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Brewed by Cairngorm
Style: Bitter
Aviemore, Scotland
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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).


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reid (2033) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2006
500ml bottle. Nice looking bronze/reddish amber beer with a thick creamy light tan head. Lightly floral aromas but mostly malty. Very malty flavour but somehow it comes across my palate as creamy . toffeeish hints. Pretty heavy floral ( thistle) aspects,semi-dry with some fruitiness also. Good mouthfeel , pretty smooth and tasty. I liked this, it is indeed an unusual ale, i would certainlly have it again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (21858) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2007
Bottled (thanks cgarvieuk). Rubyish orange colour, not much head. Aroma is sweetish flowery and grassy with a weird "stinging dryness" (from the thistle?). Quite sharp thing. Flavour is very much the same with a very big grassyness and some salty notes. Quite pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sunevdj (3355) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2010
Pours a clear light brown with a diminishing off-white head. Bitter with some aromas of caramel malts and hops. Tiny earthy peppery hints. Also aromas of ginger. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Bitter finish with hints of ginger. A bit like a cold tea.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (11135) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2010
Bottled, 500ml form M&S, Summertown, Oxon. Copper to red with white head. Heavyish beer, dark roasted malts giving a vague chocolate flavour with a slight boiled cabbage note. However; the spice & hops show through lightening the palate, some sweetness. Some interesting notes, it’s ok.
Earlier Rating: 11/18/2008 Total Score: 2.9
Bottled, filtered, 500ml. From Beers of Europe, Norfolk. Ruby to brown with white head. Herby gingery flavours with drying spices. Quite bitter and heavy. A bit of a struggle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gary (1528) - Piss-ant Valley, 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 (3635) - 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 (2172) - 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 (2212) - 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 (477) - 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 (3221) - 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.


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