The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)
Ilkley Brewery Co.

The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)
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English Stout
Ranked #23
Ranked #18,391
3.87 | pDev: 9.82%
Ilkley Brewery Co.
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 97
Photo of Jtee
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 330ml bottle served at room temperature (27 degrees Celsius - oh that summer heat!) into a snifter.

Look: The beer pours an opaque black with 3.5cm of brown, dense and rocky head that dissipates in 2+ minutes.

Smell: Malt-forward and medium intensity. Balance is sweet. Strong notes of milk chocolate and caramel with a roasted barley character and some vanilla.

Taste: Strong chili – I like it. Just like the aroma, the flavour is filled with roasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and an additional layer of chili spiciness. The finish is long, strong, and full of smoky, chocolatey, chili-goodness.

Feel: Medium body with faint carbonation. There's a spicy kick from the chipotle that grows with the finish. Overall slick and velvety – so good.

Overall: The Mayan makes no apologies about the chipotle – it's hot and it grows with each sip. I love chocolate, smoke, and spice so this beer is a winner in my books. All of the elements have been balanced and work well together. Impressive.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; it says to check the neck, but I can't find a bottling date there (or anywhere else). Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown colour with reddish highlights; one finger of frothy, light tan-tinged head floats upon the surface, fading down to a bubbly, soapy collar over the next two minutes. The chipotle chile pepper heat is discernible on the nose, although certainly not too pungent - beyond that, I'm getting mostly baker's chocolate, roasted malts and molasses sweetness, with hints of milk chocolate and prune. Inviting aroma; thumbs up.

Good stuff - the chile spiciness is relatively muted, but the small amount of heat that is present integrates beautifully into this tasty stout. Roasted malts, sweet chocolate syrup and subtle hints of dark fruit characterise the front end of the sip; rich notes of bitter dark chocolate begin to shine through on the back. Finishes with spicy chipotle pepper and lingering cocoa flavours, as well as a touch of coffee ground earthiness. Medium in body, with middling carbonation levels that gently bite the palate, pairing nicely with the light chile heat. Reasonably well-balanced, as far as "chocolate chile pepper" beers go - still, it leans toward the rich side, which limits its drinkability somewhat.

Final Grade: 4.03, a worthy A-. I've always felt that chile beers can be a bit tricky - certainly to brew, but also to judge fairly, since it's obviously an acquired taste. Pairing chiles with chocolate can help matters a lot - the two flavours really complement each other nicely, at least IMO - but once you layer them on top of a good, solid sweet stout, you've got the makings of a damn fine beer. And I present Ilkley's The Mayan as exhibit A. I don't think this is a world-beater (for instance, I don't think I'd pick this over Mikkeller's Texas Ranger), but I still find this brew to be very well-harmonized and pretty enjoyable. Certainly worth the modest price tag; I'll probably get another bottle or two for short-term cellaring.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My sales reps from United Distributing (GA) Claims this brewery is no longer distro'd in USA anymore and brought me a bottle before they DQ'd it. 22oz bbe 10/2015. Poured into a snifter that is pitch black with a bubbly two finger head. Not much lace but fat bubbles slide quickly down the glass. Nose is very chocolatey mixed with a hint of sweetness, maybe rasberry or cherry. Not getting a whole lot of chipotle in the smell. Taste is chocolate and roasted malt up front with an addicting punch in the face with heated chipotle in the back. I'm surprised with how spicy the finish is compared to the scent. Fantastic beer that I wish I could get again. Similar to Westbrooke Mexican Cake but I enjoyed this more because it wasn't overbearingly spicy.

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Photo of TiggerGTO
4.91/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tastes exactly like you think it would from the description, like chocolate with pepper added. Sort of like a slightly spicy Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown body with a soapy tan head. Aromas of pepper, spice, heat, roast, chocolate. Mild sweetness with spicy heat emerging mid to late palate. Burning heat in the finish - I like it. Bold, assertive, well done.

