Brewed by Hebridean
Style: Porter
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled (not bottle conditioned).
A dark porter style ale, aromatic hop taste with a subtle bite and a smooth caramel aftertaste.

chriso's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, - SEP 25, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Very dark red/black beer in the porter style. Authentically dry and definitely, as the brewery suggests, has caramel overtones. However, whilst this was a respectable effort - and anyone who has the balls to set up a micro in the previously real ale desert of the Outer Hebrides and manages to get it shipped to London deserves full marks for effort - I found this a little thin and with insufficient complexity to merit very high marks. Nonetheless, very pleasant and a style that is not too common these days, so deserves every encouragement. The Speaker, London SW1, September 2003.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Evilkniamhel (392) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle from Cafe Kisimul, Barra. Pours dark brown. Nose of molasses, sweet coffee, sticky toffee pud. Medium body, burnt toffee, raisin, sweet on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cokemonkey11 (457) - - JUN 17, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2016 Brown bottle, 500ml. Pours black with a brown hue and no head. Scent is dense caramel and surprisingly little else. Taste is medium caramel, light cherries, light almond. Mouthfeel is surprisingly grainy while still retaining a water finish. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2015
Bottle from Sainsburys. Pours deep brown, nose is light chocolate, toffee, taste is similar, hrash, dry.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
gobstopper (2) - Dorset, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013 does not count
This is very very poor, tastes like cheap home brew with dye in it, as a native Stornowegian trying it in bottle the County Bar I am ashamed. May I suggest the misguided amateurs who concocted this travesty take a wee trip down to Thwaites (home of Thwaites Tavern Porter) and see how the professionals work.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle, from The Highland Bottle Shop, on the train from Inverness to Plockton 21/10/13. Very dark mahogony brown with a thin light tan swirl atop the surface. Nose is dark fruits, bready malts, fruit cake, earthy. Taste comprises cardboard, dark fruit tang, faint cocoa, light tarteness to the fruit. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying finish. Sub par home brew-esque state of affairs!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rob_D_UK (1354) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 18, 2013
Pours black with a tanned head that quickly leaves. Smells of sour malt with a hint of coffee. Taste of sour malt with an aftertaste of sparkling spring water. Not really what I expected from a porter but refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
DeanF (2342) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle from a restaurant in Stornoway. Has a strong bread and barley aroma, very little head and a black body. Flavour is a watery mess of nothing followed by a hint of malt; palate is all water. This was a big disappointment - I hope this bottle wasn’t skunked as I got it from a local eatery!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
mr_h (4642) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2013
500ml bottle from Sainsbury’s, Prestwick - very dark brown with a slight haze, no head, liquorice aroma, sour, malty, spicy, sour bitter finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rosenbergh (10000) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2012
500 ml bottle. Inverness, Scotland.
Dark reddish brown colour with small tan head. Butter (quite rancid) and toasted malt in aroma. Toasted malt and bitterish hops in flavour. Boring.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
tombyars (1579) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2012
Looking forward to this at the Troon Beer Festival in September 2004 and was bitterly disappointed. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with a very poor open buff head. Strong sulphurous aroma with notes of rotting seweed on a summers day wafting through. Thin watery mouthfeel and poor to non existant lacing. Dark malt gives a very poor insipid weak base with a slight note of burnt toast and diluted ribena juice. Poor hop content in the weak aftertaste, can just about make out a dusty bitter note. Weak malty watery finish, one of the worst bodies I have come across, completely lacking in depth and complexity. An Old Ale in style but failing on all levels. One to avoid.

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