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The Marine Hotel (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cromarty - Ghost Town Excellent1
Wild Beer Co. - IncognitoExcellent1
Buxton - Axe Edge Double IPAExcellent1
Adnams - Ghost ShipExcellent1
six°north - Bordeaux SaisonGood1
Windswept - 1806Good1
six°north - HopocrisyGood2
Fyne - WorkbenchGood1
Siren Craft - Under CurrentGood1
six°north - OmniumGood1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood1
Harbour - Session IPAAcceptable1
Tiny Rebel - DuttyPoor1
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island HoppingNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Dark MunroNot Tried0
Redcastle - Arrowhead Not Tried0
Cromarty - Red RockerNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Clootie DumplingNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - 1878 Strong AleNot Tried0
Cromarty - Atlantic DriftNot Tried0
six°north - Belgian Pale AleNot Tried0
six°north - Chopper StoutNot Tried0
Kelburn - Cart BlancheNot Tried0
Kelburn - Ca'CannyNot Tried0
Williams Brothers - Joker I.P.A.Not Tried0
six°north - Belgian Pale AleNot Tried0
Kelburn - Cart NoirNot Tried0
Windswept - APANot Tried0
Adnams - Mosaic Pale AleNot Tried0
six°north - Chopper StoutNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dark IslandNot Tried0
Williams Brothers - Fraoch Heather AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Marine Hotel, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Visits Details

05 Jun 2018 (McGargle)
Busy during a pleasant mid-evening visit. Typically dull 20th Century cask list from a multiple CAMRA POTY winner. No wonder cask is going through a crisis of confidence.
BeerABVScoreNotes
six°north - Omnium4.30GoodWorkmanlike APA. Would benefit from a little sweetness from the malts.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dark Island4.60Not Tried
Kelburn - Cart Blanche5.00Not Tried
Williams Brothers - Fraoch Heather Ale4.10Not Tried
Windswept - APA5.00Not Tried
six°north - Chopper Stout4.10Not Tried
03 Apr 2018 (McGargle)
Busy. No loud music, no loud TV just the hum of chat.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fyne - Workbench5.50GoodAssume this was WB4 FinalDraft. Hugely fruity but malts could have been more complementary.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Kelburn - Cart Noir4.80Not Tried
Windswept - APA5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
six°north - Chopper Stout4.10Not Tried
14 Mar 2018 (McGargle)
Excellent selection of cask ales.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Windswept - 18065.00GoodRoasty Scottish style stout.
Tiny Rebel - Dutty4.20PoorAs a Vermont Pale Ale you'd expect this to be a vibrant orange/yellow. It wasn't! More murky brown. Intrusive bitterness and not much mouthfeel. Disappointing.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Williams Brothers - Joker I.P.A.5.00Not Tried
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00Not Tried
six°north - Belgian Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
08 Feb 2018 (McGargle)
Quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30GoodDependable with enough turnover to be confident of a fresh pint.
Harbour - Session IPA4.30AcceptableMaybe 2*. Tired.
Kelburn - Cart Blanche5.00Not Tried
Kelburn - Ca'Canny5.20Not Tried
20 Jan 2018 (McGargle)
Surprisingly busy mid-afternoon. Another deadly dull cask list led us to the keg taps.
BeerABVScoreNotes
six°north - Hopocrisy4.60GoodDry and bitter. Hop Classic's younger brother.
04 Jan 2018 (McGargle)
Quiet. Got busier with local family trade.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50ExcellentIn peak condition.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Clootie Dumpling4.30Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - 1878 Strong Ale5.50Not Tried
Cromarty - Atlantic Drift3.50Not Tried
six°north - Belgian Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
six°north - Chopper Stout7.00Not TriedUnusual to see this on cask.
19 Sep 2017 (McGargle)
Mostly local trade. Dull cask list mostly unchanged since last visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wild Beer Co. - Incognito5.90ExcellentDistinguished by its malts. Love know what they used. (keg)
six°north - Hopocrisy4.60GoodCrisp.
13 Sep 2017 (McGargle)
Surprisingly busy with late season tourist trade. Other cask beers not worth noting.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cromarty - Ghost Town 5.80ExcellentIn top, fresh form. £3.50 a pint.
six°north - Bordeaux Saison6.00GoodAged for 18 months in white Bordeaux casks this carried some of the zip from the wine. Stonking £3.40 a half.
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00Not Tried
26 Jul 2017 (McGargle)
Now that its sister pub, 6Deg.North, has stopped selling cask beer the range here is much diminished. At today's visit it was 20th century offerings from Strathaven, Cairgorm and Kelburn. Nothing of interest.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Buxton - Axe Edge Double IPA6.80ExcellentKeg.
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50GoodKeg.
07 Jun 2017 (McGargle)
Another dull cask list. Given up trying to include 6degN beers. Hypocrisy was on 4* form.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island Hopping3.90Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Dark Munro4.00Not Tried
Redcastle - Arrowhead 4.20Not TriedAbv not noted.

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About The Marine Hotel

The pub sign. The Marine Hotel, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent84
Good129
Acceptable58
Poor36

Website.

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