Brewed by Cairngorm
Style: Bitter
Aviemore, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask & Bottled (Filtered), Seasonal, Autumn; BLESSED THISTLE 4.5% ABV "Thistle Beer" from Cairngorm Brewery. A reddish brown ale, bittered with thistle and late Goldings hops. Hints of roast malt and fruit finish this most complex of beers. Alias with M&S Scottish Ale confirmed at the brewery (Oakes).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suurjuust (3282) - ESTONIA - OCT 9, 2011
Ruby red, medium off-white head. The aroma is an interesting blend of ginger, herbs and malty sweetness. Thistle and malt in the start, ginger and hops in the finish. The aftertaste is more thistle and bitterness. Body is a bit watery, the balance is a bit off, but this is an intriguing beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9973) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle. Herbal, grass nose, ginger, spices and light malt. Copper-brown color with lace. Flavor of nettles, ginger, caramel, ginger. Dry and a bit dusty, with a somewhat vegetal bitterness at the end. Nice dry finish, though. Interesting, rather strange, but good enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirstyrabbit (1808) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle. Red amber body, medium head. Herbal aroma with a hint of ginger. Taste is hoppy with herbal elements similar to nettle and dandelion milk. Bitter finish. Good, but not very harmonic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mile (3914) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 22, 2011
Bottle. Amber, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel and herbal spiciness. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, some caramel and roasted malt with some herbal spiciness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some roasted malt and hoppyness, some herbal spiciness. OK bitter but spiciness just do not work here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (4417) - California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
11 May 2011, bottle. light to med brown, clear, no bubbles. looks like a nice nut brown ale. copper malt background with a significant rose or other floral element. full body and fairly fizzy. with a copper malt background, heather comes to the front and forms the defining characteristic of the beer. it is slightly tart as far as the malt is concerned and im not a big fan of heather in my beer. okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (4736) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2011
Bottle from Marks & Spencers West End Simply Food. Dark reddish brown colour with a good foamy head. Sweet fruity aroma. Fruity ferric malt flavour. Sweet fruit aftertaste. Better than expected.
Earlier Rating: 12/1/2010 Total Score: 3.1
Bottle from Tesco. Aroma of malts & mixed fruits. Dark brown colour with a reddish tinge. Flavour of roasted malts and mixed fruits. Bitter aftertaste. An above average bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2011
Bottle. Clear nut brown body witha large off white head. Aroma-taste of biscuit, with a sweet lemony-cheesecake finish. Sunbdued bitterness. Medium to light carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tommann (3609) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small head. Aroma is subtle, warm ginger and some spicy malt. Taste is a bit of thistle to start and gingery malt to finish. A bit lifeless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
suprchunk (2986) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours a dark amber ruby with a small white head that fades fast and leaves no lacing. Smells like ginger crystals and thistle. There is a bit of malts buried underneath, but it isnt starting out well. Tastes like the above mentioned things that shouldnt be in beer. Not overly horrible, but just not right. And some kind of burnt flavor as well. Thin and watery. Mix that with ginger and plant aftertaste and you know what you are in for. Not very good. I supposed if I was eating fruitcake all night it would go well with it. But I dont touch that stuff, and I wont be touching this again. This is going to the wife.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borup (13549) - Albertslund, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle from Superbest Hellerup. Tasted at work. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, caramel, hops, fruit and spice.

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