MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at The Gatehouse ’Sporks.cgarvieuk (24465) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 26, 2009
Mid brown with a slim white head. Quite hoppy in the aroma with some underlying malt and caramel. Malts come to the fore in the mouth with more caramel and a pronounced nutty note. Quite sweet. Bitter hoppy finish. Dull but ok.
Cask at Scottish Real Ale Festival 2009 ... copper ... smokey woody dry malt nose ...again woody malts ...some hop in background ...little bitter. Svesse (8598) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2010
(Cask at GBBF, London Earl’s Court, 5 Aug 2010) Dark amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with apricots, caramel and dusty hops. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried fruit, caramel, apricots, orange, toasty malt and a mild bitterness in a fairly dry finish. Light body. Well balanced and tasty, but hardly exciting. Ungstrup (37574) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2011
Cask. An amber beer with a thick beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and caramel, leading to a dry and bitter finish. tombyars (1702) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2011
First tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2000. Cask, handpump. Clear ruby red in colour with a thin buff head. Slight hint of roast malt in the short aroma. Thin oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts give a maltloaf base with moist sultanas and wood smoke. Prickle of hop resins in the short aftertaste. Dry oak cask and nutty flavours come through in the rounded finish. An ok session ale.
kassner (1659) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2013
On tap at Berts in Edinburgh, lots of dark fruit in this dark amber beer, with an astringent mouth and port flavors. Stuu666 (13395) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Cask at the standing order. Pours clear deep amber, nose is toffee, light roast malts, taste is sweet toffee, floral. 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. GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2005
[cask at jdw] reddish brown colour. Sweet and malty, some fruity notes, raisins, a little toffee. decent body, sweet finish. Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUN 9, 2006
Very interesting, somewhat sweet but also veyr matly. NOt really bitter but has it’s hoppy features.