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

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Gordon Finest ScotchGordon Finest Scotch

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BA SCORE
82
good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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2/5  rDev -44.8%

whartontallboy, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, May 01, 2008
Photo of Keegan
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Keegan, Jul 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Moyaboroda, Sep 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

dcmchew, Nov 02, 2013
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.

titvs, Yesterday at 09:07 PM
Photo of drpimento
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this bottle from a shop on the corner across from the train station in Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium. Think there's something wrong there as a lot of the beers have off flavors and aromas - even in cans. No idea why. Anyway, this one poured with an excellent head and lots of lace. Great mahoganey color. Aroma has definite skunk. After being open for a bit fades. Good scotch ale, but a little oversweet in a neutral way. Very nice body. If it weren't for the skunk thing, good beer. Good mouth and carbonation. Scotch ale finish, a bit warming. Little too sweet and strong for a session.

drpimento, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Coren
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Coren, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of ThaCreep
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.

ThaCreep, Mar 28, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark brown body with some golden-amber hues along the edges and capped by a frothy, whitish head.

Smell: Sweet-scented, bready malts with a note of fruity apricots and a minor whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, lightly grainy barley with a trickle of corn syrup and hint of light caramel. Touch of overripe apricot fruitiness. Fairly faint hop presence with a rather light bitterness. Finishes sweet, lightly fruity, and some lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: This one came across as a bit too sweet and with a surprisingly noticeable alcohol component - not what I'm looking for in a Scotch Ale. I had a bottle by myself and later split one with friends. Two doses and neither managed to pique my interest.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 30, 2009
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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-a deep ruby brown with a fingers worth of tan head that leaves quickly but leaves some stickiness on the glass

S-rich malts, sweet dark fruits, and a bite of alcohol

T-rich malts with a slight bitterness, lots of fruity sweetness, and alcohol

M-full body, moderate carbonation, chewy

Overall is good, but not my favorite of scotch ales, I think due to a bit of unevenness of flavors, a little too sticky sweet

ksimons, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Suds
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.

Suds, May 20, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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

RodneyFarva, Feb 14, 2012
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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.

Mar02x, Nov 27, 2011
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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.

Sigmund, Mar 15, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

RS3Sport, May 19, 2012
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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.

ccrida, Nov 07, 2009
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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.

jdhilt, Jun 25, 2007
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2006.

Appearance : dark brown red color, with abundant tan foamy head.
Smell : slightly bitter malt
Taste and mouthfeel : strong malt taste with bitterness behind, soft and long finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Scotch Ale.

thierrynantes, Nov 29, 2008
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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

leonardopacu, Jul 21, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

benfons, Feb 16, 2011
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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.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 28, 2013
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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.

Sammy, Oct 08, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

PaF, Jul 30, 2013
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Gordon Finest Scotch from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
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