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


on tap

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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theprof (186) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
Cask interesting aroma for a dark floral and sweetened coffee. Expresso black with crema to match. Taste is very smooth, continuing the toffee malt theme with some smokiness creeping through. I’d still describe the body as light to medium despite a creamy languor with a long finish and little carbonation. A pleasant surprise (or just a sign that I should go home).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (5046) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2015
Cask@GBBF 2015, Olympia, London - dark brown to black coloured pour with a beige head. Aroma and taste is a mix of roasted malts and tropical fruits, prominent hoppy, grapefruit, pine needles, some caramel, cocoa, roasted hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Cask at GBBF, Olympia, London, 2015. Mahogany coloured pour with a white head. Caramel malt and raisin aroma. Dark fruit and raisin flavour. Quite smooth. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
At Great British Beer Festival 2015, Day 2. Clear amber/mahognay beer with a small beige head. Malty roasted aroma, caramel, spicy, chocolate, some grapes. Malty vanilla flavor, caramel, spicy, chocolate, some grass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3557) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2015
At GBBF. Purity Saddle Black 5.10% IPA The Apollo - B02 Pouring a reddish brown with a minimal beige head The aroma is acrid chocolatey malts and citrusy hops. Quite black IPA like. The body is med-full and silky smooth. Nice clean green bitter hop flavor with smokey chocolate fudge. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2015
At GBBF. Thin, light beige head, very dark mahogany colour with yellowish hue, black in its ’soul’ but translucent around the edges. Aroma of burnt toast, brambleberries, hint of smoked meat, caramel, pepper. Clean fruity onset, dried prunes, smooth but rather thin mouthfeel, caramelly and toasted malts with a nice smoky touch in the end, paired with peppery, aromatic hops which could have been more pronounced for me; toasted malts is the main impression after swallowing. Underhopped BIPA if you ask me, but still a very enjoyable, flawless beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (37013) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2015
From cask. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted, crisp hops fruity. Bitter, toasted and mild fruity. Bitter, toasted and dark malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
foxo82 (815) - 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 (68) - 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 (536) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
That’s 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.

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