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


on tap

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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1884) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (39085) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (13614) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2008
330 ml. bottle. Cola colored pour with a large, near rocky, tan head. Aroma is roasted caramel with whisky smoke notes. Sweet. Slighty smokey. Darkish roasted malt. Some heat. Thin to medium body with coarsely creamy carbonation. It’s too hot to sip well, and it’s too sweet to quaff freely. So this "unique nectar " has to stand on it’s own. I like it, but I like other beers more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dedollewaitor (15325) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to Madsnp. Pours cloudy amber with a creamy bubbly head. Aroma is rye-bread, caramel & brown sugar. Thin palate. Taste has hints of liquirice. Wack!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16111) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
Sample at Aarhus beerfestival. Medium head with medium duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (5693) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown/burgundy color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with some medium sweet notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some medium sweet malt with some notes of caramel malt. I could not detect any peat malt which is usually a characteristic that I enjoy in this style. Body is a bit thin and somewhat watery for the style with some good carbonation and alcohol is not discernable. I was a bit disappointed by this one, I thought it lack body and some smoke notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (741) - Flanders, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2008
Bottle, 33cl, pours black ruby with a small white head. Candy sugar nose, typical stout aroma, cough drop, liquorice. Roasted barley clearly present. Aftertaste is very long lasting bitter. Good beer, unique taste.

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