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Photo of jspaner
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look is very dark brown, almost opaque, as it should be. The smell is also very nice. Can definitely detect the bitter chocolate. Taste is chocolatey & malty in the front with some spiciness on the back end. Not overpowering, but smooth & tasty. Comes in a pint bottle. Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is quite lousy, unfortunately, and it leaves behind little lacing on the glass. (3)

Smell: You want some chocolate?! Here's some damn chocolate!! Seriously, the level of dark chocolate the nose provides is right up there with beers such as Choklat and Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout. And yet, it's what lies underneath the massive chocolate aroma that makes this more interesting. Namely, some smoky pepper notes. If I have any complaint, it's that I don't seem to pick up much roasted malt. Otherwise, this brings the chocolate goodness beautifully (without seeming out of balance, either). (4)

Taste: Indeed, this is drier than the nose indicated. Though it starts off bringing some slight dark fruit and brown sugar notes, it's what happens after that makes it interesting. First, a wave of baker's cocoa envelops the palate, and then as the aftertaste continues, it becomes awash with notes of smoke, earth, and subtle heat. The chocolate and chili notes are layered well, offering this beer some nice depth. The only thing is that the two notes don't seem intrinsically twined together - they're just out there, sort of competing with each other on the palate. All told, it's a good chocolate stout, but it could have been even better. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: A good chocolate stout is normally dry, and this brings that in spades. It also brings surprisingly vibrant carbonation. The problem is, it feels too rough and ragged. While it slides down (very) easily, there's nothing about the texture that screams 'stout' to me. (3)

Overall: This is an interesting beer - even more than its label might have suggested. But like I said, it doesn't seem perfectly balanced. Whatever, I say it's worth a try. (3.5)

3.54/5: This one is Mayan! (get it? Mayan? Mine? ...I'll go)

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Photo of MECove
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one on tap at the Irish Pub, recommended by the cool bartender with a red side ponytail and a tattoo of the Mexican Day of the Dead. I tasted more of the chipotle than the chocolate. I wonder if the flavor would reveal itself differently based on the meal. I had a Mexicale burger with it. The peppery spunk balances the chocolate sweetness so it isn't as thick or rich as most stouts. I enjoyed it as something different, but I wouldn't want to drink several of them because the joy of its uniqueness might wear off.

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Photo of mick303
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the lcbo, poured into a tulip glass came out a deep dark brown, with a really nice initial head and quite nice lacing.

S - aromas of cooking chocolate, subtle chipotle spicy heat, dry peppers, rich maltiness, with a dark roasty character, plums/cherries also, a chocolateyness that is so robust and earthy, yes there is sweetness but the chipotle notes give you a very nice counterbalance. This frankly smells amazing, so complex and rich, and to the point.

T - a similar theme here, as you are lulled in with rich dark cocoa and chocolate notes before the chipotle arrives with a growing gradual spiciness, that deliver a gutsy earthy character and a warming lingering smoky spice. Palate also has some of the rich dark fruits, coffee, dark malts, but the sumptuous chocolate and chipotle interplay is centre-stage.

M - not too heavy, retains some initial malty creaminess, but overall it is quite thin for a stout, might accentuate the chipotle spiciness, quite smooth, and grows bittersweet and spicy to the finish.

Deceptive indeed, as well as very tasty. Certainly played up the chipotle spice but the chocolate is revving at full force as well. I find this a tasty beer, but couldn't have it very often. As an interesting beer it really captures that mayan spiced hot chocolate feel, with a really satisfying spiciness to it, smoky, earthy, and bittersweet. Quite nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of djack8617
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on Mar 5 2015.

Look: Jet black with a very slight dark gold transparency. Minimal head which quickly dissipates for minimal head retention.

Smell: Overwhelmingly chocolate syrup in nature with a very slight spice touch at the end.

Taste: spice hits the palate first and is quickly chased by a chocolate flavor. Full and heavy like a stout should be. Spicy chipotle lingers on the palate well after consumption.

Feel: Very heavy and flat feel. The spice dominates preventing any sort of smooth drinking experience yet still makes the beer enjoyable.

Overall: Have enjoyed many chocolate stouts before and would say this one is average if not slightly above. Very good strong chocolate aroma but chipotle spice take over on the palate masking other potential flavors.

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Photo of peensteen
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet black with a ring of eggshell-tan head with good lace. Smell is a big chocolate and cocoa powder upfront, touch of peppery spice that gives a bit of a nostril tingle, not a ton going on but certainly delivers on being a chocolate-chipotle stout. Taste is all chocolate initially, milk chocolate and hershey syrup, chipotle is subtle initially but is a little more noticeable as it warms and shows up in the finish, roast and a touch of sweetness from all that chocolate. Medium-light carbonation, light-medium body. Not bad to have once in a while but not something I could drink on a regular basis, still quite drinkable.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Color is dark woody brown and opaque topped by a tan, creamy, and fairly small head.

