overall
40
70
style
Brewed by Islay
Style: Bitter
Bridgend, Isle of Islay, Scotland
Serve in English pint

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Local Distribution

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenL8 (167) - SWITZERLAND - APR 9, 2017
Pours a lovely reddish copper/amber colour, clear with a little bit of head. Aroma is very restrained, a bit malty, caramelly and sweet. Slight bitter note. Medium body, interesting mouthfeel. Flavour is mild, nutty, quite caramelly, surprisingly rich and malty, finishes nicely bitter and dry with a hint of orange. Nice!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blackisle (2464) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle 50cl. Poured into a tumbler. Clear deep amber, small frothy beige head, mostly diminishing, light lacing; aroma toasted malts, caramel, bread, woody notes; taste is medium sweet and bitter, malty, toffee, average duration, dry and toasted malts finish; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; perhaps bit thin but on the whole a pleasant bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (12821) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2015
Cask at SRAF 2011. Pours copper amber, nose is caramel, toffee, light fruit, taste is sweet, nutty, toffee.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Bottled (from AbM, old backlog). Deep amber colour, small slightly off-white head. Aroma is earthy, mild toffee, quite strong wood and some resin to it. Flavour is toffee, toasted notes, earth and some slight wooden notes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (44228) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (5187) - 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 its been a long time.

2.9
   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]

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
allmyvinyl (10396) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (5056) - 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 Id give it a 2.5...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeuroPliny (246) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - 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.


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