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Brewed by Elixir
Style: Scotch Ale
Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Benedictine Groove is our first Elixir, a unique take on a Scotch Ale. Brewed with the finest Scottish malt & tablet, British hops and tonic wine.

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dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle, thanks Cloisters! Dark orangey brown pour, thick frothy beige head fades to a thin cap. Big rich nose - smoke hits first, with thick sugary caramel and a touch of fruity vinous character. Big sweetness up front, slightly chocolatey malts, big smoke again. Lightest soft smoky bitterness, more port alcohol sweetness in the finish. Soft carbonation, just enough to lift the sweetness. Really well-balanced, good work!

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cgarvieuk (25728) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 25, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2017 cask at cloisters ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... sweet rich toffee ... soft tablet nose ... sweet roast dark malts ... juicy fruits ... soft blackcurrant malts ... soft tablet ... soft tonic wine ... nice 3.8Bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... soft sweet roast .. light sweet tablet ... nice mellow nose ... dark malts ... soft floral fruits ... small hint of the buckfast ... soft and juicy ... really nioce 3.9cask at the vintage ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... soft sweet roast ... light tonic tones to nose ... soft roast ... light bitterness ... light tablet... sweet milk tones ... long bitter ... tiny metalic edge different 3.7

Original batch drunk 07 June 14 ... deep brown...smal tan lacing ... soft sweet toffee fruit nose ... light sour zezty nose ... soft toffe fruit ... soft malts ... ligth zezt ... light funk ... 3.6

2nd batch drunk 07 June 14 ... deep brown ... thin tan lacing ...soft sweet roast ... actually massive tablet suger nose...soft fruits ... soft fruits ... light sweet toffee ... dry zezt 3.9

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BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 [cask at launch, Stockbridge Tap, Edinburgh] Pours black with a cream-coloured head, retains for a long time. Aroma of toffee, oak, chocolate and alcohol - the aroma reminded me a bit of an oaked shiraz (if ever there was a more beer geeky comment, there you go). Still, on the taste it was very different - quite high carbonation at first, the chocolate smokiness comes on following the sweet, sugary hit. Throughout there’s that alcohol flavour - a bit porty, but which can only be the tonic wine. The whole thing finishes with some caramel and fruit, then booze. From the first couple of sips, the aftertaste was overwhelmingly like a Caramac, but then the sweetness mellowed as the alcohol became more evident. What can you say? I’m guessing every other review will be different, as there’s so much gone into this. It’s not really a ’first’ beer, as Benjii has been one of the most active Edinburgh-area homebrewers, but for a ’first’ beer I thought it was astonishing [09102012] EDIT - Cloisters cask was similar but had less of the sweetness, had certainly developed a bit over the two weeks as opposed to the pin at the Stockbridge Tap


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