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


on tap

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask & bottle; Regular.

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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leebotton (406) - 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 dont 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JKaranka (58) - Cardiff, WALES - FEB 2, 2013
In minikeg at an opening at Third Floor Gallery last night. Lovely roast and fresh hop aroma. The flavour is more stout like than other black IPAs, with roast and chocolate going hand in hand with fruity and floral hops. It just looks and feels like a nice pint. It is very drinkable, making it easy to get a few pints (maybe a bit dangerous, actually!). It is incredibly rounded for what it is, not as unbalanced as some IPAs or export stouts out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
androman (2097) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2015
50cl bottle at home from beerritz, uk. Body is nearly black, head is small, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, good lacing. Nose is fruity light roasty, flavor is dark chocolate, toffee, coffee, dried fruits. Light sweet, medium to heavy bitter. Finish is long lasting heavy dark chocolate bitter, later mostly hoppy. Full body, thin texture, average carbonation. Excellent easy dessert beer, simple but very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mahkus (136) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Cant mark this down really. Licorice aroma. Big foamy head. Dark black colour. Bitter enough and chocolatey afternotes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (3593) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5196) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 27, 2011
Factoberfest 2011 This was almost a dark saison with coriander and chocolate on the nose and a spicy lemon peel taste and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Wenlock Arms London 16/05/12. A near black beer with a ruby hue and an off-white head. Great grapefruity hops in the nose which carry through to the mouth where they are joined by roasty malts. A very tasty beer with great depth of flavour and bitterness. Unlike a lot of BIPAs, the taste exceeds the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
Very deep ruby, almost black pour with a great frothy head. Lovely fruit malt aroma with hints of chocolate and roasted malt flavour. Wood, earthy notes. Very nice beer. Bet its gorgeous on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (47142) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ GWBCF2011 - Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival, Cardiff Interantional Arena, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, Wales.

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, moderate pine, fresh wood notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Good work Gazza - for me the best beer of the day ! >;O) [20110616]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (15384) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 18, 2012
Gravicask (PBBF2012, Wed)
7+ A beautifully rich roast, but some lovely citrussy hops jump right up your nose too - great!
4 Black, small head.
8 A perfect balance between chocolatey malt, and exciting fresh aromatic hops. Puts a smile on your face.
4 However, theres no lack of bitterness either. A lovely zest bite and tingle. I have to repeat the balance, the finsh is just a joy to have in your mouth. It matters not about the 5.5%, this is so wondrously quaffable. 16 THIS IS A GREAT BEER!

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