Brewed by Arran
Style: Bitter
Isle of Arran, Strathclyde, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask; Regular.
Rich in aroma of malt hops, with ripe fruit. Full malt with a deep bitter finish. A traditional style Scottish Heavy.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (6397) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2012
On tap @ Ghillie Dhu. Pours dark amber to black with a nicely proportioned head. The nose has honey nut cornflakes. The taste has more of the same and a nutty note too. The palate is medium with a creamy structure and a reasonably elegant finish. Overall, the best Arran beer Ive had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (6370) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2007
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. Copper with an off-white head; malty aroma; caramel malt and nutty flavours; dry finish. Rather boring in the tradition of a Scottish "heavy".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
Thick 1-inch foam covers the clear light orange to brown gown. Immediately very fruity (figs and oranges among others) maltiness rapidly shows toffee-like foundations. Toasty, bready and sweet malt flavours all through. Well balanced and pleasant on the palate thanks to its restriction. Feels like a fresh and not too fat strawberry waffle. Fresh enough for the sweetness to be easily bearable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 As with all arran ale, this is particulary hard to cellar properly due to the fact alot of thier casks are rubbish, i tap alot of kegs and generally speaking arran beers are the most problamatic. This was not at its best maybe, however... Pours fine with ruby colour and lightly browned head. Aroma is not as much as expected though some fruity hops and obviously malt, however cant figure out if its sweet or not. Taste is roasted malt with dark fruits and a lightly hoppy, finish small dryness. Very very drinkable i found, though not the most intretsing of beers. certainly better than the bottles anyway, but maybe one to try again if arran can sort thier casks out. Rerate: Not so hot this time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2003
Really liked this. Caramelly malt, peaty, salty, with some floral hops on the finish, really well balanced, lots of flavour and entirley skullable. Good stuff. (Cask-GBBF 03')

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mr_h (5350) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 5, 2012
Cask by handpump for Battle of the Brewers at Last Post, Paisley (28 Jan 12) - clear amber ale, small off-white head, no real distinctive flavour, but hint of caramel, toffee and fruit, clean finish, nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma of heavy malt and dark fruit. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, well balanced and the gem in the Arran portfolio.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JohnRMurdoch (4736) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2010 Gravity cask @ The Lovat Hotel Autum Beer Fest, Perth. Sour grassy vegetable aroma. Medium brown colour. Bitter grassy vegetal flavour. Sour aftertaste. Not nice, unlike bottled version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bullit (4559) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 3, 2011
Cask @ Henglers Circus, JDW. Slightly hazy orange - copper colour, foamy off-white head. Nose is bready, caramel, toffee, little fruity. Flavour is malty, caramel, toffee, creamy, some fruits. Bitter finish. Not much going on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUN 9, 2006
Very interesting, somewhat sweet but also veyr matly. NOt really bitter but has its hoppy features.

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