Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Bitter
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissPxx (634) - - DEC 21, 2013
Up in Edinburgh I was introduced to this very mild and incredibly drinkable pint. What a privilege. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weeweegie (1) - Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012 does not count
Surprisingly tasty beer. Sweet warm, perfect for a winters eve and Hogmonay. Well done Tesco Shettleston for stocking it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2010
Cask in the Market Porter. Alround rating: Caramel malt, nutmeg and ginger, the spicey is excellently done. Alround excellently balanced and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4388) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
Two hand-pulled pints in my local Wetherspoons on 7th Dec 2012. Found this strange tasting so had a second pint to ensure I’d got it everything correct in my notes. Amber body with a creamy textured off-white head: the head produced some good lacing on both pints, so the beer was in fine condition. The nose and taste went something like this: baked Mince Pies laced with cinnamon and cloves, now crumble a ginger nut biscuit over the top and re-bake the Pies. Once you’ve taken the over cooked Mince Pies out the oven add more cinnamon and a hop leaf or two before soaking in a bucket of alcohol. Put into casks and send to Wetherspoons. PS: I liked both pints!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (15627) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2009
cask at the Bowbar edinburgh ... copper brown ... heavy spiced nose ... heavy spice fruity malts ... bitter in linger ... dry spice persisits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Don2711 (177) - - DEC 4, 2014
Slight spicy aroma. Looks well with nice head. Amber colour. Ginger caramel taste. Definitely clootie dumpling as my mother made it. Wee bit of a kick on palate. Nice one. Will drink again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2012
On tap @ Carters Bar. Pours dark amber with a nicely proportioned head. The nose has a sweet note of cake mixture and perhaps winter cake spices. The taste has more of the cake mixture, perhaps some apples or grapes and then the sweet malty spicy finish. The palate is at least medium in body and texture and has a smooth finish. Overall, one of the best I’ve tasted from Sinclair breweries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2315) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 21, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2012 3rd rate Cask @ JDW Elgin 241212 - I’m liking this more and more, nice soft spicy doughy malts. Getting a wee touch of that bitter harshness in the finish again though. Overall it has good flavour and is their one of their best beers. Certainly could have more than 1 pint of this! Up to 3.5.

Re-rate JDW Elgin 261211 - Better finish, less harsh 6463-13 3.2

Cask @ JDW Inverness 211211 6462-11
Appearance Amber, clear, dense white head, good lacing.
Aroma Light christmas spices, cinnamon, allspice.
Taste Strong christmas spices - cinnamon, mince pies, allspice, quite fruity, hops obliterated by spices, bit of dough. The spice flavour is quite good.
Palate Soft carb, thin to medium body, tangy spices, smooth. Finish - quite dry, but some over lingering bitter cinnamon on the tongue.
Overall Could only have 1 pint of this, bit gimmicky, spices bit over strong but are very much of Christmas and taste good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
themightyjag (211) - - DEC 4, 2013
500ml bottle from Tesco. Small white head with some nice lacing, clear amber body. Nose has dried fruit, brown sugar. Flavour is more dried fruit, cakey, apple on the finish. Pretty sweet throughout. Mouthfeel has a nice bite to it, little carbonation. A good Christmas beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mighty_meadow (290) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco. Flavour is a bit thin but all the spices are there plus some orange zest. Definitely tastes like ’clootie’ but would benefit from having a bit more depth in flavour.

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