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Gotham - Bellwoods Brewery

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Gotham
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88
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 6.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Much like the name, this beer is plagued with an ominous past, and we brewed it 3 times before it finally made its way to the public. Dark, hoppy, and with a mind of its own, Gotham has put us through the ringer. If you want to know more (which you should), you can read the whole story on the blog.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 08-15-2014)
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
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evil_liver, Aug 18, 2014
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Gotham is an imperial black IPA. Black IPAs are a style that does not always work for me - sometimes they are very nice, but the battle between hops and roast malt can sometimes be awkward.

This one is good. The roast component is perhaps a bit more prominent than the hops, but they are quite balanced. Roasted malt flavours, chocolate and bright citrus fruits. The alcohol is very well hidden- this can be very dangerous to drink as the ABV really sneaks up on you.

The body is a bit sticky and sweet, which is a slight detractor. But overall, it is quite a nice black IPA.

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yancot, Oct 14, 2014
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Bellwoods' Gotham looks every bit as black and somber enough to have been part of Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy - heck, even its head is stained a gloomy brown tone, while its lacing looms over the glass like a skyline of shadowy skyscrapers. Picture perfect.

Most beer styles have an ID badge but Black IPAs wear several; in place of one telltale quality, this genre has several. General speaking, the characteristics center around earthy (i.e., pine resin, spruce tips, grass clippings, and tree bark) and roasty (coffee bean, dark chocolate, burnt malt, mocha) elements. This particular example has all those things and much more...

Chocolate ganache, vanilla bean, purple plum, and birch syrup feature heavily in the aroma, while the palate showcases more in the way of grapefruit and orange skins, aloe, pine needles, black licorice liqueurs, cinnamon stick and blackberry preserves. Clearly, this is a beer with a tremendous range to offer in both tastes and textures.

All the deep, dark, strong, rich qualities of espresso and ouzo and Italian fernet are incredibly lightened by a hop duo of Amarillo and Citra, varieties that contribute a great deal of lemony citrus. The mouthfeel is more cut and dry than it is weighty and viscous. And while there's a definite presence of strength, little of the actual 8% can be noted outright.

The Black IPA (ne: Cascadian Dark Ale) famously originated in the northern Pacific. Though it now comes in a spectrum of incarnations, each emphasizing different elements slightly, it should ideally showcase dark malt while still spotlighting the region's overtly forest-y Northwest hops. Gotham, though brewed in an Eastern time zone, does exactly that. It's a fantastic offering.

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Poured from bottle into a tulip glass, poured black and thick, with a good cap of tan creamy head, good retention and lacing. Looks excellent.

S - Excellent fullness to it, toffee and chocolate wafer, with a dark coffee roastiness to it, , creamy fig notes, a bit of a dairy milk chocolate to it, some creeping piney hoppiness come in as well. Nice subtle slick hop notes, but they are there.

T - start is very porterish, creamy milk chocolate and quite lactic and creamy, roast dark coffee, mocha, then more pine resiny aspects and some aged pungent grapefruit. A full chocolate malt but none of the roasty astringent character, this has a clean juicy hop bitterness when it does come, sour cherries and cranberries, mixed with some light florals and resins. Really intricate complexity, does a good job of keeping the different flavours in balance with each other. Top notch flavour, but definitely strays a bit toward a stout profile.

M - a really creamy body to it, satisfying fullness to it, then more creeping bitterness and carbonation come in to clean it off toward the finish, wonderfully drinkable as the IPA character begins to assert itself and meld through the dark malts.

This is definitely one of the more interesting, balanced, and tasty Black IPAs I've had. Initially you get a sense of it being a stout-like chocolate milk but gradually the heavy stripping hops blend into the picture and coat the palate. Piney spice and pepper, some dark fruitiness and biting citrus, leading to a spicy hop finish with a lingering cocoa flavour. Does a great job combining the creamy dark malts with a robust foresty character. This is certainly one I hope to see again and would put it up there with the best beers I've had from this brewery.

mick303, Sep 05, 2014
Gotham from Bellwoods Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.