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Schiehallion - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%


Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-04-2002)
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LagerCognoscenti

United Kingdom (England)

4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice colour with excellent head and lacing. Carbonation is medium.

The aroma is stunning for a lager. Grapefruit notes combine with breadiness in an exciting way that makes you say "this is classy" before you've even taken a sip. It's got more and better aroma than any lager I've yet tried.

The taste is as good as the smell. It's got the sweet honey flavour that is present in a good Munich Helles and the bitterness of a German Pilsner. There is a satisfying bready backbone to the taste as well. The lingering bitter after taste has you wanting another sip fast. I got plenty of lovely citrusy notes too. Surprising. wonderful, interesting and tasty. Herbal hop, tropical fruits, malty back bone.... it's all here!

Schiehallion really is an lager that is not "boring". It has an abundance of flavour and some ale like characterisics but is still most definitely a lager. It's refreshing and drinkable but full flavoured and enigmatic. A pretty amazing beer. Haven't tasted a better lager than this yet.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 21:02:54 | More by LagerCognoscenti
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – An almost (but not quite) clear golden color, with a nice white head that dissipates to a small patch on one side of the glass.

Smell – A lemony, grassy, hops.

Taste – Lager, but with a bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel – Thin, watery, with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability – This lager has more flavor than a typical lager, though it isn't one of my favorite lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 03:58:51 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2013. Picked up a little while back from Booths. Named after a Scottish mountain; the label describes this lager as having a grapefruity taste.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden-amber with medium carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of light, grainy malt with hints of grass, peppery noble hops and earthy yeast. Faintly nutty, with a depth that only decent lagering produces.

Tastes of light malt with a hoppy bitter finish. Notes of grain, faint husk, grass/hay, mild pepper, noble hops, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well attenuated, with a crisp bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with well-judged carbonation and a balanced, creamy body. Quite astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter hops and a hint of yeast.

Nice - a quality lager. Gives the impression of having been properly matured. Looks the part, with a relatively subtle aroma of hops and yeast. This is reflected in the flavour, accompanied by a decisive bitterness. Good body for the style; it envelops the palate. Didn't pick up on the grapefruit, but it really doesn't matter. A great beer from a brewery that knows what it's doing - well worth sampling if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 21:50:55 | More by jazzyjeff13
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SmashPants

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: big brown 500mL bottle with a standard macro-style label. The cute mouse on the Harviestoun label picks it up a bit.

Appearance: amber in colour with a steady trail of carbonation. A decent two-finger head that maintains well and eventually drops to a solid cap. Good lacing also.

Aroma: the usual suspects here, but nice and clean. Plenty of grassy and citric hops with a smidge of sweet malts and grains.

Taste: a really good, sharp hop flavour up front - perhaps grapefruit. A touch of those sweet malts in the background as well. Quite good flavours for a lager.

Aftertaste: the bittering hops linger nicely. An all-round good lager in my humble opinion.

Mouth feel: a very clean mouth feel - medium in body with a higher but fine carbonation. Really a well put together beer.

Overall: good beer. If you're after a good quality lager, this is much pretty spot on.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 04:25:20 | More by SmashPants
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(poured into a 0.5L Euro pint)

A: fairly clear, musty gold (yellow-orange) color - slightest haze - sticky/spongy white head that leaves some lace and maintains a cap

S: is that hops?! noble, German variety - herbal, grassy/leafy - undercurrent of white grape (vinous), apple, and maybe apricot - sugar-cookie thing going on (malt), a touch bread-doughy

T: wow! pretty darn hoppy (for the style and origin), noticeably grassy/leafy and bitter, with a mild flowery, herbal finish - starts off white-grape fruity, but does develop into an unmistakable pink grapefruit flavor - quite a nice, fullish malt foundation of the Pils or Pale variety - malt flavor comes up late, residual in the finish, however, just a bit more sweetness and or depth would be lovely

M: really clean but hardly lifeless - not quite full, moderately smooth - most of it is felt up front, does rapidly fade off dry - very mellow feeling off peppery spike and herbal cooling on the back of the tongue

