Great Orme Welsh Black

Brewed by Great Orme
Style: Mild Ale
Denbighshire, Colwyn Bay, Wales
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Rich, dark and full of malt flavours, this black bitter owes its characteristics to the large amount of chocolate malt giving it a velvety smooth rich coffee finish. No aroma hops are added to this beer, instead seven types of grain are used to develop the flavour.

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uckelman (799) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2016
On tap at Elm Tree, Durham. Black, smalk head. Faint aroma. Medium oily body. A little sweet, a little bitter. Fruity finish.

ManVsBeer (10446) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2016
Cask @ Black Bull Inn, Bangor. Very dark reddish-brown with a creamy head. Has a few roasted malts in both aroma and taste, but whilst it’s very mild in character, it’s not quite a mild in style, it’s still more of a bitter. A few roasted malts are also evident in its taste.

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Dark fruit jam, chocolate and toasted bread lead to subtle roasty bitterness in this pleasant Dark Mild.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the darkest brown.
-I would never have said there were spices in here...
-Mouthfeel would surely be more engaging if served from a handpull.
-Bitterness is an afterthought in this one.


Hanoi (949) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2016 Bottle. Nose is chocolate roasted malt light soy, sweetened milk. Taste is sweet milk, leading to milk chocolate, toast, hint of black current, caramel, drop off coffee. Mouthfeel is full. This is very nice; I?d assumed grave things about this brewer based on a catastrophe of a golden ale, but this redeems them somewhat.

I_LUV_BEER (231) - - MAY 30, 2016
Served in a snifter from a 500ml bottle. Pours opaque black with a tan head. Aroma is smoky with a complex combination of chocolate, malts, molasses, dark fruit and coffee notes. Taste is smoke, molasses and faint coffee notes. Light body with medium to lively carbonation. Nicely balanced, very easy to drink and extremely enjoyable without being overwhelming. Could easily have several in one sitting. Lovely stuff!

berkshirejohn (6491) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2016
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. A glossy, opaque black pour with a ring of beige head; aroma of demerara sugar; rather thin but satisfying with a malty body, and some brown sugar, but not too sweet; then a dry finish with a touch of licorice. A rather good mild.

Itstasty (94) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2017 Cask @ The Wadkin nr Selby. Very dark body with a caramel head. Aroma of toasted malt. Thin mouthfeel with flavours of light liquorice and burnt coffee. Not a classic for me.

MarcinG (864) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Butelka 500 ml. Ciemnobrazowe prawie czarne z mala palona piana. Aromat troche rozczarowuje. Wyrazna czekolada kawa lukrecja i palone chmiele.w smaku dosc plytkie wodniste. Wyrazny posmak czekolady karmelu kawy. Ogolnie niezle piwo.

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olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2015
1/3 pint at GBBF. Very dark brown (black) with a few brown bubbles. aroma is licorice, chocolate, coffee and dark malts. decent texture. smooth. coffee and chocolate. burnt toast. nice.

johndoughty (5438) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2015
Black with a small head.Creamy malty flavour with a medium body. Well bottled and pleasant to drink.

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