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
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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.

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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 dcmchew
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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).

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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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 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 samEBC
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of whartontallboy
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of josanguapo
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 2d2despuma. In Teku glass. Watching True Detective 2x05. Great aroma. Some dark fruits and some caramel in its taste. Pretty enjoyable

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with a ruby tinge, little carbonation, no head, filtered.


S: Toasted malts, a barrel quality.


T: Toasted malts, a barrel quality, scotch quality, molasses.



M: Medium thick syrupy body, low carbonation.



O: My first Belgian Highland Ale. Drank Dec 1, 2013.

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Photo of desint
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thierrynantes
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 GJ40
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 mattfancett
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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 warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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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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