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

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pasteurised bottle.
A pleasant mahogany coloured best bitter, malt predominating, gives a satisfying fullness of flavour. A glass or two of "Nessie’s Monster Mash" is a must before seeking an audience with the monster. The legendary monster is a source of constant speculation and rumour as he watches from his lair deep in the dark and mysterious depths of majestic Loch Ness.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2006
Notes are vague on this one. Tried it from the bottle and on cask at the same café in Inverness (rare, but a bonus!). Pours a sparkling, ruby chestnut with light carbonation and adorned by a thin white pad that held on tight. There is a little heather and kelp underlying its soft, woody malt and burnt toffee nose. It’s prickly in the mouth, possibly a bit too charged but this was all sorted out after a few quick swirls of the glass. A lingering puff of peat smoke joins some rough, woody and roasted malts on the palate. Sharp, raspy-bitter hops come in on the very brink of swallowing and it finishes off woody and dry. It’s a little all over the place but agreeable enough to quash the thirst. Not bad, but better from the cask. (50cL, 28/05/07, on the riverside, Inverness, Scotland)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalchopz (2132) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
Brought back for me by a friend (who lived a while in Scotland) and rated May 2009. Pours a clean orange-brown colour with a foamy beige head that is short lived. Lacing is pretty good and big bubbles are stuck all around the glass. The nose is on the malty side, with some light roasted malt, some caramel, mild fruit and a little wine. The mouthfeel is like it came out of a cask (as this beer is available in a cask). The taste is pretty smooth with the same found in the aromas, with caramel and notes of roasted malt. The aftertaste is a little nutty too. Quite a refreshing bitter that is not too punchy, but well-balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (2131) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2012
50cl bottle from Glen Moray distillery shop. Pours a very dark amber with a nice head. The nose has fruit cake and hints of ginger. The taste has fruit loaf which turns into ginger bread in the finish. The palate is medium bodied with a creamy texture and a clean and quite bitter finish. Overall, a well made ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Furseth (1931) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle:Deep red colour,with a bit flat head. Aroma of coffee,and a nice dry hopyness in the end. Flavor issmokey,Irich Coffee mouth feeling, and burned sugar. Light to medium body,medium smokey finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stefano (1852) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2008
Ruby amber colour with a beige head. Malty aroma with roasted malt. Flavour is roasted malts with sweet caramel. The roastiness is pretty deep down below. Well balanced bitter indeed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerCast_Rich (1841) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 1, 2010
[500ml bottle, Appellation Wines, Edinburgh] Pours reddish brown, with a thin white head. Malty aroma with some yeast notes. More malt on the taste, a little stone fruit, caramel and nuts. Reminded me very much of their Stag - a nudge up the abv meter, maybe a little more malt on the palate, but that’s about it [23042010]

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2005
Amber color with a off white head. The taste is a sweet dry sourness with a ugly and rather boring palate.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Imaena (1703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Bottle: Had this on the shore of Loch Ness. Not much cheesier than that. Its an ok bitter with a great label.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (1469) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2008
I’d had this when I was in Scotland several years ago and found it far too bitter for my taste; when I heard me friend Justin was headed up there I warned him against it. So what did he do? He bought me back a bottle and forced me to drink it when I was around his place (cheers Jus!). Still, at least I can now rate it. Pours a deep red/brown with a beige soap-sud head. Smell and initial taste is of rich sweet malt. Develops into sweet, sticky treacle and sour plums - at this point I was quite enjoying it. However, it’s the aftertaste that gets you - a cloying sticky mouthfeel with a far-too-bitter earthiness, that lingers unpleasantly for ages. Better than I remember, but not one I’d come back to again.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1321) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 1, 2008
Appearance: Dark redish brown. Little bit of off-white head. Aroma: Malt and dark fruit. Maybe some coffee. Taste: Nice malt and a bit burnt/smokey. Coffee? Info: 500ml bottle, 1/8-2007, 180/500


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