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Brewed by Otley
Style: Black IPA
Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
This beer was originally a collaboration with Gazza from Steel City Brewing. It is now a permanent brew.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JKaranka (45) - Cardiff, WALES - FEB 2, 2013
In minikeg at an opening at Third Floor Gallery last night. Lovely roast and fresh hop aroma. The flavour is more stout like than other black IPAs, with roast and chocolate going hand in hand with fruity and floral hops. It just looks and feels like a nice pint. It is very drinkable, making it easy to get a few pints (maybe a bit dangerous, actually!). It is incredibly rounded for what it is, not as unbalanced as some IPAs or export stouts out there.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (921) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2013
Cask in the Isis, Sunderland. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Quite creamy in the mouth with coffee flavours,but also lots of hoppy bitterness. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (2725) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 27, 2011
Factoberfest 2011 This was almost a dark saison with coriander and chocolate on the nose and a spicy lemon peel taste and bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Wenlock Arms London 16/05/12. A near black beer with a ruby hue and an off-white head. Great grapefruity hops in the nose which carry through to the mouth where they are joined by roasty malts. A very tasty beer with great depth of flavour and bitterness. Unlike a lot of BIPAs, the taste exceeds the aroma.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2115) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
Very deep ruby, almost black pour with a great frothy head. Lovely fruit malt aroma with hints of chocolate and roasted malt flavour. Wood, earthy notes. Very nice beer. Bet its gorgeous on tap.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ GWBCF2011 - Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival, Cardiff Interantional Arena, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, Wales.

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, moderate pine, fresh wood notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Good work Gazza - for me the best beer of the day ! >;O) [20110616]

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (8995) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 18, 2012
Gravicask (PBBF2012, Wed)
7+ A beautifully rich roast, but some lovely citrussy hops jump right up your nose too - great!
4 Black, small head.
8 A perfect balance between chocolatey malt, and exciting fresh aromatic hops. Puts a smile on your face.
4 However, there’s no lack of bitterness either. A lovely zest bite and tingle. I have to repeat the balance, the finsh is just a joy to have in your mouth. It matters not about the 5.5%, this is so wondrously quaffable. 16 THIS IS A GREAT BEER!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Thanks gethinbeer. Deep brown pour with a thin white head. The aroma is slightly salty with notes of soft roast and some earthy peppery character as well. A little bit of light date and some anise as well. Some earthy herbal hoppiness as well as a soft toasted malt base. Sort of rich and hoppy. Lovely really.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1324) - Brentford, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2013
(Bottled) Gigantic beige head , i love getting beige head. I dig Black IPA -strange to think only acknowledged as a style on the database last year ....they probably are nothing more than hoppy stouts or whatever the concept !!! Chocolate roast covered over grapefruit aroma . Drinks pretty good , dry roast, rich chocolate - grapefruit hop punch. That roasty malt dryness and hop dryness is good mix on the palate. A quality , well executed beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2011
Cask at the Euston Tap, London. Pours dark brown with a rich, off-white head. Aroma is well and roasty. Flavor is medium sweet, lots of dark malts, nice roast, earthy bitterness. Medium in body with fine carbonation. Light warm finish, good sweetness, some grass, burnt wood, and rindy citrus. Not bad at all!


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