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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: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anfractuosity (211) - - JUL 1, 2015
Very enjoyable beer, aromas of coconut and vanilla from the whisky cask aging. Would definitely buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Canmoore (327) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
Pours a golden honey, with a small white head. Aroma includes notes of whiskey, apple, pear, and malts. Tasting notes include whiskey, tangy apple, pear, floral notes, sweet malts, and a lightly hopped finish. Not bad!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (3409) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2015
Fra flaske på sesongens siste M2, Cardinal juni-15: lett uklar gylden med kort skum. Deilig aroma med sherry, litt honning og milde whiskytoner. Fin citrus (appeslsin/mandarin) i smaken, avrundet og myk. Mange blide fjes rundt bordet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (6354) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours light hazy golden with a tiny white head. Aroma of light sweet malts, whisky and vanilla. Taste is moderate sweet, malts and whisky, weak alcohol presence, lingering yellow fruits, nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen2 (1745) - NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 15.06.15. Hazy golden. Not much head. Aroma of dried fruits, wine gum, sweet marmelade and wood. Also a slight hint of Whiske. Similar taste, but also with evident malt. Complex aftertaste. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tandembrauer (549) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal. Pours cloudy dark golden with almost no head. Aroma of dark fruits, fruit and honey, whiskey. Taste sweet wine, some fruity sourness. Sweet finish, but easily drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eructoblaster (3336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle - 330ml. Bland golden body with an instantly fading, white bubbly head. Ordinary malty/hoppy aroma with strong whisky hints. Some apple hints are also noticeable. Its decent malty/hoppy taste carries whisky, woody, and grassy notes. Ends with a fair bittersweet finish. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (3794) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2015
Bottle (330 ml). Bottled in February 2014 so 1 + year old. From L-D, thanks!

Appearance: Clear golden with a small white head and some lacing.

Aroma: Quite floral with whisky features upfront, peaches, malts, moderate spiciness and woodsy notes.

Taste: Moderately sweet with strong barrel features again, chewy malts, floral/herbal features, peaches and moderate spiciness.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry and woodsy finish. Malts and whisky aftertaste.

Overall: Obviously this isn’t super easily drinkable nor balanced, but it’s still a fairly interesting beer nonetheless. The barrel features hides the base beer, but since the base beer doesn’t seems that worthy it’s not a huge loss and it showcase the whisky in an interesting way (different that in some massive and super flavorful RIS).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (2717) - SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2015
Pours light cloudy golden with low white head. Aroma of smoked malt, peats, caramel, odd. Taste is sweet and slightly peaty, smoky finish. Body is light and smooth with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Minderbinder (2480) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle 330ml. Pours golden with medium white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of whisky, old lettuce, malt. Taste is of lots of whisky, fruits, bitterness, wood, peat. Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: OK. A tad messed-up. Intense on strong peat/liquor features.

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