MrJamesMcEwan (92) - SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear, dark brown, with a good slightly tanned frothy head that holds. Full bodied, medium carbonation, medium bubbles. Aroma is caramel, ginger, toasted barley. Taste is ginger thistle and sweet malt. Palate is fine carbonation. Finish is sweet and a touch dry.
mr_h (3334) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask by handpump at Henglers Circus, Glasgow (18 May 12) - clear brown ale, creamy tan head, sweet roasted malt aroma, good temperature, sweet toffee / caramel, watery, very nice
planky84 (2301) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Reddish-brown pour. Aromas of sultanas, root ginger, sweet spices, chocolate, malts. Very vibrant nose. Flavours of chocolate, licorice, ginger, black treacle, dried fruit. The ginger flavour really eases through in this one. Sweet, spicy finish.
cgarvieuk (15949) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at home ... copper ... big foaming .... it really did foaf ... sweet dark fruity ... roast malt nose nose... dark deep soft fruity roast malts ... caramel fruits ... a really nice scottish ale,, or 80 shilling.. well im not getting much ginger... nor am a sure about thistle... thought there is a little pricle to it... but its really quite nice
Earlier Rating: 3/5/2007 Total Score: 3.4
Ok had this in both cask and bottle, with both pretty similar. Deep ruby colour, with a malty nose, malty with a little spice , a little teacle and quite fruit with a little bitter in linger. nice and complex just like ’the man’ says
kmacphail (37) - Isle of Lewis, SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber colour beer poured from the bottle with an off white head. Swet malts and toffee dominate the nose, with a slight hint of bitterness that I can’t distinguish. Tasted of malts immediately followed by a bitter burst of citrus fruit, very different, but very nice. A medium-heavy bodied ale that suits me down to the ground. A good alternative to the usual pint of heavy, I will certainly have it again.
downender (6646) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper-red in colour with a decent, off-white head and moderate carbonation. Aroma of forest fruit, herbs, root ginger, citrus and floral hops. Flavour had some sweetish malts, tingly herbs, a touch of spice and berry fruit and orange, before a dryish finish. A great bottled beer.
Earlier Rating: 3/18/2008 Total Score: 3.4
500ml bottle. Deep copper colour with a big, foamy off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with plenty of earthy hops. Big malt and red fruit flavours, with some slightly astringent herbs, spices and a decent bitter finish. Very good.
Bov (10072) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of Allen - pours a clear dark ruby-brown colour under a solid and long lasting beige foam; nice lacework; a fair toasted biscuity maltiness with notes of hazelnut; creamy mouthfeel and a moderate malt body; low carbonation and a fair earthy bitterness: malty and nutty finish
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from cgarvieuk, by way of Fin. Thanks for the bottle Craig! (And cheers for being courier Fin!) Sweet candy aroma, the cloth wrapping of an old cheese, nettle, very lively and noisy in an appealing way. Dark caramel and toast flavor, herbal bitterness. Light body, but the higher bottled carbonation level works really well here, and if feel really full of flavor. Old penny brown, lots of persistant beige head. I’m not sure where exactly the thistles contribute to this beer, but I rather like like. NIcest bottled bitter I’ve had in awhile.
johndoughty (4148) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bronze and poured with a small head.Very well bottled with a pleasant chocolate flavour which came as a surprise. Some maltiness as well with a medium body.At last M and S are taking beer seriously.Hope there are more like this.
berkshirejohn (4916) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle. Slightly hazy golden copper in colour with a thin tan head; the aroma has chocolate malts and peat smoke, some wood and heather; the malts explode in the mouth, with lots of surprising and unusual flavours, blackcurrant and raspberry fizz on the tongue, over deeper chocolate and winter spices; the finish is clean and refreshing with fresh leafy hops. An excellent beer, and a pleasant surprise.
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2008 Total Score: 2.8
[500ml bottle.] Chestnut brown with a thin cream head; strongly malty aroma; stewed vegetable flavour (perhaps the thistle?), rather acidic and with stale malts; a dry metallic finish. Rather unpleasant.