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The Marine Hotel (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cromarty - WhiteoutExcellent1
Beavertown - Neck OilExcellent1
Fourpure - Pale AleExcellent1
Wylam - Remain in the LightExcellent1
Swannay (formerly Highland) - SWO Stout (Sneaky Wee Orkney)Good1
Wild Beer Co. - FreshGood1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood2
Beavertown - LupuloidGood1
Hawkshead - Windermere PaleGood1
Five Points - Five Points PaleAcceptable1
Strathaven - Craigmill MildAcceptable1
six°north - Motueka TripelAcceptable1
Swannay (formerly Highland) - The Duke IPAPoor1
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - DragonheadNot Tried0
Stewart - 80/-Not Tried0
Windswept - BlondeNot Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - Epic SaisonNot Tried0
Cairngorm - Witches CauldronNot Tried0
Spey Valley - Sunshine on KeithNot Tried0
Greene King - FrankensteinNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island HoppingNot Tried0
Fyne - The Cardinal.Not Tried0
Fyne - Green GoldNot Tried0
Belhaven - Bridge to NowhereNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dark IslandNot Tried0
Cairngorm - Trade WindsNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Orkney BlastNot Tried0
Cromarty - Rogue Wave (keg)Not Tried0
Williams Brothers - RedNot Tried0
Burnside - No. 1 Pale AleNot Tried0
Cairngorm - White LadyNot Tried0
Fyne - Sublime StoutNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - SWO stout.Not Tried0
Windswept - AuroraNot Tried0
Kelburn - Ca'CannyNot Tried0
Strathaven - EbonyNot Tried0
Fallen - Local MotiveNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Clootie DumplingNot Tried0
Greene King - YardbirdNot Tried0
Strathaven - Clydesdale IPANot Tried0
Cromarty - Red RockerNot Tried0
Cromarty - KowabungaNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Corncrake AleNot Tried0
Isle of Skye - Skye RedNot Tried0
Harviestoun - Summer LegendNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Marine Hotel, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Visits Details

29 May 2017 (McGargle)
Mostly local trade.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30GoodReliable.
Strathaven - Craigmill Mild3.50AcceptableOK but overly choclatey.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Corncrake Ale4.10Not Tried
Isle of Skye - Skye Red4.20Not Tried
Harviestoun - Summer Legend3.50Not Tried
03 Apr 2017 (McGargle)
Tourist season seems to be starting early.
Wild Beer Co. - Fresh5.50GoodDidn't quite live up to its name.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Strathaven - Clydesdale IPA3.80Not Tried
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00Not Tried
Cromarty - Kowabunga4.60Not Tried
24 Jan 2017 (McGargle)
Very quiet. 20th century cask choice.
Cromarty - Whiteout3.80ExcellentMurky as hell but packed full of hoppy freshness. Makes the Duke seem even more heavy handed.
Swannay (formerly Highland) - The Duke IPA5.20PoorAsked for something light and hoppy and was offered this. Too late I spotted Whiteout on the keg lines. English style IPA. Not so fresh.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Cairngorm - Trade Winds4.30Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Clootie Dumpling4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Yardbird4.00Not Tried
15 Dec 2016 (McGargle)
Beavertown - Lupuloid6.70Good
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Windswept - Aurora3.80Not Tried
Kelburn - Ca'Canny5.20Not Tried
Strathaven - Ebony4.40Not Tried
Fallen - Local Motive3.90Not Tried
30 Nov 2016 (McGargle)
Quick service,good chat.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30AcceptableYeasty.
six°north - Motueka Tripel8.50AcceptableAs expected this was not a subtle beer but a full on Tripel. If you like Motueka hops you'd love this. Sadly, I don't.
Cairngorm - White Lady4.70Not Tried
Fyne - Sublime Stout6.80Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - SWO stout.4.20Not Tried
22 Nov 2016 (McGargle)
Swannay (formerly Highland) - SWO Stout (Sneaky Wee Orkney)4.20GoodAt first this seemed thin and without depth. Improved greatly on the second glass.
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40AcceptableNormally excellent this was unbalanced. Overly bitter and lacking hop freshness.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Williams Brothers - Red4.50Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Orkney Blast6.00Not Tried
Burnside - No. 1 Pale Ale3.60Not Tried
16 Nov 2016 (McGargle)
Local trade tonight.
Hawkshead - Windermere Pale3.50Good
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dark Island4.60Not Tried
Cairngorm - Trade Winds4.30Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Orkney Blast6.00Not Tried
Cromarty - Rogue Wave (keg)5.70Not Tried
07 Nov 2016 (McGargle)
Buzz of conversation. No music or TV. Bar staff neither knew nor cared if a beer was keg or key keg.
Wylam - Remain in the Light5.00ExcellentClassic New World IPA. Drinks stronger than abv. A clever trick. Note: this is Remain in Light (no 'the').
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island Hopping3.90Not Tried
Fyne - The Cardinal.4.50Not Tried
Fyne - Green Gold4.50Not Tried
Belhaven - Bridge to Nowhere4.50Not TriedBelhaven website says 4.0%. RateBeer and untappd offers 4.5%. Neither know nor really care.
21 Oct 2016 (McGargle)
Early evening visit. Short staffed but they coped well.
Fourpure - Pale Ale5.00ExcellentDarker and much fresher from the keg than the canned version. Can't see this working in cask form.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dragonhead4.00Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - Epic Saison5.00Not Tried
Cairngorm - Witches Cauldron4.90Not Tried
Spey Valley - Sunshine on Keith3.50Not Tried
Greene King - Frankenstein4.20Not Tried
13 Oct 2016 (McGargle)
Horrible evening. Surprisingly busy.
Beavertown - Neck Oil4.30ExcellentClassic Beavertown. Fresh and crisp from the keg.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dragonhead4.00Not Tried
Stewart - 80/-4.40Not Tried
Windswept - Blonde4.00Not Tried

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About The Marine Hotel

The pub sign. The Marine Hotel, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, AB39 2JY.

Freehouse enjoying a fantastic harbour side location in Stonehaven's conservation area. 5 or 6 real ales, with an emphasis on Scottish micros; the house beer, Dunottar Ale, comes from Inveralmond. Excellent selection of bottled beers especially from Belgium plus interesting kegs which may be from Westmalle, Kwak or De Koninck. 2009 CAMRA Scottish Pub of the Year.

We have visited this pub 219 times, seen 316 different beers and tried 176 of them.

Map location

Postcode: AB39 2JY