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Brewed by Otley
Style: Black IPA
Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales
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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6110) - Helsinki, - 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.


3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOBBDrinker (66) - - MAR 26, 2014
At first there is a strong burnt caramel aroma with subtle hints of smoked wood and roasted malts. The beer is quite acidic and this adds to the bitterness, initially there is a sharp sweet toffee flavour with a strong background of roasted malt this develops into a rather smooth but rich roast coffee after taste which lingers on the palate. Almost completely opaque with a strong and heavy cream to grey head has some life but is quite still which intensifies the flavours without having an over powering aroma.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (4830) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2014
500 ml bottle conditioned, thanks to my beerpal Olav. Gyle: Oxy015. ABV is 5.5%. Very dark brown colour, large beige head. Roasty aroma, notes of woodwork and burnt breadcrumbs, some undefined hops. Dry and slightly acidic flavour, notes of woodwork, bitter hops, ashes and burnt breadcrumbs again. Could have been better.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2205) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2014
Cask at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is almost black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, hops and roasted malts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (5557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Cask at Duchess of Cambridge. It pours darkest brown with a minimal beige head. The nose is roasted malt, wood, toffee, aniseed and orange zest. The taste is pretty bitter upfront, pine, resin, peppery, grapefruit, roasted malt, liquorice and toast with a bitter finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. A bit raw, but a solid cda anyhow.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (9672) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2014
Cask conditioned at Fleetwood Beer Fest ’14. Black with cream head. Darkly roasted, chocolate malts give a bitterness on the tongue initially, coffee and liquorice then a hoppy, fruity bitterness. Good stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wimpyjoe (2986) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Cask @ Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. Black with an off-white creamy head. Has a tropical fruit aroma with a mix of fruits and roasted malts in it’s taste, with the latter aspect more prevalent in its aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1056) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Cask at the Grape and Grain, Crystal Palace. Pours a very dark reddy brown with an off white head. Nice aroma with toasty malty notes sitting alongside some citrus and sweeter fruits. Medium body, medium carbonation. The fruity hops hit first with tropical fruits and some citrus which is followed by a dark bitter choc, black coffee finish. Nice balance, good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (639) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pizd (429) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
(Cask): Black in colour, off white head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, burnt notes, charcoal, slight citrus fruit. Flavour is initially chocolate, roasted malt and coffee but then an explosion of bitter, citrus hops hits you with notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. Burnt, chocolate and charcoal finish. So drinkable.


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