Brewed by Islay
Style: Bitter
Bridgend, Isle of Islay, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Pale and crystal malts, roasted barley; Goldings, Mount Hood and Fuggles hops.
Named after Black Rock, a local landmark, which lies close to the Brewery in Loch Indaal.

NeuroPliny's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeuroPliny (208) - Calgary, Alberta, - JUL 15, 2013
Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a plastic cup on the ferry to Islay. Bottle conditioned version. Pours opaque dark copper-brown. Sweet malts (pale and crystal) and barley on the nose. Flavour is layered dark malts and spicy hops (Goldings, Mount Hood, Fuggles). This was the "Champion Scottish Beer of Britain 2009" and I can see why.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014
50 cl bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty and light breadish. Bitter, toasted malty and breadish. Dry malty. Light fruity. Bitter and toasted malty finish. Toasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (2815) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
Scottish bitter apparently based on their Finlaggan Ale, but a bit darker, more toasty maltiness, a bit woody and mineral-like, bit thin mouthfeel, smooth. Should re-rate this as this is done from memory and it’s been a long time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2014
Nut brown with a reddish hue. Some beige bubbles on the surface. Soft caramel nose, and some mild fruity and grassy hops. Light body. Mellow mouthfeel. On the sweet side. Toasted and light caramelly malts. Lasting grassy and fruity bitterness. Finishes fairly dry. [Bottle at Lochindaal Hotel, Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Scotland. 02.09.13]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
allmyvinyl (5176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2013
500ml bottle from Drinkmonger, Edinburgh. Pours clear copper, nice lacing. Aromas of soft caramel, light fruit. nothing much else, nothing much changes on the taste, a bit watery. Passable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2675) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 15, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Bottle at the GJBF 2013 Osaka. A dark maroon color, nice looking. Some smokiness but a two-dimensional beer which is a bit rough. Not bad, an ok bitter. A bottle at home from rakuten, slightly sour, rough taste, it seems to have gone off...the color is still great and so is the body/head but it seems somewhat oxidized or something. Definitely the worse for wear. In this condition I’d give it a 2.5...

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Scopey (8068) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle at home. It pours clear amber with a thick off-white head. The smell is old sulphurous fart....manure and earth. The taste is earth, wood, leather, varnish, pepper and a touch of citrus, with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Probably past its prime. Tastes ok, but smells pretty damn nasty. Will re-try if the opportunity presents itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2013
500ml bottle @ Scotland trip. Brown coloured beer with some very light carbonation and a small off white head. Light sweeter herby hinted aroma. Medium to full palate. FInish is sweet herby hinted with some light sour sweet balanced touches. Medium

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nilz (434) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Poured with care as this is bottle conditioned resulted in a clear bark amber ale with a head of cream white that lasted with nice lacing so it all looks good. Taste is initially somewhat sweet, fruity then a clean dry bitter with hops. Rather fine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (3412) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2012
50cl bottle. Pours a dark, slightly hazy with a nicely proportioned head. The nose has a slightly sweaty, perhaps herby, aroma. The taste has metallic flavours with a herby finish. The palate is light to medium in body with a really drying mouthfeel which continues through the long finish. Overall, the palate is actually fairly substantial and long but is it pleasant - I would say, not that pleasant.

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