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Happy Valley Black Magic

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Brewed by Happy Valley (UK)
Style: Porter
Macclesfield, England

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A rounded flavour of traditional Stout and Porter. The use of Oatmeal Dark Roasted Malt and Roasted Barley gives this ale the full "Meal in a Glass". Has a full bodied hearty malt taste with a bitter finish. Ideal for days in front of a log fire.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3956) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle. Black with a small head.malty and creamy . Medium body and very easy to drink. A rather good stout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (7963) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 16, 2013
500ml bottle picked up at Ship in a Bottle. Poured a nice rosewood coloured body and a slowly diminishing, tan-coloured head. Sparse lacing. Dark fruity aroma added by a little roastiness. Taste of dark fruity hops, oatmeal and roasted malts. Smooth bittersweet tail. Refreshing and fine bodied (hotel room, Liverpool 08.04.2013).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10698) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2012, London. Pours clear brown with a fine, off-white head. Moderate dark fruit nose, some chocolate. Light to medium sweet flavor with tobacco, modest roast, leather. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Some smokey tobacco to finish, burnt wood, faint tang and dark sugars. OK.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6200) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
Cask-conditioned at the Cheshire Beeriodical, Seven Stars, Bristol October 2012. Black with a decent, off-white head. Aroma of dark chocolate, bitter oranges, dark fruits and a touch of grassy hop. Flavour had more fruit and choclate, some liquorice, porridge oats, leading to a dryish finish. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20295) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2012
Cask@GBBF2012. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is fruity, wooden, mild roasted notes along with ashes, ripe fruits and toffee. Flavour is mild roasted malts, some liquorice, mild ripe fruits along with the ashes. Also some mild nutty notes.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Cask @ GBBF ’12. The pour’s deep amber with a tiny white head. The nose is toffee, cherry, some light wood. The taste is more light cherry and roasted wood. This gives over to strong nasty tobacco flavors. Medium body, soft carbonation. Overall, I don’t know if this was a bad batch, but on this presentation I found the beer to be strongly disagreeable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (3777) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
Gravity at the Wellington, Birmingham. Refreshing and very well hopped. Full of flavour, but not over the top. Deliciously light, yet tasty. Dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2012
cask at reading... dark brown ... thinmtan head .. soft d*rk fruit noise ... soft roast ... mellow bitter roast ... melllow roast ... juicy ...decent

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (3722) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2012
Fruity aroma and some of this is retained in the flavour. Full, crisp body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2012
On cask at the 2012 NWAF, Manchester. Pours a dark brown colour with a fair light tan head. Aroma of Weetabix malt and chocolate. Quite thin with flavours of Weetabix, yeast and caramel. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. OK.


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