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

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
fonefan (48622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2010

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium to dark brown amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, caramel, burnt caramel, moderate hoppy, herbs, spices. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, chocolate bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100514]
Earlier Rating: 3/2/2010 Total Score: 2.7
Bottle 500ml.
Clear medium to dark amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, spicy, light to moderate hoppy, flowers, thistle, ginger notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20091231]

3
yespr (44754) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2009
50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a fully gone head. Mild malty and slight hoppy aroma, classicUK hops - a bit on the spiced/tobacco side. Medium dry and hoppy base flavoured with a light malty note. Light bitter finish.

3
Ungstrup (37231) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma sweet malty combined with notes of nuts and some hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of nuts and toffee, leading to a bitter finish.

3.3
oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2007
Bottled (thanks cgarvieuk). Rubyish orange colour, not much head. Aroma is sweetish flowery and grassy with a weird "stinging dryness" (from the thistle?). Quite sharp thing. Flavour is very much the same with a very big grassyness and some salty notes. Quite pleasant.

3
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Clear amber golden with a small off-white head. Nutty nose. Light body, roasted malt and nutty accents - perhaps a wee whiff of ginger. Dry and lightly bitter finish. 070209

2.7
omhper (24963) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2008
Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm. Clear ruby, small head. Evident spicy cardamom aroma. Sweet and medium bodied with rounded, blown up mouthfeel. The cardamom-like spicyness is strong, diluted by roast crystal malt. The bitterness is subtle. I’m not sure I like the spicyness in this one.

3.1
madmitch76 (24360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
9th April 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Dark with a floral fruity tone plus a trace of smoke. Long bitter finish.

3.9
cgarvieuk (24166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2012
bottle at home ... copper ... big foaming .... it really did foaf ... sweet dark fruity ... roast malt nose nose... dark deep soft fruity roast malts ... caramel fruits ... a really nice scottish ale,, or 80 shilling.. well im not getting much ginger... nor am a sure about thistle... thought there is a little pricle to it... but its really quite nice
Earlier Rating: 3/5/2007 Total Score: 3.4
Ok had this in both cask and bottle, with both pretty similar. Deep ruby colour, with a malty nose, malty with a little spice , a little teacle and quite fruit with a little bitter in linger. nice and complex just like ’the man’ says

2.9
Rasmus40 (20303) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding. Clear dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit, herbal and light spicy. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 190713

2.7
harrisoni (18413) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2010
50cl bottle from M&S Liverpool. Attractive dark brown colour with a thin beige head. Ginger, spicy herby aroma. OK in mouth, actually quite attractive if you like ginger style beers. Quite a good bite on the finish. Nettley and thistlely. So a Scottish Ale that isn’t a Scottish Ale. Malts are just about ok, enough to carry the other flavours. You do kind of have to like ginger and nettle spiciness. But I thought it was kinda ok, but not sure I’d buy this again.


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