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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%
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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).


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotty (1080) - SCOTLAND - DEC 12, 2006
"Thistle brewed" what the hells THAT! Oh! they add thistles to the the brew in the place of hops...then they add hops at the end!....Ok, whatever! Here goes, it has a nice deep amber colour with a long lasting white head. The nose is malty with a delicate spiciness, which is evident on the palate as well. It also lingers on in the finish too! Despite my reservations, this is clean, refreshing and VERY tasty, well worth a bash! Bottle, Tesco.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Piney, floral notes admirably blend into the chewy fruity caramel maltiness of this personable bitter. Another well-crafted, rich session ale from Cairngorm.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam stays atop the purplish amber gown.
-Baccate fruitiness and late blooming, leafy hoppiness enjoy each other’s presence.
-The spicy, floral character has a sweet edge which links it to the wealthy maltiness (for its size).
-A cask version of this must be as good as their Black Gold or Santa’s Sledgehammer.

Bottle; best before April ’08.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8772) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2011
Bottle. Clear nut brown body witha large off white head. Aroma-taste of biscuit, with a sweet lemony-cheesecake finish. Sunbdued bitterness. Medium to light carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
worldbeertaste (1728) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2011
Medium light brown with thick tan head. Butter, caramel, flowers, ginger and malt smell. Bitter taste all the way through. Medium body with soft carbonation. Soapy. Hot ginger, burnt toast and sweet malt. Goes down with flavour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
petexner (935) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 1, 2011
bottle. interesting taste with herbs and ginger, long oily palate, nice brown color. not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ComradeK (1068) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (850) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle at the Delday?s house. Light brown colour without too much gas. Thin head. Clear.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1098) - SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle from Tesco (£1.70, 500ml):
Clean aroma with some malts to begin with, mainly sweet but with some roasted notes too and a nice fruity aroma to follow on from this. There is a definite herb presence and some floral notes too along with a touch of spice.
Darkish brown with some red tinges and an off-white, bubbly head that fades to a patchy lacing after a couple of seconds.
Sweet malts and a few herbs shinning through at the start but the main taste is definitely a mix of strong tropical fruits and spices with a solid herbal base. There is some caramel in there too and some berries around the middle as well.
Light medium with lively carbonation and a bitter, herbal middle. The finish is very dry and not one I found particularly refreshing.

Another beer that got better as it began to open up a little and is one that I quite enjoyed from that stage on. There was a nice mix of sweet malts and herbs that worked well together and overall there was a good balance with the beer. Probably not one to go back to all that often but a nice, enjoyable beer that I would have again if it was on offer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14923) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. A small, dark beige head sits on top of an unclear, copper colored body. The aroma has a little spiced touch, but most of all there’s toffee. As low on hoppyness as Scottish beers are reputed to be, both in the aroma and the flavor. Some bitterness kicks in towards the end though. Toffee and a little spiced, herbal flavor as well. Dry, full-bodied and nicely carbonated. Yet another pretty boring bitter, but there’s some qualities in this one that I like. And it’s flawless as well. 130607


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