Category Archives: Black Isle Brewing Co.

Black Isle Organic Yellowhammer

Brewery: Black Isle Brewing Co.
Country: Scotland
ABV: 4%
Style: English Golden Ale
Other Notes: Malts – Lager Malt, Wheat Malt and Crystal Malt. Hops – Chinook, Citra, Cascade, Pacific Gem, Simcoe and Nelson Sauvin

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Aroma – slight grapefruit, candied peel, tangerine. Appearance – pale golden yellow, clean white head. Flavour – freshly squeezed grapefruit & zest, slight pine.

My rating: 3
My rating: 3.75
My rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before end date of 24th April 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a just less than two finger frothy white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Grapefruit zest, candied sugar, light caramel and mandarin peel.
Taste: Grapefruit flesh and zest, pine, citrus peel and light candied toffee.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice relaxing easy to drink session ale.


Black Isle Smoked Porter 2014 (small batch)

Brewery: Black Isle Brewing Co.
Country: Scotland
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Smoked Beer
Other Notes: aka Black Isle Organic Smoked Oktobeer.

Brewer Description: (from website) Initially brewed for Jocktoberfest, where it was by far the biggest selling cask beer, we thought we would make this more widely available for those that missed out (this does not mean that if you were present at the event that you can’t relive the experience in the comfort of your own armchair!)

This is a blend of German roasted malts and our local smoked barley which might even put a smile on a disgruntled German Chancellor’s face. Balance is what this little beauty is about, something that takes great skill from the brew team and boy they have achieved it here in bucket loads, or we should say conditioning tank loads, one to be specific.. and even then not a full one.

Grab it while you can, it won’t be around forever.

My rating: 4
My rating: 3.9
My rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml bottle from the 2014 small batch, bottle number 6488 of 8480 with a best before end date of October 2015. It was poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a dark brown with a thinnish cream tanned head that did not stick around too long.
Aroma: Aromas of roasted malts with a bit of chocolate, licorice and slight peat smoke.
Taste: Starts slightly sweet caramel and chocolate maybe even some toffee, but finish is definitely smoky, bitter and lingering ash.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation
Overall: I’ve had quite a few smoked beers before and although this was not at the top, it was still pretty good. I would buy this again.





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