S: Loaded with melty 72% cocoa dark chocolate all sprinkled with zesty/spicy peppers. Creamy vanilla, tobacco, and caramel.

T: Taste is colorful. A bit of tartness, green spicy pepper flavors, and chocolate. The tartness fits in oddly to me however the spice and chocolate work great together.

M: Texture is smooth, easy going with soft pepper spice warmth and prickly, fine carbonation. Not a very heavy body...kind of along the lines of medium.

O: I like it. The smell beats its other qualitIes by far though. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of wedge
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best Before: 06/2015

Pours black under minimal creaminess coating the surface and leaving behind strings of lace here and there. Smell is immediately chocolaty followed by vanilla and a little pepper. Flavor follows suit with an increased chili pepper note, though it never gets spicy. Roasted malt, cocoa, nuts, and some fruity yeast. Less intensely chocolaty than the smell, closer to more of a standard stout with a pepper twist. Medium bodied with some tingly carbonation and lingering bitterness. Not bad.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, no discernible date:
Clear dark brown, appearing almost black. Large bubble head, some lacing in my rinsed glass. Nose dominated by chocolate, but an underlying lightly smokey roasted malt scent. Nicely done.

Taste has more depth to it than expected, but the actual flavors follow the muse quite well. The chipotle side almost sneaks in after you think the taste is done. As with many nicely spicy things, the "burn" builds with subsequent sips. "Burn" is an exaggeration, but I definitely feel a bite. Feel is just a tad thin in viscosity, and also a tad oily, but that little bite makes up for that a bit.

Really digging this beer. It's not exceptional, but an example of a well done, solid, as promised beer.

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Photo of nmann08
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours jet black with a thin wispy very white head.

The nose is heavy milk chocolate, a little earthy green pepper, lots of lactose and roasted malt. This smells amazing. The flavor is similar, lots of chocolate, earthy dryness, bitter hops and just a bit of heat. The heat from the pepper plays well with the chocolate. This is pretty balanced and the flavors pair well. Really enjoyable finish too.

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Photo of ordybill
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pitch black brew with a small tan head has a complex and interesting aroma. You can smell the chocolate and chipotle. The flavor is powerful and refreshing but this is not a style of beer that I am an aficionado of. If chocolate flavored beer is a must then this is a must. if you are feeling adventurous I would try it also. It isn't bad, in fact I enjoyed the more I drank of it (go figure)

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Photo of TerryW
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Average looking pour, but really nice fine lace. Lots of chocolate on the nose and to taste. Charcoal and a bit of smoke. Nice roastiness, bittersweet. The chipolte is not big and in your face, but it gives the beer a wonderfully odd note that is quite enjoyable. Creamy, lingering finish and a tingle from the pepper as you go along. Fun and interesting, a tasty brew, but basically a one off I think.

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Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mayan culture was full of colour and intricate design - The Mayan (the chocolate chipotle stout) has neither. This black liquid and its brown edges are opaque enough to lack any flair and the absence of head means there's no possible chance of patterns of lace.

Cocoa beans (and, by extension, chocolates) take on many different qualities. The strain of bean, the region it's grown, the way and extent to which it's blended, the skill and taste of the producer doing so - chocolate is subject to the same variables as wine and can be every bit as complex and distinct.

This, however, has the ordinary and straightforwardly bittersweet smell of the chocolate extract with which it's brewed. That conventional and borderline syrupy, liqueur-like chocolatey quality is replayed on the palate, albeit with a modest introduction to the chipotles.

While there is a nice underlying heat, the beer is not "spicy" per se (I'd have guessed it was infused with ginger not peppers). This additional warmth aside, the beer quite closely resembles a traditional dry and roasty mild British Stout - and the easy drinkability associated with it.

A beer with these specs should explode right from first sip. This did not. I totally appreciate the caution this brewer has taken but the resulting stout is questionably understated. This is not a bad quality if you're new to this kind of thing, but it doesn't have the impressionable impact one might hope for.

