Wildcat | Cairngorm Brewery Company, The

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Brewed by:
Cairngorm Brewery Company, The
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deep amber coloured ale with a complex malt and fruit flavour, with a delicate bitterness from Challenger and Fuggles hops. Strong and distinctive.

Added by GreenCard on 06-24-2004

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at a local bar

Pours with a dark amber body, creamy caramel head.

Smell, roasted malt, some sweetness

Taste, creamy mouthfeel, caramel and toffee, some hot bitterness on the finish

An interesting and full flavoured ale, i'd definatly have this again if i ever found it

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ivanwatling
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark with a rich, thick, creamy head. Head was very lively and fun to watch.

Smell: Very pronounced, malty, pleasant

Taste: Thick and malty, typical of a dark malt beer. Well balanced biterness creeps in after the initial taste on the pallete.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant aftertaste

Drinkability: Very more-ish, could happily drink this all night but would probably leave me comatose.

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Photo of chinchill
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

500 ml brown bottle with a BB date stamp of 28 Jan. 2016. Consumed at the end of April 2015 in Largoward, Scotland.

Dark red-brown body has a decent head and leaves sticky lacing.

Unusual floral-spicy aroma. The flavor is also unexpected, suggesting wild yeast or bacteria in Wildcat. Complex, floral-fruity-spicy, but challenging flavor. No indication of this on the label's description, so this may be a contaminated bottle. This seems most likely in the aftertaste, but this may just be a somewhat unfortunate mix of earthy-spicy hops. It is drinkable.

O: disappointing.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At home: 500ml bottle, best before 28 Aug 2013, poured into a UK pint sleeve on 26 sep 2012.

Lovely amber coloured body with a full, deep foam head, like an off-white snow blanket.

The nose is all about roasted and toasted malts: they indicate a rich, strong malty brew is below and they are not far wrong.

The taste as the aroma suggests is malty molasses with some butterscotch and caramel added into the mix: this isn't overly sweet though, so some hops must help to give it a balance and slight bitter finish.

The body feel isn't as rich or creamy as the nose would have you believe: this is robust brew more than a smooth one. A Winter Warmer sort of beer without the Smoking Jacket.

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Photo of vinicole
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A cask pint in 'spoons Edinburgh (The Standing Order).
Light chestnut colour with a thin tight head.
Biscuit and caramel malt smell.
Some spice, fruit and earthy hops in the taste.
Moderate body. Quite smooth.

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Photo of utfiero
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- medium walnut brown. Slight head.

Aroma- roasty and lightly smoked.

Taste- a rich, pleasing malt forward Scottish ale finishing with lingering roasted notes and mild hops. A good session beer.

Served from a cask at the Castle Tavern in Inverness, Scotland.

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Photo of Mark
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to the Lord Moon of The Mall pub for having so many guest ales during the week. This was also the strongest beer I had on cask this past trip (5.1) It's a deep copper beer with a well formed thin head, bubby lace that is spotty adorns the glass. Fresh fruity aroma with grainy malt. Smooth finish, malt dominated but noticible fruity hops as well. Alcohol is way more evident in this beer compared to other cask offerings. Medium bodied beer that I found most appropriate for winter time.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Dark cesnut brown, clear,very nice sized light tan, thick bubbly head. In the aroma rich dark malts dominate, with fruit and hints of smoke, very enjoyable. The taste is very malty indeed, biter yet with rich fruitiness a chocolaty finish and a wee touch of drying alcohol.I like this. A goods mouthfeel. Pretty thick, smooth and good. I drank this on the warm side and it was a great drinkable ale.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: deep amber, great clarity, a medium layer of off-white foam flattens to a sudsy film within 60 seconds

Aroma: inviting semi-sweet almondy/candy-like aroma, caramelly malts, ethereal hops, toffee

Flavor: less sweet than expected from the aroma, quite a toasty malt profile with a touch of roast, the woody hop flavor comes in along-side a pert bitterness, hop flavor is a bit "pukey", finishes quite dry with a tangy and bitterish aftertaste with a slight meatiness

Mouthfeel: medium body with light carbonation, a bit astringent

Overall Impression: This is purportedly one of their most popular beers. I can see why... it appeals to the widest range of palates (i.e.- not very complex). Not every beer needs to be complex or interesting, but that's usually something that I look for in a beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest head that leaves minimal lace. The color on the darker side of amber. Appears to be perfectly clear. 

