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

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BA SCORE
83
good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
John Martin's (John Martin SA) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierschenker on 06-22-2006)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L`autre Oeil
with Mathieu. Served somewhat too cold, taste definately improved as warmed. Dark brown with a white head and lacey. Bottle expiring September 2011. Complex malt,and that comes through in the aroma, carbonation right there. Understated as a scotch, but that is a good thing.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I know this beer is served in it’s own tulip at bars. They are magnificent, formed to represent the Scottish thistle. But I do not posses one, so I used a Bush Snifter. I immediately noticed the difference. In the Gordon glass the head remains firm and in the snifter it collapsed almost immediately.
The head is coloured grey brown. A strong head develops which is creamy and contains small bubbles against the glass and large ones in the middle.
The colour is a strong dark brown, but when held against the light it becomes a dark Bordeaux red.
The odour is great, strong malt and alcohol. The malt is chocolate like, heavy bitter tones, but also sweet caramel. Tones of cold coffee and hops in the back. I would dare to make a slight resemblance with the burnt coffee scent found in stout.
The taste does remind me a little of stout. Quite strong carbonation sets in. Followed by a strong bitter hop and chocolate malt tone. The caramel swirls around the tongue but is not omnipresent. Alcohol is easily noticeable.
Aftertaste is warm, burnt coffee bean and pure chocolate enveloped in caramel. Syrup like feeling.

Great beer, one of my favourites, though I prefer the X-mas edition even more.

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2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown/burgundy color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with some medium sweet notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some medium sweet malt with some notes of caramel malt. I could not detect any peat malt which is usually a characteristic that I enjoy in this style. Body is a bit thin and somewhat watery for the style with some good carbonation and alcohol is not discernable. I was a bit disappointed by this one, I thought it lack body and some smoke notes.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shocked to discover I hadn't reviewed this beer before, anyway, here goes:

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 11th Jun 2011 and poured into one of its own Thistle shaped glasses.

It looked 'the business', a full off-white head sat on top of the reddy-brown, ruby-mahogany body. The body was clear and see-through.

Malty molasses, giving off a toffee style aroma is all my nose could pick up, nice!

Sweet, turning drier in the aftertaste. The alcohol is very evident, the toffee and molasess try to mask it, but just about fail to do so. Black treacle on brown toast with a richness from a well buttered malt loaf sort of taste.

Far too drinkable for such a strong beer (my bottle claimed 8.0%ABV).

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3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown robe with red highlights marked. Nose that smells sweet caramel and red fruits (plum) and touches of yeast strong enough at the nostrils. Aftertaste of spice fairly strong but that is fairly typical Belgian and not really Scottish. There is also a post-peat flavor. Much bitterness is noticeable in the finish.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

33 cl bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 8.6%. Copper colour, large beige head. Pleasant aroma of malts, caramel and hops. The flavour is very sweet as expected, malts, sugar and caramel galore, but the sweetness is to some degree balanced by decent hops, which linger in the aftertaste. Still, the beer is sweeter than I’d like it to be. But at 8.6% ABV, this is not an easy-drinking refreshment beer anyway. Worth a try, when you know what to expect.

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3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with three fingers of tan head that sinks into rocky lumpiness, lacing doesn't stick too well to the glass; furthermore, the beer has a clear and dark amber copper colored body.

The aroma is buttery as well as a hint of leather. Citrus hops aroma is detectable too.

The taste is more complex than I thought. It's a little citrusy hops up front, with chocolate in the middle to the end.

MF wise it's not too thick, but would still be full bodied. The carbonation levels are good, leaves the palate wet, and the alcohol warmness is barely detectable.

Overall a good beer and easy drinker. It's a little sweeter than expected. This is my intro to the style, so I'll have to try a few more Scotch Ales in order to get a grasp on the style.

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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes 6/1/2007 pours a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Raisin nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is mellow raisin/prune, burnt chocolate finish. On-tap €3.80 ($5.21) for a 330ml glass from Le Faucon Restaurant Brussels, Belgium.

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

Pours a deep amber to brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, earthy and a small roast. In the taste, earthy and peet like, with a nice small, sweet roast. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earth in the aftertaste. Nice earthiness and a small alcohol presence, but tasty.

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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle, labeled complete with a thistle and tartan, this beer is a dark brown color with a thin white head. Despite the Scottish overtones, this isn't quite to style. The beer has a malt and phenol smell, with a touch of alcohol and some dried fruit notes. The malt character isn't quite the bready, smoked scent that I'd expected. Perhaps it's brewing location makes a difference, because the beer has a distinctly Belgian profile. The taste has a specific caramelized sugar flavor and a spicy finish. It's not bad, but it's not like a traditional scotch ale. The mouthfeel is solid, full, and a little carbonic. There is clearly some warmth from the ABV. This is a decent beer, but not quite what I was hoping, given the label.

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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark, whith a wonderfull stanp, apperence of a Stout
S: smell like cofee,tofee and chocolate
T: very taste of coffe and tosted malte, very malted beer, alcool remarkable
M: Medium
D: Not large drinkability, but well in a cool day.
Dranked in a pub in Bergamo.Italy

Photo of seanyfo
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into proper gordons tulip glass, deep mahogany brown body, with towering 3 finger, tan brown head that is sustained throughout, nice brussels lacing. looks great

S- lots of sweet bready malts, some honey and sweet raisin/prunes, some slight wholewheat toasty notes

T- sweetness is more subdued in the taste, it is very well balanced between the roasted notes and the slightly dry hop finish, very subtle yet tasty. Reminds me of a less flavoursome skullsplitter - ideal if you dont want something so syrupy sweet. Alcohol is very well hidden, feels like a session beer

M- low to medium carbonation, well balanced mouthfeel, not too syrupy on the finish, nice and clean, borders on thin

D- Very high so dangerous for the abv, could drink a few easy, a nice brew without the syrupyness of skullsplitter and very well balanced. Mouthfeel maybe a little thin, but overall, good.

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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl (picked up at a grocery store in the Brussels train station), unfortunately without the sweet thistle to go with it, but great packaging. Poured into my Delirium snifter, Gordon Finest Scotch is a dark rubby with a big light tan head the leaves scattered foamy lace.

Smell is sweet and fruity, strong grape, some noble hops.

Taste is also rather fruity Belgian esters, which overwhelm the caramel malt and light leafy hops. I like grape flavored BSDAs, and while it's a good enough beer, as a Scotch ale the esters are a bit out of style. Still, this one grew on me as I worked though.

Mouthfeel is sticky, a little light bodied for the style (again, betraying it's Belgian roots).

Drinkability is pretty good as light and sweet. A bit disappointing at first, but it grew on me, and had some subtle complexity from the tea-like hops.

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