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%
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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotty (1107) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8736) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8799) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2007
Brown-foxy, with an olive shine; olive tinted, creamy head. Malty with coloured malts, and a fresh greenery smell, even a bit leafy, and salty - seaweed or kelp-like. Must be the thistles? Quite bitter, with a very clear hop - start, then getting granulated, sandy. Dry taste ending in a little leather-like flavour, spicey, quite dry-bitter and complex. Medium bodied at best, slight slickness, very light burning MF. I’m surprised - I like this pretty much. Very decent, even complex, satisfying ale. Slainte mhath, Craig!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mountainforest (131) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Though Scottish, tastes English? thistles make it taste different. 4.5% enough for a kick. Tasted at the 2007 Beer Festival in Edinburgh Scotland. Good balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9465) - 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
worldbeertaste (1779) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ComradeK (1076) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (915) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle at the Delday?s house. Light brown colour without too much gas. Thin head. Clear.

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