Black Isle Brewery Hibernator Oatmeal Stout (7%)

Wrapped in a beautifully designed bottle label with spot varnish and everything (Graphic Design Geek Warning), I’d read and heard a lot about this brewery and all of it good.
This is my first beer from them and if this is anything to go by, all the hype is true.
This is the most lovely, soft and delicate stout.
Despite the reasonably high ABV, all the flavours are subtle and refined and absolutely delightful.
The beer pours fathoms deep and smells of warm red fruits and sherry trifle.
The flavours begin with a comforting shot of warm bedtime Horlicks, creamy and filling and satisfying.
There’s also a soft fruit pie juiciness smothered in thick custard (from the oatmeal I’m guessing) that fills your mouth before the bitter liquorice laces and sweet chocolate caramel give way to a super soft hop that leaves a dry, slightly Parma violet tinged finish.
Absolutely delightful.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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