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

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RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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%.


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3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlamb (8) - - OCT 7, 2013
Brownish colour and a little muddy to look at, with a fairly low tan head. Aroma is generally malty; certainly lacks and of the refined toffee or peaty notes of a true scotch ale. The flavour is richly malty with some warmth from alcohol; well balanced and pleasant but once again a purist would say not a scotch ale. Enjoyable drink that stands well amongst a list of typical Begian beers (some of these "scotch ales" are appearing in Belgian pubs)


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bewyder (181) - FRANCE - MAR 23, 2015
Ambrée foncée ou brune palote, au choix, malt et caramel en bouche, léger sucré, douceur qui mêle légère amertume en finale, alcool présent mais non agressif. Bouteille 33cl achetée chez Chop’In, Paris, France, bue le 22/03/2015.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tometclo (20) - FRANCE - MAR 22, 2015
Une jolie mousse blanc cassé, une couleur ambrée. C’est une bière forte en alcool mais tout en douceur sur le caramel, quasiment aucune amertume. 33 Cl chez La Vignery

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (5158) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2015
250ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear red brown, pillowy off-white head. Malty, raisin aromas, dark sugar. Taste is sweet, nice faint bitterness at the back. Very smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McSherman (222) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2015
Bewertung importiert von Bier index: 8 / 8 / 7 / 7 / 6 / 5 / 6 / 3 / 75

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (671) - LATVIA - FEB 27, 2015
Dark amber with medium yelow head. Malty aroma. Rich roasted caramel taste with strong lasting bitterness mixed with sourness and sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (3317) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 31, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear very dark brown color. Small size, beige head, dissapears. Malty, caramel, sweet aroma. Sweet, caramel, raisins, metallic, sugary taste. Sweet caramelly aftertaste. Soft carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (9900) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 30, 2015
330ml bottle (Wines of Galillee, Tallinn) - shared by Marduk - thanks!
Rich bready aroma, heavily malty, some mammi, and quite savoury. Nice roast aspects to the taste, some odd metallic notes. Quite a thin palate for a 7.9% beer, but it is still full, just not heavy. Some odd tomato aspects, a bit of sludgy rusty iron too. Not a horror, but also far from being something I’d seek out. Finish is metallic, more copper than iron this time. Late finish dis have an almost peppery hop. Less enjoyable aspects trump any positives. Looked OK, a nice deep copper colour. 2.6 is a slight overrate, but I’m not so keen on bringing any one score down.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
martjoobolut (1172) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 25, 2015
0,33L bottle (from Wine of Galilee), BB 13.02.16, ABV 7.9%. Pours dark brown-ruby with light brown head. The small head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, caramel, fruits, some gooseberries. Flavor is sweet, caramel, malt, metallic notes, dark fruits. Finish has some dry bitterness. Overall: ok I guess.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lele (197) - Padova, ITALY - JAN 24, 2015
ASPETTO: ambrato scuro, limpido, come whisky. Schiuma abbondante, fine e persistente. AROMA: decisamente non un gran che, da birre industriali. GUSTO: fortemente maltato. Nella prima parte del sorso si avverte un buon maltato insieme al caramello, per poi lasciar spazio a sentori di orzata. Nel retrogusto si avverte dell’amarognolo che un po’ stona. Carbonizzazione alta, un po’ troppo, corpo medio. CONCLUSIONE: birra tutto sommato buona, che dà il meglio di se decisamente più in bocca che al naso. Tutto sommato, però, mi ha dato l’impressione che sia abbastanza sconnessa, soprattutto per l’amarognolo nel retrogusto che, a mio avviso, non lascia in bocca una piacevole sensazione, e la frizzantezza un po’ troppo alta per lo stile.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suurjuust (1449) - ESTONIA - JAN 22, 2015
Deep reddish-brown beer, small tan head. Fruity-metallic nose with malt and caramel. Flavor is toasty notes, caramel, mild vanilla, malt. Finishes with mild hoppy bitterness and malty caramel sweetness. On the sweet side, but the balance is fair.


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