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

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RATINGS: 124   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).


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gary (1366) - Brentford, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2011 (bottle) The term "Scottish Ale" infuriates some members of this site , with the "there’s no such thing" argument, but that doesnt bother me . A pretty decent ale with ovbious use of thisles, ginger and other oddities. Rich enough , with chocolaty notes . Interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (3239) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grima (2089) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esp0r (1944) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ERB92 (250) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (2337) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (1380) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 19, 2014
Off white lasting head, some lacings, clear amber-copper body. Nice look. Scents; powerful roasted malts, floral hops, prunes, toffee, Flavour; roasted malts, fruity hops, chocolate malts, somewhat dry and fruity at the same time. Nice feel, ok carbonation, not watery. Finish; dark malts, roasted and chocolate notes, hops play a postludium. Overall a tasty beer, should go nice with good meat dinners, or with salty snacks and sausages while watching your favourite football (soccer) team. Brown 1/2L btl L3232 abv 4.5% b@Eurospar shared@home w my wife krasunia and her nice baked cutlet dish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DroolYeast (213) - Odder, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2014
Aroma is earthy, flowers. Reddish brown with great white head. A small head lasting. Spicy taste, ginger?, sweet floral notes. Light to moderate bitterness. Finish is bitter and dry. Watery texture. Light carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikkopen (824) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear coppery colour, creamy off-white head. Caramel-malty aroma with fruits and toasted notes. The flavour is sweetish malty, with toasted notes and a floral hoppy finish. Not bad.

3.2
   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...


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