Brewed by Conwy
Style: Black IPA
Colwyn Bay, Gwynedd, Wales
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask; Status uncertain. Also available bottled (at 4.6%).
Brewed initially for the Wetherspoon Spring 2013 Real Ale Festival

This black IPA combines the best qualities of the dark malt and fruity hop flavours of American IPAs, giving a full hop aroma and flavour, balanced by malt flavours which give a velvety-smooth character.

ianwelby's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (1119) - - APR 27, 2013
Black/red pint. Mild aroma of hop, taste is hop and malt with a hint of fruit. Not a guzzler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grumbo (1519) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn, and shared at the 3rd Ipswich bottle share. Pours very dark hazy brown with a big frothy off-white head, carefully avoiding the bottle sediment of which there was a lot. Aroma of chocolate and hop. Light sweetness and bitterness, nice mix. Medium body and texture is rather thin. Highly carbonation. Too fizzy. Finish is dry with a long lasting raosted bitterness. Decent potential, would like to try in cask to compare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread and a few of their burnt edges meet molasses, raisins and hop resins in this silky Session Black IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the hazy dark brown.
-The low, natural carbonation almost emulates a great cask feel.
-Berry jam also appears here and there.
-Malt flavors are as expressive, if not more expressive, than the hops in this one.
-I could see this being quite successful on cask.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (4552) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
4.6% ABV bottle from Vinomondo, 19 High Street, Conwy. Inky black-brown in colour that pours with a massive head of tan foam. It has a creamy chocolate and coffee flavour with slight liquorice and pine notes on the bitter finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (4452) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
Cask @ Whitchurch Food & Drink Festival June 14. Tasty Welsh black IPA, smooth toasted malts, plums, bitter choc, earthy flavours, drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
Cask (handpump) at the Sir John Oldcastle (JD Wetherspoon) on 13 April 2013. I know it’s a bit low in alcohol for a Black IPA (in US terms) but surely not a Schwartzbier. Smooth and dark. Not a huge hop presence but nicely balanced and drinkable. Tangy hops and roasty malts combined rather well with a touch of stewed coffee. Good crossover. Plenty of character given the abv. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Apr 2013 during Spoons Festival - Black in colour with Reddish tinge. Malty; roasty malts, some coffee. Hoppy; some piney hop bitterness. Fruity; grapefruit citrus. Mildly bitter roast malty hoppy throughout. OK. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 30 April 2013. Poured a dark ruby with a dense beige head. Nutty aroma with notes of cinnamon and toasted malt. Initial flavours were earthy with some molasses and tropical fruit. Finish was liquorice, sweet coffee and resin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichTheVillan (6903) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2013
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; dark brown pour with thin tan head, roast malt and pine hop aroma, pine hop taste with a hint of citrus roast malts come through decent mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22535) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
15th April 2013
Hamilton Hall Spoons. Clear dark brown beer, tiny pale tan head. Palate is light and dry with mild fine carbonation. Very lighttouhc of dark malts but there is detectable roast and coffee. Mild pine hops and a touch of sweeter fruits. Finishes dry. It’s a well flavoured mild black ipa but a bit too dry.

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