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Black Isle Hibernator III

Black Isle Hibernator III
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Formerly brewed at Black Isle
Style: English Strong Ale
Munlochy, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This tawny coloured ale is secondary fermented in the bottle. Made from fresh quality water, malt, hops and yeast, it is a strong ale with a wonderfully rich aroma and flavour of fruit cake, treacle and plum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14094) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 4, 2006
330 ml bottle purchased mid-June at the brewery. Aroma of plum and molasses. Deep brown, cloudy, little head. Starts with plummy fruit, but chocolate arrives. Finishes thin, with chocolaty, malty, mildly hoppy complexity. The flavor sticks to the tongue. Top tenner for taking to that desert isle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (8120) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2015
330 ml. bottle @ home. Purchased @ Malt Attacks. BBF 14/07/2016. Dark mocha, big head of mocha bubbles. At first umami dominates a bit in the nose but it turns more towards cacao powder sweet once it warms up, touch thin, creamy with instant coffee, becomes a bit richer when it warms up, less umami, little herbal luckily with warmer temp and more tad thin soy chocolate milk & sweet tannish chocolate,… Taste is a touch bland at first with herbal & umami flavours dominating a bit but leads to a bit thin cacao, cheap chocolate, touch chemical chocolate syrup, light bodied but creamy cacao powder, soy chocolate milk, instant chocolate milk mx, light roast in the back,… I am a bit surprised that a beer of 7 ABV basically need to be drank at near room temperature in order to reveal its flavours optimally. What was at first a mild disappointment, because a neat treat. Light umami & herbal overtones luckily went away as it warmed up. Not bad even if probably a bit too old school for me. This is more of a session affair almost even at this ABV than the extreme modern style Imperial Stouts that I usually turn towards when I want a stout. Pleant, drink almost non-cooled, seriously.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at RBESG. Chestnut colour with a small off white head. Nice balance but predominantly sweet and malty with some smoky, peaty notes. Spicy finish with just a hint of the otherwise well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 11, 2007
330 ml bottle, bought in Edinburgh. ABV is 7.0%. This is an organic beer. Opaque very dark brown colour, nearly black. Large and lasting creamy tan head. Floaties from the sediment when I pour the last third of the bottle too vigorously. For once I can fully agree with the commercial description on the label: "A strong ale with a wonderfully rich aroma and flavour of fruit cake, treacle and plum." Add that the aroma also has notes of oak and alcohol, and that the very malty flavour also has decent hops in the finish and long aftertaste - and I have pretty much described this brilliant ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6712) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2007
Bottle at RBESG. Coffee, raisins, a little campfire sourness. There is a nice edge to this one, a beer with no compromises.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (6644) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle resembles the bottle I shared with noize, skortila and bullit. But I doubt this to be a golden ale and it doesnt resemble the other ratings below (apart from ours). So might be another beer. Roasted malt, licorice, coffee. English hops. Pretty ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (6247) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2010 Bottle, 8 C°, 2009-12-26, Troon, bottle ordered from brewery AR: coffey, chocolate, liquorice. AP: coffey colored bpdy, high whote moon landscape rockyness F: chocolate, coffey, medium bitterness, honey swetness Bottle no 2 at the scotish tasting 2010-02-06 Göteborg: 4,1 - new average 3,9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
Hazy dark coloured estery ale, topped by a lasting off-white head. Very fruity aroma contain dates and plum nuances. Continual yeast presence takes the shape of cakey bread pudding while the malts possess strong grapey leanings. Almost roasty, certainly very toasty palate. A bit rough in its insistence on burnt bread, but otherwise pleasant and warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. A deep red beer with a big beige head. The aroma is of roasted malt and chocolate, the taste is light sweet chocolate and roasted. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2007
Bottled at rbesg07. Aroma is yeasty, fruity, sweet pale malts, and hints of floural hop. Taste is similar, noteably fruity and yeasty, sweet berry fruity. However perhaps a bit unbalanced.

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