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Skye Black | Isle Of Skye Brewery

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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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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by SLeffler27:
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3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
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 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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokeless Joe's. Basically a good British style porter. Black, not much head. Smooth Stouty roasty, a whisp of smoke and tabacco and licorice. Drinkable, but a sipper. Because minerally finish, it would fare better with some food, as a coffee replacement. Filling.

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

Photo of robotiks
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
2.18/5  rDev -43.2%
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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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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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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 StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second selection at the Golf Pub in Cupar, Fife. Shiny deep black color. Tight, small wispy tan head. Head faded to bubbles quickly. Slick, smooth appearance. 10W30. Murky, earthy smells, peat akin to the Western Isles Scotch ? Not Sure. More earthy, and woody than the Red Cuillin. Taste is super smooth, full of malt, and full flavored. Lots of sweet malt. Heavy feel, filling going down. I dream of playing the Old Course again in the dreary, fading light. My head buried in my chest against the wind, the rain pelting your back as approach the bridge. A warm smile lifts your spirits thinking of this one waiting inside the Pub. Too bad the Dunvegan doesn't carry it. (P.S. This might be better considered a Wee Heavy)

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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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Photo of Foley67
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of killcore
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bernie and Tim for hand-carrying this back from Scotland. Thanks Guys!

Looks black at a glance, but when held to the light a glowing dark burgundy is revealed. The head is nothing but thin wisps of pale tan film.

Smells like charcoal, but more closely, it reminds me of a peat fire, much like the smokiness found in Lagavulin Scotch Whiskey. <verifying sip> Oh yeah. That’s peat. Hiding beneath the smoke, there’s a dark prune. Seriously, this is smoky as hell, but if you think Scotch, that becomes a very nice thing.

The base of this beer is an inconspicuous stout of sorts with some mild roasted barley with hints of dark fruit and chocolate but is immediately followed up and utterly dominated by that terrific Lagavulin peat.

The mouth feel is very light and smooth and it leaves my mouth exceptionally dry. This seems to work well with the smoky nature of this beer.

Honestly, on my first sip, I was a bit put off, but after I started to think of this beer as a sort of Scotch, I really started to like it. I’m also really enjoying the finish. With a Scotch, the smoke fades into the alcohol too much, but with the beer, it’s just you and the peat for quite some time. This one’s original and downright amazing.

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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 mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Sigmund
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought at Vinens Verden, Odense, Denmark. Very dark brown with a reddish hue, decent light tan head. Moderate but very pleasant aroma of roasted barley and oatmeal, hints of dark chocolate and liquorice, seaweed, tar and woodwork. Roasty flavour with distinct elements of tar and peaty smoke, notes of coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Can’t detect the honey, not very sweet. Mouthfeel is acceptable but could have been fuller. Moderate roasty aftertaste. All in all an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at The Muckle Cross, Elgin, Scotland. Dark mahogany brown with a lovelly thick creamy light tan head. Lightly toasted malts of course dominate the aroma, with stronger bitter black coffee notes. The taste is of rich and bitter maltiness, slightly burnt aspects to it, some coffee and a slightly lactic finish. The mouthfeel was very nice, velvety smooth cask-conditioned. I found this a very nice porter probably improved by the cask, very drinkable

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 KlayWey
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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 dqrull
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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 smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Skye Black from Isle Of Skye Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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