Beer of the Week – Stewart Cauld Reekie

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in Beer of the Week | No Comments

Just three more Fridays remain in 2017, so time for the final few selections in my great under-rated Scottish beers feature. It’s been quite a haul, in both senses of the word, but here we are – only three more spaces to fill with unsung heroes of Scottish brewing. To be honest this feature could carry on into next year given how prolific our brewers are, north of the border (but it definitely, definitely won’t).

Anyway this Friday rolls around with the most fitting of styles for this series – the one that has probably resulted in more inclusions than any other. Stout. On starting this odyssey back in January I had no idea the brewers of Scotland produced so many amazing, under-appreciated stouts. I guess we have so much dark, chilling weather here that they become almost a necessity. And this particular stout is very much a necessity.

50. Cauld Reekie (6.2%)
Stewart Brewing, Loanhead, Midlothian
Style: Stout
330ml bottle

Pick it up here:
At at Stewart Brewing’s online shop (as individual 330ml bottles)

If I had to sum this beer up in a single word it would likely be ‘welcoming’, as that is the feeling it gives you. Deep and dark, with a big liqourice backbone the stout is roasty and enormously drinkable for over 6%. There’s a fair bit of dark stewed fruit in there as well and this is very much another beer you’d want to take straight from the cupboard. Don’t trouble the fridge with this one. It’s a fabulous stout and should be a year-rounder in their repertoire (if it isn’t already).

Beer of the Week Series:
1. Fyne Ales Highlander
2. Swannay Old Norway
3. Broughton Old Jock
4. Traquair House Ale
5. Tempest Easy Livin Pils
6. Cromarty Brewed Awakening
7. Fallen Chew Chew
8. Black Isle Hibernator
9. Isle of Skye Red
10. Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Engineer’s Reserve
11. Orkney Skull Splitter
12. Windswept Wolf
13. Kelburn Dark Moor
14. Alechemy 5ive Sisters
15. Loch Ness Light Ness
16. St Andrews Eighty Bob
17. Harviestoun The Ridge
18. Orkney Dark Island
19. Williams Bros Seven Giraffes
20. Cairngorm Black Gold
21. Strathaven Craigmill Mild
22. Black Isle Red Kite
23. Spey Valley Spey Stout
24. Top Out Schmankerl
25. Cross Borders Braw
26. Williams Bros Midnight Sun
27. BrewDog Kingpin
28. Fyne Ales Hurricane Jack
29. Deeside MacBeth
30. Drygate Ax Man Red Rye IPA
31. Swannay Orkney Session
32. Fallen Platform C
33. Black Isle Porter
34. Top Out Altbier
35. Black Metal Gates of Valhalla
36. Fierce Beer Cranachan Killer
37. Loch Lomond Southern Summit
38. Tempest Old Parochial
39. Williams Bros Profanity Stout
40. Windswept Tornado
41. Campervan Pacific Zest
42. Swannay Sneaky Wee Orkney Stout
43. Cromarty Ghost Town
44. Fyne Ales Vital Spark
45. Knops Musselburgh Broke
46. Orkney Red MacGregor
47. Cross Borders Porter
48. BrewDog Jack Hammer
49. six°north Hop Classic

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