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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7712) - NUNEATON, TOP, 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (10992) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 25, 2013
500ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)
Rich reddy brown, large spongy persistent head. Rich malty aroma, some husky spiciness, a hint of ginger, and noble UK hops. And that was straight from the fridge - I imagine warmer it’s a hummer! There’s a touch of wool later. Satisfies the Scottish stereotype, a little bit of treacly toffee too. Full palate, pleasant carbonation . Good grainy and husky malty body. Pleasant herbal-to-floral aspects from the thistle - a little bit of treacle in the taste too. Absolutely lovely. Doesn’t work as well for Anna, she’d give it 3.4-ish. I just love the walnut papers in the finish and the dry wooliness.
Earlier Rating: 2/6/2010 Total Score: 3.4
500ml bottle (M&S)
Fruity boppy aroma. Ditto taste - huge fruity hop body, with a really full rich malty spine. Decent roast with a touc of burntness. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6438-20140703] Bottle sample. Ginger light thistle aroma. Clear, brown amber body with a quick foamy off-white head. Light ginger peat flavour is surprisingly rich. Medium-full body. Good. (8/3/8/3/15) 3.7
(@ brewery, Aviemore, Scotland)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3776) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
From a bottle from the bar at the Invernairne Guest House in Nairn, Scotland on the Moray Firth. It poured a red to brown with a nice long lasting foam head and good lacing. Nose of roasted malts and ripe fruit. Full bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is complex with a light bitter finish. A very nice bitter and exceptionally easy to drink.

   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oysteib (112) - NORWAY - APR 23, 2013
From bottle. Clear, copper colour. Fascinatingly complex herbal aromas. Reminiscent of a much darker beer, burnt aromas. Malt sweetness balances the bitterness well. Has a lot to offer. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuartyboy (999) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle from Aldi deep amber red beer fruity slightly spicy aroma flavour is fruity malt sweet with big ginger hit flavoursome beer with good carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9135) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ComradeK (1071) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a clear, dark chestnut, with a medium light beige head, which lasts fairly well, and leaves decent lace. The aroma blends burnt toffee malt, fruity hops and an unusual floral aroma, which I assume derives from the thistle. Slightly spicy hops up front mix with an astringent light herbal taste, which I am again assuming is a product of the thistles. These flavours give way to smooth, dark malt in the body, with rye bread, toffee and some fruitcake notes detectable. Light floral hops and more of the herbal taste linger in the finish. A strange but satisfying beer: strange because of its unusual flavours and satisfying because its production involves killing thistles, ugly and vicious plants as they are.

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