The Belgian-inspired blonde beer is similar in style to those brewed by monastic communities in Belgium and Germany and traditionally drunk during the 40-day Lenten fasting period for sustenance and nourishment.
Brother Michael de Klerk has made several visits to the brewery and worked alongside the Black Isle team to brew the beer. It is a pale yellow in colour with distinctive notes of banana and vanilla on the nose. It’s perfect spring beer to toast the season of renewed life and rejuvenation. This is the only beer brewed with monks in Scotland.
Brother Michael said, “We are very happy to be associated with the Black Isle Brewery in this project. It has highlighted the link between monks and the noble craft of brewing, which our continental brethren have taken to a very high level of expertise”.
We’ve just launched another limited edition winter warmer…. Big Butt Oak Aged Barley Wine (8.5% ABV).
Aged in oak sherry butts for 4 months prior to bottling, once poured this strong, deep peat-coloured beer opens up warm aromas of malt-loaf, spice, vanilla and alcohol. A nourishing seasonal winter beer perfect for sitting by the fire and getting the frost out of your toes.
It’s available now in 330ml bottles from our online shop. It will also be appearing shortly in selected Edinburgh pubs & beer retailers. This is a limited release, so grab it while you can!
If you can’t get to Bamberg this autumn, bring Bamberg to you with this delicious, dark, dusky, smokey, Bavarian beauty… our new limited edition Smoked Porter is in our online shop now!
After a smash hit debut at Jocktoberfest, where it was by far the biggest selling cask beer, we thought we’d make it more widely available for those who missed out… or for those keen to relive the magic.
It’s a blend of German roasted malts and our local smoked barley, which might even put a smile on a disgruntled German Chancellor’s face.
Here’s the buzz on Twitter…
@BlackIsleBeer I don't like it, I love it. It may well be the best beer I have ever tasted. Please keep brewing it!
— Sean Allan (@seansauzee) November 9, 2013
We like to treat all our beers with the same care and passion. Occasionally one comes out which we believe deserves to be treated a little differently. That was the case with the Black Run. Whilst this was an amazing beer in it’s own right Head Brewer, Colin Stronge, thought we could add something a little extra special. 250.5 litres of this 8.4% hoppy imperial stout were bottled in December 2012 with the remainder of the brew being given all winter to pick up flavours and mature in a range of casks borrowed from Tomatin. We have Sherry Butts that have had a single fill of Tomatin Whisky, Bourbon Casks that also had a single fill of Tomatin Whisky and triple fill Tomatin Whisky casks.
This aging has allowed each cask of this beer which is the strongest, blackest and hoppiest beer we have produced to date, to develop its own unique flavour:
Sherry butt – 4 months 8.4%abv
Starting with cedar wood and molasses in the aroma then leading to flavours of raisin, plum, liquorice, some smoke, coffee, oily green leaves and a slightly boozy finish.
Tomatin Whisky cask – 4 months 9.5%abv
A boozy nose with notes of eucalyptus & Demerara sugar. The flavours start with a little sherbet, oily green hops, leather, tobacco, oak and a lightly sweet finish.
Bourbon barrel – 4 months 9.7%abv
Aromas of vanilla, wood and red berry fruit. The flavours of vanilla, leather, oak and elderflower marry wonderfully. Finishes with a boozy and woody nose and full palate.
All three beers are available from our website
Here is a link to our friends at Tomatin.
For those who wish to reduce rather than rescind their alcohol intake for lent or purley for those who want to try a lower alcohol yet full bodied and full hopped we have the 2.8% Cold Turkey Breakfast Beer.
For the next 28 days this 2.8% beer will be available by mailorder from our website for just £2.08 a bottle. Yes, we did let the percentage go to our head.
We think everyone can agree that good beer should have good flavour, aroma and body. For those who wish to enjoy a pint or two without feeling guilty about drinking a stronger beer we at the Black Isle Brewery have developed a lower alcohol beer. This may be a lower abv than the rest of of our beers but with a higher hop charge than most it does not compromise on quality or taste.
Just in time for 6 long weekends of rugby we have the Cold Turkey Breakfast Beer. Using oats, barley and wheat in the brew it has all the malty taste of multigrain cereal, a refreshing grapefruit flavour coming through from the hops gives it a fruity character, and to finish it off the heavy roasted barley gives a subtle coffee edge to the overall taste to this all day breakfast in a pint.
It will be available in cask around Edinburgh from this weekend with bottles available in selected outlets and direct from our online shop from Friday 8th February. The pubs about to vent their casks of Cold Turkey Breakfast Beer include:
The Waiting Room
Caley Sample Room
If hanging around till Friday is not for you we are launching it at The Waiting Room, Belhaven Street, Morningside,Thursday 31st January, 7:30pm.
The month is almost over with many/ most resolutions forgotten. We believe in continuing the year as we started. Drink in hand. To celebrate the end of January we are launching a brand new beer and having a Meet the Brewer event to give you all the chance to try it.
Colin “Mr Brewer Man” Stronge and friends will be heading down to Edinburgh to the delights of The Waiting Room for a night of some very special aged beer and exciting new beer just days out of the conditioning tank. We will of course have all the beers you would expect at a Black Isle Brewery event along with a chance to win some excellent prizes including tickets for the 2013 Black Isle Shindig in April.
Here’s all you need to know:
7:30pm, Thursday 31 January 2013
The Waiting Room
7 Belhaven Terrace, Edinburgh
Geoffrey warming up by the Aga. The Black Isle is colder than Africa.
What is true however, is that we have new beer. It is a 4.8% pale ale, it is hopped with Cascade, Pilgrim and Nelson Sauvin then dry hopped with New Zealand’s finest just to make sure. It has the fantastic aroma you’d expect from the Nelson with the prerequisite bitterness in the finish you’d hope for in a proper pale ale. The word ‘moreish’ was heavily used during our tasting session.
We haven’t bottled it, so if you’d like to try Geoffrey you’ll have go to a pub and be sociable. To account for all tastes it is both keg and cask with a healthy smattering around Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle over the next two weeks.
As for Geoff, he is settling in to his new home nicely. Only today he saught solace by the Aga only to be sat on by one of the dogs and then almost trodden on when Mike was frying eggs.
Watch Geoffrey in action as he scales the mountainous hearth and heads for the fire.