Skye Black | Isle Of Skye Brewery

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Skye BlackSkye Black

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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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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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 EmperorBevis
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -3.1%
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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Photo of charlatan
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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 +0.3%
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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Photo of mick303
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of MRsojourner
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
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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Photo of SLeffler27
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A three inch, dense foam is light coffee colored over a clear, dark, ruby-to-brown ale. The lace forms a fine coating as the head ever-so-slowly drops to seafoam.

The aroma is that of coffee and cream with some alcohol and oats.

Malty with sweet notes in a Roosterfish pint glass. The finish is long and sweet with some notes of cherry.

Fair carbonation, light body and fine texture.

An easy, quick-drinking beer for a session with friends.

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Photo of tenesmus
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Isleornsay Hotel, Skye.

A - Deep, dark ebony body with a thick white lustrous head.

S - Roasted barley, a little coffee on the nose.

T - Toasty, warm malt with roasted coffee undercut with a citrus streak, and a gentle prod of bitterness.

M - Smooth, creamy feel, very nice.

O - Quality beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color where a bit of light passes. Off white head which leaves nice ring lace. 

Very mild aroma -- no burnt smells.  In fact, it smells mostly creamy. 

I would categorize this as a hoppy brown ale. There are darker malt flavors but no burnt sugars. The body is thinner like a brown ale as well. (The server thought this was a stout).   Decent hop presence. 

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Photo of GRG1313
2.18/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with an off white short lived head.

Nose is light toffee/light vanilla roasted grain that then quickly falls off to almost nothing.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery and with no balance and no real character.

Flavors are citric bitter like a lemon infused black coffee that goes to a bitter burnt ash.

Finish is bitter burnt carbon. There is almost something uniquely appealing after a few sips, a "bright burned character" but it just doesn't quite make it there. Tastes like someone just "left it in the oven too long."

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.72/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had great anticipation for this beer yet it turned out quite boring. Poured a 2" head. Very dark raw umber in color. Very little smell, even after warmed up, mild coffee at most. Flavor as well was pretty simple and subdued - some mild coffee, a little sour rye, a little acidity. Body was quite lightweight. Surprisingly timid and disappointing considering where where it's from and how dark the brew is.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4th Beer in a random British Tasting Evening on 8th Jan 2011.

The 500ml brown bottle was poured into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard.

Dark red, ruby, ruby, ruby red! The off white head fell away to a collar and wispy covering too fast, sadly.

Roasted Barley aroma, couldn't find Heather Honey or Oats in the smell, both are mentioned on the label as being in the brew. It smells sweeter than it tastes.

Mellow malty flavours flow through the mouth and this easy to drink beer covers a host of styles, toying with Stout, Porters and Winter Warmers with a Scottish dark bitter/ale feel.

Smooth and rich, a fine beer.

Different and very drinkable.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Belfast Beer Festival.

Pours oxblood black with a thin bubbly film. Black strap molasses, raisin, brown sugar and barrel on the nose. Sour prune and sultana malts with tart berry, then kola, branch and clove oil hops. Tight dry finish, old ale linger with a bit too much leaf. Oily, medium, some chew.

Defies style: one beer site has it as Scottish Ale, the other says Porter, the bottle label says "dark Scottish ale" and the Festival guide says Strong Dark Mild.

As a mild, boozier, less fruity and drier than others. Nice feel and hops, but not crazy about the aftertaste.

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Photo of dqrull
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with tinges of red, a slightly off-white head that lasts quite a while, elaving a little runny lacing.

Smells a bit like the Red Cuillin from the same brewery, a sort of strawberry-fudge that has a sweet thing to it. Complemented here with some carramellized malt, and some additional fruits, raisins and a little plum.

Taste is also of the same strawberry fudge, but not as prominent as in the nose. There are also a hint of vegetables, a little honey and caramel. Very slight sweetness and a little bitterness, could maybe have used some more bitterness, little to no hop flavour in this one.

Light mouthfeel, almost a bit creamy, but just almost, with a luxurious carbonation with small soft bubbles, refreshing.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle-Deep, deep brown lets in some light, leaving ruby hues at the rim. Nice stable off white heading in this one. Roasty, coffee bean, cocoa and dark chocolate nose leads into a bitter, roasty, fruit flavour profile with dark chocolate and coffee. Nice and creamy bitter roasty finish. I liked this one.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50cl bottle into imperial pint glass.

