Beer of the Week – Black Isle Porter

The weekend is once again nearly upon us – or upon you today if you have a very understanding boss. Thoughts invariably turn towards a beer or two for the days of downtime ahead. But with so many to choose from, where should you turn? Well, this is where this series of blog posts come in. Every weekend throughout 2017 I will be detailed a single beer for your enjoyment, if you haven’t had the pleasure of trying it already.

With so much amazing beer emanating from Scottish breweries it is easy to get lost. That’s why I’ll be shining a light on a single unsung release from north of the border each week, letting you know how and where you can get hold of it. For the full list to date, simply scroll down to the bottom of the page and select a beer you like the sound of or a style you fancy. For today’s entry we have one of the best porters to come out of – not just Scotland – but any part of the UK. Black Isle Porter.

33. Black Isle Organic Porter (4.6%)
Black Isle, Munlochy
Style: Porter
330ml bottle

Pick it up here:
At Black Isle’s online shop (as individual 330ml bottles)

What do you want from a Porter? I guess it’s up to the individual but for me to be a classic example of the style it needs to have three things. Firstly, a big kick of roasty flavour to give the beer a lift. Like a campfire but not smoky, a coffee but without the caffeine kick and overdone toast without the fire alarm going off.

It also needs an overall smoothness, to balance this out. So relaxing, embracing and easy to drink. A character that would make it amazing on cask, equally as good from the bottle and would stand up to keg serves. Finally, it needs to have something else. A hit of dark fruit from the hops, say. Or liqourice. An earthy spice maybe. Well Black Isle Porter has all of these things. It really is that good – and is a beer you should seek out asap.

Beer of the Week Series:
1. Fyne Ales Highlander
2. Swannay Old Norway
3. Broughton Old Jock
4. Traquair House Ale
5. Tempest Easy Livin Pils
6. Cromarty Brewed Awakening
7. Fallen Chew Chew
8. Black Isle Hibernator
9. Isle of Skye Red
10. Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Engineer’s Reserve
11. Orkney Skull Splitter
12. Windswept Wolf
13. Kelburn Dark Moor
14. Alechemy 5ive Sisters
15. Loch Ness Light Ness
16. St Andrews Eighty Bob
17. Harviestoun The Ridge
18. Orkney Dark Island
19. Williams Bros Seven Giraffes
20. Cairngorm Black Gold
21. Strathaven Craigmill Mild
22. Black Isle Red Kite
23. Spey Valley Spey Stout
24. Top Out Schmankerl
25. Cross Borders Braw
26. Williams Bros Midnight Sun
27. BrewDog Kingpin
28. Fyne Ales Hurricane Jack
29. Deeside MacBeth
30. Drygate Ax Man Red Rye IPA
31. Swannay Orkney Session
32. Fallen Platform C

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