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

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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (2260) - 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 (450) - Aalborg, 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 (929) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (7729) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4163) - 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.

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...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10191) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6676) - 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.)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (38495) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2010

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium to dark brown amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, caramel, burnt caramel, moderate hoppy, herbs, spices. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, chocolate bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100514]
Earlier Rating: 3/2/2010 Total Score: 2.7
Bottle 500ml.
Clear medium to dark amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, spicy, light to moderate hoppy, flowers, thistle, ginger notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20091231]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle from an Edinburgh Tesco. Amber beer, fluffy beige head. Malty, as these beers tend to be. Some herbal or flowery eleemnts which I guess come from the thistle. Herbs, a bit medical.
Earlier Rating: 12/17/2009 Total Score: 2.9
Lovely malty beer, full body, spices, flowers and a ton of malt. Flowers, dry petals, dust. Dry finish. Nice, but not really impressive, but we need the small beers, too.


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