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


on tap

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RATINGS: 50   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
foxo82 (794) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
Cask at Pure Bar, Birmingham. Bitter cough medicine mixed with liquorice. Thin and wine-like in the feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
at_the_hop (65) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2015
Looks are deceiving. This tastes and drinks as a hoppy Ipa. Retains a malty character with some dark notes but blind tasted most would say this was a paler beer than it is and capable of session status. Not exceptional but certainly one for the bucket list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sjohnh (430) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
Thatís really nice. Lovely looking draught beer - almost black with a thick creamy head. Medium body. More like an English IPA - more malty caramel than citrus - but this works really well with the roasted malts and chocolate. Pretty fab.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (1470) - CROATIA - JAN 1, 2015
Cask at the York Tap, York, UK. Pours black with tan head. Hops, pine, fruits, roasted malts, chocolate. Dry bitterish finish. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (1029) - Lille, FRANCE - NOV 11, 2014
On cask @ Wellington, Birmingham - UK. Color: opaque black beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: roasted malt and fresh grass and hops domination. Notes of caramel. Really well balanced on nose. Taste: nice and well balanced black IPA with malt notes of caramel and licorice. Hops with grassy notes. Aftertaste: caramel and roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4096) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2014
Cask at the Wellington, Brum. Sampled on launch night, way back when. I always enjoy this: a really sessionable dark hoppy ale. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
renffisch (869) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Cask @ the Sloaney Pony, citric soapy coffee nose, deepest red almost black colour, big bubbled beige head no rim. Mild sweet coffe taste with a good hop bite in the end

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
olsvammel (4008) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Smell of grass, hay, hops and herbs. Malty taste, light hoppy with caramel. Light BIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
leebotton (310) - 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, itís got the earthiness, itís got the citrus and it does have some burnt roasty (more burnt) notes coming through. Unfortunately thereís a bit of a metallic flavour I associate with supermarket beer. Itís ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (9222) - 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.

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