Brewed by Deeside
Style: Bitter
Banchory, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask; Regular. Previously 4.3% and 4.2%.
Brewed in the heart of Aberdeenshire, over the hill from the site of Macbeth’s final stand, this ale celebrates the reign of one of Scotland’s most misrepresented monarchs.

Graham77's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Graham77 (296) - Cumbria, - NOV 2, 2013
Aroma of caramel from the malt and grass/hay. Light sweetness in the flavour with medium bitterness. A reasonably good ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thmsboyd (121) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2015
Bottle BBE: Mar ’16. Well-chilled. Pours a clear amber body, with small-medium, loose off-white head. Sweet, biscuity malt nose, very much akin to an English Bitter. Some grassy hop aromas, but fairly low intensity. A medium, honeyed sweetness and a light bitterness develop. The ale is light-bodied, with a thin, slightly foamy texture. Carbonation is medium-high and the finish gently sweet and fruity, but fairly short. Very much a traditional, English style pale ale. Well-made, with no off-flavours, but fairly bland and lacking anything noteworthy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlasgowTAD (658) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUN 30, 2015
Pours amber gold with a bubbly, light brown head which recedes to a bubbly layer. Aroma is caramel, piney bitterness, crisp pilsner aroma - mainly malty. Taste is caramel, medium hop bitterness and some biscuit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kajser27 (399) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 28, 2015
Clear copper colored, medium strong white head with good lacing. Aroma is malt, cardboard and some cooked veggies. Taste is low to moderate sweet malt, some biscuit, again cardboard, some lemon-grassy notes, and cooked veggies to top it off, low bitterness. Low+ bodied, moderate carbonation. Not very good, maybe a defunct bottle...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mahkus (81) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle from sainsburys. Big off white head. Dark golden appearance. Some malt aroma. Light refreshing carbonation. Mildly bitter taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cokemonkey11 (222) - - FEB 15, 2015
Aberdeen, Dark Bottle. Pours caramel, light frothy head. Lingering carbonation. Scent is mild, sweet, indistinct. Inviting. Taste is fruity, nutty, slightly sweet. Palette begins harsh if too cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (5644) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2015
Many thanks to Sean for this bottle! Malzig-aleiger Antrunk. Tolle trockene Malzaromatik. Frisch-bitter, leichte Süße. Malzig-fruchtig, leicht herb, frisch-fruchtig. Lecker!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (11495) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2014
Cask conditioned at Far From the Madding Crowd, Oxford. Hazy amber with slight head. Quite a sweet and fruity beer, bramble jelly notes, twiggy malts. Just ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mighty_meadow (304) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - NOV 30, 2014
500ml bottle from Sainsbury Local. Dark amber colour with thin white head. Initial aroma of sweet blackberry. Palate is smooth with little fizz. Taste is subtle exotic fruits and biscuit. Finish is slightly bitter but predominantly melon. Nice session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (6779) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear golden orange, nose is light orange, toffee, taste is light citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (3263) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle, brown with a thin head, aromas of caramel malt and faintly of toasted nuts, crisp and nicely balanced with a firm dry malty backbone and earthy hops, and hints of spice and bread. A tasty bitter.

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