O: not bad at all! bitter, but not biting - somewhat surprised and delighted by the malty goodness - looks and tastes a good bit German (as in Kölsch) - very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 17:27:51 | More by Bouleboubier
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FLima

Brazil

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice bright golden color. It made just a thin head, though I got it on tap. Faint aroma of sweet bready malt.
Light body with a medium carbonation with small bubbles. Perfected balanced beer.
Very crisp and refreshing taste, delicious zesty and piney flavor. Bitter aftertaste. This is definitively among the top range of beers with high drinkability I have tasted so far.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 19:03:28 | More by FLima
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Parrotshake

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pils glass a medium coppery colour with a few fingers of head. Smells quite nice, toasty grain, citrus & grass, very fresh.

Lovely bready malts, no offputting lagery characteristics. Biggish hop flavors with hints of grapefruit and black tea. Bitter for the style. Soft carbonation, crisp finish, not boring in the slightest but extremely drinkable.

With this I believe I've tried all the Harviestoun beers available on our shores. I dig what these guys do.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 07:20:25 | More by Parrotshake
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small, fading white head.
Nose shows herbal and spicy hops, some resinous notes and bready malt.
Flavours include more bready malt and spicy, earthy and herbal hops.
Light body, moderate carbonation.
Good quaffer for those warmer days.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 08:03:49 | More by CrazyDavros
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emerge077

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft in an imperial pint at Fountainhead. Thanks Acme!

Brassy copper color with steadily rising trails of carbonation visible. Dense and creamy cap of off white foam that has a finely textured meringue surface. It leaves lots of lacing in the glass and looks great.

Aroma is mainly husky grains, bready malts and fairly floral in the hop department. Feels very smooth as if on nitro, creamy and medium bodied. Malt forward, English in character with a pleasant hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Full flavored and full bodied for a lager, pretty nice in fact. Would drink this regularly if it was more widely available.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 18:17:39 | More by emerge077
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty decent brew. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, frothy, off-white head that settles after a bit and a smidgen of lace. Color is a gold amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is fresh beer, malt, hop, a little fruit and spice. Flavor's like nose, plus sweet in the front, bittler on top, tang on the sides; some grain and a little hop floral. Body and carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, of average length and very easy drinking. Tasty, but a little pricey.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 03:58:03 | More by drpimento
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. It's great to have Harviestoun beers in BC. They are perfect examples of how beers can be "small" but flavourful. BC brewers could learn a thing or two from them. This lager pours a bright golden colour. Fruity, honey aromas with floral notes pour forth. Great easy-drinking mouthfeel with enough hops on the finish to balance. A terrific session beer for summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 16:36:38 | More by CookstLiquor
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flagmantho

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: lightly sweet aroma with interplaying characters of malt, grain and breadiness. A light and almost-spicy noble hop character is also present.

Taste: robust malt character with a lot of bready character. The hops kick in a mild but balanced bitterness and a spicy noble flavor. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess. Surprising given the light apparent effervescence. I quite like it; it's especially good given the style.

Overall: a very drinkable and refreshing pale lager, I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 04:25:06 | More by flagmantho
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doktorhops

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is exciting: a Harviestoun beer to review. These guys kick ass. I have thus far reviewed their Bitter & Twisted (actually a favourite of mine now), and Old Engine Oil (a fine example of a Stout). This brew promises to have the Harviestoun touch; aka a beer that tastes like it was poured from a pull-tap in Edinburgh (or elsewhere in Scotland), yum. Yep I said "yum"... yum.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein.

A: Looks almost exactly like the Bitter & Twisted; cloudy honey coloured body with a nice dense 1cm cream head that holds fairly well... yum.

S: A nice fruity citrus aroma, are you sure you're a lager? OK then. Grains also undetectable in the bouquet, but that's certainly nothing to complain about, who says that a lager has to smell grainy? Nothing wrong with ale-like aromas in a lager, in fact it's quite intriguing... hmm.

