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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: 39   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (1142) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
33cl bottle at home. Clear golden with a small white head. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Light bitterness with sweet and smokey tones. Grain, citrus, malts, caramel, spices and light whisky tones. Great tasty brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
awest (15) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2014
33cl bottle bought from Utobeer, London Bridge. Pours caramel colour with little head. Looks like a czech pilsner. Slight peaty aroma but nothing too strong. Quite light on texture, taste’s quite similar to Schiehallion but with a subtle whiskey smokey edge. Nothing too special but interesting nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (996) - SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2014
330ml Bottle bought in Edinburgh:
As it turned out this one wasn’t too bad an offering from Harviestoun but I was expecting a lot more from it, it just seemed too light and ordinary when the bottle is presented as being something completely different. It went down easy enough but there wasn’t much to it that would have me crying out for another bottle I’m afraid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty whisky aroma. Sweetish malty grainy whisky flavor. Has a fruity malty whisky finish with hints of caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (3802) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 5, 2014
Poured clear light amber with a disappearing off white froth. Aroma of muted grains, light citrus. Medium body, flavour is lightly sweet, lightly bitter. Not bad, but I’m not exactly sure what the point is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omikr0n (762) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear golden to light amber with nice white head. Aroma is malt, candy, bread, with a hint of spices and caramel. Taste is sweet with malt, candy, sherry and a little bit of grassy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (4296) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle @ benzai shared by Joes. Clear golden colour with no head. Smells sweet, some wood, malts. Tastes sweet, malts, oak. Medium body, soft carbo, smooth. This shouldn’t be a premium lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (8924) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Joes. Clear amber golden color, very small soapy off-white head. Aroma is weird, some malts and a hint of liquor. Taste malts, again some liquor, a slight hint of orange peel, a touch of wood, lightly bitter. Decent body, soft to average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tania_nexust (227) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle from Royal Mile Whisties, Bloomsbury. A pale ale aged in Speyside barrels (Glenfarclas). Subtle and smooth, the whisky doesn’t jar, but could have done with a base beer with more depth beforehand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Burgers (333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Clear light golden with small off-white head. Aroma of cereals and honey. Faint trace of whisky. Flavour is mainly sweet and a little bitter. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good.

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