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Great Orme Welsh Black

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Brewed by Great Orme
Style: Mild Ale
Colwyn Bay, Wales
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
Rich, dark and full of malt flavours, this black bitter owes its characteristics to the large amount of chocolate malt giving it a velvety smooth rich coffee finish. No aroma hops are added to this beer, instead seven types of grain are used to develop the flavour.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierocker (11) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2014
had this from the bottle. It pours a mid-black colour with a thin head which dissipated very quickly. The aroma is of roasted malts and coffee with a slight hint of licorice. The taste is of roasted malts and dark chocolate with a caramel sweetness. The texture was velvety smooth with a medium mouth-feel and the finish was of bitter coffee. Verdict: A well balanced beer which was more like stout than a mild but nonetheless a very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (3791) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle from BlackHaddock, many thanks. Very dark brown color with small off-white head. Roasted malt, coffee, licorice. Taste, roasted malt, coffee, licorice, dark chocolate. Coffee bitter finish. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
500ml Bottle: BBD end of Jan 15. Poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 7th Mar 14. Lovely full head of tanned foam on top of a truly black body. Sadly the head fell away to a wisp and collar as I wrote this! Malty notes hit the nose, roasted and toasted notes with a semi-sweet hint or two. Mild coffee and chocolate esters carry through into the taste. This isn’t a powerful or strong tasting brew, it is however subtle with an underlying depth of flavours. Those aforementioned coffee and chocolate flavours blending nicely to produce a pleasant and interesting brew. A mild bitter finish prevents the beer becoming too ’malty’ or sweet and gives a decent balance overall. Not too sure it’s really a mild in the true sense of the style though, more like a Stout/Porter.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beese (1099) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Cask at the Watford Beer Festival 2013. Poured an attractive black with a tight tan head. Aroma of coffee ice cream, wet grass and dark fruit. Initial dark malt flavour, which is quickly replaced by sweet, cold coffee grouts which then builds and becomes the dominant flavour. I hate sweetened coffee, so not particularly likely that I would care this...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (1974) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
Cask gravity at the Watford beer fest 2013. Light black colour with a persistent light tan head. Aroma is big cold coffee, choc, earthy. Flavour is robust earthy, slightly sweet wort, dry coffee. Nice stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (15503) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2013
Cask @ GBBF 2013. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tgncc (2663) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2013
The aroma is roasty, raisins, some brown sugar. The appearance is deep black, almost no head. The flavor is roasty, coffee, light cream, slightly sour. he finish is roasty, almost ashy. Medium in body, actually on the thin side of medium. Not bad. Glad to try a beer of this vanishing style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (4713) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
Cask @ gbbf, medium sample. Dark brown color, short head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, biscuit, toffee. Rich creamy. Medium bitterness, slight chocolatey sweet. Nice stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (2961) - Radom, POLAND - JUL 4, 2013
Dobre i ciekawe, a raczej intrygujace piwo z Walii. Mild Ale tak bardzo ciemne jak najlepszy Stout z Irlandii. Niewielka piana i aromat czekoladowo-palony. W smaku troche slodyczy czekoladowej oraz sporo palonego slody. Finisz niespodziewanie wytrawny.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nilz (345) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2013
Cask - black with tan head that dissipates. Aroma a little dark chocolate. Taste smooth with a bit of chocolate and malt with a little smoky or pleasant burnt note at the end. Rather nice.


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