Brewed by St Andrews Brewing (Scotland)
Style: Scotch Ale
St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Celebrating Fife’s East Neuk, a Scotch Ale style beer with a twist: dark mahogany in colour with rich dark fruit, chocolate and roast coffee flavours. A long lasting bitter aftertaste ties together a fresh finish with a flavoursome dark ale.

ianwelby's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ianwelby (1091) - - MAY 18, 2013
Very dark reddy-brown beer with a beige head. A roasted malt/coffee aroma. Sharp on the tongue, there’s chocolate in the flavour but dominant is the same malt and coffee mix as in the flavour. It’d got a mild finish which is a mix of the flavours with a lasting toasty, coffee taste on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4312) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2016
500ml bottle from Scottish Real Ale Shop, Kilmahog. Pours deep hazed brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is soft caramel malts. Taste continues with some darker leafier woody moments nestled amongst some comforting smoke and soft treacle. Enjoyable scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
uckelman (635) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2016
Pours black, no head. Swirl of oily film. Aroma is strongly cocoa. Medium body. Not a ton of flavor for a beer this dark---mostly just roasted malt notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Evilkniamhel (547) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2016
From bottle. Pours clear, dark brown. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Taste follows nose, bitter finish but overall a bit thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2015
21st June 2015
Dark amber - brown beer, good pale tan head. Palate is light, semi dry and mildly crisp. Fluffy malts, mildly sweet, traces of caramel and coffee. Floral bitterness with a touch of citrus underneath. Dry finish. A tad dry, but clean and pleasant enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4270) - South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2015
On cask at the brewpub. Pours very dark red-brown but not opaque. Light tan head is bubbly and has good retention for a cask ale. Feel; thin and a bit oddly grainy. I took a sip of a different beer in comparison and it did indeed contrast. Aroma: mild but attractive and fairly complex. Leans more to dark fruit than usual for style, and has minimal smoke. Flavor: given the aroma, there’s a surprisingly amount of earthy hops and some peat. Mildly bitter, especially in the mid-taste and aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (4757) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2015 500ml bottle from Peckhams, Glassford Street, Glasgow - opaque dark mahogany, bubbly tan head, dark fruits and coffee in the aroma and flavour also some grassiness in the aroma, no lacing, very bitter, high carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9448) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2014
500ml bottle from the Scottish Real Ale Shop. Pours clear dark brown, thick off-white head. Very inviting. Aromas are chocolate and light coffee, light yeasty whiff. Taste has more roasted bitterness, dried fruit, dried peel. Medium body, creamy texture, roasted bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Valinch69 (12) - - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle from Fine Wine Company. Poured dark brown with a hefty head. Settled down to a frothy white head. Muted Chocolatey, malty aromas but slightly dirty with it. Palate was very light considering the colour with hints of week coffee, overly carbonated. Overall, a disappointing drinking experience, not to be repeated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (6396) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2014
50cl Bottle Spain slaughter pre-drink, thanks for the gift Suus! Neuk is funny in Dutch, means F*ck *giggles* . Dark brown to black colour with a red hue, beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, prunes, some cold coffee, toffee, hint of roast. Flavour is light-sweet, watery, cold coffee, prunes, figs, some toffee, light leafy, decent bitter finish. Gets better and gains depth when it warms up. Light-bodied. Nice, but more a Mild Ale to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (10594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, sweet, smoky toffee, dry roast, malty, little thin.

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