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


on tap


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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1431) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16518) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (3523) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2014
Duft av frukter, rosin og krydder. Tykt skum. Fin mørk amber farge. fin smak av krydder og rosin med en litt bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12131) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding. Pours a deep clear brown with a small creamy white head. Good lacing. Aroma is buttery, spicy and with a good dose of flowery hops. Very dry mouthfeel - lightly creamy. Flavour is very hoppy, flowery and dry with a slight dose of caramel at the back. Good bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
sound67 (702) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2010
50cl bottle, as shown. Pours a dark, clear hazelnut brown with a medium-sized, creamy light beige head. Good retention and decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee and dark berries, with a hint of coffee lurking in the background. Sweetish, if you will. Light- to medium-bodied dark ale with moderate carbonation, full but earthy mouth feel. After smelling it, the actual flavours do surprise: the hops, not noticeable on the nose, are clearly there. There is a good balance between fruity-malty sweetness and dry, hoppy bitterness throughout. The finish disappoints quite a bit: After a characterful start and middle, the taste kind of fades away, and the after taste is very mild. This does increase the beer’s sessionability, though. All in all a satisfying dark brew with malty, fruity and spicy notes. Now, I don’t quite know what a thistle is supposed to taste like - nor do I have any intention of every trying one to find out beyond oils made of it, but if this is the influence on a dark ale, I won’t complain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (7980) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2010
Bottle from Scotland, thanks Graeme. Pours dark ruby, with a big creamy beige head. Malty aroma, taste is moderate sweet, under a firm malty base. Creamy mouthfeel, nice dark caramel aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomer (3033) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JAN 24, 2011
At a tasting, thanks Shachar, a touch hazy dark orange to lightish red colour, aroma of spearmint, herbs, ginger and some light spiciness, light malty flavour, floweriness and a touch of fruit, quite dry. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (2369) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Deep, clear, browny amber. Some ginger on the nose in amongst the sweet maltyness. Flavour is LARGE malt. Fruity sweetness with a definite hoppiness. Well rounded. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1762) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2013
Clear, quite dark amber body with an off-white head that sticks around for some time and laces the glass well. The aroma is strong, fruity and sweet with caramel, but more prominent are citrus and a distinct floral feel, thistle I presume. The flavours are dominated by the flowers, that also create a moderate, biting but nevertheless a clean bitterness, not the unpleasant plant-sap like bitterness that I often find in herbal beers. There is also a substantial initial sweetness that goes well with the bitter finish. The mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing and citric. It’s a light and dry beer with a moderate carbonation. A very unusual, highly interesting and pleasantly demanding brew.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 3 months before BB date, from Meny Alna, Oslo]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle, brought home from Meny Oslo City. A dense tanned cream head, upon a crystal clear brownish-red body. Caramel/toffee and dark, slight acidic fruits to the nose. Really seducing. Good body for 4,5 percenter. Nice sparkling carbonation. Clean and dry malt base. Toast and light caramel. Some bittering hops underneath. Very good for a bottled bitter.

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