Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Gordon Scotch Ale was born in the limpid highlands among isolated lochs and haunting Scottish castles. This brown beer, reminiscent of a dark ruby, is full of contrast - both strong and smooth. Its creamy head is delectation for the palate. This unique nectar can also be discovered under the name of Douglas Scotch Ale. Has been renamed ’Finest Scotch’ in 2006.
Note: ABV at some point from 8.6% to 8%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2005
yummy... looks dark brown, with a small off-white head. aromas of roasted malt, caramel and a little vanilla. taste: very sweet, very malty, burnt malt, dark fruits, burnt candy sugar and alcohol, gets more resinous hop-character when warming up. finishes bittersweet and fruity. syrupy texture, sticky mf, full bodied. nice, very nice but the sweetness is a little overdone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Chester’s Beers of the World in Hamilton -- Vintage 1997 (I think). Note: Bottle labeled as Douglas Scotch Ale. Pours a dark copper with a large creamy off-white head. Good lacing. Sweet and woodsy aroma of alcohol, caramel malt and dark fruit. Flavour of sweet malt and alcohol. It’s good but a little too syrupy sweet for me, half a bottle is about all I can handle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2005
Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy at Chester’s Beers of the World, Hamilton. Poured clear deep copper-brown with a good-sized lasting creamy straw-coloured head. Deep aroma of almost sour roasted malt, sour fruits, yeast, resiny oak, mulch ... mmmm! Tasted of burnt caramel, over-roast malt, some alcohol and hop bitterness to balance, and hints of tin and moss. Mouthfeel is slicky, sticky, alcoholic. This one starts syrupy-sweet and finishes almost hop-bitter, a nice long linger. A lovely syrupy strong scotch ale, perhaps a snick medicinal (bottle seemed to indicate 1997!).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bugrat (60) - Cph. V, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2005
very dark beer, nice aroma quite heavy but balanced taste, some alcohol but not too much. Proberly the best scotch ale i’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5005) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2005
330 ml bottle. Poured a dark ruby with a finger sized head that settled to a thin film quickly. Heavy lacing all the way till the end. Aroma of deep sweet malt with some alcohol, dark fruit, and some chocolate. Tastes of smoky peated malt, somewhat sweet up front with bitter hop and alcohol finish. Full bodied, creamy, and a sticky mouthfeel with a lively carbonation level. Good all around complex beer with whisky flavor notes. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Medium head goes away slowly. Brown ruby color. Toffee hits the tongue first bite opens up into a bitter and the alcohol clashes at the at tale with the hops to make more bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
A Mes rate: Good stuff. Excellent head, totally black body. Nose is toffee and sweet. Spicy and dark in the mouth. Enjoyed it more than I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andybeer (16) - gent, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2005
Brown beer with reddish shine, Big beige fluffy foam. Aroma is very malty, flowery, caramely and herbal spicy. Taste is soft, malty and medium sweet caramely. It has a full taste and ends with a caracteristic hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sten (636) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2005
A dark-brown colour with a decent white head. The aroma is that of caramel, coffe and some malt. The flavour is almost the same but there’s some alcohol noticeable. This beer was a pleasent surprise. (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29369) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2005
A deep red beer with a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet with some notes of alcohol, that resembles that of whiskey, but also notes of heather, nuts, and roasted malt. The flavor is very sweet and the mouthfeel thick, almost towards sirup, but also with a faint acidity, that balances the enourmous sweetness quite well. The flavor contains notes of heather honey, over ripe fruit, toffee, alcohol, and cowberries - a very complex flavor. The end is sweet yet roasted dry, and with a slight burn from the alcohol.

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