Brewed by Black Isle
Style: Scotch Ale
Munlochy, Rosshire, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
petewhitley (337) - - JAN 11, 2014
chocolate, coffee, vanilla, black, cloudy, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, flat, astringent. Not very appealing to look at, akin to the blackest dirty water you’ve ever seen. Sweet smelling, like a chocolate coffee concoction you might find at Starbucks. Taste isn’t too special, would probably be better with a slightly lower a.b.v.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salmoniform (652) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Brown hue with tan head. Aroma is leather, raisins, leather, faint smoke. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and smooth carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a soft bitterness in the finish. Overall this was a nice scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2014
500 ml bottle into snifter, best before 1/2016. Bottle says 7.9% ABV. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, dark bread, light chocolate, nuttiness, light peat smoke, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, dark bread, light chocolate, nuttiness, herbal, light peat smoke, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, dark bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, light peat smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent scotch ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and moderate fruit/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1693) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 500ml bottle. Label states 7.9% ABV. Dark brown pour. Sweet caramel with notes of dark fruits. A bit on the sweet side for me but a pretty decent scotch ale overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CacheManyHose (179) - HONG KONG - JUL 13, 2014
Coffee brown with thin watery head. Sweet malt, light raisin, some leather/smoke, quite bitter in the taste. Body is fizzy and oily. Not too heavily flavoured or overly raisiny which I like in a scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (5061) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2014
Sampled at Festival der Bierkulturen, Koln. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, raisin and dark fruit. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuartyboy (655) - SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle shared with Mr_H alight brown beer with brown sugar and candied sweets flavour is basic and subdued and not up to black isle standards nothing special

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2879) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2014
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines, Edinburgh - clear deep brown, thin beige head, sweet treacle toffee aroma, no lacing, viscous, malty, toffee flavour, easy to drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2145) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2014
From the rotund 750 ml. bottle marked BBE09/15-101314. The pour is just about black to with ruby hues when held to the light. Beautiful to look at. Aroma has a definite dark malt, slight smoke, coffee, and yeast character. The body is light to medium. The taste has most of the same elements as the aroma but I also get a feint dark fruit note that is not on the nose. Mild bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6021) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2014
500 ml bottle from abv. Pours a dark red color with a medium white head. A sweet malty fruity nose. Sweet, toffee, caramel, smoke, yeast, bready, a bit of metal. Very good. Soft and flavorful. Great. 7.9%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kayres (475) - , Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Dark brown to red with a thick tan head. Sweet malty aroma with taste to match. Smooth perhaps a bit woody full bodied ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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