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

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Bierschenker
4.67/5  rDev +29%
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.

Photo of MQ3867
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +16%

Photo of BlackHaddock
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).

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.

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of vhmf1978
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of OWSLEY069
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.

Photo of shwami
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Morningstorm
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of AlexLMS
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured into proper Gordon’s glass (nice start!). Clear despite the deep amber colour. The head is medium brown, huge and dense. Excellent retention and lots of lacings.
Aroma: not very strong vinous aroma. Caramel malt, slightly toasty and dark fruits notes.
Taste: roasted malts, bitter coffee, alcoholic vinous, dark chocolate notes, brown sugar and herbal hop presence.
Mouthfeel: creamy and velvety mouthfeel, medium carbonation and a full, rich body. Well-disguised high alcoholic strength.
Finish: lingering bitter and roasted aftertaste.

Overall: a very good beer. Well balanced, complex and enjoyable.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Quentin Matsijs in Antwerp...

Poured from the bottle into a beautiful thistle glass. Clear dark brown with mahogany highlights with a dense khaki head. Smells of dark earthy malt with just a hint of smokiness.

Tastes of dark earthy malt, some underlying fruitiness but mostly the malt shines as it should. Malty but not heavy, a medium body on this beer. Easy drinker and surprisingly good. Not the peatiest scotch ale you'll have but is a good ale in its own right.

Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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 PaF
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 AndrewK
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of benfons
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark caramel colour, goes to chocolate almost, small but dense head

S: coffee, malts, caramel, and something between peach and pineapple

T: Coffee, and caramel again, apricot, malts and hops at he end, less balanced then you would expect from the taste.

M/D Creamy , good carbonation

Good but not really my style.

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.

Photo of leonardopacu
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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