Review: The Hector

Category: Stout

Origin: An Teallach Ale Company

ABV: 4.7%


What they say:

Husband and wife duo, David and Wilma Orr, established The An Teallach Ale Company in 2002 on the family croft, situated on Little Loch Broom at the Northern edge of the Great Wilderness.

It is here at the end of the Old World, amongst the breathtaking scenery that we brew traditional ales with a distinct character, using only the finest malts and hops, with mountain water sourced straight from the surrounding landscape.

In 1773 The Hector sailed from Loch Broom by Ullapool, Ross Shire to Pictou County, the first immigrant ship to sail direct to Nova Scotia. A trickle of 200 men, women and children ultimately became the torrent that made Nova Scotia truly and forever New Scotland.

This lovely award-winning stout is brewed using the best Scottish malts and highland water.

What I say:

From Aldi’s Scottish winter beer festival 2016


Dark chocolate-y malt, slightly nutty and slightly sweet – some café latte in here too and treacle toffee


Light-bodied for a stout but smooth and creamy, a good molten chocolate – mostly milk chocolate but turns darker and a little more bitter, coffee notes seep in as do the treacle toffee and caramelised malt from the nose


Long and light, cocoa powder & mocha, a little polished highland toffee

Score: 86/100