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

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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Cask; Regular.
This beer was originally a collaboration with Gazza from Steel City Brewing. It is now a permanent brew.


rosenbergh's rating

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7867) - Tampere, - JAN 21, 2012
Cask at the Gallows Bird XV Real Ale Festival, Espoo, Finland.
Black colour with tiny light tan head. Roasted malt, grassy and fruity hops, bitterness and liquorice in dry aroma. Dry hoppy bitterness, liquorice and roasted malt in flavour. Tasty. Nice bitter aftertaste.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (1301) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
Bottle thanks to Ashton McCobb. Pours almost black with beige head. Nose is chocolate, dark malts, . Taste is grassy hops, chocolate, some coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (5385) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
Bottle at the School’s Out Tasting. Pours black with a beige head. Aromas of meaty charcoal, chocolate. Taste is cheesy resinous hops, wood notes, bitter roasted malty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (3509) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
Bottle from Saucy Pears. Appearance - opaque with a lovely lacy fawn head. Nose - chocolate and marmalade. Taste - hard yellow cheese, then chocolate, then quite bitter orange and dark malt. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - it did the black bit, but it didn’t quite do the IPA bit for me.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leebotton (280) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Creamy light chocolate aroma with roasty notes. Black with a nice cappucino head. Mouthfeel is silky, thick and soft with a creaminess and the flavour is milk chocolate, roast chocolate, subtle hints of freshly ground coffee and very light hoppy notes introducing a peppery spice flavour. Really, really good. The only criticism I have is that there is the slightest metallicity to the aroma and flavour, reminiscent of some what I call; ’Supermarket beers’. I don’t think that these are bottle conditioned, which would be better and would probably allow the flavours to shine to the maximum extent. Here they seem ever so slightly sedated by something.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mjp12 (616) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
On a blind tasting, I would have this a a stout or porter. Nice mildly smoke malt on the taste, with a bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldgeezer (72) - brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
Cak at the Sussex Arms.Black with a thin head.Smokey ,malty and hoppy.Complex but very good beer.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
witthatsbier (355) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Cask @ Drygate brewery pours a dark brown with a thin white head aroma is mild malt with a bit of coffee taste is dryish with a bit of malt and a dryish finish very average to poor beer personally I dont,t think black IPA,S WORK and this is the poorest one iv’e tasted

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (1928) - DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle oxy019, best before 2015-05-05. Pours dark brown with a medium sized good lacing creamy tan head. Wood, cocoa, citrus, minerals, earthy, some very light burnt/charcoal notes. I wonder if there’s some brett in here or if the light barnyard/leather is just in my head. Either way it works pretty well. Medium body, soft texture and carbonation, some initial sweetness that is quickly washed away by a pleasant level of bitterness. Has some light acidity as well. Long dry finish with both malt and hops. Pretty interesting and also pleasant. Big bodied for the abv.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Gravity at Parkstone beer festival; black, burnt edges; thin burnt head; ashy, smoked, roast malt; piny hoppiness; thick and chewy; quite bitter; hard going, took me ages to drink, but well worth the effort!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (3603) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 30, 2014
500ml bottle from Valhalla’s Goat. Almost black, massive beige head. Spicy treacle malt aroma. Tarry chocolate malt flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Complex one this. Somewhere between a porter & Black IPA.


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