Black Gold | Cairngorm Brewery Company, The

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Cairngorm Brewery Company, The
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Scottish stout with a wonderful rich dark colour. A smooth full bodied beer with subtle bitterness giving way to late sweetness and underlying roast barley hints.

Added by GreenCard on 06-25-2004

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

4.4% ABV Scottish Stout
Very dark brown; opaque in a glass; light brown head.

A true Scottish Stout, there's peat and light smoke in both the flavor and the aroma.

Feel: Very full body with a well chosen level of carbonation.

O: a bit too much peaty smoke flavor for my taste.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18th September 2012: Birmingham (England); mini-pub-crawl.

2nd pint of the evening was in the Wetherspoons pub called ‘The Brier Rose’. I enjoyed this immensely and found it to be far superior to its bottled version.

Same lovely dark ruby red body: this time the head stayed, a thick layer of tanned foam sat throughout the tasting.

Chocolate and coffee esters in the nose; carried on into the taste and then liquorice arrives to add extra flavours and balance. Malty molasses gave it some sweetness, which helped my enjoyment of the pint as I prefer the slightly sweeter brews to the hop bitterness some offer.

Richer and creamier than the bottle; this was a great beer and set me up for the rest of the evenings drinking.

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 500ml brown glass bottle, BB 20 August 2009, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. * Notes: the label says this "traditional Scottish Stout" was awarded "CAMRA Champion Cask Beer of Scotland 2005", for its cask-conditioned version of course.

A: pours a black colour with a decently frothy tan head that settles to a thin cap to last throughout the drink.
S: a lively aroma full of dried black plums and roast walnuts dominates the nose; a closer sniff reveals the predominantly dark chocolate malts and roasted malts as a solid backbone, providing a thick malty aroma but neither cloying nor oily. The fruit-malt mixture is very enticing for a British (be it Scottish or English...) Stout.
T: sweet nutty dark malts caress the taste-buds with a really smooth-textured bitter-sweetness, against a lightly sour dark-fruity undertone and an enticing flow of earthy hoppiness. Almost herbally/licorice-ly bitter-sweet in the finish, with occasional chewy/dry-ish hints of both roastiness of malts and bitterness from hops, while more aromatic undertones stay deep down the palate.
M&D: although this bottle is apparently filtered and perhaps pasteurised, the texture remains very smooth on the carbonation side against a light+ body and a delicious but not quite complex flavour profile. All in all, I like this Stout for its integrity and a mild profile, which makes it a quaffable one in my book.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of mdagnew
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim...

Poured deep black with only the slightest hint of brown around the edges when held up to the light... mocha tan head poured pretty big and thick then faded slowly to thin covering... some good sticky lacing coats the glass throughout...

Aroma - Deep chocolate notes, roasted malts, light smoky traces, dark treacle sweetness, quite strong nuttiness, some creosote hints, sugary black coffee, some peppery notes, cardboard traces...

Taste – Nice, quite sweet, chocolate maltiness... nicely roasted malts - not too much bitterness... milky / creamy notes, some rich fruitiness (black cherries, some blackcurrents), faint smoky hints, toasted nutty sweetness, light dustiness, some burnt dark brown sugar sweetness, nice pepperiness...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with just a little spritziness coming through... pretty full bodied... A very drinkable stout at just 4.4% - could happily quaff a few of these in an evening...

Overall - A very good, nicely balanced and very drinkable stout... definitely recommended...

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Photo of flyingpig
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Tesco (£1.70 for 500ml):
Dark ruby, almost black and topped with a huge, foamy, dome-shaped head that is light brown and seems to get bigger the longer the beer is sitting.

Sweet with a few roasted malts to begin as expected along with some coffee and a nutty aroma too. Not the darkest stout on the nose with some nice fruit notes coming through too.

Sweet with the usual roasted malts and coffee with some chocolate and a few dark fruits as well and even a few hops coming through.

Light medium bodied beer, quite clean and almost watery with mild carbonation and a fair bit of bitterness along with a very slightly dry finish but nothing too severe with a good balance overall.

A little sweeter than I was expecting which was a pleasant surprise. There was a good balance and it was an easy to drink stout, the only real complaint was that it began to feel a little watery towards the tail end but other than that it was an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black-sizeable tan head that goes ratherquickly. Nice roasted and cocoa aromas. Somewhat nutty. Strong roasted flavors with a whisper of licorice. Nutty and toasted bread-like quality. Great grainy flavor. Nice body. A ton of flavor in a great low abv package. man I could do this all night in a bad way. Great scottish beer all in.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mick303
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Colour is jet black, pours a heady foam of tan brown which recedes leaving a slight film and decent lacing.

