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Black Cuillin - Isle Of Skye Brewery

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Black Cuillin
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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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Reviews by WonderWoman:
Photo of WonderWoman
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my co-workers brought this back for me from Scotland, I don’t think I’ve 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 wasn’t McEwen’s and I liked it a lot better.

WonderWoman, Jun 24, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Trashcat, Sunday at 02:56 PM
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, May 02, 2008
Photo of robotiks
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

robotiks, May 03, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
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."

GRG1313, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of dcprattdotcom
5/5  rDev +32.3%

dcprattdotcom, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of StevieW
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

StevieW, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

Different and very drinkable.

BlackHaddock, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of MRsojourner
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
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

MRsojourner, Jan 18, 2013
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3.92/5  rDev +3.7%

killcore, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. That’s peat. Hiding beneath the smoke, there’s 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. I’m also really enjoying the finish. With a Scotch, the smoke fades into the alcohol too much, but with the beer, it’s just you and the peat for quite some time. This one’s original and downright amazing.

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 24, 2006
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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.

mrmanning, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Sigmund
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. Can’t detect the honey, not very sweet. Mouthfeel is acceptable but could have been fuller. Moderate roasty aftertaste. All in all an enjoyable brew.

Sigmund, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Reidrover, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

mdagnew, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jdhilt, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of dqrull
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.

dqrull, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of smcolw
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. 

smcolw, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of endless1408
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

endless1408, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

JohnfromDublin, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of seanyfo
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

seanyfo, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

lackenhauser, May 04, 2006
Photo of bvillejohns
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bvillejohns, Mar 04, 2005
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Black Cuillin from Isle Of Skye Brewery
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