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Brewed by Highland
Style: Mild Ale
Orkney, Scotland
Serve in English pint

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown in the glass with a good white head, if held to a light very dark ruby red shines through.
Nose: Soft chocolate malt ‘coffee’ notes are evident with a mere hint of hop.
Taste: All depends on venting, when fresh the chocolate malt is crisp and may have a hint of phenols, when well vented or halfway through a cask, the chocolate is soft & velvety with a perfectly balanced hop and a hint of fruity fermentation esters. Becomes dryer and ever so slightly hoppier as becomes older.
Summary: A fantastic darker ale which has a changing drinking profile, which at all the stages of it’s development in cask should appeal to all who appreciate a quality pint of balanced dark real ale. Find out for yourself it’s well worth a try.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (1895) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 25, 2012
Cask @ Abbotsford, Edinburgh
Dark ruby, thin white head, good lacing
Aroma - dark roasted malts, soft espresso, plain chocolate, hint of charcoal
Taste as aroma, background of fruity dark malts, more burnt toast
Palate - soft carb, thinnish body, bit sticky, bitter roast. Finish - bitter roast, dark fruity malts, some burnt crust, too burnt
Overall - Good flavour but finish was too burnt for me

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (5045) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle @ Christers. Pours dark brown with a fading offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, caramel, dark fruits.Flavor is malts,licorice, carame, fruits, good bitterness. Thin body, lively carbonation. 230812

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (9840) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle from Bierzwerg. Clear brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and roasted malt. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 230812

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (9835) - DENMARK - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle, 4%. Dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, caramel, little liquorice and a little bread. Flavour is malt, caramel, chocolate, little bread, hop, little bitter and a little watery.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste licorice, roast malt, nuts, caramel and hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (3240) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2012
500ml bottle. Clear red glowing darkest brown with small to average, firm, frothy, tan head. Aroma has fruity notes of red and dark berries, dark malty background with hints of chocolate. Taste is initially grainy dark malty, later with mineralic / metallic overtones, then grainy again with grassy and bitter hoppy notes; dry and minimally roasty finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8250) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2012
(bottle) Clear, dark ruby colour with a brown and short foamy head. Dark malty aroma with earthy notes, liquorice and caramel, accompanied by a subtle berry-fruity touch. Mildly bitter flavour, light bodied with a modest carbonation. Dark malt-character with notes of cacao, liquorice and traces of cassis; quite dry and mildly bitter hoppy finish with hints of dark chocolate and liquorice in the aftertaste. Not far away from the Light Munro. 27.VI.12

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Caytinator (809) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2012
1/2 pint traditional pull @ halfway house. Deep brown color, coffee-like aroma. Little bubbly head. Similar to porter, but lighter. Pretty good taste, light bitter pleasant aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (2738) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, small to average and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, light caramel and some roasted malt with light chocolate, light hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light caramel and some roasted malt, light caramel and some roasted malt. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and some roasted - light burnt malt, light caramel and some roasted malt. Nice roasted mild ale with light chocolate - not too sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (2444) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 Cask by handpump at Pot Still, Glasgow (29 Apr 2013) - clear very dark brown with a red tint, thin creamy beige head, roasted malt, coffee aroma, intermittent lacing, berry fruit and chocolate, coffee flavour, sweet, dark chocolate aftertaste


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