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


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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (8448) - Tel Aviv, - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markas101 (2001) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (18147) - , 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6377) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joe19612 (2138) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - 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]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8726) - 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

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