Alengrin (1743) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Scottish bitter apparently based on their Finlaggan Ale, but a bit darker, more toasty maltiness, a bit woody and mineral-like, bit thin mouthfeel, smooth. Should re-rate this as this is done from memory and it’s been a long time.
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nut brown with a reddish hue. Some beige bubbles on the surface. Soft caramel nose, and some mild fruity and grassy hops. Light body. Mellow mouthfeel. On the sweet side. Toasted and light caramelly malts. Lasting grassy and fruity bitterness. Finishes fairly dry. [Bottle at Lochindaal Hotel, Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Scotland. 02.09.13]
allmyvinyl (3371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml bottle from Drinkmonger, Edinburgh. Pours clear copper, nice lacing. Aromas of soft caramel, light fruit. nothing much else, nothing much changes on the taste, a bit watery. Passable.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2068) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Bottle at the GJBF 2013 Osaka. A dark maroon color, nice looking. Some smokiness but a two-dimensional beer which is a bit rough. Not bad, an ok bitter. A bottle at home from rakuten, slightly sour, rough taste, it seems to have gone off...the color is still great and so is the body/head but it seems somewhat oxidized or something. Definitely the worse for wear. In this condition I’d give it a 2.5...
NeuroPliny (151) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a plastic cup on the ferry to Islay. Bottle conditioned version. Pours opaque dark copper-brown. Sweet malts (pale and crystal) and barley on the nose. Flavour is layered dark malts and spicy hops (Goldings, Mount Hood, Fuggles). This was the "Champion Scottish Beer of Britain 2009" and I can see why.
Scopey (6865) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
1.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle at home. It pours clear amber with a thick off-white head. The smell is old sulphurous fart....manure and earth. The taste is earth, wood, leather, varnish, pepper and a touch of citrus, with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Probably past its prime. Tastes ok, but smells pretty damn nasty. Will re-try if the opportunity presents itself.
Bart (2940) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle @ Scotland trip. Brown coloured beer with some very light carbonation and a small off white head. Light sweeter herby hinted aroma. Medium to full palate. FInish is sweet herby hinted with some light sour sweet balanced touches. Medium
Nilz (385) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured with care as this is bottle conditioned resulted in a clear bark amber ale with a head of cream white that lasted with nice lacing so it all looks good. Taste is initially somewhat sweet, fruity then a clean dry bitter with hops. Rather fine.
AshtonMcCobb (2574) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle. Pours a dark, slightly hazy with a nicely proportioned head. The nose has a slightly sweaty, perhaps herby, aroma. The taste has metallic flavours with a herby finish. The palate is light to medium in body with a really drying mouthfeel which continues through the long finish. Overall, the palate is actually fairly substantial and long but is it pleasant - I would say, not that pleasant.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on the ferry to Islay. Pours a golden brown colour with a fair beige head. Aroma of Weetabix malt, caramel, chocolate and yeast. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.