Harviestoun Haggis Hunters Ale (Bottle)

Formerly brewed at Harviestoun
Style: Bitter
Alva, Central, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Bottle: Filtered.
This beer is a great accompaniment to haggis. Its brewed using pale and crystal malts and well hopped with Fuggles, East Kent Goldings and Styrian.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (23284) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2008
Bottle at home ... Golden orange ... fruity hop ... musty dry hop ... little biscuity ... little citrus. Doesnt seem that balanced... I wouldnt ruin a good Haggis with this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
wheresthepath (2260) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2008
[500ml bottle from Sainsburys, Reading, Robert Burns Night 2008]. I suspect that this is one of the most popular bottled beers tonight! Being a seasonal special, I didnt expect too much of it, as it was clearly being marketed on the name and amusing label picture rather than the quality of the beer. A very orange beer, putting me in mind of "Scotlands Other National Drink", Irn-Bru. In flavour it is diametrically opposite to Irn-Bru though, for there is no hint of sweetness here. I got a hint of floral flavour before huge bitterness kicked in, setting up camp at the back of my tongue & not letting any other flavours through (the bottle claimed biscuit, citrus & fruit were in there somewhere, but I didnt get any of those). Not a really unpleasant bitterness, just overwhelming. The bottle claimed that it was the ideal beer to go with haggis. I personally can think of many beers that would have better complemented my delicious minced-sheep-lung-and-stomach. However, maybe its better to look at it the other way around - haggis is one of the best foods to go with this beer, as few other meals would have an intense enough flavour and enough fat to be tasted above this bitterness! Certainly not a beer Ill try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (8481) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle form Sainsburys. Pale amber with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of floral hops and sweet malt. Flavour was biscuity with peppery hops and a decent bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 Beautiful malt and floral aroma with slight bubblegum, straw and citrus. Taste is hoppy from start to finish. Very biiter honey with floral bitterness. Very west coast tasting. Very. very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2008
500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Nose of fruits, hops and malt giving a fresh bouquet. Pours a clear amber beer with a small head. Tatse is citurs, fresh and floraly hopped. A nicely balanced beer giving over to a bitter finish. A very light body belies the flavours of this beer, definitely one to be repeated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 5, 2007
500ml bottle from Sainsburys, 21st Jan 2007. They say this is well hopped and they mean it! Pours a clear amber with a frothy, subsiding head. The aroma is pure floral hops and the flavour a nice mix of hops, citrus, fruit and a light smoky note. The mouthfeel is perfect - the beer is light and easy to drink, but with sufficient robustness to make each mouthful worth savouring. It certainly has enough flavour to hold its own with haggis. Recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2820) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2007
Bottlle bought in Sainsburys. Poured a lovely copper color with a medium white head. Fresh hoppy scent, though it smells a bit watery. Malty taste with a little bit bitter twist, bitter after taste. Not a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2007
Bottle, pours a clean amber with a large foamy white head. Citrus fruit at the front of the nose, but further along the aroma releases earthy malt. Some roasted malt on the palate, but the flavour is mistly a citrus hoppiness. The bitter finish is a bit understated. Not much going on her, but not bad either. Maybe it would be better if I had some of that haggis....

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
davegore (223) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2007
500ml bottle from sainsburys, poured a golden colour but the head was soon gone, strong citrus smell on the nose but when tasted the flavour is so much grapefruit dominated that there seems little room left for anything else, the finish is neither dry or subtle in any way, just seems a bit watery to me and prety one dimensional, one to aviod for me

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2007
Pale to mid amber with a large white head. Aroma was malty, rather peppery and metallic. Taste of toast and marmalade with a strong bitter finish and lots of fizz. Not a bad beer, but it lacked a certain reserve and refinement.

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