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

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   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).


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43166) - 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 (6621) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markas101 (2258) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2011
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK.Medium ruby-brown colour, faint malt aroma with metallic brown sugar. Medium body, sweet with a balanced hop finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle at a tasting, thanks Dror: aroma, sweet malt, honey, beer wort, jam, some herbal notes, in the flavor some roasted malt, weak coffee, bready, spicy and quite dry, some bitterness in the finish, nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (3992) - California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
11 May 2011, bottle. light to med brown, clear, no bubbles. looks like a nice nut brown ale. copper malt background with a significant rose or other floral element. full body and fairly fizzy. with a copper malt background, heather comes to the front and forms the defining characteristic of the beer. it is slightly tart as far as the malt is concerned and im not a big fan of heather in my beer. okay.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirstyrabbit (1690) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle. Red amber body, medium head. Herbal aroma with a hint of ginger. Taste is hoppy with herbal elements similar to nettle and dandelion milk. Bitter finish. Good, but not very harmonic.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (8907) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle. Herbal, grass nose, ginger, spices and light malt. Copper-brown color with lace. Flavor of nettles, ginger, caramel, ginger. Dry and a bit dusty, with a somewhat vegetal bitterness at the end. Nice dry finish, though. Interesting, rather strange, but good enough.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suurjuust (2727) - ESTONIA - OCT 9, 2011
Ruby red, medium off-white head. The aroma is an interesting blend of ginger, herbs and malty sweetness. Thistle and malt in the start, ginger and hops in the finish. The aftertaste is more thistle and bitterness. Body is a bit watery, the balance is a bit off, but this is an intriguing beer nonetheless.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (9917) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2012
500 ml bottle. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Clear copper colour with average size fluffy light tan head. Some strange sweetness, fruits and herbs in interesting aroma. Flavour is mildly bitter, some fruity hops, sweetish malt and hints of metal. Might be also thistle, but Ive never tasted a thistle so Im not sure. Enjoyable tasty Bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy bright reddish-amber color. Good off-white head with good retention. Aroma is roast malt, caramel, and dried fruit. Flavor is sweet malt, butterscotch, raisin and grassy hops. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Smooth-drinking, but not something I would seek out on a regular basis.


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