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Houston Barochan

Brewed by Houston
Style: Bitter
Johnstone, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Cask; Regular.
Barochan is smooth and ruby coloured with a touch of roasted barley, rounded with a lingering maltiness and a clean finish. The Barochan Cross once sat proudly on the crest of one of Houston's countryside hills, but it was removed fairly recently and placed in Paisley Abbey for it's preservation and for the delight of visitors to the Abbey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
sound67 (595) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2015
Maker: Houston Brewery, Johnstone, Scotland *** Beer: Houston Barochan (cask, in Edinburgh) *** Style: Bitter *** ALC.VOL.: 4.1% *** Color: Dark copper, clear. Small, creamy off-white head. *** Nose: Red berries, yeast, toffee malts. *** Texture: Light body, watery. Soft carbonation. *** Taste: Red berries, some yeasty acidity, biscuity malts. Muted bitterness (and none to come). Middle is already very weak, with hints of fruit, mild citrus. No finish to speak of. Aftertaste equally elusive. Just ghosts of the first taste. *** Impressions: Strong and individual first taste, then the beer just disappears before my very taste buds. Shame.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NotABeerFan (2) - GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2015 does not count
As soon as it came out the tap as pure foam I thought I made a huge mistake. I hate beers like this. But it was very nice. Apparently this is a bitter, but itís not very bitter. Itís ruby in colour and has a very light taste, almost as flavourless as a cheap lager, but much nicer. Goes down very easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (4212) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2014
On cask at the White Lady. Appearance - a cloudy amber much like dark honey. Nice head. Nose - lovely caramel and biscuit note with chocolate too. Itís a Twix bar. Taste - actually going into Highland Toffee bar. Palate - medium bodied with a lovely creamy rich texture and a fairly balanced finish. Overall - a lovely luscious Bitter. Lots of enjoyment out of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gowdy (915) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Cask at the Fox in Houston. A deep brown colour. Quite some head. Not very bitter. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
VastActiv (4251) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2013
Cask at Gallows Bird. Originally rated 07092012. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Caramel, sweetness and bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rosenbergh (9164) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2012
Cask at the Gallows Bird, Espoo, Finland. Clear coppery amber colour with small white head. Butter (diacetyl), chocolate, wood and mild hops in aroma. Floral hops, butter, mild milk chocolate and malt in flavour. Too much diacetyl. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjs (5616) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2012
(Cask at Gallows Bird, 20120908) The beer poured deep amber and clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had butter, malts and caramell. Palate was medium bodied with almost no carbonation. Flavours were mildly roasted malts, butter, sweetness and bitterness. Afteraste was roasty and bitter. Way too much diacetyl but otherwise not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2012
Real Ale tasted at Gallows Bird MICP. Mild malty nose. Pale large head. Dark coppery colour. Malty fullfilled tase with some hints of burnt sugar. Some hoppiness too. At the end hoppy bite.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2012
The head is medium, color brown-red. It smells difficult. The taste is to strong spicy, different spices but to intensiv, just a little bit malty. To strange and unbalanced for me. 10/5/3/4/-/4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (4032) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2012
Cask by air dispenser at Bull Inn, Paisley - clear russet brown ale, hint of nut, caramel flavour, quite smooth, not too bad

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