Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA (Scotland) 6.1%
Sweet roasty taste, quite bitter. Oak and scotch tones suggest this Scottish ale may have been aged in the same type of barrels sued in the production of scotch (a la Innis & Gunn). The sweet caramel flavour and bitter finish are nicely balanced. At a shade above 6% it is a strong beer. The hop aroma promised on label is masked by the other aspects of oak & caramel though there is certainly hops in the bitter finish. Not sprucey like an American style IPA and surprisingly sweet but still tasty.