Organic Export Scotch Ale
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd

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Scottish Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #9,455
4.07 | pDev: 9.09%
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom
Very Good
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap
Consumed: Oct-2-2019

Pours ruby black and clear at the edges with a scant skiff of tan head that sinks to a ring leaving little lacing. Aroma is strong dried dark fruit, leather, almost-burnt sugar. The taste follows with prunes rehydrated in rum, leather, and an earthy, dirty bitterness to offset the overall raisininess of the rest. Active carbonation, a little boozy shudder, feels a wee bit hefty, but not as smooth as it could be. Nice beer. Could be more soft smooth and balanced/rich, fairly drinkable though.


Oct 08, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting, legit scottish ale from Scotland, excited to try. Bottled 9/25/16

Pours a decent foamy fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, a little spotty lacing, decent legs though, dark molasses brown color almost black.

Nose sweet malts, molasses, raw brown sugar and sugar cane fermenting, a little toasted caramel and caramelized sugars, a little toffee, and touch of fruity undertones, some fruity ester notes, a touch of grassy hop.

Taste brings more sweet flavors, lots of molasses, caramel, a little earthy herbal sugar cane fermentation, and a little biscuity note, toasted grain, spent grain bread and chewy doughy malts, germinated wheat too, plenty of toffee and caramel, with a mild bitter spicy grassy herbal hop in the background, as well as mild fruity esters, a little fig date fruit, and interestingly orange zest bitterness late, a sticky sweet finish with fair bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a little chewy and creamy sticky sugar thing, decent carb.

Overall not bad, an interesting beer, not my style and even this is not really at my style, but still a nice beer in general.

Mar 21, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was able to snag a bomber of this marked for $5.63 it was marked half price at the House of 1,000 beers best before date is 10/15 so it's not THAT old!

A - Off to a great start an inch plus of mocha tinted head atop a very dark brown beer yet clear at the base. Head takes forever to dissipate.
S - Smells like a very sweet scotch ale with plenty of brown sugar and earthy chocolate malts. Dried fruits and peat smoke all around.
T - Dry and somewhat bitter with fruity taste and a hoppy finish I don't think I ever had a scotch ale so bitter. Not really bitter on the second taste sort of woody with a bit of burnt sugars and a nice level of molasses in the finish. I applaud it's complexity.
M - Body is perfect medium and easy to sip on. Somewhat creamy.

Overall I usually like my scotch ales a bit more sweet but the bitter and herbal aspect of the beer really works with the malt. I may go back and see for a second bomber!

Feb 07, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep brown producing 2 fingers of frothy, tan, somewhat lived head that leaves thin, pasty sheets & webs of lace. Aroma is earthy dark roasted malt with hints of dried fruit, char, raisins, molasses & bitter chocolate. Taste is fronted by dark "cake-like" malt, chocolate milk, bittersweet cocoa, & hints of smoke, char & dark fruit. Finishes with dark chocolate, toffee, prune, char, smoke, a little prickly spice & a bitterness that intensifies in the burnt, bitter, unsweetened chocolate, astringent & long lingering aftertaste. In my experience the bitterness is more intense in the finish & aftertaste than is common to the style. Liquid fruit cake is a nice description by the brewery but I would call it more like liquid plum cake Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, thin but slightly silky, moderately prickly & drawing in the aftertaste.

Dec 21, 2015
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metter98 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar, but upon closer inspection it is clear and very dark red when held up to a bright light. It poured with a short light tan head that died down a bit, leaving a head that covered half of the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of smoke.
T: The taste is rather malty, with lots of flavors of dark malts along with hints of caramel malts and spice.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer seems to become maltier as it warms up and develops more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 14, 2015
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coltonbrimhall from New Mexico

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- good look with the idea looking head that has what you would expect the perfect beer to look like
- sweet scotch with some light smoke
- taste is very malty and alot of scotch
-a thicker very very malty ale
-overall a good beer but not something i would drink on a regular basis

Mar 12, 2015
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JackieKu from Taiwan

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Best before 2016-06-01.

A: Deep brown. Poured 1 finger high of head, sank soon.
S: Caramel. Biscuits. Hints of cherry.
T: Intense toasted and caramel flavor. Moderate citrus (orange). Moderate bitterness. Semi-dry. Dry and medium finish.
M: Medium high bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: Great malts forward yet fruity ale.

Jan 20, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before end 10/2015. Lot 354. 7.9% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, candied fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, bread, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with tasty candied fruit and citrus zest flavors that make this one easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Oct 03, 2014
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into english pint. Reddish brown beer with modest 0,5 finger tan head. Aroma of caramel, raisin, dark fruits, smoke. Taste is superb, complex, nutty, dark fruits, rather sweet and smoky. Medium body, well-balanced beer.

Sep 20, 2014
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JMS1512 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Hard pour into my Lucifer snifter: 22 oz. bottle

Sight- A beatific ruby wrapped in a dark, dark brown. Head is off-white, and after pouring, settles down to a thin cap. Lacing reminds me of a still-capture of the spray of water after someone were to drop a large rock into a pond.
Smell- a touch of smoke, malt, caramel, and perhaps even raisins.
Sip- Wow. A medley of malt, sugar, raisin, a hint of smoke. Hops give it a nice subtle bitter tinge. Sort of reminds me of a Belgian strong dark... but I digress.
Mouthfeel- Truly great bubble, with a light coating to the tongue. Leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste, causing me to take another sip, and another.

