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Rother Valley Black Ops

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Brewed by Rother Valley
Style: Black IPA
Northiam, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Status uncertain.

This session strength Black IPA punches well above its weight with big hop flavour atop dark malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2015

Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2014, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Rother Valley Black Ops ].
Clear medium brown color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, chocolate notes, light roasted, light to moderate hoppy, pine. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, sweet sugary, brown sugar, roasted. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20140813]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40453) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014
From cask. Pours clear and golden deep brown with a deep orange glare. Small tan to off whitte head. Aroma is roasted, light fruity. Bitter, toasted and light caramelish malty. Dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Cask at GBBF ’14, day 5, 16/08/14. Light black with moderate tan spotting and edgework. Nose is cardboard, light roast, toffee, pretty muted aromas. Taste comprises light roast, smoke, ashen tones, dark fruit. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close with light hop bitterness. Low grade CDA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (14108) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2014
Sampled @ GBBF day 2. Clear red-brown color, small beige head. Smell and taste malts, lightly roasty, some earthy bitterness. Lingering earthy bitterness. Average body and carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (8009) - ITALY - AUG 18, 2014
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (858) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Cask at gbbf - dark red with a thin brown head. Good retention, thin lacing. Aroma of orange, hay and coriander seeds. Taste of grass, sweet malts, light roasted malt. Slightly spicy and a little hint of pineapple. Medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (9266) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Cask at 2014 GBBF. Saturday dregs tick and run. Aroma is solvent, sharpie pen, berry hop,nutty malt. Clear brown amber colour with a lasting loose cream head. Flavour is nutty malt, hint of choc and berry hop. Firm bitterness. Palate is light, low carbonation. Lingering berry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6351) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Cask. Dark brown, small white head. Aroma is gravy, molasses. Body is medium, high carbonation than most cask. Taste is mostly ashy with some floral notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (7758) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2014
Cask @ GBBF 2014. The beer starts nice roasted malty and highly drinkable. Lots of flavour for this low ABV. The floral hop character is nice above the sweetish roasted malt body, but could me much more intense. The same is for the roasted malts. It’s a great hoppy dark session ale, but not an intense dark IPA! The aftertaste has chocolate there, very smooth and nice. On the tongue stays a roasted chocolate character with floral bitter hints. Nice!

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