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Harviestoun Orach Slie

Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Premium Lager
Alva, Central, Scotland
Serve in Lager glass


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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
bottle, special
Orach Slie (or “Golden Nectar”) is a variant of Schiehallion Craft Lager matured in casks from the multi-award-winning, family-owned Glenfarclas Distillery. In contrast to the punchy, dark Ola Dubhs aged in casks from the wild isles of Orkney, Orach Slie is a much lighter, easy-going beer that reflects the softer, sweeter malts of Glenfarclas which nestles in the rolling Speyside moors of Banffshire. Having trialled a variety of different beers, the brewers settled on a lightly-hopped, high-abv version of Schiehallion to perfectly complement the classic, honeyed-sherry malts of Glenfarclas.
Orach Slie pours a light straw colour and immediately displays a delicate malty character on the nose. It has a surprisingly robust, chewy mouthfeel that belies its light appearance, coating the palate with gentle-sweetness which in turn gives way to a pleasantly-bitter, drying (and slightly tangy) finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaartenRF10 (1742) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
Flesje van de molen beershop. Helder goud met witte kraag. Mooie smaken van vanille, boter, perzik en wat hout. Erg mooi bier voor 6%. Had wat meer koolzuur mogen hebben.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (11403) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle. Golden color. Dried fruit and hints of whisky in the aroma. Apple, pear and hints of whisky in the malty sweet flavor. Oak and whisky are quite subtle, the fruit dominates. Just a hint of vanilla. Expected more from the barrel aging.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Marduk (4203) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 5, 2015
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Deep honey golden color. Small size, bubbly white head, stays. Malty, hop extract?, caramel, bit woody, oaky tar in aroma. Warm worty malts, caramel, tiny bit of smokiness, hints of whiskey in taste. Feels like cheap beer mixed with cheap whiskey. University days are long gone so not particularly fond of this kind of drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (11500) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 4, 2015
330ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge)
Smells like an Innis and Gunn but without the butter. A bit of coconut takes the butter’s place. Hmmm, Orach Slie is an anagram of Le Sorachi - coincidence? Nice gold, and a nice full head on pouring, that settles to a patchy head. Full palate, pleasant carbonation. Caramelly in the mouth, and with some woody hints. Not getting Glenfarclas from this, getting more Teachers. Finish does have some nice spicy bitter hops. This is a terribly sad day. Today I found out that Harviestoun is my third highest-rated brewery, a place it definitely deserved, with the heavenly Chimay in its sights, and keeping the amazing Het Anker down in fourth. Nice run, but today it comes to an end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6709) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 2, 2015
Where and how: b. 330 ml #05194
Aroma strong cask notes of whiskey. Some lemongrass, mild citrus.
Appearance :
Top: medium, white.
Base: clear, dark gold
Palate : clean, medium bodied. Light carbonation, long finish.
Taste: smooth, clean with good proper body. Milder than in aroma cask notes. Solid malt was great canvas for cask profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6657) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2015
[Bottle (330ml)] Pours a deep clear amber-gold with an average size semi-lasting frothy white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma and flavour of wood, mild vanilla, a hint of sourness, caramel malt, some fruit and whisky. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good but not really my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luvystypotables (1177) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Smells like a good single malt scotch, pours a clear golden color without much head. Taste like a smooth well aged scotch. Medium body minimal carbonation. Short lasting whiskey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike5326 (1292) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Clear golden champaign color, small white head. Sweet scotch whisky aroma. Medium body with a great scotch flavor and a smooth finish. One of the best lagers I've had to date. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gaultier (1041) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
Beer tasting @ fillepolo 8/8-15. Bottle from Systembolaget. Sweet malty with notes of vanilla and some toffee. Body is medium, sweet finish with some notes of vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jorn69 (1817) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
tasting @ fillepolo 150808. Bottle (330 ml) from Systembolaget. Malty and sweet with vanilla and light notes of honey, medium body with a watery to oily texture. The finish is dry, sweet and malty.

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