tombyars (1702) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2016
Tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival on the 7th October 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a thin pale buff head. Strong malty aroma with notes of treacle fudge and chocolate malt, long in the nose. Rich and creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex gives a rich clootie dumpling background with notes of dates, chewy treacle toffee and milk chocolate flavours present. Very little in the way of hop resins present in the short aftertaste but prickly earthy notes just about evident in the palate. Malt returns in the smooth seductive finish with velvet treacle toffee, syrupy dates and chocolate drinking powder again full in the mouth. Fantastic Strong / Old Ale in style and the flavours reminded me of a strong version of Cairngorm Black Gold! 77ships (9827) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2015
330 ml. bottle @ home. Purchased @ Malt Attacks. BBF 14/07/2016. Dark mocha, big head of mocha bubbles. At first umami dominates a bit in the nose but it turns more towards cacao powder sweet once it warms up, touch thin, creamy with instant coffee, becomes a bit richer when it warms up, less umami, little herbal luckily with warmer temp and more tad thin soy chocolate milk & sweet tannish chocolate,… Taste is a touch bland at first with herbal & umami flavours dominating a bit but leads to a bit thin cacao, cheap chocolate, touch chemical chocolate syrup, light bodied but creamy cacao powder, soy chocolate milk, instant chocolate milk mx, light roast in the back,… I am a bit surprised that a beer of 7 ABV basically need to be drank at near room temperature in order to reveal its flavours optimally. What was at first a mild disappointment, because a neat treat. Light umami & herbal overtones luckily went away as it warmed up. Not bad even if probably a bit too old school for me. This is more of a session affair almost even at this ABV than the extreme modern style Imperial Stouts that I usually turn towards when I want a stout. Pleant, drink almost non-cooled, seriously. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2013
4th November 2013Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2011
Opaque dark brown beer with a tidy mid tan head. Palate is slightly soft and dry. Modest carbonation. Sweetish creamy dark malts. Smooth light tang. A little lactose. Light sweet fruits underneath with a Belgian yeast like Coca Cola twang. Smooth finish. Tasty.
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2011 In bottle at The Cambridge Bar. A black beer with a lacy, light tan head. Aroma of plums, chocolate, treacle, caramel and Christmas cake. A little thin and somewhat chewy. Flavours of plum pudding, chocolate and dark malt. Medium carbonation with a light CO2 prickle. Very nice. dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2011
Cask at Cloisters. Inky dark brown, medium off-white head. Nose of chocolate-coated raisins, fruit cake, plums, liquorice. Smooth palate, milk chocolate, raisins & fruit. Tiny bit of booze on the finish, but warming rather than aggressive. Some roastiness on the finish too. Lovely stuff.
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2011
[330ml bottle, Caley Sample Room, Edinburgh] Served as part of pairing dinner at Caley Sample Room. Black pour with a very thin off-white head. Good roasty, slightly smoky aromas. Boozy, espresso touch at first on the palate, although there are plenty of fruity characteristics about it. Finish is very long and alcohol forward. This was paired with smoked oysters, which worked beautifully  maltandhops (59) - Paris, FRANCE - DEC 27, 2010
More black than tawny. Head falls quickly. Aroma of roasty coffee but dirty notes. Taste the same - very roasty but lots of dead yeast is not good. skortila (5873) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2010
Bottle shared at Bullits place. The aroma has roast, malty chocolate. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is a bit sweet, has roasted malts, some chocolate. Rather thin. ( Moved from http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/black-isle-hibernator ) NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle from Cornelius. Black colored brew. Burned malty aroma. Flavor is burned malty, chocolate. Nice. caesar (7156) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle resembles the bottle I shared with noize, skortila and bullit. But I doubt this to be a golden ale and it doesnt resemble the other ratings below (apart from ours). So might be another beer. Roasted malt, licorice, coffee. English hops. Pretty ok.