Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Cask: Seasonal - December to February.
Atlas Brewery’s winter beer, Blizzard, is a rich golden 4.7%, with a distinct warming spiciness and a dry hoppy aftertaste.
The beer is brewed with a combination of four different malts and three different hops. This provides a sophisticated balance of different aromas and flavours to tickle the tastebuds and warm the toes through the winter months.

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scotty's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotty (1231) - - FEB 14, 2013
Dark copper in colour with a tight, long lasting white head. Malt and spice on the nose, quite pleasant, medium bodied, nice spicy notes with generous citrus fruit combining with the rich malt, a fairly complex mouthful. The finish is ok, lingers awhile! Cask, ’Spoons, Hawick!

Scopey (16223) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2017
Cask at the Grill. It pours clear brown with a medium bubbly white head. The aroma is sweet, oily, toffee, fruit cake, toffee apple, wood, toasted nut and leather. The taste is dry, bitter, wood, leather, bit of spice, chewy malt, tannin, burnt toffee and fruit cake with a dry, woody finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Pretty robust stuff. Decent spicy bitter.

allmyvinyl (11172) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2016
Cask at Cloisters. Pours amber with a thinhead. Aromas are spicy, light fruit. Taste is sweet, dried fruit, light spice. Sticky finish.

AshtonMcCobb (7027) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2015
On cask at the Standing Order. Appearance - hazy amber with a decent head. Nose - elusive Taste - toffee and apples. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - a solid Bitter.

mr_h (6059) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Cask on tap at Tiles, Edinburgh - clear deep golden amber, thin bubbly cream head, malty, spicy aroma, intermittent lacing, raisin toffee, spicy, not one to be rushed, spicy finish

tombyars (1789) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Tasted this in the Last Post, Paisley (JDW) in February 2013. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear dark copper in colour with a thin creamy white head which quickly fades. Very little in the way of aroma but metallic hop tang maybe in there - just. Very poor lacing and thin watery mouthfeel. Fiery pale malt gives a maltloaf base with a hint of tart redcurrant fruit but little else. Metallic tang of hop resins present in the brief aftertaste. Finish is malty but unremarkable overall considering the 4.7 ABV. Lacking in depth and complexity. Tthey should take a look at Orkney Dark Island to see the basics of how to put a winter warmer together. Not impressed with this ESB.

unstablefable (232) - SCOTLAND - FEB 5, 2012
Poured at the cawdor tavern, nairnshire Light caramel, spicy, Fruity aroma, Clear, dark malty colour, with a thin white head, refreshing taste, cloves, general xmas flavours almost a spearmint flavour on the finish.

stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - JAN 1, 2012
Cask @ The Muckle Cross Elgin
Dark amber..clear..thick dense white head.....good lacing
Aroma of christmas spices..rich caramel malts...some dough
Taste of christmas spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, no cloves, just right, good flavour and not overpowering), rich dark caramel malts..dark honey....bit of toffee...bit doughy...tastes better than Clootie Dumpling.
Palate...soft carb..medium body...sweet malts. Finish - malty...rich....christmas spices
Overall - seems like the same year’s spices as in Clootie but this is better. A really nice winter beer.

thepegjett (1281) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
A - cinnamon and cloves A - dark orange with thin head T - sour with spice bitter P - mid to full and dry O - alright

downender (9003) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2011
On gravity at Tewkesbury beer festival, 4/2/2011. Put here with the other 2011 raitngs, although I guess it night be time to set up anew berr up against Orkney brewery. Medium brown in colour with a slight, off-white head. Aromas of marmalade, root ginger and cinnamon with some citrus hops. Flavour was sweetish, with earthy malts and warming spice used sparingly. Finish was dryish. An enjoyable winter beer.

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