Brewed by Speyside
Style: Bitter
Forres, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
cask and bottle, regular
Bottlenose Bitter is so called because of the Moray Brewery’s close proximity to Scotland’s only resident colony of dolphins just a mile away from the brewery in the pristine waters of the Moray Firth.
There was once a time when it was difficult to find a craft-brewed beer in the Highlands. Like the dolphins of the Moray Firth it was a question of being in the right place at the right time before you could catch sight of one. Happily this has changed with Moray’s burgeoning reputation as the food and drink capital of Scotland. Similarly, the Bottlenose dolphin colony has grown in this protected Highland environment to more than 190 at the last count. Bottlenose bitter is a classic Scottish bitter beer, slightly dark with a hint of malt and good hop balance. Like the dolphins in the Moray Firth it is a pleasure to behold, and once experienced rarely forgotten.

stravale's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
stravale (2847) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, - FEB 13, 2013
Cask @ Bandstand Bar, Nairn [130213]
Amber brown, clear, thick dense creamy white head with good lacing
Aroma of soft cereal malts, hint of soft roast, light aroma. Taste of very light soft caramel malts, bit of toffee, light roast grains - I couldn’t get much else out, came across as considerably weak in flavour for the abv. Palate - light body, texture had some creaminess though.
Overall - Just came across as very bland and dull - to be honest I’ve had beers around the 2.8% - 3% range that have had much more flavour. More taste and it had the potential to be good because there’s no brewing defects in there at all...Ramp up the flavour!!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2016
Bottle from Dobbies garden centre Ashford and drunk at home. Dobbies has an inexplicable Scottish beer distribution. Must have been a dozen rates for me. But nothing highly rated. Hazy deep amber colour lasting beige head. Hoppy as i poured it. Hop and toffee on aroma. Toffee malty in the mouth. Nowt wrong with it though. It’s a toffee malty bitter. Some bitterness on the finish. Well i thought a decent toffee hoppy bitter. Decent. Not exciting but drinkable enough to have more than one if you were down the pub.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
StuartC (70) - Lochgilphead, Argyll, SCOTLAND - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle from Fyne Wines, Argyll. Rich copper-orange colour with very few, large bubbles, no head. Simple malt aroma with soft caramel. Medium bodied, not so much spritzy but a definite peppery tingle. Again, very simple on the palate: malt, caramel, biscuit, hints of leather and ginger bread; very short finish. A simple Bitter, pleasantly drinkable with all malt character, no detectable hops; lacks depth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (648) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
Pours clear, light amber. Small tan head. Aroma is mildly hoppy, grassy. Medium body. Medium sweet, bitterness and malt come through on the finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sarauckelman (420) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
Clear amber with scummy head. Strong fresh aroma. Good bitter with nicely balanced flavors, not too hoppy. Palate is a little bit astringent. Very solid, and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sissio (1302) - Orsenigo, ITALY - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle in Wick Some hops and caramel Bitter hoppy ending with herbaceous notes

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (10877) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle in Columba house hotel. Pours clear amber, nose is sweet toffee, taste is crisp, dry, grassy, floral.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwik-lime (1715) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Cask at the Bon Accord in Glasgow. Malty with hints of earthy hop and hay, but slightly vegetal and a bit of a watery palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wvhoran (455) - Tasmania, - OCT 21, 2014
Cask at Castle Tavern, Inverness. Hazy light caramel colour. Smooth malt bready caramel flavour, easy bitterness. Brief finish. Slightly watery palate. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (5065) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle at home from alesela
bbe June 2014
clear copper brown with fluffy beige head collapsing to lacing. Fruity cocoa and caramel on nose. Medium bodied, low carbonation, toffee malt, touch of grapefruit, fruity malt. Dry brief bready finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Honey gold pour with good head. Bit of toffee along with restrained earthy/herbal hops. Taste is nicely balanced with a touch of butteriness and a definite brown bread edge. Finish is light and bitterness not overwhelming. Medium mouthfeel and carb.

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