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


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (7794) - 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 (4196) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonnyConga (35) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2014
Cask at spoons ryde, IOW. not really black but dark red/ ruby. Nice balanced beer. Spicy, a little coffee perhaps, not that hoppy. Quite Tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1154) - London via, WALES - APR 11, 2014
Cask at Montagu Pyke JDW Soho. Black, small white head. Aroma is cheesy, sweaty socks, lime. Body is medium, slightly foamy, carbonation low. Taste - caramel, lime, charred wood. Builds to a chocolatey aftertaste. Smell is not the best but I enjoyed the flavour of this one. Good - drinkable and tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
Cask handpull at Metropolitan Spoons Baker Street. Very dark brown beer thin collar of bubbles. Powdery coffee and chocolate. Not sure the lime and Grapefruit hop goes with the rest of the beer. A little but of tobacco in there. It’s ok but not my thing. Leather and tobacco like a heavy tannin red wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Cask at Victoria Station Spooneria, 02/04/14, JDW Spring 2014 Fest Beer #17. Mahogany brown with a well appointed tan head that retains well, some lacing ensues. Nose is biscuit, earthy hop, dark berry fruit, lightly charred aroma. Taste comprises a subtle pine twang, jammy berry fruit, light cocoa, hint of smoke, gentle Ribena berries. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying closure. Tidy enough CDA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (13343) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
2nd April 2014
Crosse Keys Spoons. Cask. Clear deep brown beer, small pale tan head. Smooth palate, light fine carbonation. Smooth dark malts, tiny bit of roasty bitterness. Pleasantly tangy dark fruits with a distinct Coca Cola like tone. Light hop bitterness and spice beforea dry finish. Hangs together well and is a tasty number.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (1445) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2014
Cask at Back of Beyond, Reading. Dark brown with a middling creamy head. A little melon and grapefruit up front then bitter pine kicks in. Chocolate and cola come through but overall it’s maybe a little too bitter to allow the full flavour of the hops to shine through. Not bad though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (9830) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2014
Cask at the Victoria Station Spoons - London. Pours dark, caramel-brown with a thick, fluffy khaki head. The nose receives dark toasted bread, burnt leaves, slight pine. Light-medium sweet flavor with decent roasted malt character, some oily pine, nips of cocoa. Medium bodied with fine carbonation; nicely conditioned. Lightly resinous on the finish with more well-toasted brown bread, earth, dirty pine, cocoa. Not a bad mid-level CDA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidtjm (154) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 29, 2014
Black pour, vanishing head, aroma is tropical fruits. Taste is bitter, citrus malts, some pine and fruity elements. Very nice

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