T: My foot this is a lager- with such prominent ale characters this is definitely an ale-in-lager-clothing. Again not complaining, however there are probably some dyed in the wool lager drinkers who would be disappointed with the ale-ness of this lager... they however can switch back to their XXXX, Heineken, Budweiser or whatever else they drink - you leave this full-bodied, citric hop and caramel malt flavoured gem alone! Bastards!

M: Medium to full bodied with a subtle and appreciated amount of carbonation.

D: Drinktastic in my opinion, but then comes the dilemma of how to score this. As a typical lager it's terrible, but for me this is what makes it great. I hate typical lagers - boring drunk cold, and disgusting drunk at room temp. This lager (ale) is a gem of a find, however I don't see it replacing Bitter & Twisted as one of my favourites it's definitely something of a nice surprise and I will likely get it again, cheers Harviestoun!

Food match: Seafood springs to mind... yes, I am a vegetarian and it is a worry that seafood springs to mind... oysters on the half shell or a decent crumbed calamari, with a nice light salad... yum.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 09:17:09 | More by doktorhops
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, the house mouse a bit harder to locate on this particular mountain-fresh label.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of densely foamy, somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a grotesque array of painted lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of crisp crackery, biscuity, bready, grainy malt (all that and more!), a mild tart citrus fruitiness, and sassy leafy, earthy hops - wow - I'm not so sure that this isn't a Czech Pils. The taste is a more blended form of the grainy maltiness from the aroma, though the biscuit character continues to stand out, the citrus maintains a solid presence, not really delving into any particular variety, and the hops stay golden, in their nice leafy, fruity, fresh hay-like effort at lulling me in.

The bubbles are on the level, just a little frizzy, the body an appropriate medium-light weight, and smooth enough in the face of the prickly hop intrusions. It finishes damned-near dry, the hops pulling out all the stops, which isn't to say that the malt, in all its lovely multivaried goodness, doesn't have some last words for this happy imbiber.

Flowery, enamoured, a tad indulgent, you may say. Whatevs, this is a kick-ass example of the style, and quite ripe for promotion to a more heady classification. Try if you can.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 01:57:32 | More by biboergosum
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving small patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has moderately strong aromas of grassy and spicy hops along with some notes of citrus floral hops.
T: The hop flavors in the taste are similar to those in the smell and also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and a moderate amount of dryness throughout the taste.
O: This lager is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties with its dryness. It’s quite unique because normally you only see this much hops in IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 19:36:06 | More by metter98
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Lager glass. Enjoyed on apr´12. Bright golden color. Crystal clear appearance. White, dense, crown with fairly good retention. Sweet malt aroma, floral hints. Crisp upfront & sweet maltiness. Flavors involved by sweet/sour fruitness & subtle puckering touch. Evident bitterness showing citric notes. Gentle clean bitter palate. Medium body, soft carbonation. Slightly fruity aftertaste. Interesting hop selection : Challenger, Styrian Golding & Hallertau Hersbrucker. Very pleasant drinkability. Well balanced flavors & aromas. An elegant lager above the regular average. Highly recommended as refreshing session beer

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 17:33:34 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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IPA35

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping style in mind with regard to the notes ofcourse.

Darker than most macrolagers, not a huge amount of carbonation. White head with good lacing. Poured in a pint glass.

Smells clean and refreshing. Some hops, herbal and slightly citric. Light malts. Appearantly this contains both barley and wheat, interesting for a lager.

Tastes like a lager, quite bitter actually but the hops also give it a slight fruity sweetness. Balanced, not much in the way of nasty off-flavours as you get with many macrolagers.

Thin mouthfeel, not overly watery and medium (to low) carbonation.

Overal a nice refreshing lager, one of the beter ones I have had (mostly macro's).

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 15:35:06 | More by IPA35
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dispensed a hazed, yellow body with a small, snow white head.

Smell: Pith-heavy lemon peels, lesser notes of spice and herb over a subtle, very understated base of lightly crisped barley.

