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The Marine Hotel (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Buxton - Axe Edge Double IPAExcellent1
Cromarty - Ghost Town Excellent1
Cromarty - WhiteoutExcellent1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood2
Beavertown - LupuloidGood1
Hawkshead - Windermere PaleGood1
Siren Craft - Under CurrentGood1
Swannay (formerly Highland) - SWO Stout (Sneaky Wee Orkney)Good1
six°north - Bordeaux SaisonGood1
Wild Beer Co. - FreshGood1
Strathaven - Craigmill MildAcceptable1
six°north - Motueka TripelAcceptable1
Five Points - Five Points PaleAcceptable1
Swannay (formerly Highland) - The Duke IPAPoor1
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
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island HoppingNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Dark MunroNot Tried0
Redcastle - Arrowhead Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Marine Hotel, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Visits Details

13 Sep 2017 (McGargle)
Surprisingly busy with late season tourist trade. Other cask beers not worth noting.
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.
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.
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.
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

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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 222 times, seen 322 different beers and tried 180 of them.

Map location

Postcode: AB39 2JY