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Brewed by Ayr Brewing Company
Style: English Strong Ale
Ayr, Scotland

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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Doctor Hornbook is brewed using the finest Maris otter and wheat malts with American hops and coriander to produce this stunning blonde wheat beer.

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3.1
tombyars (1724) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in September 2013. Cask, Gravity dispense. Clear gold in colour with a thin white head. Malt notes in the short aroma with hints of sweet golden syrup. Thin almost resiny mouthfeel. Poor dispersed lacing. Pale malt base gives a juicy wine gum fruit flavour, full in the cheeks with notes of pineapple, satsuma and barley sugar. Dusty and floral taste to the hop resins give a spicy herbal note in the short aftertaste. Sweet malt comes back with warming golden syrup notes to the malty finish. A Strong Pale Ale in true Scottish tradition with sweet pale malt to the fore, reminded me slightly of the old Lorimar & Clark Strong Ale for those who can remember blasts from the past!

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dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUN 28, 2012
Gravity at SRAF. Pale yellow colour, thin white bubbles. Lemon meringue pie, hint of white chocolate, light apricot, light fruitcake spice on the nose. Velvety smooth, lemon and vanillla, custard, resinous hops, crramy and sweet but still light. Dessert wine esque. Nice light bitterness on the finish. Really really interesting, I’m unconvinced by the whole "white stout" fad, but this is definitely my favourite of the ones I’ve had. Great beer.

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mighty_meadow (308) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - APR 6, 2013
Lovely white beer brewed close to my home town. Will do a better review later but this is a lovely beer for sipping. Best Ive had in a while.

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thmsboyd (201) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2015
330 ml bottle BBE: Aug 2016. Cellar temp. Pours a still, crystal clear, pinkish amber body with negligible head. Bursting with high intensity banana (not overly ripe) and grass notes when poured, but quickly dulls down with a metallic smell prevailing. A wheaty lemon/coriander aroma comes through along with a dry, cereal quality. A medium caramel sweetness lasts on the tongue with only a light bitterness to counterbalance. Medium-bodied with a slightly oily texture, carbonation is low and the finish a little syrupy. Nice new branding, a better size of bottle, and a drinkability that belies its strength. However, this lacks head, carbonation, complexity and balance.

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rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2012
Opening with a resounding pop of the swing top bottle, the immediate note is one of zest, Lemon or Orange, which unfortunately reminded me of some cleaning products. In the mouth the beer is initially very sweet so doesn’t give many clues to the alcohol of the beer. It has a rather vegetal quality on the finish, with the coriander seed adding an earthy spice rather than the more floral notes one would get from a coriander leaf. Initially I though this had little to offer a first, but it grew on me. Not a stout, but worth a punt.


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