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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2008
33 cl bottle, bought in Oostende - shared with Roger. Abv is 8,4%. Brown color, big beige head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Flavor is sweet malty, dark dried fruit, alcohol. Bitterness and some sticking alcohol in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (6319) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle @ Beiaard Marie Heinekenplein. Dark brown colour, big tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, dark fruits. Flavour is caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar, chocolate and dark fruits. Sugar taste becomes a bit cloying. Overall a nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
note666 (1246) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2008
330 ml bottle. brown colour. good creme head. taste is dark, chocolaty. very tasty, alcohol slightly present

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9078) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2008
33cl bottle. Not much is to be said about this beer. It remains one of my all time favorite scotch ales along with the Gordon Xmas. Pours copperish with a beige head. Aroma is malty, roasted and caramely. Taste is strong roasted / caramel and some coffee + butterscotch. Alcohol is quite present all over the tasting, very roasted.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9465) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2008
Bottle at Le Ciro, Brussels, Belgium, 26-07-08 Pours brown in colour with off white head. Malty tasting at first strong in taste, quite fruity, some dried dark fruits come, through this is ok.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle, from Cornelius in Edinburgh. Deep brown, dull white head that settles leaving picture-perfect lace. Toasted white hot dog bun aroma, meaty caramel, cold sweat. Soft, sweet caramel, minty bitterness, wet wood, blackberry resin finish. Quite drinkable for the abv, and though sweet up front, finishes on the dry side. Aroma a bit odd, but still a pleasant beer overall.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - JUL 19, 2008
Appearance: mahogany color. Big head with beige color, compact, good adherence to glass and very lasting. Aroma: intensive in caramel and, in less quantity, roast malts. Notes of butterscotch, toffee, some of coffee, mocha and vanilla. Slight hints of wood and smoke (maybe from the peat?). Some fruity touches similar to candied ripe blackberries. Flavor: sweet start dominated for the crystal and semi-roast malts. A lot of butterscotch, toffee and caramel. Others more slight and underground notes of vanilla, dried fruits, honey, coffee and dark tea. Fruitiness similar to candied oranges and blackberries. I remember a toasted bread with butter. Final of light to medium dryness, lasting, from hops and roast malts. Also, very slight smoke and wood notes. Liquor’s reminiscences like whisky and old rum. The sweetness hides the alcoholic intensity. Palate: medium body and semi-oily texture. Medium carbonation. Remark: sticky beer, faithful to style. Good balance and semi-complex.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 10, 2008
It pours a beautiful dark ruby brown beer. Smoky nose with a hint of fennel. Huge amounts of dark chocolate and licorice and a hint of fennel in the taste. Full bodied. Some heather and honey sneaking in. Lovely finish with some dark chocolate showing up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1931) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 30, 2008
Appearance: Dark brown, slightly red. Little bit of head. Aroma: Dark fruit. Malt. Bit of hops. Taste: Malt and fruit. Quite bitter. Strong. Info: 330ml bottle, 8/12-2006, 122/500

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40140) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a deep hazzlenut golden glare, dense, creamy and light tan head. Mild spiced and breadish malt aroma. Flavour is dry breadish malt, slight roasted note and a nice pilsner hops bitterness shining through. Goes down quite smooth given the alcohol content. Nice roasted malt finish with a mild bitterness lingering into a dry finish. Nice one.


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