Brewed by Belhaven (Greene King)
Style: Bitter
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 1335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles, nitro-cans (as Draught), and in kegs; usually nitro-kegs.
Also known as Export.
The cask version is known as 80/-.
Note: It appears there are two versions of this beer - 5.2% primarily for the US market and 3.9% mainly for Europe.

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bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
Amazing...I just can't get enough. In my opinion, the perfect beer.

KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2003
Very pretty red-amber color with a medium creamy head. Aroma is caramel-sweet but with woody overtones---unusual and quite nice...Flavor features a light smokiness that augments the malts' delicate sweetness. Hops provide top-end balance, and the woody-dry finish rounds out a profile that is varied and subtle. The body is medium-light, befitting the understated character of this ale, but the balance of this complex offering is outstanding. My palate favors more robust ales, but I have high admiration for the solid construction of this product...Very enjoyable.

RobBestwick (932) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 25, 2003
toasty and nutty aroma, tawny colour with an off-white head, toasted, nutty and dry woodiness, similar to an altbier, very dry woody finish.

DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Unbelievably pleasant given that its only 3.9% ABV. This one pours a very crystal clear amber color with a minimal white head. The aroma is heavy on the malts...caramel definitely present, and a small aspect of fruit. The taste is definitely all about the caramel malts interracting with the back of the tounge. Very sweet finish, little hop bitterness, and a low to medium level of carbonation. Very easily drinkable, definitely one dimensional in its sweetness, but still very nice.

stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Wow now this is what a Scottish ale is about. Malt is in the forefront and carries through with a wonderful smoky peat sweetness. I am in love with this type of ale, it really goes well with a nices pot roast. Let the ale warm up to around 55-60 to get a the full throttle effect of this wonderfully complex ale. If you like a malty/low hop ale, then this will undoubtably be one to try.

bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2003
pours dark red with a sweet malty aroma, hints of caramel, butterscotch, and smoked peat malt, and a touch of bitterness, a tad light but nice.

drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Somehow I purchased this at an import store entirely unaware it was the same beer invading the shelves of every grocery store in town - right along with Boddington, Murphy's, and Young's. Surprisingly fruity, this Scottish Ale is a bit off the beaten track at first but works its way into the malty realm typical Scottish Ales posess. The characteristic mouthfeel is there, but there seems to be some bitterness that I am not so fond of. I have yet to try one of the draughts but after unpleasant experiences with Young's and Boddington I'm not jumping at the opportunity.

Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2003
I used to drink this back when it had painted bottles, probably 7-8 years ago. I have not had it since then. It pours a clear, dark amber red color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is malty sweet with a touch of butterscotch. Light bodied with medium carbonation, the flavor is sweet up front, but the finish is oddly smokey with a touch of burnt flavoring. Very smooth and quite interesting, but not as good as I remember it to be. It would make a great session beer with its 3.9% ABV.

WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Nice, but not as good as the St. Andrews, also by Belhaven. Needs a more distinctive flavor, in this case.

EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Thin and slightly bitter. Not hoppy enough. I'd call it almost dry, in that the (thin) flavor is there (almost) and then it's gone. The novelty can does nothing for this beer, as it does not have enough body to it to match the artificially enhanced head. If it wasn't beer, i'd pour it out ;-)

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