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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14077) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6710) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2006
[Bottle from Brewery] Deep brown with some ruby tinges and a dense moderate head which maintains a thin layer. Aroma of chocolate, treacle, molasses, fruity character, tobacco. Full, firm body, some sweetness, vinous character, a little alcohol comes through in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21584) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2011 A deep deep balc brew, with a roast malt nose and a deep bitter roast malt flavour

TK2 Cask Aberdeen Beer festival 07 ... No real nose ... smokey smokey smokey some roast malts little roast bitterness(3.1).... bit thin...tk3 Cask at Edinburgh Beer festival 2008... Deep black ... sweet molisis ... tracle toffee roast malts ... ark fruits ... rich little bitter in end (3.9) cask SRAF 2010 6.2percent ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft dark cocholate malts ... dark malts ... soft easy ... rich chocolate ... smooth chocolate and easy for 6.2... nice 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (6242) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (7998) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2007
(RBESG 2007, Glasgow. Bottle) Black color, brown head. Milky chocolate aroma, cocoa, malts and some toffee. Malty chocolate flavor, roasted, cocoa and with a quite nice bitterness after a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2011
Cask at Cloisters. Inky dark brown, medium off-white head. Nose of chocolate-coated raisins, fruit cake, plums, liquorice. Smooth palate, milk chocolate, raisins & fruit. Tiny bit of booze on the finish, but warming rather than aggressive. Some roastiness on the finish too. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2007
(Bottled) Muddy darkish amber with almost no head. Malty, licorice-tarry and yeasty aroma with some alcohol. Neutral-malty, pretty roasty, yeasty flavor with licorice and some ashiness. Medium-bodied, medium-carbonated. Got the yeasty part of the bottle, so might be even better.

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