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


on tap

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RATINGS: 482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (16796) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 7, 2007
a deep brown colour, with a rich malt nose, sweet malt with a hint of toffee, and a little spirit like evaporation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 Re-rate 7/12/12: Draught sample at Porter & Sons. Clear deep red-amber color with a beige head. Aroma of caramelly malt, some dark fruits notes, toasty and nutty hints and a bit of alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, some fruits, alcohol and honey notes. Finishes drier with some alcohol spiciness and light earthy hops notes. Medium to full-bodied. Too sweet and alcoholic for my liking, a bit hard to drink, but still not bad. 6/3/6/3/13=3

Bottle. Color is dark brown with a big long-lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, some roastiness and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is very sweet malt, and has a long bitter, spicy and alcoholic finish. Full bodied with a great smooth mouthfeel. 7/4/8/5/16=4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7439) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2010 RERATE: Deep ruby with a fine lacing off-white collar. Dark loafy malts and brown sugar on nose; surprising plummy fruit, berries. Muscovado and malt loaf, sugar slickness, damp apple hints, wet card, spoiling chiccory-like bitterness. Better than expected but tires over 330ml. ORIGINAL RATE: Clear ruby pour with a disappointingly short-lived slick of suds. Portish, curranty snout with some caramel malt and yeasty dryness. Sweet, boozy, malty and bitter, with an unpleasantly lingering, alcohol-drenched finish. 735212.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2007
Had this beer in Belgium but can’t remember where and I remember it being spicy and malty. Page 188 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 382 out of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2007
Aroma:full of butter scotch carmel "ok for this style".... Appearance:clear brown,good lacing,foaming-whte head.. Flavor:good butter scotch caramel flavor,light cheap alcohol flavor,light bitterness..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7307) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
This brown ale poured with a substantial off-white head, eliciting a hoppy aroma. The flavor is of caramel malt and fruit, with a hoppy finish. A very nice scotch ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mabjork (676) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2006
Bottled. (Thanks oh6gdx). Clear brown in colour. Minor beige head. The aroma is sweet and malty with some caramel as well. The flavour is Caramel like.. Very appealing... Some alkohol as well...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (22105) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2006
Bottled. Hazy dark brown colour with small beige head. Aroma is leather, caramel and malts. Flacour is alcohol, dry dark fruit, malts and some caramel. Quite pleasant brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2006
33 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Clear brown colour with a nice huge white head. Smooth aroma of maltness, caramel, dried fruit and a touch of alcohol. Alcoholic flavour with a smooth maltprofil combined with sweet malt, caramel and dried fruitness, ends up very little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle, Cellar Bar, St Andrews. Pours a dark brown, dark red tinge about it, big off-white head that laced reasonably well. Quite a hoppy nose, alcohol in the nose, with some coffee malt, plummy and winter fruits. Taste is quite sweet, malty, alcohol and a bite of bitter hops that lasts all the way through to the palate.

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