Black Isle Brewery, Scotch Ale

Black Isle Brewery, Scotch Ale

Here’s the cheat sheet for Black Isle Brewery, Scotch Ale. A wee heavy, if you will. This one looks set to be a big beer with plenty of malty fruitcake and caramel flavours.

Scotch Ale, 6.2% ABV

Featured in main subscription box on 18 January 2018.

Find the brewery on Twitter at @BlackIsleBeer and on Instagram at @blackislebrewery.

Black Isle Brewery

Serving temperature

Serve this beer at cellar temperature, which is 10°C to 13°C; this means about 30 to 40 minutes in the fridge in real money.

As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.

Flavours to expect

Craftbeer.com states – a little rashly perhaps – that “this style could be considered the Scottish version of an English-style barleywine”. I’m not so sure I’d want to make that claim without the Atlantic to hide behind!

Joking aside, there are definitely similarities. Expect a very dominant malt character with only a small part played by the hops. It should pour a ruby brown with a tan head and display aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and light herbal hops.

Its flavour should comprise malt sweetness, roasted grain, dried dark fruits, and light spice with a full mouthfeel.

The hops used in this beer are Pacific Gem. This is a bittering hop. Its flavour descriptors are: earthy, floral, spicy black pepper and berry fruit; some brewers have noted delicate blackberry, floral or oak tones.

Food pairings

This beer should work well with a variety of meats and game (and of course haggis), pungent cheeses, and creamy desserts with fruit.

Further info

Read more on this beer from BeerBods and Black Isle Brewery.

Black Isle Brewery, Scotch Ale

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