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Silkie Stout

Rating: 3.7

An increasingly rare review of a cask beer from me now, this is a beer that I tried whilst visiting the village of Balmaha on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond over the weekend. I managed to get a half pint of this dark stout at the Oak Tree Inn after stopping off for some lunch and seeing that it was one of the few local beers they had on offer, the other being the pubs very own Balmaha Lager on keg but I felt the stout might be the more interesting choice for the afternoons sole drink. I knew of the Oak Tree Inn previously after picking up a bottle of their Kiltwalk golden ale a couple of years ago so I had been hoping for a little more choice with their beer list but in the end there wasn’t much sadly; at least they had something I’d never tried before though.

Silkie Stout

Appearance (5/5): This one sits a deep ruby colour that borders on mahogany and is topped with a creamy, light beige head that is perfectly level and sits about a centimetre tall with amazing retention and zero movement over the opening minutes.
Aroma (7/10): Medium strength on the nose with some good roasted malts and coffee upfront. This is followed by some dark notes and further malts as well as some chocolate. I managed to detect a slightly creamy note to the beer with some darker fruits and a hint of sweetness and lactose right at the end, as well as some bitterness too.
Taste (6/10): Strong roasted malts with a lot of bitterness on the taste early on, this one is definitely quite dark with some dark flavoured malts and hints of chocolate. Faint dark fruits and some sweetness sneak in alongside some caramel but all of these seem quite light when compared to the dark roasted taste of the beer that is present throughout.
Palate (4/5): Silky smooth as the name suggests, the beer was very creamy with a medium body and quite a strong, earthy bitterness throughout. The carbonation levels were quite light and soft from the start, much as I was expecting and the beer was a dry one, particularly at the end.

Overall (12/20): Not a bad beer from the Loch Lomond brewery here, a drink that started off well with an excellent appearance and the rest wasn’t too bad either in truth. The taste and nose were really quite bitter with a lot of dark and roasted flavours fighting for your attention but thankfully the beer was so smooth that it went down easily enough. A pleasant drink but one that I was glad to only have a half pint of, I felt that a pint of the stuff might have been a bit boring towards the end.

Brewed In: Lomond Industrial Estate, Alexandria, Scotland
Brewery: Loch Lomond Brewery
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Stout
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Cask (500ml)
Purchased: Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha, Scotland
Price: £1.75

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  1. December 14, 2015 at 12:04

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