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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
niquillis (1789) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
Gravity at Ludlow Spring Festival. Pours black brown with a tan head. Some coffee, touch of caramel. Good stuff, a proper Welsh black bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2495) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 12, 2015
Cask @ The Picture House JDW, Colwyn Bay [290115]
Black, ruby light through at bottom of glass, dense beige head
Aroma of soft dark malts, soft roast, dab of dark toffee
Taste as aroma, mellow roast, no burnt notes, soft dark malts
Palate - Medium light body, soft sweet. Finish of soft bit sweet dark malts
Overall - Comes across as a mild. OK light drinking

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1913) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
Part of my 2013 backlog. Colour is almost black with a thin off white head. The aroma has toasted malt and coffee. the flavour has roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and a caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowenbrau (2640) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 28, 2014
Cask @Cwellyn Arms, Snowdonia, Wales. 14-08-2014.
Pours clear amber, little off white head. Resins, amlty aromas. Malty taste, some fruity and liquorice. Smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (3227) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
500ml bottle from Wyevale Llansamlet, 4.0%, BB 2016. Pretty much pitch black with a small scummy beige head. Aroma is treacle, touch of gravy, slightly floral. Body is medium to light, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is treacle, soft malty sweetness, a little raspberry bubblegum, no real bitterness. A decent easy-drinker, nothing off-putting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ianwelby (744) - 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 (2999) - 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 (2263) - 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 (6338) - 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.

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