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Krakatoa (formerly The Moorings Bar) (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cromarty - Rogue WaveExcellent1
Cromarty - Ghost TownExcellent1
Cromarty - CascadeGood1
Fyne - AvalancheGood2
Fyne - JarlGood2
Siren Craft - UndercurrentGood1
Cromarty - WhiteoutGood2
Cromarty - GoldilocksGood2
Fierce - Split ShiftGood1
Windswept - Indian SummerGood1
Cromarty - RaptorPoor1
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Scapa SpecialNot Tried0
Cromarty - Brewed AwakeningNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Ale 9Not Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - SeafireNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Christmas LightNot Tried0
Cromarty - Happy ChappyNot Tried0
Spey Valley - Spey StoutNot Tried0
Cromarty - Red RockerNot Tried0
Harviestoun - Haggis HunterNot Tried0
Highland - Island HoppingNot Tried0
Picture 1. Krakatoa (formerly The Moorings Bar), Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Visits Details

14 Aug 2023 (McGargle)
Early in the week so just three cask beers.
Siren Craft - Undercurrent4.50GoodIn fine form but a bit underwhelming.
Harviestoun - Haggis Hunter4.30Not Tried
Highland - Island Hopping3.90Not TriedNow badged as Swannay.
06 Feb 2020 (McGargle)
Prog. music night on the jukebox. Atmosphere collapsed when I put Rancid on. Five other cask ales not noted.
Cromarty - Goldilocks4.20Good
22 Aug 2019 (McGargle)
Busy early evening.
Fyne - Avalanche4.50AcceptableTired. Maybe 2.5*.
13 Jun 2019 (McGargle)
Band night with seven college bands. Deep joy.
Fyne - Jarl3.80Good
09 May 2019 (McGargle)
Great cask list.
Cromarty - Rogue Wave5.70ExcellentSubtly hopped IPA.
Cromarty - Whiteout3.80GoodWould be 4* but for a slightly astringent finish.
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not Tried
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00Not Tried
Cromarty - Ghost Town5.80Not Tried
25 Apr 2019 (McGargle)
Happily noisy. Four Windswept beers not noted.
Fyne - Avalanche4.50GoodFruity, crisp and dry.
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00Not Tried
28 Dec 2018 (McGargle)
Fierce - Split Shift5.50GoodGood APA
Cromarty - Raptor5.50PoorDescribed elsewhere as a Golden APA, this wasn't. It was dark brown with an unpleasant grainy astringency. Suspect the home-made pumpclip was wrong.
21 Dec 2018 (McGargle)
Sanctuary. No Christmas jumpers or once a year drunkards.
Cromarty - Ghost Town5.80Excellent
Fyne - Jarl3.80Good
Cromarty - Whiteout3.80Acceptable
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Christmas Light3.80Not Tried
Cromarty - Happy Chappy4.10Not Tried
Spey Valley - Spey Stout5.40Not Tried
08 Nov 2018 (McGargle)
Local trade
Windswept - Indian Summer4.70GoodSlightly sweet quaffable golden ale.
Cromarty - Cascade5.00GoodDecent light and floral APA.
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Scapa Special4.20Not Tried
Fyne - Avalanche4.50Not Tried
Cromarty - Brewed Awakening4.70Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Ale 95.00Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Seafire4.00Not Tried
01 Oct 2018 (McGargle)
Shoot for Google Earth with a local metal band. Beer £2.95.
Cromarty - Goldilocks4.20AcceptableUnassuming pale ale.

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About the Krakatoa (formerly The Moorings Bar)

The pub sign. Krakatoa (formerly The Moorings Bar), Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB11 5AA.

Rock and metal music bar on Trinity Quay, with friendly staff and customers. Unstinting commitment to real ale - usually five from mostly Scottish micros (often BrewDog) on. Lined glasses used. Excellent selection of keg beers on font and plenty of interesting bottles - think Rodenbach, Cantillon and the like. Real Cider too. One of the best bars in Scotland and probably Britain, The Moorings Bar is an Aberdeen 'must visit'. Renamed in 2015. In March 2020 decided to closed for the duration of the Coronavirus alerts.

We have visited this pub 140 times, seen 156 different beers and tried 90 of them.

Map location

Postcode: AB11 5AA