Black Cuillin - Isle Of Skye Brewery
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by WonderWoman:
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
One of my co-workers brought this back for me from Scotland, I dont think Ive ever had a beer quite like this.
It poured a dark rusty amber with a thin rim of tan foam.
The smell reminded of a campfire where dark fruits were being roasted on a stick.
Initially I was thinking this is just like a rauch bier, then my thoughts changed. Once it sat a little and warmed up, I could definitely taste scotch. Scotch with some dates and figs.
The mouth feel was thin with small bubbles of carbonation.
I have to say this is my first Scottish ale that wasnt McEwens and I liked it a lot better.
06-24-2006 02:22:32 | More by WonderWoman
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
500 ml. bottle
A deep, dark amber with firey hues, rocky-shore head, clumpy and sticky, slow dissipation.
Dank, wet-musty yeasy aroma, caramel and honey, all very natural smelling. Deep red fruits, raisins, dates and oats in the malt aroma with green and peppery hops. yeah.
This is a crispy, roastie malt with really good complexity. a sweet nuttiness, herbal and earthy balance that is totally sublime. Brown sugar and honey with dry, semi-bitter hops. Medium bodied feel but crisp and smooth. This is not massivley complex but still really good. Crispy and healthy right 'til the end.
a very attractive presentation with a good price.
06-29-2009 23:00:06 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
Smokeless Joe's. Basically a good British style porter. Black, not much head. Smooth Stouty roasty, a whisp of smoke and tabacco and licorice. Drinkable, but a sipper. Because minerally finish, it would fare better with some food, as a coffee replacement. Filling.
05-02-2008 17:20:00 | More by Sammy
2.15/5 rDev -43.3%
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."
03-05-2011 22:24:24 | More by GRG1313
3.84/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
12-18-2013 01:28:52 | More by metter98
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
My second selection at the Golf Pub in Cupar, Fife. Shiny deep black color. Tight, small wispy tan head. Head faded to bubbles quickly. Slick, smooth appearance. 10W30. Murky, earthy smells, peat akin to the Western Isles Scotch ? Not Sure. More earthy, and woody than the Red Cuillin. Taste is super smooth, full of malt, and full flavored. Lots of sweet malt. Heavy feel, filling going down. I dream of playing the Old Course again in the dreary, fading light. My head buried in my chest against the wind, the rain pelting your back as approach the bridge. A warm smile lifts your spirits thinking of this one waiting inside the Pub. Too bad the Dunvegan doesn't carry it. (P.S. This might be better considered a Wee Heavy)
07-14-2003 18:32:34 | More by StevieW
United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
Different and very drinkable.
01-09-2011 19:10:02 | More by BlackHaddock
2.96/5 rDev -21.9%
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
01-18-2013 01:00:10 | More by MRsojourner
4.68/5 rDev +23.5%
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. Thats peat. Hiding beneath the smoke, theres 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 Lagavulin 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. Im also really enjoying the finish. With a Scotch, the smoke fades into the alcohol too much, but with the beer, its just you and the peat for quite some time. This ones original and downright amazing.
06-24-2006 01:52:06 | More by DarkerTheBetter
3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
11-16-2009 13:29:37 | More by mrmanning
3.98/5 rDev +5%
500 ml bottle, bought at Vinens Verden, Odense, Denmark. Very dark brown with a reddish hue, decent light tan head. Moderate but very pleasant aroma of roasted barley and oatmeal, hints of dark chocolate and liquorice, seaweed, tar and woodwork. Roasty flavour with distinct elements of tar and peaty smoke, notes of coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Cant detect the honey, not very sweet. Mouthfeel is acceptable but could have been fuller. Moderate roasty aftertaste. All in all an enjoyable brew.
09-26-2005 20:30:16 | More by Sigmund
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
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
11-22-2006 16:42:55 | More by Reidrover
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4/5 rDev +5.5%
500ml bottle bought from Peckhams, Edinburgh...
Poured a dark mahogany brown colour. Slightly off white head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping. No real carbonation... some light lacing...
Aroma - Lots of dark spicy fruits (raisins, dates, prunes), black treacle notes, toasted bready malts, coffee, some faint peaty smoke, fruit loaf, chocolate notes mixed with black cherry, some woodiness, nutty burnt butter, some anise...
Taste - Pretty much as above with maybe some more pronounced chocolate notes... figs, definite smokey notes, coffee, some liquorice...
M&D - Quite smooth... medium bodied... A good sessionable brew at only 4.5%...
Overall - A good straightforward example of a Scottish ale.... recommended...
06-16-2008 14:38:26 | More by mdagnew
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a two finger beige head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, faint highlights. Medium carbonation and Medium bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is roasted malt and caramel with honey in the background. $7.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
07-08-2009 22:45:50 | More by jdhilt
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
06-14-2010 18:20:16 | More by dqrull
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
08-31-2011 20:17:42 | More by smcolw
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
Tasted this 500ml bottle on 16th july 07 (Best by end Jun 09).
Poured a very dark and intense brown brew with a thin cream coloured head. Ruby tone when held to the light. Some lacing.
Not much to smell at first, but improved as it warmed. Malty.
Tasted quite nice at first; again malty but thinnish. I can't really put my finger on the taste, but I tired a little of this beer as I drank it which accounts for the low "drinkability" score.
Overall, a bit disappointing. This came as a present from Scotland of a pair of Scotch ales. I much preferred the Three Sisters (Atlas brewery) one. This might be better with food.
07-17-2007 08:46:09 | More by JohnfromDublin
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.6/5 rDev -5%
50cl bottle into imperial pint glass.
A- Murky mahogany body with tan head (3 fingers) reducing to 1 finger/crown quickly. Lacing is good.
M- Coffee beans, toffee caramel malts, biscuityness.
T- Lots of toasted yet sweet malts in the beginning changes to a nuttiness with a sharp roasted malt note in the finish.
M- Light to medium bodied.
D- A standard scottish ale, inoffensive with enough flavour for a session. Simple and effective
08-03-2009 18:23:21 | More by seanyfo
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
Very dark in clolor-when held to the light theres a beautiful, deep mahogany color. Slight peated malt aroma-some smokiness and sweetness to it. Mellow roasted malt flavor. Some buttery and treacle notes. Very faint peated flavor as well. Nice little astringency that "works". Great balance overall between the flavors. Good body. Very, very drinkable. I was looking at the brewerys web sites and fans can post thoughts on their beers. This one is a real favorite and now one of mine. I need to hurry up and get back to Scotland.
05-04-2006 00:58:21 | More by lackenhauser
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
First beer after crossing to Skye on the ferry at Malleag. Dirty brown head that stays put and a hint of peat that mirrors its geographic relative (scotch). The beer matches the place and featured often in my journal of the trip.
Other notes include a taste that was not too sweet as many of the Scotish entries can be and a good lingering of the earthy swill.
03-04-2005 02:55:06 | More by bvillejohns
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
12-03-2010 19:12:04 | More by StJamesGate
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours a very dark red color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.
Upon inspection, my nose was hit by a barrage of smooth, sweet and smoky flavors. A bit of flower/herb was detected as well.
Taste is smoky/sweet that fades into a sweet, almost caramel-like flavor in the middle.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness/smokiness and feels a bit chewy as well. Otherwise, goes down good.
A good example of its' style. It is low in ABV and quite drinkable. My only qualm would be that it could be fresher or even chewier. Otherwise, a good find.
03-09-2009 04:13:59 | More by Brad007
Black Cuillin from Isle Of Skye Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.