Saturday, 11 August 2012
Otley Oxymoron (Wales)
Otley Brewing Company
This beer was one I have been looking forward to trying on a recent trip to the UK. The Otley Brewery is certainly one of the most exciting breweries in the UK releasing quality beer after beer.
This aptly titled "Oxymoron" is a dark pale Ale. Brewed in Pontypridd in Wales this continues along the lines of both innovation and pure class. A limited release beer. This contains more than 5 types of hops along with German Carafa malt.
I did enquire about this beer and currently they are not bottling this beer but do have future plans to bottle and export so look out for it.
This cask conditioned beer was served at the Slip Inn in York, UK. The beer was dark almost black in colour, a thick creamy looking beer with an off white head it certainly looked rather heavy. Dark chocolate malts sat alongside piney hops and citrus notes on the nose. Great depths of flavour with citrus possibly grapefruit on the palate, also maybe some black treacle or even liquorice. Some smokey coffee malt flavours are also present. Quite a surprisingly light beer despite the dark appearance but with perfect balance. A good bitterness on the finish.
An amazing beer.