But for the invasion of Hungary and the Suez crisis, I might be very familiar with this beer. My people are from the part of Scotland that looks across at Arran and, but for that little thing about getting out before WWIII started, I might have grown up there myself.
Rummy scents on the pop of the cap. Dark rum. But they dissipate a little and it pours lighter, a nice candied caramel, not as deep as this other dark Scottish ale I have been enjoying recently. A very nice lighter take at 4.3% with a fresh water core with plenty of flavour. Pronounced herbal notes including maybe twiggy heather as well as plenty of nutty grainy malts with a bit of date in there, too. Plenty of sweet in there but not at all cloying. A little roughness in the finish. You have to like a brewery that says "foods for this beer need to be smellier" and so they would. A beer for neeps and tatties with your mince. That's it - the tiny elusive HP sauce note. I kid you not and it's a good thing. Drying finish.
Good BAer support.