Cairngorm Black Gold

This beer has won a string of awards going back almost to the opening of the brewery, and it's easy to see why when you taste it.

Cairngorm Black GoldIn the glass it is indeed black. There's not much of a head, but what you can see is a creamy tan colour, promising a dark brew.

The nose has an inviting array of dark roasted scents. There's molasses, bitter chocolate, lots of malt, and even something that might be tar, which ought not to be attractive in a beer yet somehow smells just great.

It tastes malty and chocolatey, with a slight sweetness which smooths out the stronger roasted notes, and the finish delivers savoury herbs mixed up with refreshing hops.

An altogether excellent stout or porter style of dark beer, this one will be welcome winter or summer.

  • Runner-up, Champion Beer of Scotland 2011, CAMRA
  • Highlands & Islands Beer of the Year 2010, CAMRA
  • Supreme Champion Beer 2009, SIBA

4.4%, RRP £2.50, available from the brewery,, and selected independent retailers