Black Isle Brewery: Hibernator Oatmeal Stout: (Scotland: Stout: 7% ABV)

Visual: Dark black but not quite opaque. Slightly over bubbly for the style. Brown head vanishes soon.

Nose: Lovely coffee beans and a kick of alcohol soaked wood. Some raisin and liquorice, then opens to an airy grain storehouse. Very inviting.

Body: Dark malt and liquorice. Sweet brandy and bitter cocoa. Slightly too thin mouthfeel. Creamy.

Finish: Deep brown sugar and malt. Rising chocolate air. Dry end, lots of woodiness.

Conclusion: Very appetizing and well put together stout, if of slightly thin texture. A thicker creamier version of this would be a top notch beer.

As it is, it’s still and enjoyable but not quite top end beer. Its lighter body but till enjoyable flavour could make it a good beer with lighter flavoured fish dishes.

A beer for when you want the flavour but not the weight and thickness of a full on stout.