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


on tap

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (2957) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2011
Bottle from Marks & Spencers West End Simply Food. Dark reddish brown colour with a good foamy head. Sweet fruity aroma. Fruity ferric malt flavour. Sweet fruit aftertaste. Better than expected.
Earlier Rating: 12/1/2010 Total Score: 3.1
Bottle from Tesco. Aroma of malts & mixed fruits. Dark brown colour with a reddish tinge. Flavour of roasted malts and mixed fruits. Bitter aftertaste. An above average bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grima (2035) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2012
The beer in the glass is ruby red with a beautiful head. It smells very bitter and spicy, subtle herb-like. Starts very malty-bitter, with roasted malt, very spicy in the background. The middle part the dominant hoppy-bitter, with flavors of roasted malts and nuts. Goes into a bitter-dry finish with some roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esp0r (1752) - NORWAY - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle from Meny Manglerud enjoyed at home
Dark red, big tanned head. Smells of dark fruits, malts, caramel, spice and hops. Taste is moderate sweet, malty, some dark fruits. Medium bitter with earthy hops. Nice malty base; ok hopped, maybe a hint more aroma hops would do? This of course minor details. A very nice and drinkable bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ERB92 (171) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2014
Bread, caramel, hints of roasted malts and some herbs. Mahogany with a off white head. Medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Light to medium body with a lively carbonation. Overall a average bitter, but with some character. A bit to carbonated for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (1999) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2014
Flaske hjemført av og konsumert med Willy: allerede i aromaen fornemmer vi et innslag av røykmalt, men er det kanskje tistlene som er tilsatt under brygging? Lurer på hvilken del av planten de har brukt. En øl som er mer interessant enn egentlig god (i hvertfall for oss som ikke er spesielt begeistret for det som minner om røkt). Fin karbonering og munnfylde, og mye smak for bare 4,5.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (6383) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2007
Bottle. Low white but lasting fluffy head. Clear brown body. Honey aroma with spicy notes. Flavor with spicy notes leaving you with a dry mouthfeel. Moderately hopped. Low carbonation and a short aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2008
Small fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Light brownish color. Aroma of butterscotch, floral, toasted malt, caramel, hint of chocolate. Over the palate came light notes of prunes mixed with some floral notes as well. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation and light dry texture. Moderated sweet flavor with good counter bitterness. Nice malty caramelize finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2009
Tasted 13/01/2008. 500ml bottle from Island Bay New World. A nice russet coloured ale that has a good depth in the malt character with supporting fruit. There’s a lollyish note and some herb in behind. Mildly bitter, low-medium carbonation. The Scots do these non/low hopped beers very nicely. But don’t they do everything well? They certainly produce fine looking men...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (9963) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2009
It is dark, amber-red with a creamy head. The aroma has notes of butterscotch, roasted malt, and something a bit herbal/spicy. The flavour has sweetness and notes of roasted malt, butterscotch, herbs/spice (cannot tell them apart) and a nice pepper-bite from the ginger. The finish has a dry bitterness, not quite like anything I tried before, so it probably is from the thistle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (5962) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2010
Big, beige lasting head. Deep dark red body. Strange meaty floral aroma with roasty toffee notes. Dry-sweetish roasty floral taste with gingery chocolatey notes. Mild, astringent mouthfeel. Light body. Dry milky chocolate and ginger aftertaste with floral notes. Nice hoppiness in the aftertaste. Can’t say I taste any thistle, however that may taste. Decent, but not great. (0.5l bottle, RealAle.com.)

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