Taste: Lightly (and briefly) sweet, simple particularly pale maltiness. Dull spiciness with a sharp lemon burst accompanying the hop bitterness. Dry, lightly spicy finish with that pithy lemon quality still gripping the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Schiehallion has that strong lemony tone I felt their Bitter & Twisted had, leaving it just a bit too Lemon Pledge-y for me.

Serving type: cask

01-29-2012 16:11:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It seems this beer has finally made it to America, or at least on a larger scale.

Using my Peroni pilsner type glass for this one. Crystal clear, golden straw color with a continuouse supply of light bubbles rising to the surface.

There is a nice floral aroma coming out of the hops.

Definitely some classic lager taste here, don't know how else to describe that. In addition there is a little more hop character, not my favorite.

Mouthfeel is just mildly dry. And then there is some tannic character, like licking a broken open banana peel but not nearly as intense as a banana peel.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 18:45:06 | More by Doppelbockulus
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In cask at Novare Res. Nice beer.

In a pint glass the beer was a golden color with a medium white head.

Outdoors, grassy aroma. Fairly sweet.

Taste of corn, grassy hops. A little grapefruit.

Crisp and refreshing.

A very drinkable beer; it goes down quite easily.

Serving type: cask

01-08-2012 16:53:11 | More by lordofthewiens
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

golden yellow color that gave way with a fizzy white head that quicky dropped off with only minimal lacing involved.

aroma is light grains, bready malts, a hint of light bittering hops but nothing special really, until i take the first taste and I am blown away by how good this one is, crisp, clean and nearly perfect carbonation gives way to a classic lager. i had no clue this one was coming. notes of clove, quick hits of light hops and grain, a healthy dose of bready malts and a smooth, clean and wonderfully refreshing finish

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 18:54:00 | More by mikesgroove
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangey amber colour with a white, foamy head that is about a couple of millimetres thick.

Clean smelling and light on the nose but with a little work I can detect some corn, bitter hops and a very faint amount of grain along with a biscuit like aroma at the end.

Corn and some floral, grassy hops this time leading to a pretty crisp taste. It has very little grain, some biscuit like flavour and a light buttery sweet flavour towards the end.

Medium bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a nice crisp, refreshing finish. This one is a treat in this department and I can't really fault it too much; excellent especially for the style.

A pretty good craft lager and one of the nicest of the style that I have tried so far.

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Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 22:58:45 | More by flyingpig
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dansmcd

Australia

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Three full fingers of frothy white head tower over the crystal clear yellowy amber below. Chunky blobs of lace adorn the glass.

S - Crackers and buttered corn on the cob. Very pilsner like in aroma.

T - Clean, fresh grassy hops with a solid malt backing. An unfortunate metallic flavour emerges as it warms.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation.

O - Refreshing. Not a bad lager. Decent balance of flavours. Drink it cold.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 12:53:58 | More by dansmcd
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heygeebee

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm - unsure about this one.

Pours a darker colour than most euro-lagers, head good, fades tho. Good lace.

Smell more a hoppy pilsenser

Hop driven taste, much drier initially than you might expect, in a good way. A bit grassy as well. However, a intensely bitter aftertaste creeps up after a while that is Not Good to this palate. Almost like the good dry taste morphs into something more sinister.... 1 year to go on BB as well.

Mouthfeel is great. Good and solid.

Overall , a beer of two halves. Don't know if it's off or not. Sad.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 07:25:32 | More by heygeebee
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danieelol

Australia

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have been drinking this one for a while now. All of Harviestoun's range (well, arguably excluding Ola Dubh) offer exceptional value for money here in Australia.

Pours pilsener yellow with a nice head.

Nose is pilsenerish malt, herbal "skunk". Nice and hoppy. Green apple combo.

Hops slightly more complex and leafy in the taste, again against a slightly sweet bed of malt. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Body and carb is that of any lager. Slight with good hit of carb, and better cold.

Overall a very nice beer. Used to be an A- on here. I'm probably slightly more inclined to opt for the Bitter and Twisted because it can be a bit more aromatic. Subtle, drinkable and affordable. Go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 08:41:21 | More by danieelol
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Schiehallion from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.