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


on tap

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Keg & can; Regular at 5.8%.
Cask; Seasonal - November to March at 5.1%.
Note: 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.

viktorvee's rating

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (7049) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2016
Ok complexity. Tasty and fresh ale.
Black color with a fine tan head. Fine lacing. Good intensity in the aroma. Medium body and an ok carbonation. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Semi dry ending and the flavor stays at the back of your mouth for a long time. Chocolate, tropical, mild roast, pine and grapefruit hoppy.
[On tap at Black Friar at Blackfriars in London, England]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (2687) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
Zwarte kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoetig, chocolade, hop. Smaakt zoetig hop, chocolade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (2511) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
Cask. Donker bruin bier met een getinte schuim kraag. Ruikt hoppig, thee. Smaakt fruitig, hop, thee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hansvf (707) - - APR 28, 2016
De eerste in Londen, uit cask. Mooi donker. Happig, cacao, best lekker, maar ook beetje mij.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cimbasso (772) - - MAR 26, 2016
Sampled from a can (not a bottle). This is a black beer with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malt. The taste is dominated by roasted and smoky flavours with hints of coffee, licorice and dark chocolate. Excellent mouth feel. This is the best black IPA that I have tasted. A really excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4421) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Cask @ JDW Montgomery’s Tower, Shrewsbury. Pours a predictable black with tan head. Aroma is dark berries and chocolate malt. Taste is slick with dark berries, pleasing dark malt, faint pine and light chocolate. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3893) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2016
Tried at the felix holt, Nuneaton. Deep mahogany colour with a thin tan head. Decent roasted malty aroma and taste, also the citrus and fruity hops, really fresh and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vladivostok (451) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2016
Pleasant enough dark beer, although I had it down as a porter rather than a Black IPA. Dark enough with a disappointingly sudsy head, it has an aroma of caramel and malt, not the intense hoppiness I would have expected. Nonetheless, not a bad beer although not one I would actively seek out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2015

Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2015, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Purity Saddle Black (Cask & Keg) ].
Clear dark red brown color with a average, frothy - fizzy and open, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, light to moderate hoppy, citrus, fruity hops. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, roasted, citrus, caramel, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20150812]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MustangMarkF (246) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2015
Draft poured a medium off white head that disapated. Lovely rich fruity taste with caramel notes. Best purity cask ale I’ve had.

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