The Mayan combines a Young's reminiscent brand of biscuity, vanilla-laden Cadbury-like chocolate with a restrained and pleasant level of spice. While I imagine a little cinnamon or coffee could enhance the depth, it's perfectly serviceable just the way it is. Be sure to circle your calendar for the next release.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown with touch of ruby, clear; bubbly head like chocolate milk, average retention

Aroma: milk chocolate, perfumy, sweet, lactose; mild overall

Taste & Mouthfeel: tastes like chocolate milk too! but with a distinctive heat from the chipotle, a burn that rises and falls off just before you're getting worried, pleasantly lingering through the finish; creamy texture compliments that sharp heat nicely, as does the syrupy/lactose sweetness accompanying it, although that sweetness becomes a bit much over time

Overall: pretty much what you'd expect a milk chocolate bar tinged with chipotle to taste like - great flavour, a bit too sweet, and balance leans to the pepper, don't expect subtly

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Photo of bark
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The brown head is compact and two fingers high, it sinks very slowly leaving some lacing. The liquid is pitch black (120 EBC).

The smell is sweet with distinct notes of milk chocolate bars, chocolate flavoured candles and hints of dried exotic fruits. It is a bit of a one trick pony...

The taste is very much the same: Milk chocolate bars and artificial chocolate aroma, but it is soon supplemented with a light yet noticeable chili flavour. It is quite sweet, but the sweetness is smooth and elegant. Medium body. The aftertaste got even mote hot chili, but doesn’t become too hot or overwhelming. The chocolate fades slowly leaving room for some dusty dark malt flavours some bitterness. The finish got insipid sweet flavours and some fruity flavours.

The carbonation is light: The few sharp bubbles are long lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

I dig the chocolate in the beginning, and the balanced chili flavours, but it became insipid and dusty too fast.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for $3.60 for a 500ml bottle. Pretty cost effective so I bought it. Served at 6deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone fast

S- Lots of chocolate here. Good peppers but they subdued

T- Lots of coco/chocolate powder. Seems very artificial tasting though. A touch sweeter than expected for a stout. Good balance and a small hit on the back of the throat of heat from the peppers. Just a hint

M- Very creamy and lush. Super tongue coating which I like in a stout

O- Very good blend. The premise is nice of peppers but not a big amount. Would buy again.

Food Pairing

This pretty good stout went well with...... Cheese board with condiments such as pickles, honey and olives


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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased for about $5 CDN form the local LCBO.

Appearance - The darkest shade of brown is poured with 1 finger of tan head and a frothy appearance. Certainly a good start.

Smell - Plenty of milk chocolate, a hint of butterscotch sweetness, but mostly chocolate with the faintest whiff of pepper just lingering on the edge of the senses.

Taste - Starts sweet and chocolaty then on comes the pepper and some chipotle heat. Concludes with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and silky with moderate body and carbonation. Works really well with this stout which does a little bit of everything but nothing to the extreme.

Overall - Not much else to say other than a very solid milk stout with the added chipotle kick. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Best Before 11/15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Big milk chocolate aroma that's plenty sweet and brings along with it caramel and malted milk balls. Chipotle is there but not very apparent.

T- Chocolate at first and then the smokiness of the chipotle comes in pretty strong. Not as sweet as the aroma lets on. The spice starts to build but never becomes overbearing.

M- Only drawback to this beer is the feel is a bit thin. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A really good spicy chocolate stout though I remember the draft version being more sweet and less smoky. Still, quite tasty.

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with a BB date of April 2015 served cool in a goblet.

Pours clear, near opaque, dark red-brown. Limited head and retention.

Aroma:chocolate; chocolate malts and a hint of coffee.

Flavor: intense and delicious dark chocolate; hints of coffee, toast, smoke and dark fruits. Light but fairly obvious chiptole pepper. Lingering, mildly bitter and smoky aftertaste of dark roasted grains and chipotle peppers with hints of coffee and hops.

Feel: smooth, full body with mildly lively carbonation. Very mild heat (pepper).

O: highly reccommended, especially for chocolate lovers.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear and opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of cola brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of mottled extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of milk chocolate with lighter notes of cocoa and vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is followed by a moderate to strong flavor of rich milk chocolate and just a touch of cocoa powder with just a hint of sweetness. There are hints of vanilla and a light to moderate flavor of chipotle pepper spice that seems to intensify slightly as the beer warms up. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really a very good authentic take on Mayan/Mexican Chocolate in a beer - easy to drink and enjoyable with a really nice but subtle presence of chipotle peppers. Definitely one I would grab again.

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The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from Ilkley Brewery Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 97 ratings