Brewed by Black Isle
Style: Scotch Ale
Munlochy, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Believed to have originated from Edinburgh in the 1800s, the brewing of Scotch ales is now more of a focus for the US craft brewers than for those in its homeland. This beer, however, is a distillation of all that is good in Scotland. A liquid fruit cake with a malty foundation and a rich spice finish, this will fill your palate and astound you for minutes as you unlock the multi-layers of flavour.
A blinding pairing with roast lamb and equally good with a dram of Glenmorangie Lasanta.

petewhitley's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
petewhitley (410) - Nagoya, - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1746) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - SEP 29, 2015
Appearance: Dark brown, hint of red? Small tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, slight prunes and wood.
Taste: Dark malt, oak, burnt, slight dark fruit. Nice.
Bought: Gift from Julien C - thanks!, 330 ml
Info: 25/9-2015, BB: 3/12-2015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (9748) - Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2015
500ml bottle. Amber pour. Toffee and orange aroma. Low carb, sweet and malty, some odd fermentation notes that dissipate, toffee, spice, herbs, fruit,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3229) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2015
500 ml bottle. The spicy and malty aroma suggests a sweet ale, which this is for a moment, but there are enough hops and dark roasted grains to leave a mildly bitter finish and aftertaste. References to fruit cake are not unfounded, but this has plenty of the cake and other things, and limited fruitiness. The lingering aftertaste carries notes of black coffee and baked raisins. Feel: full body with medium+ carbonation and more evidence of alcohol than I;d prefer. O: a rich and relatively complex Scotch Ale with some Robust Porter characteristics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (1426) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
330ml bottle, deep ruby red pour with a lasting off white head, aroma is caramel, toffee apple, plum, dried fruit and nut. Medium sweet with oily texture and light body. Carbonation soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1250) - - FEB 8, 2015
Pours a dark a bearish color. Aroma and taste are caramel and some dark fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBlueSky93 (503) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle from a pal. Amber coloured with off white single finger head. Aroma of caramel, spices. Taste much the same with honey and some citrus. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (4042) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Backlog rating. Bottle at the Chriso’s May tasting, London. It pours a clear amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is caramel and with citrus and honey notes. Sweet flavour with caramel, spice and again honey notes. Medium to full bodied, average carbonation, oily texture. Overall, good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1164) - HONG KONG - DEC 28, 2014

330 ml bottle bought at MyMug’s booth at HKCEC in Wan Chai during The 12th Hong Kong Food Festival.

Clear, deep amber colour; One-quarter finger head with soapy off-white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Pretty good sticky lacing and fizzy carbonation; Very fragrant aroma of amber malt, with brown sugar, strong plums, strong raisins, dark fruits, candied fruits, perfume, caramel, lime and fresh-cut grass; Medium sweet taste of malt, with nice roastyness, caramel, plums, light burnt toffee, strong molasses, spices, lime, strong bitter hops and grass; Mid to light body. Quite slick palate; Mouth feel is intense amber maltyness in a rather thin body, good roasty flavor backed by caramel, toffee and good dark fruity taste which is not as intense as the candied fruit aroma. Sweetness and spiciness are strong but pleasant, being balanced by strong grassy hops. Very nice!... Hoppiness is strong lime and fresh grass in nose and taste; Bitterness is strong, matching well with molasses for a lasting bitter-sweet finish; Fairly dry after taste. Fruity and bitter sweet to mouth.

Comments: This is very European, very Scottish ale with very good balance of sweetness and hoppiness. It really smells like a fruitcake, which is pleasing enough but if only its taste can match such intensity, it will be perfect. Still a very nice one for winter and a must for Scotch Ale lovbers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (4104) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014
Dark red brown colour. Aroma of dark malts and dark dried fruits. Flavour is similar. Really full flavoured.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (2865) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle. Booths, Ilkley. Clear, reddy brown. Thin, tan head. Dark fruit. Nuts. Light toffee. A bit of sticking plaster. Taste is soft sweet, turning light bitter. Nice, smooth, slightly chewy palate. Finishes soft sweet, and gentle bitter. Tasty beer.

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