Edinburgh No. 3 | Stewart Brewing Ltd

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Brewed by:
Stewart Brewing Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dithyramb on 03-23-2005

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Zimbo:
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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strange how this is considered to be 'retired' given the facts that it has never been taken off the Stewart Brewery website and that I just had in yesterday at the Bow Bar (via the usual air pressure).

Absolutely gorgeous to the eye. Intense dark opaque chestnut brown to black. Some orangey light does get throught the bottom of the glass while at the top there is a very tight and very thick smooth head.

Very smooth, very nutty and silky with a long savoury mealy body which really shows all those different types of malts well.

Better than the long gone Young's No 3 on which this was based, this is another shining example of how things are improving in the Scottish beer scene.

And just to repeat, THIS BEER IS NOT RETIRED!!

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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the 7th Annual Kingdom of Fife Beer Festival.

Pours a deep red/garnet with a bubbly cream-coloured head. Lovely nose of caramel malts with some fruit as well and a touch of hops but the malt is firmly in control. Nice sweet caramel malts at first then some fruit hints, and then marvellously opening up into a rich earthy hop finish. Suprising for an 80/-. I love it. Smooth as silk with a nice substantial mouthfeel. This may well be my favourite 80/- of all time. Wonderously satisfying, and sensuously smooth, I could drink this all night. The touch of fruit and the hoppy finish make this an intriguing 80/- and well worth the effort to seek it out.

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4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Guildford Arms in Edinburgh, produced by a small, independent brewer located in Edinburgh, but saw at a few of the pubs in the area. Since I didn't hear of it before, I just assumed it was something that just didn't end up on our side of the pond. Instead, it was a deliciously tasty ultra-crafted cask.

Poured a deep amber tinged brown, with a thin head and limited lacing. Expected just a bit more from a cask ale.

Explained as “My favorite beer!” by the cute, smart, and beer educated waitress. It had sweet roasted malt aromas.

Pure toasted malt goodness, with no hops to speak of. Deep flavors of caramel and chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Finished clean, with just a very slight hint of hops and a full mouthfeel.
Deceptively smooth and creamy, almost begging you to have several more. It teamed up with several foods and most of a Champions league game.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a half-pint glass. Reviewed November 2010.

A: Looks porter-ish. Barely translucent with a dark-brown core and reddish edges. Nice. Thin head fades over time.

S: Flat and absent.

T: Initially, a wonderful caramel flavour with a slight mocha edge. Sadly, the dominant main flavour is more watery and mostly unsupported. The aftertaste is bland and disappointing.

M: Medium-bodied; smooth but boring.

D: Kind of yummy, but also not that great. Too watery to be that good/drinkable. Meh.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh my goodness, I have just found my new favourite beer. OK so I am biased as I do mainly drink Scottish ales, however this has taken me aback, how can a beer this good not be better known.

It is the regular beer in the State Bar in Glasgow, I just wish a bar 300 miles further north would take it.

The beer pours a ruby brown colour with a delightfully thick head that maintained consistency all the way down.

The nose was heavenly malts with hints of caramel and vanilla. These continued through to the taste, again all malty however done in a way that was not sickly sweet, but really tasty and very easy to drink.

The mouthfeel was medium-heavy perfect for a Scottish beer. As for drinkability; we went there one night with the intention of having a pint, we stayed there until our body clocks told us it was time to go home, but then returned the next night. Yes this beer is that good.

This has to go into the beers to try before you die list.

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Edinburgh No. 3 from Stewart Brewing Ltd
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 8 ratings