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

Gordon Finest ScotchGordon Finest Scotch

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BA SCORE
83
good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%


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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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 19:41:12 | More by Sunnanek
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 22:16:13 | More by OWSLEY069
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ksimons

New York

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 22:50:40 | More by ksimons
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benfons

Belgium

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 23:08:02 | More by benfons
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leonardopacu

Brazil

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 16:11:01 | More by leonardopacu
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 20:56:53 | More by BlackHaddock
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ccrida

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 04:47:34 | More by ccrida
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 15:41:04 | More by Sammy
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 17:44:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TheSarge

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 16:17:55 | More by TheSarge
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 22:23:30 | More by drpimento
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 19:51:49 | More by Suds
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thierrynantes

France

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 10:24:35 | More by thierrynantes
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 03:35:18 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 17:23:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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AlexLMS

Portugal

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 16:06:36 | More by AlexLMS
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Sigmund

Norway

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 21:39:27 | More by Sigmund
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 22:57:06 | More by seanyfo
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Bierschenker

Belgium

4.65/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 16:16:52 | More by Bierschenker
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RodneyFarva

Spain

3.43/5  rDev -6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 15:12:22 | More by RodneyFarva
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Mar02x

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 18:06:37 | More by Mar02x
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 12:08:06 | More by ThaCreep
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2007 21:01:21 | More by jdhilt
Gordon Finest Scotch from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
83 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.