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


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This beer was originally a collaboration with Gazza from Steel City Brewing. It is now a permanent brew.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7787) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leebotton (272) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mjp12 (573) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
witthatsbier (342) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (1891) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (3557) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a small, bubbly light beige head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is roast and dark chocolate malt, dates and prunes, earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is bitter dark malt, moderate hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1986) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2014
Cask @ Ludlow Spring Festival May 14. Decent black IPA with bitter resin and subtle roasted elements. A nice end to a good little beer festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Cask at NERAX. Pours a black brown with little head. Aroma is quite roasty with some pine. Flavour is similar, with light green hop flavour and a black coffee finish. Nice and full bodied. Not too punchy a black ipa, but a nice sort of in-between bordering on stout hybrid.

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