Brewed by St Andrews
Style: Scotch Ale
Glenrothes, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


on tap


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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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 (541) - - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4244) - 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 (10) - - 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 (4925) - Amsterdam, 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 (3563) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, sweet, smoky toffee, dry roast, malty, little thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MalcolmTucker (751) - SCOTLAND - APR 29, 2014
Bottle from Nobles. Raisin, toffee and coffee aroma. Lots of almost stout like chocolate in the flavour before a brown sugar sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndySnow (4079) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: omh tasting, 2014-04-11.
Appearance: Borwn colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Malt, raisin, caramel.
Body: Light body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, dark fruit, coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19963) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
Bottled. Hazy mahogany colour, small head. Raisin, dextrose and caramel. Mid sweet with medium body and rounded mouthfeel, Caramel, coffee, black currant, low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (1578) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle, gift from Paula. Dark brown body with a thin beige head. Nice lacing. Weak aroma of milk chocolate and dark fruits. Flavour of wood, light smoke and a hint of liquorice. Thin body with a watery mouthfeel. Soft carbonation prickle. At best it’s subtle and sessionable, at worst it’s diluted and weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
500 ml bottle
My first bottle after getting to the shores of England was a gift. One of several St Andrews beers I have to try this one wasn’t bad. I have had tried stronger scotch ales though. For a lighter session beer you could do much worse. Still, unless it is a half pint I would probably pass except for those who want Scottish ticks.

Aroma / Appearance - The reddish brown base and sandy mocha head look respectable in the glass. Raspberries, light chocolate, and hints of smoked coffee brighten the air. For 5% it is robust and rich.

Flavor / Palate - Coffee, dark chocolate, and smoke hang around a carbonated mouthfeel. The burnt finish is a little bland. Overall this was not terrible but at £3.25 a bottle I feel you could get more bang for your buck elsewhere.

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