Skye Black | Isle Of Skye Brewery

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Brewed by:
Isle Of Skye Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with oats and heather honey.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of BKotch
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cylinsier
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle

Pours a deep mahogany brown, clear cherry red tint when held to light. Head is light tannish white, retains as a lacing.

Smells of fig, cherry, walnut, leather and tobacco.

Flavor is of dry wood malts, licorice, a hint of grape and plum, and a woody bitter dry finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A nice dark ale with some decent strong flavors, a bit one-dimensional there but no complaints with any other characteristics. Really nice body and pour. This makes me want to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of zotzot
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from the brewery store in Scotland. 4.5% ABV with a BB date of 12/2017
Dark mahogany with excellent clarity and sparkling highlights.
near even bitter/sweet balance. Good complexity with hints of blueberries, coffee, dark fruits, dark bread and toffee.
Fine, lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full on cola coloured body with big foamy tan head
aromas of cough sweets
Not a big fan of honey but here it stops liquorice or coffee flavours forming creating instead a bit of a whisky taste with cough syrup notes
not really my thing but certainly worth a try

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. almost black, tan head. dark malt flavors in the nose and the taste. overall I would describe this as more of stout, but not too roasty or full bodied.

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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redleg411
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foley67
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of charlatan
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Now rebranded as Skye Black. Half pint at 'spoons in Greenock.

A light, peaty coloured beer with a thick offwhite head. It has a roasted malt nose with a bot of wood smoke and a slight but rather unfortunate hint of antiseptic. This has a sweet start and is lightly smoky with the influence of oats apparent in a creamy finish.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mick303
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle with freshness date. Poured a thick dark brown blackish colour and a nice cap of creamy tan head, good retention and lacing. Nice retention of whispy film cap. 4

S – dark roast chocolate malt, roasted coffee, thick waves of roast notes with some fruits as well, apple, nuttiness. Dark cherry and pomegranate, balance is excellent and inviting. 4.25

T – mild dark chocolate, smooth coffee, thin caramel, nuttiness and some wafer-like malt. Bitterness is mild, finishes dry with some residual coffee chocolatey flavor. Some dried fruity character, peanuts, trace of vanilla, honey and sweet molasses a little on the beginning, rounded and quite complex. 3.75

M – very smooth and creamy, light carbonation and a pleasant smooth malty body, just a tickle of bitterness on the finish to draw it up. Works fairly well I would say, easy drinking and rather tasty. 4

O – very nice, enjoyable ale, lot of flavor and it works together, a bit of a thin light body for my taste but still a nice beer that was quite enjoyable. Smooth and tasty. 4

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of MRsojourner
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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Skye Black from Isle Of Skye Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 57 ratings