Organic Export Scotch Ale - Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd

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Organic Export Scotch AleOrganic Export Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: AgentMunky on 05-15-2011)
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Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the "stubby" 750 ml. bottle marked BBE09/15-101314. Three different versions of one beer in the BA database. This is the one I had. Sampled on May 31, 2014.

It pours next to black with a modest, long lasting off-white head. Some ruby red hues glisten around the edges. Just lovely to look at.

The aroma brings out a formidable dark malt character but its aromatic underlings include coffee, yeast, and a little touch of smoke.

Mostly medium body but maybe just a hair less. Stays together well on my tongue.

The taste is very much like the aroma suggests it will be but I also pick up a little dark fruit to add icing to the beer. Mildly bitter finale. Nice beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Hard pour into my Lucifer snifter: 22 oz. bottle

Sight- A beatific ruby wrapped in a dark, dark brown. Head is off-white, and after pouring, settles down to a thin cap. Lacing reminds me of a still-capture of the spray of water after someone were to drop a large rock into a pond.
Smell- a touch of smoke, malt, caramel, and perhaps even raisins.
Sip- Wow. A medley of malt, sugar, raisin, a hint of smoke. Hops give it a nice subtle bitter tinge. Sort of reminds me of a Belgian strong dark... but I digress.
Mouthfeel- Truly great bubble, with a light coating to the tongue. Leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste, causing me to take another sip, and another.

I completely understand the "fruit cake" comment of someone who reviewed this. It's got a candied taste to it, much more prevalent as it warms up. I'd like it a bit more chilled, so I will have to drink it faster next time around.

Overall, really enjoyable 22 oz. offering from a completely organic Scottish brewery. American amadans beware, this brew rivals Founders Scottish offering.

Photo of blatantlocalism
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours dark chesnut brown with a huge three finger light tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light biscuit malt, toffee, light unidentifiable fruit, a hint of peat. Flavor is rich, but aged caramel malt, dark dried fruit, mildly earthy, hints of chocolate. Finishes semi dry with a linger light hop bitterness and faint smoke. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A pleasant, somewhat subtle Scottish ale, with a nice heavy malt body that has more dark fruit and caramel flavor than malt. Although the flavors are subdued, they leave a rich, full taste exprerience. Nicely made and a nice sipper. Note that this appears to be a 7.9% ale now (date of the bottle is 9/15, so fairly fresh).

Photo of killcore
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- Very dark brown (cola brown). One finger, soft looking off-white head, with a bit of visible carbonation underneath. Retention is not very good but lacing is

S- Almost porter-like with dark malts and brown sugar, some notes of chocolate, an earthy touch and a hint of roastiness. just a residual hint of caramel sweetness to actually remind you of a scotch ale. A bit of alcohol may be noticed

T- very much like the aroma, with the exception that caramel sweetness is now a bit more pronounced, showing some subtle hints of dark fruit/fruit cake. Then some chocolate, brown sugar, earthy/leafy hops, as the smell suggested. Very nice bittersweet combination. Borders the line between scotch ales and porters

M- Medium body, gentle but still decently lively carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy. Pleasing

O- Perfect balance between sweet and bitter notes. Decently complex and easily drinkable. A finely brewed beer

Photo of JonnyRebel
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of MrHyde1886
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, best before 1/2016. Bottle says 7.9% ABV. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, dark bread, light chocolate, nuttiness, light peat smoke, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, dark bread, light chocolate, nuttiness, herbal, light peat smoke, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, dark bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, light peat smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent scotch ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and moderate fruit/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of mrjez
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before end 10/2015. Lot 354. 7.9% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, candied fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, bread, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with tasty candied fruit and citrus zest flavors that make this one easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before December 2011. 6.2%.

A: Very dark. Cola-/caramel-coloured around the edges, with the core completely opaque and darkest brownest with a ruddy hue. A finger of nice, creamy head settles down pleasantly. Curtains of lace. A really good-looking beer. The dark colour, increased ABV, and smaller bottle size convince me that this is a different recipe than the other Black Isle Scotch Ales reviewed here.

S: Strong and robust, full of caramelised sweetness; earthy, roasted malts; and dark chocolates.

T/M: Thinner than expected, but still mostly tasty. The robustness of the nose fades here -- the taste is but a paler reflection. The maintaste is initially neutrally sweetish with little character, but is improved by a drying kick of hops and toasty malt character that follow. The endtaste rescues the chocolatey promises of the nose for a solid finish.

O: Mildly disappointing, but perhaps only because I had such high hopes. Still a good, drinkable, enjoyable beer; better than average. I won't be able to buy another (I am led to believe they are only available at the brewery), but you should if you happen to be on the Black Isle.

Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of sammyg832
5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Dentist666
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into english pint. Reddish brown beer with modest 0,5 finger tan head. Aroma of caramel, raisin, dark fruits, smoke. Taste is superb, complex, nutty, dark fruits, rather sweet and smoky. Medium body, well-balanced beer.

Photo of AlexRea
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice large fluffy head, that takes some time to go down. Leaves a nice creamy film and excellent lacing. The colour has a gorgeous red hue to it, a deep dark brown-ruby, with a strong carbonation.

Smell is of caramel malt, bread, a strong cherry fruitiness. Quite flavourful and lively.

Taste initially is sweet, with malt, caramel and deep red fruit coming through. Eventually a bit more dry bitterness. The caramel flavour is quite lively and light, tempered with a bit of fresh fruit. On the finish it is dry, malty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but with a good heavy weight to it. Carbonation is quite mild, drinkability is great. Nice thick caramel malty body.

An excellent example of the style. Plenty of caramel and malt. It is a bit sweet so maybe not for everyone, very flavourful and a rich, smooth drinking scotch ale. The elevated alcohol works well to bolster the body and stand up to the heavy malt flavour. I would recommend this.

Organic Export Scotch Ale from Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.