REVIEW: The Ilkley Brewery Co. – The Mayan

Name: The Mayan
Brewed By: The Ilkley Brewery Co.
Style: Stout
ABV: 6.5 %
Country: UK
Web: ilkleybrewery.co.uk

At the start of 2013 Ilkley Brewery took on the concept of a chili – chocolate stout, and The Mayan was born. This is a bold beer with massive flavours. The real chocolate hits you at first, like being pleasantly smacked around the face by a Cadbury bar, but that gives way to a smooth, malty, warm note. As with the rest of the Ilkley line-up, the label has been designed by illustrator and graphic artist Danny Pig who was brought in to re-design their labels and website as part of their big re-brand this year. The striking designs of bold colours and strong line work have seen the brewery double their sales, proving that a strong design concept is just as important to the success of a beer as the brew itself.

The Ilkley Brewery Co - The Mayan
The Ilkley Brewery Co – The Mayan

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