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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
John Martin's (John Martin SA)
Belgium
john-martin.be

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierschenker on 06-22-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.04%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
For Trade:
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of whartontallboy
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of drmeto
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

L: -pours a clear dark brown with ruby tinges and a small,quickly dissipating beige head
S: -caramel,toffee,vinous tartness,cherries
T: -corn,ridiculous amounts of sugar,caramel,toffee,underlying tartness with a toasty finish
F: -medium body,low-medium carbonation
O: Ridiculously sweet Beer,possibly to hide the tartness. Don’t know how close this comes to a proper scotch ale,since this was my first

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Photo of Anatole
2.41/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of YvesB
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GRUUMSH
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of Keegan
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Moyaboroda
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

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Photo of JSOBB
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Coren
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.41/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of Mar02x
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerTruck
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmithyAlan
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tobacco and peat with medium body, nice.

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

Photo of RS3Sport
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Gordon Finest Scotch from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
3.59 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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