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Brewed by Colonsay
Style: Bitter
Isle of Colonsay, Argyll & Bute, Scotland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 2.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask & Bottles, Regular;
A traditional Scottish Ale brewed for export. In the old days ales were taxed in shillings per barrel depending on the strength – so this malty and flavoursome ale is at the higher end of traditional beer strengths. Some claim to find a hint of smoke in 80/- ales – our slightly peaty water may well bring that out more – discover for yourself.


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (2736) - Ayr, - DEC 30, 2012
500ml bottle from Peckham’s, Glassford Street, Glasgow - clear dark brown, rapidly disappearing off-white head, aroma is mild malty, hint of fruit, no lacing, high carbonation, caramel, fruity, bit thin, apply aftertaste


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (682) - NORWAY - JUN 13, 2014
Dark brown. Pale brown head. Aroma of dark caramel, dark malt and dark berries. Similar taste, balanced with subdued bitterness. Thin mouthfeel. Short, but good, aftertaste and high drinkability.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen1 (2293) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2014
Flaske delt med importør Ovesen: mørkebrun med beige, kort skum. Aroma og smak av mørke bær, mørk malt og beskjeden humlebruk i ekte scotch ale-stil. Dette er ingen bitter. Lett munnfylde og behagelig lett å helle over drøvelen. colonsay is the smallest island in the world with its own brewery. Ten per cent of the island’s working population (Chris and Bob) are employed here!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5095) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2014
500ml Bottle - Dark brown in colour. Nuts, malt and hints of chocolate in the aroma. Raisins, chocolate and notes of chestnuts can be detected in the taste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamesie1857 (1342) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
500ml bottle from Dobbies Garden Centre - Deep mahogany body, thin white head which soon goes. Nose is rich sweet caramel, with a sweet maltiness that carries through to the taste. Bit thin on the mouthfeel, with a rather short ending.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (9991) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2013
Bottled, 500ml from House of Trembling Madness Bottle Shop, York. Dark brown with off white head. Quite a sweet, malty beer, fairly typical of the low hopped Sottish Ales, there is an earthy note, a touch of acid peat perhaps with a fruity bramble touch. Overall a reasonable and solid beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnar (5128) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a small creamy off-white head. Aroma is shy malty, caramel and bready. Taste is watery, light malts, no hops presence, pity.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (13248) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle from garden centre. Dark brown clear colour thin beige head. Malty aroma. Bit of sourness. Not great to be honest. Least good of the beers I had from this brewery.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
stravale (2052) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle from Aldi Gorgie 110113 Dark copper, clear, fizzy white head
Aroma - Hint of caramel malts, nothing else
Taste of caramel malts, light bitter hops, touch of soft fruits, soft dark sugar
Palate - Medium to high carb, thin body, too much carbonation.
Overall - Over carbonated with a dull flavour. The IPA was better.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle on the train from Edinburgh - 08/12/12. Hazed chestnut brown with a small off white/tan head that escapes to the edge and leaves a film. Nose is malts, light fruits, touch diacetyl. Taste follws, nut tone, darker fruit, light toffee. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, nitter finish. Average.


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