Organic Porter | Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd

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Organic PorterOrganic Porter

Brewed by:
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-06-2004

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by StevieW:
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sturdy 500ml brown Euro bottle. Bottle Conditioned. Shiny black pour, hints or ruby on the edges. Dense, creamy biege head. Very appealing in the glass. Nice aromas of subtle chocolate and roasted bitterness. Taste is full and smooth. Very light bitterness from the roasted barley, whispers of chocolate underneath. Finish is subdued but lingers for a while. Very much Porter-like, no grassy organic flavors. Flavers were all there, but mellowed and smooth. A good solid beer through and through. Purchased June '03 in the Northern Highlands and kept in my fridge until last night.

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Photo of hdtrice
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of killcore
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of vanputten
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and part of a big order from beers of Europe to celebrate my 40th birthday
pours a jet black body with decent tan head
good treacle and coffee flavours

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Photo of GreenCard
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: obsidian color, absolutely no head (I actually thought it was completely flat at first), good clarity

Aroma: dark cocoa, coffee, soy sauce, malt, prunes, hint of smoke

Flavor: mildly malty with a thick layer of burnt toast and caramel, slight acidity, somewhat herbal hop/spice flavor, finish is dry with an aftertaste of roast and medicinal herbs

Mouthfeel: deceptively light bodied, carbonation like a cask ale (low to none)

Overall: Not sure if this is supposed to be this flat or, perhaps, it didn't get enough time at bottle-conditioning temperature. Though, I had it in my cellar for at least two weeks in my cellar before even putting it in the fridge. Great flavor and aroma. Would just like a little more carbonation.

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Photo of 123321123321
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmdrpi
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on cask, served in an imperial pint glass. Black, think white head. A bit of roasted malt flavors - coffee and milk chocolate. Good balance and mouthfeel

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Photo of Zimbo
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LOT 0017

Drank this on Burns Night which a haggis supper.

Appealing darkish black colour with long rusty red highlights at the bottom of the glass. Super thick constand tan head thick leaves lacing like dense mini snow drifts on the glass as the drink goes down.
Light body but tasty light coffee and chocolate to taste and a full and firm roasty bitter end. Some fruit in there too surrounding the bitterness. Rewards patience. Another real grower which leads superbly into a number of glasses of Ardbeg Uigeadail on the night.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice, deep ruby colored beer. Huge head that needs to receede a bit before pouring more. Mellow aroma-somewhat phenolic and medicinal. Decent roasted flavor-nice blend of a slight coffee/chocolate mix. Very grainy and dry flavored. Body is a tad thin for my liking. An interesting beer-well worth a try. I would like to try a few others from this brewery. Brought this back from my trip to Scotland for my mother in laws funeral-enjoyed today on what would have been her 89th birthday-God bless you mum!!!

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Oleg85
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AgentMunky
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a cervoise glass. Lot 0030. Best before March 2012.

A: Dark brown-black with creamy head that quickly fades, coating the sides. Light through the edges, but not the centre.

S: Wonderfully creamy and chocolatey. Roasted malts and dark fruits. Substantial.

T: Not as robust as I'd like, but the flavours present are very good. Some candied fruits or dark-chocolate raisins. Malts are more sweet than roasted. Heavy on the chocolates, a taste enhanced by a creamy body. Vaguely drying and bitterish on the aftertaste.

M: Great! Creamy and thick then soft and dry.

O: A decent porter from a good brewery. Worth a shot; good bang for the buck. And it's organic!

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Photo of psm90
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Synapstic
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Clisson (L'Endroit & le Verre), and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and liquorice aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : coffee notes and chocolate flavors, with malty finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the English Porter style.

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Photo of kmacphail
2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I have passed the sign many times for the Black Isle Brewery and last in mid February I managed to gain some time and take the tour. I purchased a mixed case of beers and am working my way through them.

This was the first beer I tried and I was slightly disapointed. The beer was poured into a mug pint glass and I noticed it was dark, very dark a dark cream coloured head appeared for 2 seconds and then vanished, not even a film remianed, my pint looked like a large pepsi.

The nice smell apeared to have this back on track, a serious dominance of roasted coffee, malts and a slight hint of chocolate. Quite nice.

However I was disapointed with the taste. I expected this to be fairly sweet and have a good deal of body (stereotypical of a porter) however this was seriously dominated by the taste of roasted coffee. I am a coffee fan, but not when I am enjoying a pint, I couldn't get much malts, hops or anything but roasted coffee.

The body was also a great let down: very watery and thin with minimal aftertaste except a lingering coffee from the initial taste. Sadly I only managed half a pint of this beer, gave the rest to my mate, who managed even less. I expected so much more of this beer, but sadly it was a disapointment.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of louislouis91
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthT
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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