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Harviestoun Good King Legless

Formerly brewed at Harviestoun
Style: Bitter
Alva, Central, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Seasonal - December.
This is a unique beer, brewed specially for the festive season. A classic, rich, tawny, Scottish ale; full-bodied and mellow with a delightful hop character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tombyars (1607) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2012
First tasted this in Mckays, Troon in December 1997. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear orange amber in colour with a thin white head. Slight hint of marmalade in the short aroma. Thin mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a digestive biscuit flavour with sweet orange peel notes evident. Slight hop prickle in the bitter aftertaste but short lived. Finish is sweet and malty with toffee present. An ok session bitter - but come on Harviestoun give us something a bit stronger for a Christmas ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 11, 2010
Cask @ Henglers Circus. Slightly hazy golden colour, creamy white head. Aroma is fruity, hoppy and citric. Flavour is light malted, fruity and soft hops. Fairly bitter and slightly dry finish. Well drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (4414) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2010 Cask @ The Hengler’s Circus. Fruity malt aroma. Golden brown colour. Mixed fruit flavour. Very smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Cask at the White Horse, Parson’s Green, 30th Dec 2007. Caramel chestnut colour with a small head. Hoppy aroma with a raspberry hint. Uninspired flavour of malt and hops. Nice bitter finish, but the alcohol is suprisingly evident for a beer of only 4.5%. Bit of a mish mash really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at Elephant ’Sporks.
Golden brown with a decent white head. Very floral and citric with a slight sweetness from some biscuity malt underneath. Dusty finish. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2007
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Amber. Malty aroma and sweet malty taste with a little fruit and a hint of spice. Sharp bitter finish. Fair but unexceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (7314) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2007
Thick creamy offwhite head slowly settles out of a milky carbonated body, leaving a sharp dividing line and under it a clear amber body. Head has very good cling. Milky fruity malty aroma, quite mild, with resiny notes, quite hoppy. Deep fruity resiny malty floral taste. Excellent harmony. Honey notes. Lots and lots of hops. Dry wooden resiny floral aftertaste. An excellent beer. (0.5pt cask at the Old Mitre.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13396) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2007
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Amber with white head. Lightly flavoured winter bitter, some bitterness but mostly a slightly oily malt flavour. Some citric fruit and a touch of nut character, but largely lifeless restrained beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2007
Cask gravity at Halfway House, Brenchley. Copper colour, disappearing head. Just a bit dull on the aroma. Biscuity malt, some toffee, some sharp hop that is a bit sherberty. Not as intense as I would expect a Harviestoun beer to be. Reasonable fullness in mouth, some nuttiness. Dryish finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Any first impressions?
-Creamy head lingers atop the copper hues.
-Shy citrus fruit, dry biscuity malts, and straw comprise the unassertive aroma.
-Plenty of leafy and citrusy hops dally for the pleasure of the haystack.
-Flavors are well-structured amidst the typical low carbonation.

What if you dig deeper?
-The shy aroma could be improved upon with some more hop announcement.
-Leafy hop bitterness is quite muscular.
-This is an enjoyable, hop-heavy bitter which lacks just a bit more personality to become very good, imho.

From the Bow Bar, Edinburgh.

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