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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: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
probstblueribbon (3215) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2015
300 ml bottle from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear golden with a so-so white head. Aroma: Lots of apple juice and artificial apple drink, some phenolic/peaty smoke, a little solvent or alcohol. Palate: Medium-ish body, fairly full carbonation. Flav.: Same as the nose – apple juice, artificial apple flavouring and a bit of peaty/phenolic smoke; dry with low bitterness and a lightly smoked apple juice finish with a bit of wood character.

I expected worse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9279) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
LCBO Find. a little sour woody lager.Unique more for fans of innis and Gunn. Deep yellow with some bubbles. Decent drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (1392) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
31.7.2014. Pours like basic lager. Aroma is malt, grass, wood. Taste is similar with wood, grass along with malty backbone. Also some sherry notes with sweetness. Notes of whisky can be noticed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (804) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 21, 2015
Yellow colour, small white head. Aroma of scotch whisky, oak, vanilla, smokey note, licorice. Taste is light sweet, slightly tart. Candy sugar flavour, smooth mouthfil. Light to medium body, oily to slick texture, soft to average carbonation. The whisky cask is doing miracles with this brew. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ShivanDragon (2017) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
schenkt helder gouden met witte kraag en wat opvalt echter is dat er totaal géén koolzuur in het glas zit, maar dan ook werkelijk géén enkel belletje. aroma van mout, hout, zoetig, zacht... best lekker.. Smaak is zoals verwacht door het ontbreken van koolzuur enorm zacht en glad in de mond, fruitige tonen in de achtergrond, maar wat ook direct terug komt zijn de BA hout/whisky tonen, vreemd dat verwacht je uiteraard niet terug bij een lager. lichte rook tonen maar deze komen vast van de whisky invloeden kruidig, wat gedroogd fruit. Ik moet zeggen dat deze BA smaken wel bij dit bier smaken maar doen het bij een zwaarder en donker bier véél beter, of het is juist mijn interpretatie van BA bieren. lichte body, geen co2, zacht en glad, vanille, licht bittertje ,vreemde combinatie... gek... niet goed... niet slecht....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (633) - ESTONIA - FEB 17, 2015
330 ml bottle from Dogenzaka Shinanoya. Pours straw, very little foam, slightly hazy. Has a sweet malty nose, honey and bubblegum. Taste is getting much more exiting. It has a nice alcoholic tingling, displaying a soft whisky character. Very nice combination actually, never had anything like this from a lager. Aftertaste is long, subtle whisky thing lingering for several minutes. Malty but refreshing, quite complex and this is for a simple style such as lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (2905) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle from Glug, Newcastle. Pale golden coloured with a sweet fruity and malty flavour with honey notes followed by vanilla, oak and whisky on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (7536) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle at home. Low and quickly disappearing white head. Clear amber golden body. Sweet apple pear honey aroma. Surprisingly mild malt flavor with some citrus notes. Little hops bitterness. Low carbonation and a short finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undercurrent25 (1578) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Pours a golden colour. Taste is very alcoholic almost Imperial pils like. Oily and cloying on the palate. Not my kind of thing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markextrae (1689) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2014
bottle at home, poured a deep golden yellow colour with a small white head. malts, metallic notes, sweet caramel, honey, citrus, spice, some vanilla, bread, red fruit, orange peel,grass, some weak hops. average beer

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