johndoughty (5446) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle. Bronze and poured with a small head.Very well bottled with a pleasant chocolate flavour which came as a surprise. Some maltiness as well with a medium body.At last M and S are taking beer seriously.Hope there are more like this. berkshirejohn (6499) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
50cl bottle. Slightly hazy golden copper in colour with a thin tan head; the aroma has chocolate malts and peat smoke, some wood and heather; the malts explode in the mouth, with lots of surprising and unusual flavours, blackcurrant and raspberry fizz on the tongue, over deeper chocolate and winter spices; the finish is clean and refreshing with fresh leafy hops. An excellent beer, and a pleasant surprise.DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2010
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2008 Total Score: 2.8
[500ml bottle.] Chestnut brown with a thin cream head; strongly malty aroma; stewed vegetable flavour (perhaps the thistle?), rather acidic and with stale malts; a dry metallic finish. Rather unpleasant.
Bottle. Bright chestnut with a fine khaki foam, doming well above the lip of the glass, and staying there. Healthy butter, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, milky coffee aroma dusted with roast, muscovado sugar..and yes, thistle. Slick and discreetly roasted; fine creamy condition, butter biscuits dunked in coffee; a juicy, minty green note to finish- presumably those thistles again. Excellent rounded beer, seamlessly integrating a (relatively) unusual ingredient. FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 25, 2013
Earlier Rating: 12/16/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle from Fosse. Chestnut with a fine beige collar draping the glass; slippery and persistent with a well-measured tickle of carb and a flourish of detritus. Vibrant, berry-slanted aroma awash with blackcurrant and citrus; distinct oiliness and musk from those sticky little buds, metallic blood-like dabs, galangal, chocolate orange. Spices meshed indistinguishably with the delicately mulled soapiness of the hops; discreet ashiness building in the finish. Blows most soupy, off-flavoured British ’BC’ efforts out of the water; this, miraculously, actually feels like a freshly pulled pint of cask ale, and as such I’m awarding it a perfect 5 for palate. So there. A very well-executed beer, and a touch festive to boot. Really enjoyed this.
500ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
Rich reddy brown, large spongy persistent head. Rich malty aroma, some husky spiciness, a hint of ginger, and noble UK hops. And that was straight from the fridge - I imagine warmer it’s a hummer! There’s a touch of wool later. Satisfies the Scottish stereotype, a little bit of treacly toffee too. Full palate, pleasant carbonation . Good grainy and husky malty body. Pleasant herbal-to-floral aspects from the thistle - a little bit of treacle in the taste too. Absolutely lovely. Doesn’t work as well for Anna, she’d give it 3.4-ish. I just love the walnut papers in the finish and the dry wooliness.
Earlier Rating: 2/6/2010 Total Score: 3.4
500ml bottle (M&S)
Fruity boppy aroma. Ditto taste - huge fruity hop body, with a really full rich malty spine. Decent roast with a touc of burntness. Lovely.
[6438-20140703] Bottle sample. Ginger light thistle aroma. Clear, brown amber body with a quick foamy off-white head. Light ginger peat flavour is surprisingly rich. Medium-full body. Good. (8/3/8/3/15) 3.7
hayduke (5204) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
(@ brewery, Aviemore, Scotland)
From a bottle from the bar at the Invernairne Guest House in Nairn, Scotland on the Moray Firth. It poured a red to brown with a nice long lasting foam head and good lacing. Nose of roasted malts and ripe fruit. Full bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is complex with a light bitter finish. A very nice bitter and exceptionally easy to drink. Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle - Clear. Reddish. Beige head. Medium carbonation. Caramel malts. A bit of roasted malt. Flowery.Also an unusual (and nice) flavour possibly fom the thistles.Bitter, dry finish. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2010
Bottled. A chestnut coloured beer with an off-white head. A subdued aroma with some ginger and a heathery note. A good spicy kick in the mouth with fairly hot ginger notes. A decent depth to the base beer. Nice. Oysteib (112) - NORWAY - APR 23, 2013
From bottle. Clear, copper colour. Fascinatingly complex herbal aromas. Reminiscent of a much darker beer, burnt aromas. Malt sweetness balances the bitterness well. Has a lot to offer. Recommended. Stuartyboy (1668) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle from Aldi deep amber red beer fruity slightly spicy aroma flavour is fruity malt sweet with big ginger hit flavoursome beer with good carbonation