Systems Theory - East Coast Edition
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.15 | pDev: 5.06%
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brew listed as Barrel Aged Series - Oatmeal Stout East Coast Edition with a 9.5% ABV. I'm presuming this is the same beer. An LCBO purchase for $4.95 CDN and Served cold into a pint glass. Best before July 2020.

Appearance - Pours a shade of black as dark as winter at the poles. A finger plus of dense and bubbly dark tan head. Well above average head retention and a small curtain of lacing surrounds the edges of the glass.

Smell - Quite roasty with boatloads of molasses and treacle. Plenty of scotch and some wood for good measure. Evil incarnate. If anything smells stronger than 9.5%, could pass for 12% + as there is a rough around the edges (read intensity) smell to the scotch.

Taste - Oak! More Oak! Smoke! Bourbon! Possibly some molasses. Peat and Iodine. Hints of Vanilla. Not sure how much I like this as you're beaten over the head with the barrel, but it is different. Possibly some dark chocolate mixed in, but I really didn't pick out much initially. Does begin to show as the beer warms.

Mouuthfeel - Thick, luscious, surprisingly little burn going down the back of the throat given the nose and taste. Very smooth and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall - If you don't want a subtle barrel for your BBA stout, then you'll love this. For those seeking balance, maybe not as much. Either way worth a try as this is intense. It also provides a nice example on how beers change as they warm.

Nov 03, 2018
Systems Theory - East Coast Edition from Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 5 ratings