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


on tap

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RATINGS: 493   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Bottle. Amber, transluscent, not a whole lot of head. Nice perfume/plum aroma, but the flavor is a little more off-balance than I had hoped. This could be 5% or 9% and I honestly wouldn’t know without looking. Oh yeah...8.6%. It has the sharpness of something strong but without the warming qualities. An odd beer but not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11496) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours a nice clear bubbly dark amber with a big creamy white head. Aroma has loads of Belgian sugar, some caramel and a fruity edge. Creamy feel to it. Flavour is a touch bitter with a lingering caramel sweetness to it. There is oak, smoke and a juniper or pine edge to the slightly vinious and bitter end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4166) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2007
Bottle. Average beige light creamy head that mostly lasted. Clear sparkling mahogany colour. Good lacing. Caramel and hint of smoke, fruit and light hops note with some burned and candy like feel as well. Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Light bitter flavour with a nice sweet flavour as well. Somewhat bitter finish. Belgium 25-05-2007

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeinDahlem (1377) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2007
Dark brown with a beige head. Sweet, malty aroma to match a sweet, malty beer. Some dark fruits in the flavor as well. Mild touch of bitterness and some alcohol burn. A bit wet. More reminiscent of a Belgian abbey dubbel than a Scotch ale, IMO. A strong, tasty beer that nevertheless lacks any challenge or complexity.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2007
A really after dinner beer. Very nice bodied, not to strong,and a lot of taste. When I go to restaurants this beer is many times the end of the meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - APR 24, 2007
0,33 bottle. Expected not that much that it was ;) Brownish, thick head. Sweet, caramel, hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 26, 2007
Veyr good one, I thought I had rated it before. It has an excellent taste of roasted grains and a belgian touch on a Scotch Ale, i like both and the combination is good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4973) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Malt aroma. Flavor is simple with sweet malt, light sugar, and meat. A simple beer overall but right on for the style, and a good thick palate as well. I am surprised to see the abv is so high as it was well hidden.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12124) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2007
(33cl bottle, best by 07/09/08) Small off-white head atop a clear copper body. Aroma is mild, some peat, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, peat/smoke, caramel, light alcohol, chocolate. Smooth medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5734) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2007
33 cl bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 8.6%. Copper colour, large beige head. Pleasant aroma of malts, caramel and hops. The flavour is very sweet as expected, malts, sugar and caramel galore, but the sweetness is to some degree balanced by decent hops, which linger in the aftertaste. Still, the beer is sweeter than I’d like it to be. But at 8.6% ABV, this is not an easy-drinking refreshment beer anyway. Worth a try, when you know what to expect.

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