I first tried this in bottle about three years ago when my local Safeway sold it, I loved it then and I love it now. Soft and creamy with a good bitter hoppy bite, there is a smooth malty character which lasts through to the finish. Cant say if the use of porridge oats contributes anything to the brew, but I like it lots,but at £2.50 a bottle from Teviot Smokery,between Kelso & Jedburgh,it will be a now & again treat,they have a small but good range of beers on the expensive side though. I tried this on draught in the Blue Blazer in Edinburgh a couple of years ago and it was even better( this pub is WELL worth a visit, well kept ales, good atmosphere)
I tried this beer on April 4, 2008 at “Smokeless Joe’s” in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a dark translucent gold colour with a fluffy white head that quickly died. The aroma was mainly grassy malt, but there was a hoppish hint. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was also a combination of grainy malt, with some bitter hoppiness thrown in for good measure. Definitely a better beer than both the Red Cuillin and the Black Cuillin.
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2015 Cask, very fresh at the Castle Tavern in Inverness.
Light yellow orange sparkle with starts malt forward and has a very smooth silk body. Soft tender fluffy head but not overly thick leaving an intricate patten of lacing.
Slight bitterness marries beautifully with the toffee-ish maltiness which leads to a mealy and long complex gentle lingering bitterness. Firm.
Beautiful. The difference between the cask and bottle version is simply staggering.
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