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

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zvikar (4119) - 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 (2733) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle at a tasting, thanks Dror: aroma, sweet malt, honey, beer wort, jam, some herbal notes, in the flavor some roasted malt, weak coffee, bready, spicy and quite dry, some bitterness in the finish, nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (11144) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Dror. Hazy reddish amber-brown. Aroma of malt, fruits, mint, ginger, a bit of cookies and caramel. Sweetish malty flavor at first with some flowers and spiciness, and a rather bitter and slightly earthy finish. Medium-bodied. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markas101 (2240) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2011
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK.Medium ruby-brown colour, faint malt aroma with metallic brown sugar. Medium body, sweet with a balanced hop finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , 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 (8749) - 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 (6604) - 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 (2451) - 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.


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