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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Amber Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Heard the legend of the lost Ninth Legion, the Roman soldiers who ventured into ancient Caledonia, never to be heard of again? We think they saw a rosy glow shining through the mist and were drawn like moths to a flame towards a gang of Highlanders enjoying their favourite red ale. One sip and they hung up their sandals and settled in Scotland forevermore.

You’ll think it a canny decision when you taste the dried-fruits-meet-biscuit deliciousness of this cracking brew, made with Czech, American and New Zealand hops and a unique mix of malts, including de-husked carafa, which gives Ninth Legion its distinctive red hue. So, mystery solved. Now, what about Nessie...

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3.2
Idiosynkrasie (8333) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2017
330ml bottle. Clear, chestnut colour with ruby glimmer and average, frothy to creamy, moderately lasting and lacing, off-white head. Toasty, malty aroma with a nuttily touch, fruity hoppy overtones with hints of red berries. Taste is toasty malty, nutty and minimally grainy with a spelty touch, cautious fruity hoppy overtones with hints of red berries; super soft, smooth and silky palate.

3.5
bonkiedeaap (861) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2017
Bottle from de Caigny in Essen, Belgium. The beer is deep amber colored and has a small creamy head, with average carbonation. The aroma is malty, with notes of roasted malts, caramel, dried fruits, nuts and some floral spiciness. The taste is light to medium and light sweet with notes of caramel, roasted malts, fruits and in changes into light dry and bitter with flowers, fresh hops and some spices and pepper. The finish is hoppy, bitter and dry and the bitterness is long noticable.

3.4
77ships (11605) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2017
330 ml. bottle. BBF NOV 2017 so probably has some age on it. Darker ruby amber, creamy tanned head. Nose is sweet low syrupy caramel, vague Christmas spices, candied apple syrup, almost hint of kid’s cough syrup, not really getting the promised hops, age maybe? Slick oily cough syrup body that coats the back your mouth, oily lower cough syrup with bark, herbal, Christmas spices, dried cherry, oily leaves, cascara, taste is more in the back, slightly empty in the middle, very lingering bitter bark, herbal, low spices finish, dry lingering bitter leaves & bark coat your mouth. Not very thick but cough syrup & bitter herbal beers are not really my thing, not what I expected hop / bitterness wise. It is a fair classical exercise which offers an almost Christmas beer feel at a lower ABV. Whole is a bit hollow, lingering odd, leaves, bark, cascara bitterness. Bitter but not in a modern craft way.

2.9
Stuartyboy (1812) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2017
Bottle at home a deep red amber beer red fruit berry aroma flavour is earthy dry biscuit malt pithy fruity bitterness with a lingering bitter finish which is unpleasant

3.2
BlackHaddock (8090) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2017
330ml bottle: BB Nov 2017. Obtained from 'Beers of Europe' and drank at home on 9th Sep 2017. Red hue to the dark amber body, weak white topping. Aroma had some maltiness, nuttiness and hedgerow fruitiness. The taste also had those same three assets/flavours and was fairly sweet, however it had a drying and slightly bitter finish. Decent.

3.2
alex_leit (5361) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 25, 2017
Bottle. Bronze-amber color, creamy foam. Aroma: diacetyl, malt, nuts, light fruitiness and esters. Taste: sweet, caramel, butter, light hop bitterness, slightly earthy.

3.5
jmgreenuk (10528) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 22, 2017
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Poured a crystal clear reddish copper colour with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet malt, red berry fruit, metallic hop. The flavour is moderate sweet with a fresh, dry, sweet malt, light dry pepper spice, metallic hop bitter palate and a lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

3.8
Leighton (23107) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2017
Bottle at home in Hackney - sourced from Ocado. Pours clear amber-brown with a creamy, khaki head. Nice aroma, with notes of toasted biscuits, brown bread, hints of pine, cracker, leaves. Light to medium sweet flavour with more toasty bread, whole grains, nips of brown sugars, dried berries, earth. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Well balanced finish, with restrained piney bitterness, more toasted wholegrain bread, soft resinous pine, ripe berries, a little British yeast, graham crackers. Actually, I think this is quite nice. Great balance overall. Nice depth given the strength. I drank this one very easily.

3.6
radassace (442) - SCOTLAND - MAY 26, 2017
330ml bottle from Lidl. Pours very dark cherry red with a small tan head. Aroma of biscuit, caramel, rye, dark dried fruits and some floral spicyness. Decent, rich lightly carbonated but smooth mouth feel. Big on toasted rye and caramel malt. Nice lasting bitterness with a hint of orange peel and dry dark fruits. Tasty.

3.5
vinivini (3247) - Gomel, BELARUS - MAY 9, 2017
Aroma: big floral hops, biscuits, caramel. Light body. Dry hoppy taste. Flowers & grass. Medium bitterness. Caramel background. The hoppy ending is rather short. This is the only disadvantage


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