Brewed by Purity
Style: Black IPA
Alcester, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Cask & craft keg, Seasonal; The 7% Bottled version is seperately listed;
Saddle Black, a full-flavoured hoppy black beer, dedicated to cyclists and available in cask from the end of November until March 2014. Saddle Black is brewed using smoked, chocolate and black malts and New World hops Chinook and Cascade. Together these create a well-rounded beer with aromas of citrus, chocolate and espresso.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, - FEB 3, 2014
Very nice, standard fruit aroma, bags of bitter sweet taste, a cindery, powdery edge under the juicy ipa part.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
leebotton (201) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Pours thick black with a dark beige head and excellent head retention. Very crisp, subtle aroma of lightly roasted mediterranean meat (not actually I suppose but it reminds me of that). Got the soapy black IPA hint. Flavour again is fairly subtle. I mean, it’s got the earthiness, it’s got the citrus and it does have some burnt roasty (more burnt) notes coming through. Unfortunately there’s a bit of a metallic flavour I associate with supermarket beer. It’s ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6453) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2014
On tap at Pure Bar & Kitchen, pours black with a medium beige head. Nose brings out a complex mix of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee and piney hops. Flavour is very similar, with notes of powdered cocoa, coffee, piney hops, and medium roast. The cocoa is the first thing to hit and then the roasted malt / hop body takes over. Very creamy body. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Cask at Wetherspoons. Roasty, sweet chocolate, thin, dry toffee, liquorice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6290) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2014
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol, March 2014. Jet black with a slight, off-white head. Sharp, citrus hops, some chocolate and coffee and a dryish finish. A bit thin in the mouth, but ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5254) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2014
Cask (William Jameson JDW, Sunderland) - Dark brown with red tinges. Roasted malt, soapy hops and a hint of liquorice in the aroma. Hoppy and slightly roasted taste with soapy hops, fudge and liquorice in the taste. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3772) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2014
Hand-pulled half-pint in Montgomery’s Tower (Wetherspoons), Shrewsbury on 28th April 2014. Ruby red, leaning towards black: the tan coloured head gave some heavy and impressive lacing. Malts rule the roost completely, roasted, toasted and baked for all I know. Sweet, yet dry and bitter also: a complex and interesting brew. Another very good beer from this brewery.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer0clock (138) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
black, brown, frothy, minimal head, clear, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, creamy, medium body, soft carbonation, both my mum, me and my husband all like this which has to be a first. edward rayne jdw.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (1784) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2014
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 7 April 2014. Poured a near black, with a ruby hue, rocky tan head and good lacing. Smoky aroma, with notes of roasted malt and grassy hop. Burnt malt flavours, with coffee and molasses. Finish was bitter hop resin, liquorice and tar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8085) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Cask, The Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Oadby. Near black with red tints and a beige head. Aromas are chocolate and nutty coffee with blackberries. Earthy with cream and low grapefruit. Flavours are bittersweet dark chocolate with resinous berries and roast coffee. Vinous with toffee and warming alcohol. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4530) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2014
Cask at the Hope Tap (JDW), Reading. Deep mahogany with a tight beige head; aroma of richly roasted malts with some damsons and a touch of chocolate; smooth, fruity, taste; with a dry lingering fruity finish with some spice and coffee. A very satisfying ale.

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