As stated, there were several pubs close to where we stayed, so after cooking Haggis for the boys I braved the wintery conditions and went on an evening stroll.
The Barony bar is on Broughton Street, not too crowded on an early Saturday evening. The beer range included several Caledonian ales plus Black Sheep. I had a pint of Stewar Edinburgh No 3, a recreation of a classic mild.
A lovely deep copper color. A mlty beer , some spices, too – gingerbread, caramel and vanilla. Some roasted grain, too. Not over-the-top sweet, but the bitterness is certainly well hidden.
A hundred yards down the street is the Cask and Barrel, which promotes itself more actively as a real ale pub. There are about a dozen ales on tap, most of the Scottish.
Their Broughton Street is the house beer. As expected it is a very malty, sweet beer. Some hop bitterness on the tongue, a bit harsh, maybe. Not too accomplished.
The Orkney Best was a fairly standard bitter, but there was a hint of barnyard or stable in there. Appropriate in a saison, not in a british cask ale.
Smithies was next door to the pub I had visited on the previousl evening, so it was the last stop on my way back to the hotel.It was rather empty, but the clientelle seemed rowdy enough. One of them was being helped into a taxi as I arrived. I had a pint of Houston Peters Well.
Malt, a little yeast, rather lightweight. Lacks the bitter edge to make it really refresing of quaffable.