity tone plus a trace of smoke. Long bitter finish.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A chestnut coloured beer with an off-white head. A subdued aroma with some ginger and a heathery note. A good spicy kick in the mouth with fairly hot ginger notes. A decent depth to the base beer. Nice.
KnutAlbert (6136) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from an Edinburgh Tesco.
Amber beer, fluffy beige head.
Malty, as these beers tend to be. Some herbal or flowery eleemnts which I guess come from the thistle. Herbs, a bit medical.
Earlier Rating: 12/17/2009 Total Score: 2.9
Lovely malty beer, full body, spices, flowers and a ton of malt. Flowers, dry petals, dust. Dry finish.
Nice, but not really impressive, but we need the small beers, too.
joe19612 (1861) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle Conditioned. Pours a reddish-brown colour with a thin white head. The aroma is full of spices and malts, the taste is again very spicy with hints of ginger and dark malts, with a sweet finish.
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Clear. Reddish. Beige head. Medium carbonation. Caramel malts. A bit of roasted malt. Flowery.Also an unusual (and nice) flavour possibly fom the thistles.Bitter, dry finish.
BeerCast_Rich (1891) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[500ml bottle, Appellation Wines, Edinburgh] Named after the herb it contains, the predominant flavour is of the other added ingredient - ginger. Light and refreshing, with some flowery notes - to be honest I have no idea what blessed thistle tastes like so I was struggling to pick it out. But it was drinkable even as a slightly spiced ginger ale 
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) Slightly unclear, reddish amber colour with a big and slightly beige foamy head, leaving lace work. Toasty malty aroma a fruity and slightly spicy (thistles?) hops. Moderately sweet and bitter flavour, light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Toasty malt-character with notes of caramel and spicy and subtle fruity hops; dry, bitter and spicy hoppy finish and a slightly roasty aftertaste. Pleasant. 09.XI.07 & 20.IX.10
DruncanVeasey (7249) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bright chestnut with a fine khaki foam, doming well above the lip of the glass, and staying there. Healthy butter, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, milky coffee aroma dusted with roast, muscovado sugar..and yes, thistle. Slick and discreetly roasted; fine creamy condition, butter biscuits dunked in coffee; a juicy, minty green note to finish- presumably those thistles again. Excellent rounded beer, seamlessly integrating a (relatively) unusual ingredient.
Earlier Rating: 12/16/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle from Fosse. Chestnut with a fine beige collar draping the glass; slippery and persistent with a well-measured tickle of carb and a flourish of detritus. Vibrant, berry-slanted aroma awash with blackcurrant and citrus; distinct oiliness and musk from those sticky little buds, metallic blood-like dabs, galangal, chocolate orange. Spices meshed indistinguishably with the delicately mulled soapiness of the hops; discreet ashiness building in the finish. Blows most soupy, off-flavoured British ’BC’ efforts out of the water; this, miraculously, actually feels like a freshly pulled pint of cask ale, and as such I’m awarding it a perfect 5 for palate. So there. A very well-executed beer, and a touch festive to boot. Really enjoyed this.
shrubber85 (7732) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very strong ginger and toffee malt aroma. Clear chestnut color with large head. Slightly sweet ginger and light toffee malt flavor. Medium body. Nice enough - pretty much an even mix between a ginger beer and a regular bitter.
imdownthepub (10468) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 500ml form M&S, Summertown, Oxon. Copper to red with white head. Heavyish beer, dark roasted malts giving a vague chocolate flavour with a slight boiled cabbage note. However; the spice & hops show through lightening the palate, some sweetness. Some interesting notes, it’s ok.
Earlier Rating: 11/18/2008 Total Score: 2.9
Bottled, filtered, 500ml. From Beers of Europe, Norfolk. Ruby to brown with white head. Herby gingery flavours with drying spices. Quite bitter and heavy. A bit of a struggle.