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The Marine Hotel (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Wild Beer Co. - IncognitoExcellent1
Adnams - Ghost ShipExcellent1
Cromarty - Ghost Town Excellent1
Bristol Beer Factory - IndependenceExcellent1
Kirkstall - Ignore the IgnorantGood1
Fyne - WorkbenchGood1
six°north - OmniumGood2
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood1
six°north - Bordeaux SaisonGood1
Windswept - 1806Good1
six°north - HopocrisyGood2
Harbour - Session IPAAcceptable1
Summer Wine (SWB) - StatesideAcceptable1
Tiny Rebel - DuttyPoor1
Park Brew - TownheadPoor1
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
Isle of Skye - Cuillin BeastNot Tried0
Burnside - Celtic BeastNot Tried0
Burnside - Kai TakNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Marine Hotel, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Visits Details

06 Aug 2018 (McGargle)
Early visit. Still some interesting cask beers but, looking at the taunting pole, don't expect this to continue. Hawkshead Hoppy Wheat with home made pumpclip might well have been something different.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kirkstall - Ignore the Ignorant4.20GoodDelicate hoppy light ale.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dark Island4.60Not Tried
Burnside - Kai Tak6.00Not Tried
25 Jul 2018 (McGargle)
With a commendable cask selection there can be few better places to spend an hour on a warm summer's evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bristol Beer Factory - Independence4.60ExcellentOld favourite served in top condition.
six°north - Omnium4.30GoodMaybe 4*. Crisp, clean and well defined.
Summer Wine (SWB) - Stateside4.30AcceptableMalts were disjointed.
Park Brew - Townhead4.40PoorMalty, mid-brown and sour. Unclear if the brewery is Park Brew or Brechin Ales. Web site doesn't help.
Isle of Skye - Cuillin Beast7.00Not TriedThis might just be my least favourite summer beer.
Burnside - Celtic Beast5.20Not TriedUnclear if this a residual beer from the Metcalf brothers or something from the new owners.
Burnside - Kai Tak6.00Not TriedA group of us had tried this in bottle (from Aldi) and found it almost undrinkable. Hopefully the cask version will be much better.
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

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About The Marine Hotel

The pub sign. The Marine Hotel, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent85
Good131
Acceptable59
Poor37

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 221 times, seen 321 different beers and tried 179 of them.

Map location

Postcode: AB39 2JY