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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with imported Scottish floor-malted barley, fresh, hand-harvested heather flowers were added to the kettle during the boil along with sweet gale, yarrow, and lavender. The aroma and flavor are a surprising jog of ancient memory, with notes of sweet gale, heather, an obscure wildflower spiciness, and a grace note of lavender, complemented by the interplay of mild but assertive, toasty-sweet malt.

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2.9
BeerandBlues2 (13802) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
8th Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, grain), average hops (herbs, grass), average yeast (earth) with notes of heather and apple. Light bodied, thin texture, flat carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

3.3
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Sampled @ the Cambridge Brewing Company with the Mad_Indian. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of smoke, caramel, floral and earthy hops. The flavor is slightly sweet, caramel, smoke, peat, and finishes mildly bitter.

2.9
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Sampled with Stegosaurus during our second Boston Tour. Served at Cambridge brewing.Clear Amber pour with caramel\citrus and a smoke aroma. Sweet citrus flavor with a watery mouth feel. It was ok.

3.8
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2007
[draught @ the brewpub] Barely hazy, medium amber color. Complex aroma, plenty of floral lavender and heather, some very toasty malts. Spicy fuggles provide a nice contrast to the floral elements. Sweet, toasty malt. Finishes with some remaining heather and a touch of wood/earth. Complex, yet very drinkable.

4.3
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Draft @ CBC - Aged in a Chardonnay Barrel - Light hazed amber, thin white fizzy head. Bold and complex aromas of tree bark, florals, lavender, juniper, and earth. Barrel is well done here as the soft white wine and oak notes emerge at room temp. Tastes as good as it smells with more herbal, floral, woodiness that sits on a soft white grape and oak finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry finish. Different, unique, and clearly well done...

3.6
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2006
GABF 2006: Hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Big but smooth heather aroma. More heather and floral notes over a nicely balanced malt. Light body. Great balance and taste.

4.3
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
I thought this beer was awesome. The heather and lavender meld perfectly into the malt. I love the floral aromas. Like everyone says, the carbonation works well with it, adding body to a soft beer.

3.3
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is clear amber with a thin white head...smell is herbal and sweet...taste is a little bitter with some strange vegetable flavor...very earthy...

3.4
TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2006
GABF 2006. When I first smelled this I though of the Fraoch Heather Ale. Some heather, lavender and herbal notes. Taste is more heather, light flowery flavors, and some sweet maltiness. Body is medium with light carbonation. Ends with more heather and lavender. Fresh cut flowers and sweet malts. Congrats to Cambridge for this medal winner!

3.2
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Draft... GABF ’06... Clear golden ale with a small, tight head. Very herbal, earthy, unusual aroma of black tea, lavender, heather and cinnamon; but not overdone? Herbal flavor with good balance; caramel, black tea and all kinds of herbs and flora. Medium-bodied and watery with almost no carbonation. Finishes herbal and bone-dry. Odd bird, this one. Somehow, it sort of works.


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