Aroma has a lot of dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, nuttiness. A lot of the roast malt comes through. Underneath perhaps some slight floral and fruity character.

Taste has got a good roast malt, with plenty of bitter coffee and chocolate. Roasted character is strong, but some nice underpinning flavours as well, apples, hay, all making it an interesting all-rounder. Nice complexity and overall stout profile.

Mouthfeel is moderate, drinkability is good, it isnt too heavy on the palate, rather a slight carbonation gives it a mild crispness. Dry on the finish.

A very nice, refreshing stout, not too heavy or overpowering on the palate, roasted and pleasant. Worth a try.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours Black with a moderate but lasting tan head. Aroma malty and lightly roasty, malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Taste roasted malts, some sweetness but not too much, chocolate, toast, coffee. Not to bad.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a nice big fluffy tan head.

The smell is milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

The taste is milk chocolate, quite sweet, with some roasty coffee flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and silly smooth. The carbonation is low.

Overall a great sessionable beer, packs a lot of flavor for its abv.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really like this. At first I picked up a bit of a sour scent, but another whiff revealed choclatey malts, brandy and toffee. The beer is ruby-black with a tan head that formed a mound at the top of the glass.

Rich, chocolate and toffee taste with an ever-so-light sour, winey taste. This just tastes beautiful. A very rich stout, with a complex and excellent taste.

A very good, sessionable ale. A great accompaniment to me Scottish sausage.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AirBob
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On cask at NERAX.

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Photo of msondel
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Foley67
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenCard
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: beautiful dark brown, opaque in the glass, nice big spongey layer of tan foam, good head retention, some lace

Aroma: faint wisp of molasses, roast, crackers, burnt caramel, malt, wee hint of diacetyl, coffee, hazelnuts

Flavor: scrumptiously balanced maltiness and roast, mildly sweet and bready, a bit tangy, dark chocolate, finishes dryish with an inviting aftertaste of malts and coffee

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fine carbonation, silky texture

Overall Impression: Based on Wildcat and Stag, I was ready to write off Cairngorm as just an "OK" brewery. This "Scottish Stout", however, has really increased my opinion though! This is a fantastic stout with a perfectly balanced flavor. Sweetish at first, but dry in the finish. Highly recommended! It's a new offering from them, so availibility is probably limited still.

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Photo of Schmoog
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on cask at NERAX

Appears deep brown with reddish highlights. Tan head lingers on top.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee, some nuttiness. The taste is full, Rich roasted malt, coffee, nutty, chocolate, caramel. Really good. Long lingering nice slight biter aftertaste.

Medium body on this one - one of my top three at the fest - very drinkable.

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Photo of BILF
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of chogm54
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a pint

L - jet black, opaque, thin pale brown head.

S - sweet roasted malts, molasses, hints of chocolate and dark fruit (raisins)

T - subtle earthy roasted malts, not as roasted as other stouts, with dry choc flavours in the middle. Fruity (raisins, blackberries) finish, with a hint of aniseed.

M - full bodied, slightly dry texture, soft carbonation.

O - solid stout - nothing outstanding or original. More subtle on the roasted malts than other stouts.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesomely super easy medium tan rocky head. In the the glass there is a surprising wall of black . Coffee, tobacco, dark chocolate black bitterness which is very earthy are all well integrated yet emerge disappear and emerge over the length of each gulp. Not at all aggressive but firm and engaging and almost sessionable.

Had this satiisfying brewsky originally on cask when it won best Scottish cask beer back in 2005 but by British bottle standards this really is a triumph.

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Photo of maxk
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of kmacphail
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 500ml bottle from the local Tesco in Stornoway.

The beer poured a very dark brown colour with a dark tan head. This was sizeable at first but it faded quite quickly to a thin film with decent lacing on the glass.

The beer gave off inviting aromas of roasted barley, nuts and burnt berries. These followed through to the taste with a malty hit followed by the berries and nuts with a tingly bitter aftertaste.

This is described as a stout and it lives up to it's name, a nice thick mouthfeel; a man's beer. Slightly sticky with a refreshing bitter afternote. Not a typical Scottish stout as they either tend to either sweet or quite bitter, but the Cairngorm brewery have struck a good balance here.

I thoroughly enjoyed the beer, one of the best examples of Scottish stout I have sampled. Stout is not my chosen beer style but I would sample this again, however too much of a dinner in a glass to drink all night.

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Photo of axxe
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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