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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 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).


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
9th April 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Dark with a floral fruity tone plus a trace of smoke. Long bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2010
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6143) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2010
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joe19612 (1862) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2010
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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1891) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2010
[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 [23042010]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2010
(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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7285) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2010
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 Im awarding it a perfect 5 for palate. So there. A very well-executed beer, and a touch festive to boot. Really enjoyed this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7746) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2010
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10481) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2010
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, its 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.


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