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Black Cuillin - Isle Of Skye Brewery

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Black Cuillin
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BA SCORE
85
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Isle Of Skye Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with oats and heather honey.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001)
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3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Now rebranded as Skye Black. Half pint at 'spoons in Greenock.

A light, peaty coloured beer with a thick offwhite head. It has a roasted malt nose with a bot of wood smoke and a slight but rather unfortunate hint of antiseptic. This has a sweet start and is lightly smoky with the influence of oats apparent in a creamy finish.

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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: From afar, the beer is close to black in appearance, yet when held up to a bright light the beer is clear dark garnet red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the dark malt flavors are stronger and there are also notes of chocolate malts and hints of nutty malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: To me, this beer tastes a lot more like a lighter version of an English Stout compared to a Scottish Ale. The low alcohol content definitely makes this very drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle with freshness date. Poured a thick dark brown blackish colour and a nice cap of creamy tan head, good retention and lacing. Nice retention of whispy film cap. 4

S – dark roast chocolate malt, roasted coffee, thick waves of roast notes with some fruits as well, apple, nuttiness. Dark cherry and pomegranate, balance is excellent and inviting. 4.25

T – mild dark chocolate, smooth coffee, thin caramel, nuttiness and some wafer-like malt. Bitterness is mild, finishes dry with some residual coffee chocolatey flavor. Some dried fruity character, peanuts, trace of vanilla, honey and sweet molasses a little on the beginning, rounded and quite complex. 3.75

M – very smooth and creamy, light carbonation and a pleasant smooth malty body, just a tickle of bitterness on the finish to draw it up. Works fairly well I would say, easy drinking and rather tasty. 4

O – very nice, enjoyable ale, lot of flavor and it works together, a bit of a thin light body for my taste but still a nice beer that was quite enjoyable. Smooth and tasty. 4

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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

strong mineral smell with an array of light caramel malts with a bit of chocolate
Pretty dark with burgundy/ruby highlights.
mineral taste that is very dry with bitter chocolate. slightly vinous with a light roast
I was hoping it would be a tad sweeter like a scotch ale tends to be but I think the honey just totally dries it out to much and doesn't leave enough of a mouthfeel

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A three inch, dense foam is light coffee colored over a clear, dark, ruby-to-brown ale. The lace forms a fine coating as the head ever-so-slowly drops to seafoam.

The aroma is that of coffee and cream with some alcohol and oats.

Malty with sweet notes in a Roosterfish pint glass. The finish is long and sweet with some notes of cherry.

Fair carbonation, light body and fine texture.

An easy, quick-drinking beer for a session with friends.

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4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Isleornsay Hotel, Skye.

A - Deep, dark ebony body with a thick white lustrous head.

S - Roasted barley, a little coffee on the nose.

T - Toasty, warm malt with roasted coffee undercut with a citrus streak, and a gentle prod of bitterness.

M - Smooth, creamy feel, very nice.

O - Quality beer.

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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color where a bit of light passes. Off white head which leaves nice ring lace. 

Very mild aroma -- no burnt smells.  In fact, it smells mostly creamy. 

I would categorize this as a hoppy brown ale. There are darker malt flavors but no burnt sugars. The body is thinner like a brown ale as well. (The server thought this was a stout).   Decent hop presence. 

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2.15/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with an off white short lived head.

Nose is light toffee/light vanilla roasted grain that then quickly falls off to almost nothing.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery and with no balance and no real character.

Flavors are citric bitter like a lemon infused black coffee that goes to a bitter burnt ash.

Finish is bitter burnt carbon. There is almost something uniquely appealing after a few sips, a "bright burned character" but it just doesn't quite make it there. Tastes like someone just "left it in the oven too long."

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had great anticipation for this beer yet it turned out quite boring. Poured a 2" head. Very dark raw umber in color. Very little smell, even after warmed up, mild coffee at most. Flavor as well was pretty simple and subdued - some mild coffee, a little sour rye, a little acidity. Body was quite lightweight. Surprisingly timid and disappointing considering where where it's from and how dark the brew is.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4th Beer in a random British Tasting Evening on 8th Jan 2011.

The 500ml brown bottle was poured into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard.

Dark red, ruby, ruby, ruby red! The off white head fell away to a collar and wispy covering too fast, sadly.

Roasted Barley aroma, couldn't find Heather Honey or Oats in the smell, both are mentioned on the label as being in the brew. It smells sweeter than it tastes.

Mellow malty flavours flow through the mouth and this easy to drink beer covers a host of styles, toying with Stout, Porters and Winter Warmers with a Scottish dark bitter/ale feel.

Smooth and rich, a fine beer.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Belfast Beer Festival.

Pours oxblood black with a thin bubbly film. Black strap molasses, raisin, brown sugar and barrel on the nose. Sour prune and sultana malts with tart berry, then kola, branch and clove oil hops. Tight dry finish, old ale linger with a bit too much leaf. Oily, medium, some chew.

Defies style: one beer site has it as Scottish Ale, the other says Porter, the bottle label says "dark Scottish ale" and the Festival guide says Strong Dark Mild.

As a mild, boozier, less fruity and drier than others. Nice feel and hops, but not crazy about the aftertaste.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with tinges of red, a slightly off-white head that lasts quite a while, elaving a little runny lacing.

Smells a bit like the Red Cuillin from the same brewery, a sort of strawberry-fudge that has a sweet thing to it. Complemented here with some carramellized malt, and some additional fruits, raisins and a little plum.

Taste is also of the same strawberry fudge, but not as prominent as in the nose. There are also a hint of vegetables, a little honey and caramel. Very slight sweetness and a little bitterness, could maybe have used some more bitterness, little to no hop flavour in this one.

Light mouthfeel, almost a bit creamy, but just almost, with a luxurious carbonation with small soft bubbles, refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle-Deep, deep brown lets in some light, leaving ruby hues at the rim. Nice stable off white heading in this one. Roasty, coffee bean, cocoa and dark chocolate nose leads into a bitter, roasty, fruit flavour profile with dark chocolate and coffee. Nice and creamy bitter roasty finish. I liked this one.

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Black Cuillin from Isle Of Skye Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.