Brewed by Kelburn
Style: Old Ale
Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask; Regular.
Smooth, dark & dangerous, this ale is designed to warm the cockles of your heart whilst sitting round the ingle after a long, cold winters day outdoors. Although dark and robust, the aftertones of liquorice & blackcurrent make this an ale of complex character, not to be missed.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trapped (604) - TURKEY - SEP 21, 2009
Off-white, foamy head; dark brown body; slight caramel flavor; strong finish. Very enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (5924) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars’ Scottish beer festival, Bristol 02/09/09. Reddish brown with a decent, off-white head. Sweet, fruity aroma with a touch of spice and earthy hop. Flavour of caramel, hedgerow fruit and a decent bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ Blue Blazer, 2 Spittal Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DX, Scotland.
Clear medium brown color with a average, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, hard roasted, brown sugar. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20090409]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (3864) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 21, 2009
Cask @ The Rock, Glasgow. Brown colour, small off-white head. Aroma of toasted malts and some fruits. Flavour of roasted malts, with hops and some fruits. Dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (7363) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2008
Cask, half pint at Doctors in Edinburgh. Beautiful dark brown content with a low, beige bubbling head. Sweet malty smell with fruits coming through. Fruitlike malts up front in flavour followed by dark chocolate and a touch of anise. Dry hoppy ending. Good autumn beer [24.10.2008].

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MiP (13055) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Cask at GBBF08. Weak roasted aroma. Dark brown colour. Stable frothy tan head. Roasted flavour, some sourness. Roasted aftertaste. Thin to medium body. Sour, but OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3454) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Cask Blackfiars Ultimate Glasgow tasting afters pub crawl: Poured a dark brown with red haze, head was creamy. Aroma was malty as was the taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (13204) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Edinburgh Beer festival 07 ... Brown red ... smokey fruity malt ... watery malt fruit ... with little sharpness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4667) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 11, 2007
Cask@Blackfriars, Glasgow. Orangey brown with a small head. Earthy citrus aroma. Likeable earth and chocolate flavours. Lightish body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7549) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Any first impressions?
-Creamy foam sits atop darkened copper.
-Expressive black grape fruitiness joins fascinating roastiness, and citrusy hoppiness for a enticing aroma.
-Caramel and toasty maltiness lack the fruitiness that made the aroma so wide.
-The round mouthfeel and low carbonation was expected, and delivered.

What if you dig deeper?
-Plums show up in the nose.
-Some tartness exists amongst the subtle grassy, leafy hop finish.
-A very decent old ale, but I’d had better a few days before, so it laid in the shadow somewhat.

On cask at Guildford Arms, Edinburgh.

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