Light smokiness to the heavily malted aroma. Black cherry in the background.   No notable hop nose. 

Mildly sweet with a good dose of nuttiness. The ending has a nice bitter hop bite. Full "round" body, but with enough spritz to bring it balance. There's a creaminess to the flavor I wasn't expecting.  It seems to be cross between a Scotch and a Brown Ale.

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Photo of ironmark666
2.11/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of windypete
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.19/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Cask into glass mug (I was as puzzled as you are) at the Bridge House pub, Belfast. Reviewed from notes.

A: Brown-amber colour; clear. Thick head of poor retention.

Sm: Delightful barley, very hoppy. Nutty.

T: Nutty. Otherwise rather bland. Very one note. It's easy to balance one note. Poorly built.

Mf: This real ale is horribly thin and watery. Too smooth.

Dr: Hides its ABV well, but I'd pass over this one, lads.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at a local bar

A - Pours with a ruby red body with a , toffee caramel thick 2 finger head.

S- lots of roasted malts, toffee, grains and a very noticeable nutty quality

T- Very creamy and moreish, lots of maltiness, toffee again, a hazelnut quality lingers on the tongue well after the swallow. A nice alcoholic kick on the finish aswell. I found this hard to believe it was 5.1abv, felt more like a 6.5-7% due to the warm alcoholic feel.

M - Medium carbonation, creamy and thick, very moreish.

D - I would have to say this is my favourite cask ale to date, was a super unexpected surprise for me. Im not a lover of scottish ale but this has made me want to persue more examples of the style more. This was a lovely winter warmer beer.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown to the eye with a strong appearance in the glass this had good head retention and a full nose. Has a tastily dark, deep, and nutty earthiness to it with some elements of caramel and chocolate which are all well integrated. Some firm and lengthy hop bitterness too.
I've heard some people say this can be inconsistent but this has not generally been my experience. It is always a winner in my books.
For quite some time was my favourite Scottish 'bitter'.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep red with white head, no lacing. Nose is winey and raisin. Taste is Christmas pudding - molasses and dark fruit - up front with musty, leafy hops cutting at the end. Dry, bitter finish. Medium feel.

Drinks alot darker than it looks. A lot going on, but no need for a second bottle.

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Photo of Hanglow
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Sexmortus
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Cairngorm, and a fairly good one.

Ruby-mahogany with a head that forms a thick, but small head. Rich butterscotch smell with a little bit of demerara sugar added to it.

Rich, buttery taste and hints of coffee and brown sugar. A bit of smoke in there. Very little to no presence of hops on the tongue.

Nice and creamy, not spectacular but quite pleasant. A session beer, even at 5.1%.

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmacphail
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This unique beer pours a dark mahoganny colour with an off white head that settled into a very thin film.

The nose was dominated by roasted malts and caramel with a hint of figs thrown in. A burnt malty taste with a hint of fruit and hops then swirled nicely around the taste buds with a medium-thick body feel. A caramel aftertaste then followed.

There was also a variety of bitter-sweet spices throughout the duration of the drink. Although this was nice the first time, I found this beer too rich and complex in flavours to be very drinkable. I declined the offer of a second in favour of something less filling. Worth a try, but in my opinion, not a session ale.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle (£1.59 from Sainsburys):
A deep copper colour that is clear and topped with a two fingers tall, foamy white head that settles in a nice, thick looking dome shape.

Light on the nose with some earthly hops and nice, roasted malts along with a touch of sweetness and some light grain. This is rounded off with some bitterness and a touch of toffee too.

Pretty much like the aroma with some earthy malts and hops plus a bit of bitterness that compliments the sweet malts. It is more bitter towards the end with a sort of burnt caramel/toffee taste as well.

Medium with moderate carbonation and an almost creamy, bitter feel to the beer with a touch of grain and a dry finish.

This looked great but started to fade after that, it had a nice body and a good creamy palate but it was lacking in both taste and smell with the beer relying too much on the earthy malts and hops taste.

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Photo of arizcards
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spent time in Aviemore the last week of April and had to try a few of the local beers.

This brew poured a copper color, with a white head which left a decent lacing. Nose was malty and not much else. The caramel malts predominated the taste. Initially the taste had a nutty finish. Mouthfeel was crisp and clean with a light to medium body. Overall drinkability was good. The abv makes this a sessionable beer and the overall feel to it was quite refreshing.

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Photo of BILF
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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