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Great Orme Welsh Black

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


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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ianwelby (530) - SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2014
Near-black, red-tinged beer with a strong, smoky chocolate aroma and not much head. Flavour is milder than you’d think from the smell, with an initial fruit tanginess settling down into light, malty chocolate. Leaves a pleasant smoky aftertaste and a sort of airy chocolatey-ness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (2365) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle from asda, pwhelli. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and ash. Taste is roasted malts, ash, chocolate and some licorice. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (1743) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle thanks to my lite sis b day present drunk 3 week early. Black tan head shirt lived. Aroma nice roasted malts coffee choc taste same well balanced slight sweet decent smoke mild bitter finish. Body slight thin but ok for stout. Definitely stout, not a mild in a million years!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coranc (35) - IRELAND - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle. Dark black with tan head. Chocolate, coffee aroma. Some fruits/floral. Taste of roasted grains and chocolate. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (4219) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 14, 2014
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours black, no head. Aromas of dark chocolate, liquorice and coffee. Taste is roasted coffee, treacle. Light body, thin texture. Concur this is more like a stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierocker (25) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (5045) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (4115) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beese (2550) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (3925) - 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.

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