Celtic Brown | John Martin's (John Martin SA)

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Celtic BrownCeltic Brown

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John Martin's (John Martin SA)

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tjd25 on 07-02-2004

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 8
Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted 2003.
Appearance : beautiful dark ruby color with a small tan head.
Smell : nose of alcohol, malty.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty taste with quite a lot of alcohol, sweet
Drinkability : an average beer in the strong Scottish ale style

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Photo of BucBasil
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a branded half pint from the 330mL bottle, labeled Douglas Celtic Brown.

A: The beer has a brown flat cola appearance, with little carbonation and some red hints showing through. Head is light tan, two fingers thick, with ok retention.

S: Frist glimpse is of burnt toast. Lightly malty. For the richness of the taste, a somewhat subdued aroma.

T: Intro was nicely balanced with some brown sugar or molasses laeding into rich midpalate of toast and bread. Finishes very malty with hints of coffee and roasted malt. Some carmael in there as well.

F: Carbonation is noticeable, but smooth going down.

D: An ok beer but not craving another.

Notes: This beer contains maize? Maybe this keeps it lighter with maintaining a higher alcohol content. Either way, I didn't notice it until I read the ingredients list on the back of the bottle.

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Photo of patra7
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all the name of the beer. It's "Douglas Celtic Brown", "brewed for Anthony Martin".

The color is a deep red with a brown head. The aroma is quite powerful, with a pleasing sweetness, perhaps fruit-like. There's a rather aggressive character in the body (a bit too much for me for this type of beer) with an alcoholic character in the taste (that 7,9% really shows) and a strong bite in the mouthfeel (carbonated?).
Rather dry aftertaste.
An interesting beer, not very drinkable but still certainly worth a try.

P.S. I bought the bottle only 1-2 months before the "best before" date, so I'm making note of it in case it had an effect on my review.

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Photo of tjd25
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty, dense, and lasting head, slightly brownish. The body is of very dark purple color. The smell shows yeasty notes of red fruits, maybe some chocolate, and some coffee. Dark grilled malts, and an enjoyable sweetness. The taste is interesting, dark red fruits, some sour cherries, notes of wood and a dark chocolate bitterness, together with some coffee. The carbonation reminds me of seltzer water, very sweet and slighlty citric. Also a nice deep and thick hoppiness, nicely balanced with the high carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

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Celtic Brown from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
3.49 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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