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Gordon Finest Scotch - John Martin's (John Martin SA)

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierschenker on 06-22-2006

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Photo of endovelico
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Endowed of a fine balance of butterscotchy, earthy, dark malts and herbal aromatics this beer is an excellent gateway brew and a perennial favorite of mine. Ironically, It is somewhat heavier than your usual Scotch Ale, with a heavy sweet liquor like palate denouncing it's clear Belgian provenance. While It is not a beer without its flaws - the mid-palate lacks complexity and some examples showcase a strong off putting mossy aroma - there's no denying the charm of the formula.

Photo of BeerTruck
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with a ruby tinge, little carbonation, no head, filtered.

S: Toasted malts, a barrel quality.

T: Toasted malts, a barrel quality, scotch quality, molasses.

M: Medium thick syrupy body, low carbonation.

O: My first Belgian Highland Ale. Drank Dec 1, 2013.

Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +16%

Photo of GRUUMSH
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 9E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 3.25 14:39. AROMA: very present and somewhat artificial, sweet malty caramel aroma. alcohols have a slight solventy character. no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: ruby color and clear. good moussy head with low retention. low alcohol derived viscosity. TASTE: sweet caramel like flavours with notes of roasted malt. no hop flavours and low bitterness. finishes sweet. PALATE: medium body with medium-low carbonation. low alcohol warmth. OVERALL: a scotch ale that gives an artifical impression with strong caramel flavours.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MQ3867
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of vhmf1978
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of dcmchew
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Coren
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of PaF
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear copper pour with a tall, somewhat uneven, pale brown head. Rich lacings after the slow dissipation.

S: Roasted dark malt, almost like overroasted toast. Bitter hops are very mild. Creamy.

T: Lots of dark dried fruits. Sweet like hard-candy-sweetness. Malty! Coffee galore.

M: Aftertaste is roasted but short. Body is full, while carbonation is mild.

O: A nice, interesting Belgian take on the Scotch Ale.

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Keegan
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of AndrewK
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5 liter into pint glass

pours a deep mahogany brown with reddish tinges and a billowy 4 finger head which left nice lacing.

smells of strong malt and sweetness, some yeastiness as well

flavor is rich malts, some sweetness of caramel, a bit of smokiness, somewhat toffee like as well.

high carbonation makes for a nice balance.

alcohol well-hidden, but a bit one-dimensional compared to other scotch ales I have tried

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of falcon1
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Mar02x
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer in Roots (a pub in Vlissingen, the Neterlands). They change the tap beers quite often, and that is alway a good thing. It would help if the owner would stop smoking inside and kept his dog outside.

A - A off white head on top of a dark brown beer.

S - Malts only.

T - Sweet in front and bitter in the end, in between there is some candy sugar to be discovered.

M - Soft carbonation and a light bitter finish.

O - A nice tasting beer but not really special and complex.

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Gordon Finest Scotch from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.