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%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
McTapps (6482) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - SEP 2, 2013
Pours out of the bottle in a clear dark amber colour with steady head and flat body. Nose of hops and nuts. Taste of medium bitter hops, caramel, toffee, nuts, leaves and woods. Light hints of roast. Easy and nice to drink, yet not very quaffable or delicious. Solid Bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (3427) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2014 Bottle from Aldi. Clear amber/brown body with a thin off-white head. Light carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, fruit and a touch of metal. Flavour of malt, earth, ginger and red fruits. Thin body with a watery texture. Soft carbonation. A straightforward Bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Graham77 (425) - SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2014
500ml bottle. Contrary to other reviewers I didn’t find this to be an ordinary bitter. It is bittered with thistles as well as hops, a fact that seems to have been lost on others. The thistles are noticeable in the flavour with a spicy, weedy and earthy flavour. That said I prefer my hops so don’t think this improves the beer, it just makes it a little different. I’m glad I tried this but I have tasted better beers. Credit to the brewer for keeping old traditions alive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 19, 2014
500ml bottle, L3232, bought at EuroSpar Tomasjord. Shared with Richard. Amber coloured body with a shade of brown, clear. Slowly diminishing beige head. Earthy malty nose with a touch of floral hops. Taste of herbal spicy hops, thistle and ginger, joined by mid-sweet malts. Fruit bitter twist to the ending. Medium to thin bodied. A bit different and quite nice to drink (Easter gathering at our place, Tromsø 18.04.2014).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2007
Bottled (BB 01/2009)
Dark amber color, small creamy beige head, some lace. Caramel, menthol and herbs. Average nutty malty flavor, thistle is very evident here, similar to ginger! Interesting "Christmas" ale, good? One time is enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (10136) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle: Clear, amber coloured, mid-sized, slowly collapsing lacy head, zoasted-malty nose with discreet hints of Golding hops; moderate bitter-sweet flavour, smooth MF; distinctive peppery bitterness in the finish. Pleasant stuff........

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9423) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2010
(bottle) Slightly unclear, reddish amber colour with a big and slightly beige foamy head, leaving lace work. Toasty malty aroma a fruity and slightly spicy (thistles?) hops. Moderately sweet and bitter flavour, light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Toasty malt-character with notes of caramel and spicy and subtle fruity hops; dry, bitter and spicy hoppy finish and a slightly roasty aftertaste. Pleasant. 09.XI.07 & 20.IX.10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2010
[500ml bottle, Appellation Wines, Edinburgh] Named after the herb it contains, the predominant flavour is of the other added ingredient - ginger. Light and refreshing, with some flowery notes - to be honest I have no idea what blessed thistle tastes like so I was struggling to pick it out. But it was drinkable even as a slightly spiced ginger ale [23042010]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
9th April 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Dark with a floral fruity tone plus a trace of smoke. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Dror. Hazy reddish amber-brown. Aroma of malt, fruits, mint, ginger, a bit of cookies and caramel. Sweetish malty flavor at first with some flowers and spiciness, and a rather bitter and slightly earthy finish. Medium-bodied. Decent.

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