A- Murky mahogany body with tan head (3 fingers) reducing to 1 finger/crown quickly. Lacing is good.

M- Coffee beans, toffee caramel malts, biscuityness.

T- Lots of toasted yet sweet malts in the beginning changes to a nuttiness with a sharp roasted malt note in the finish.

M- Light to medium bodied.

D- A standard scottish ale, inoffensive with enough flavour for a session. Simple and effective

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark reddish brown with a somewhat slight head that fades to a ring and leaves some scant lacing. Smells bready and slightly herbal and earthy. A slight hint of honey right at the end. Pretty mellow stuff with lots of breadiness in the mouth and some more very light herbal and honey flavors at the end. There is a slighty "browned" taste that makes the whole thing taste like honeyed toast a bit with an herbal tang. Smooth, but a bit lighteer than I'd like in body. My first from the brewery, I'll be sure to try some more.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger beige head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, faint highlights. Medium carbonation and Medium bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is roasted malt and caramel with honey in the background. $7.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle

A deep, dark amber with firey hues, rocky-shore head, clumpy and sticky, slow dissipation.

Dank, wet-musty yeasy aroma, caramel and honey, all very natural smelling. Deep red fruits, raisins, dates and oats in the malt aroma with green and peppery hops. yeah.

This is a crispy, roastie malt with really good complexity. a sweet nuttiness, herbal and earthy balance that is totally sublime. Brown sugar and honey with dry, semi-bitter hops. Medium bodied feel but crisp and smooth. This is not massivley complex but still really good. Crispy and healthy right 'til the end.

a very attractive presentation with a good price.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer. Has a small off white head leaves tiny traces of lace. Aroma has a smokiness up front with asweet malt backbone and a hint of licorice in the background. The sweet malt notes wash over the tip of your tongue. Then slowly the smoke start to fill your mouth giving way to toffee and coffee. The finish has a roast malt bitterness that becomes smoky then coffee. a tasty smooth drink

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Photo of Brad007
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark red color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.

Upon inspection, my nose was hit by a barrage of smooth, sweet and smoky flavors. A bit of flower/herb was detected as well.

Taste is smoky/sweet that fades into a sweet, almost caramel-like flavor in the middle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness/smokiness and feels a bit chewy as well. Otherwise, goes down good.

A good example of its' style. It is low in ABV and quite drinkable. My only qualm would be that it could be fresher or even chewier. Otherwise, a good find.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a beautiful thick 2 finger off-white head. Colour is dark brown and it's somewhat clear. Basically zero carbonation. Head is pretty persistent and fades into a thick cap, then eventually to a decent film. Leaves nice lacing all the way down. Very good looking pint.

SMELL: A scent of roasted and smoky barley malt and dark fruits, such as dates and prunes. A bit of chocolate in the nose as well. Scent is medium strong and quite stout like.

TASTE: A roasted and smoky dose of barley malt, a bit of pure bitter chocolate and some sweet malt that resembles sweet wood. A long lasting but mild bitter-sweet aftertaste of roasted malt, smoke and sweet wood at the end. Nice and complex, but the sweet aftertaste might be a bit too much.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes rather dry on the palate. No bite and pretty average.

OVERALL: Enjoyable and drinkable enough, though nothing memorable. The bitter sweet aftertaste might be a little too much for some. Though this was a fantastic looking pint, I don't think the rest of it would cause me to go out of my way to get it again.

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

500ml bottle bought from Peckhams, Edinburgh...

Poured a dark mahogany brown colour. Slightly off white head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping. No real carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Lots of dark spicy fruits (raisins, dates, prunes), black treacle notes, toasted bready malts, coffee, some faint peaty smoke, fruit loaf, chocolate notes mixed with black cherry, some woodiness, nutty burnt butter, some anise...

Taste - Pretty much as above with maybe some more pronounced chocolate notes... figs, definite smokey notes, coffee, some liquorice...

M&D - Quite smooth... medium bodied... A good sessionable brew at only 4.5%...

Overall - A good straightforward example of a Scottish ale.... recommended...

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Photo of tpd975
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Joey R for this one

A: Beer pours a dark brown hue with amber showing thru. The head is bold and nice with good retention.

S: Hints of smokey roasted malts, licorice, honey sweetness along with a blast of coffee.

T: Nice nutty flavors with hints of dark fruit. There is a touch of sweetness along with a hint of sour.

M: Medium in body with light carbonation.

D: Not bad. Not my favorite style but drinkable nonetheless.

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