Brewed by Knops
Style: Bitter
North Berwick, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A delightful Scottish beer inspired by a brewing book from 1847 where there is a story about a beer that is clear and very brisk, and, consequently, very agreeable to the palate. Our modern interpretation of this beer uses four different malts (Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate and Roast Barley). Hops are added in small quantities in two stages to ensure that the malt character typical of Scottish ales is not overwhelmed.

ianwelby's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ianwelby (1109) - - MAR 30, 2013
Clear, dark amber beer. Malt and strong caramel in the aroma. Taste is also a malt/caramel mix and a toasty edge, but not as strong as I expected from the flavour. It’s almost refreshing though a touch "thin" for want of a better word. Quite drinkable though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6817) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2016
Cask at Milton Keynes Beer Festival; hazy dark copper pour with a thin off white head, aroma has sweet caramel, taste has bready malts, some fruit action.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mutz (923) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Donkerbruin rode kleur. Aroma van caramel, gebrande mout. Smaakt dun en waterig. bitterzurig, vaag mout. Onaangename bitterzure afdronk. Ik vind er niks aan, misschien een slechte fles?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heidbummer (266) - SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Pours dark, decent tight head. Promises a lot on the nose: caramel and hops. Drinks a bit disappointing as sweeter than it should be. Lots of malt and caramel but not enough bitterness for me. Easy drinking. A decent session beer but for the sweetness which is just a touch too prominent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2015
Cask @ GBBF 2015. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3909) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
On tap at the Three Horseshoes, Waddington. Deep Amber brown colour with a tan head. Aroma has malt rich dark fruits and chocolate. Taste us light sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RasmusOtt (2389) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to Palle Ott. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of bitter nuts., weak chocolate, caramel and sweet malts. Taste is sweet and a bit bitter with the same notes from the aroma. medium carb and body for the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabuzzer (586) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Cask @ JDW Counting House. Clear, dark red with a thin off white head. Taste is malty, dried fruit sweetness with some bitterness in the finish. A little thin, perhaps, but otherwise a good beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (8769) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2015
Cask @ Cross Keys, Leeds. Clear brown with a small, slightly off-white creamy head. Bitter with an underlying graininess that gives it a good edge. Not too bitter at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (2968) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2015
Cask at JDW Standing Order. Pours dark ruby. Nose is toasted malts, bread, toffee. Taste is malts, berries, light chocolate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
swampwater (66) - Preston, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle from Beer 52.

Aroma: Slight malt aroma. That’s it.
Appearance: Almost identical to cola - dark, with a deep red hue. Light head.
Taste: Malts, coffee, and a slight tobacco aftertaste.
Palate: Slightly bitter throughout, with a very dry finish. Light body. Light carbonation.
Overall: A very refreshing bitter. That tobacco aftertaste was odd, but worked well with the other flavours. I’ll definitely come back to this in the future.

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