02 May, 2009

Review of Scottish Tasting.....

At our Beer Club meeting a couple of weeks ago this little Scottish Ale was the gold winner, it's not just us that think it though it was CAMRA Champion '04, '05 & '06, SIBA UK Champion '06 & '08 and CAMRA Champion Beer of Scotland '04. Cairngorm Brewery Established in 2001 are situated in Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland, for a relatively new brewery they have a decent portfolio with awards to match. This is lively citrusy and really fruity, the nose is biscuit and elderflower and the palate smooth really fresh and easy drinking. €3.69
We also tasted Broughtons Organic Angel, a Scottish lager, very light and soft, good 'garden drinkin beer' but quite pricey for just that, €3.99.
Bitter and Twisted by Harviestouns, an old favourite and remains to be. Citrusy, spicey and fresh, quite alot going on in this but still light enough to drink all night without feeling like you won the cheeseburger challenge. €3.89.
Broughtons Old Jock and Harviestouns Old Engine Oil were a different story altogether. Old Jock was big, loaded with dried fruit, caramel and slightly smokey, a little sweet, almost like a fortified wine.
The Old Engine Oil - porter in style, coffee, chocolate, malty and very heavy. Ideal for a stout drinker and I was pleasantly surprised, I liked it!!!
Overall the tasting was a success despite the Macbeth-esq wind and rain. A great turn-out and lovely beers!!!
Looking forward to the May tasting - English Ales.
See you all soon.
O&O Ruthx

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