I completely understand the "fruit cake" comment of someone who reviewed this. It's got a candied taste to it, much more prevalent as it warms up. I'd like it a bit more chilled, so I will have to drink it faster next time around.

Overall, really enjoyable 22 oz. offering from a completely organic Scottish brewery. American amadans beware, this brew rivals Founders Scottish offering.

Sep 07, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, best before 1/2016. Bottle says 7.9% ABV. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, dark bread, light chocolate, nuttiness, light peat smoke, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, dark bread, light chocolate, nuttiness, herbal, light peat smoke, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, dark bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, light peat smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent scotch ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and moderate fruit/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Aug 30, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the "stubby" 750 ml. bottle marked BBE09/15-101314. Three different versions of one beer in the BA database. This is the one I had. Sampled on May 31, 2014.

It pours next to black with a modest, long lasting off-white head. Some ruby red hues glisten around the edges. Just lovely to look at.

The aroma brings out a formidable dark malt character but its aromatic underlings include coffee, yeast, and a little touch of smoke.

Mostly medium body but maybe just a hair less. Stays together well on my tongue.

The taste is very much like the aroma suggests it will be but I also pick up a little dark fruit to add icing to the beer. Mildly bitter finale. Nice beer.

May 31, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours dark chesnut brown with a huge three finger light tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light biscuit malt, toffee, light unidentifiable fruit, a hint of peat. Flavor is rich, but aged caramel malt, dark dried fruit, mildly earthy, hints of chocolate. Finishes semi dry with a linger light hop bitterness and faint smoke. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A pleasant, somewhat subtle Scottish ale, with a nice heavy malt body that has more dark fruit and caramel flavor than malt. Although the flavors are subdued, they leave a rich, full taste exprerience. Nicely made and a nice sipper. Note that this appears to be a 7.9% ale now (date of the bottle is 9/15, so fairly fresh).

Jan 17, 2014
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mick303 from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice large fluffy head, that takes some time to go down. Leaves a nice creamy film and excellent lacing. The colour has a gorgeous red hue to it, a deep dark brown-ruby, with a strong carbonation.

Smell is of caramel malt, bread, a strong cherry fruitiness. Quite flavourful and lively.

Taste initially is sweet, with malt, caramel and deep red fruit coming through. Eventually a bit more dry bitterness. The caramel flavour is quite lively and light, tempered with a bit of fresh fruit. On the finish it is dry, malty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but with a good heavy weight to it. Carbonation is quite mild, drinkability is great. Nice thick caramel malty body.

An excellent example of the style. Plenty of caramel and malt. It is a bit sweet so maybe not for everyone, very flavourful and a rich, smooth drinking scotch ale. The elevated alcohol works well to bolster the body and stand up to the heavy malt flavour. I would recommend this.

Sep 29, 2012
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Cozzatoad from Italy

3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- Very dark brown (cola brown). One finger, soft looking off-white head, with a bit of visible carbonation underneath. Retention is not very good but lacing is

S- Almost porter-like with dark malts and brown sugar, some notes of chocolate, an earthy touch and a hint of roastiness. just a residual hint of caramel sweetness to actually remind you of a scotch ale. A bit of alcohol may be noticed

T- very much like the aroma, with the exception that caramel sweetness is now a bit more pronounced, showing some subtle hints of dark fruit/fruit cake. Then some chocolate, brown sugar, earthy/leafy hops, as the smell suggested. Very nice bittersweet combination. Borders the line between scotch ales and porters

M- Medium body, gentle but still decently lively carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy. Pleasing

O- Perfect balance between sweet and bitter notes. Decently complex and easily drinkable. A finely brewed beer

Feb 28, 2012
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AgentMunky from New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before December 2011. 6.2%.

A: Very dark. Cola-/caramel-coloured around the edges, with the core completely opaque and darkest brownest with a ruddy hue. A finger of nice, creamy head settles down pleasantly. Curtains of lace. A really good-looking beer. The dark colour, increased ABV, and smaller bottle size convince me that this is a different recipe than the other Black Isle Scotch Ales reviewed here.

S: Strong and robust, full of caramelised sweetness; earthy, roasted malts; and dark chocolates.

T/M: Thinner than expected, but still mostly tasty. The robustness of the nose fades here -- the taste is but a paler reflection. The maintaste is initially neutrally sweetish with little character, but is improved by a drying kick of hops and toasty malt character that follow. The endtaste rescues the chocolatey promises of the nose for a solid finish.

O: Mildly disappointing, but perhaps only because I had such high hopes. Still a good, drinkable, enjoyable beer; better than average. I won't be able to buy another (I am led to believe they are only available at the brewery), but you should if you happen to be on the Black Isle.

May 15, 2011
Organic Export Scotch Ale from Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 47 ratings