Brewed by Isle of Skye
Style: Porter
Uig, Scotland


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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask; Regular. Also available cold filtered in bottles.
The dark one, brewed with rolled roast oatmeal and honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JUN 7, 2007
Bottled. A near black beer with a nice creamy head. the aroma is of roasted malt. Tha flavour has a little sourness and is roasted with hints of chocolate. High sweetness and light body. The finish is quite dry. Drinkable but not exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (17005) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 Deep ruby in colour, with a sweet smokey nose, and lost of smokey roast malt fruit. flavours.3.4 cask at cloistrs ... deep brown black ... light smoke roast malts ... very sweeet berry fruits ... hint of sourness 3.7 cask at guildford arms ... deep brown ... thin tan head .. soft blackcurrant malt fruits nose... nice mellow roast malts ... soft chocolate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - APR 23, 2007
Bottle. Dark ruby, thin tan head. Nose is malty, toasted, liquorice. Mouth is slightly fruity, toasted malt, treacle. Palate is a bit thin, really, more liquorice and treacle that lasts for a long time. Slightly sweet, some bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Half pint on cask at the Maltings, York. Basically pitch black with a brown head that doesnít last nearly through the first sip. Aroma is slightly roast malt but moreso a bit sour and sweet; a fruitiness develops that I wasnít at all expecting. Taste is slightly lactic and marginally acidic in other ways, with a pervasive roast character and again a sweet, fruity note as opposed to the chocolate or toasted aspect I wouldíve expected. Lacking in depth overall, the ale isnít full on the tongue but isnít necessarily slight either. Average in almost every respect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Any first impressions?
-A creamy sheet of foam tops the burgundy black dusk.
-Faint fruitiness and leafy hops devise a convivial yet unmemorable aroma.
-Black grape vinosity and dry roastiness first approach the tastebuds.
-Carbonationís very low, but the bodyís well fed so there is no problem with the mouthfeel.

What if you dig deeper?
-Some sourness accompanies the supporting wooden and leafy hoppiness.
-This sourness is worrisome, but somehow fits quite well with the fruity flavors.
-This dusty sourness, coupled with the engaging fruitiness, would make a worthy old ale; but Iím not sure this cask is in good condition.

On cask at Prince of Wales, Aberdeen.

Note: a bottled version tasted later revealed no sourness at all, but instead a roasty and lightly fruity svelte porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2007
This very dark brown beer has an OK head. The aroma has notes of licorice, and I find that in the taste too, together with coffee, honey and a bit of acidity. The oats gives a smooth and mild touch to the brew. The bitterness is moderate, but very becoming for this nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2062) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Cask at The Muckle Cross, Elgin, Scotland. Dark mahogany brown with a lovelly thick creamy light tan head. Lightly toasted malts of course dominate the aroma, with stronger bitter black coffee notes. The taste is of rich and bitter maltiness, slightly burnt aspects to it, some coffee and a slightly lactic finish. The mouthfeel was very nice, velvety smooth cask-conditioned. I found this a very nice porter probably improved by the cask, very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Nice toasty nose. The head is tan and disappears quickly. There is some nice lacing. The initial taste is a little sharp changing quickly to bitter with a nice hint of smoke. The finish is very clean. This is a very nice porter. The smoke is very subtile and not, as other have said, anything like the beef jerkey smoke of a rauchbier. I could drink this beer every day and have a smile on my face. Thanks to my partner in crime for lugging a bottle back in her suitcase from Skye.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Thanks to Bernie and Tim for hand-carrying this back from Scotland. Thanks Guys! Looks black at a glance, but when held to the light a glowing dark burgundy is revealed. The head is nothing but thin wisps of pale tan film. Smells like charcoal, but more closely, it reminds me of a peat fire, much like the smokiness found in Lagavulin Scotch Whiskey. <!-- verifying sip --> Oh yeah. Thatís peat. Hiding beneath the smoke, thereís a dark prune. Seriously, this is smoky as hell, but if you think Scotch, that becomes a very nice thing. The base of this beer is an inconspicuous stout of sorts with some mild roasted barley with hints of dark fruit and chocolate but is immediately followed up and utterly dominated by that terrific peat. The mouth feel is very light and smooth and it leaves my mouth exceptionally dry. This seems to work well with the smoky nature of this beer. Honestly, on my first sip, I was a bit put off, but after I started to think of this beer as a sort of Scotch, I really started to like it. Iím also really enjoying the finish. With a Scotch, the smoke fades into the alcohol too much, but with the beer, itís just you and the peat for quite some time. This oneís original and down right amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8388) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2006
Dark brown beer, with a red/chestnut shine; small, yellowish to brownish head. EEH - turf (sorry, peat), moss and oh well, velvety black cardemoms. That last is not very Scottish, but very nice. Slight slivers of (peated) malt. Great. No doubt any longer. This is as smoked as an Islay malt. Different from a Rauchbier: not ham-salty, but seaweed-salty, rest is smoke-y and, of course, the turffire flavour. Dry. Roasted notes, but no sourness as often associated with either Porter or Stout. Light body, slight slickness. No new aftertaste, but long lingering flavours. Much better than a first try, years ago, on cask. Sheez, I always wanted to try the beers they have to brew before distilling the Uisce Beatha. This might be it. Big thanks, Dean!

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