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Salopian Black Ops

Brewed by Salopian
Style: Black IPA
Shrewsbury, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Cask; Special
March 2011 7.5%
October 2013 7.4%
Black in colour with flavors that are intensely malty and deeply roasted with accents of dark fruit, chocolate and mocha. Hints of sweetness are tempered by crisp tart bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11552) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep opaque black with a large, creamy, beige head. Aroma has sweet chocolate, citrus, light coffee. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, grapefruit and grass hops. Lingering malty bitterness. More stout than black ipa, really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2170) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2015
Bottle from Kris Wines. Very nice pour, opaque black, with a medium to large foam head, which dissipates to thin. When I stick my nose in this I know it’s going to be different in a good way. Zingy citrous, grapefruit peel, lime peel, desert cream, then roasted malt, Marmite (yeast extract), molasses. Taste is a creamy, roasted malt stout, with fruit citrous zest, chocolate, very milky, bitter roasted malt and black coffee. Milky, fruity, zesty, chocolate. Weird combination but it kind of works nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (5777) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle share at Bruce’s birthday drinks craft beer co. Many thanks to Leighton. Dark black / reddy brown coloured pour with a lasting mid tan head. Aroma is smooth Roasty, sharp lemon hop, dark choc, little pine. Is this a black IPA. Palate is full and smooth, moderate carbonation. Flavour is nice clean sharp lemon hop, little pine, dark choc, roasted barley. Tangy bitterness, long lingering dark choc. Velvety on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9349) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours jet black with a thick tan head. The nose is rich, sweet, roasty, coffee cake, juicy, chocolate, earth and light orangey sweetness. The taste is smooth, rich roast, charred wood, earth, chocolate covered coffee beans, mild acidity, spice, sherbet and orange peel with a dry finish. Medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Well rounded and very drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (14303) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle shared during Bruce’s birthday in London - picked up at auto beer...maybe. Probably vintage 2013. Pours deep black-brown with a dense brown head; looks like a helluva beer. The nose has a lot of heavy roast, burnt pine, cocoa. Medium sweet flavor, nice ashy roast and scorched pine, bitter dark chocolate, slight minerality. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt pine and grass, some boozy warmth, drying minerals, scorched earth. Very solid. Very robust.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12601) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a tan head. Aroma is citrus, coffee, licorice. Flavour is coffee, citrus, hop, malt, berries, licorice, sugar. Full body. Nice beer. KRS 080814.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7447) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
[6923-20141127] Bottle. Dirty grainy earth malt aroma. Black cola body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Bitter earthy grains and hoppy forest bed flavour. Full body. Really weird at first but I dig it. (8/4/9/4/16) 4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 2014-11-27.Black body with a very large creamy brown head and light lace. Aroma of musky green leafy hops, lightly dusty cocoa tinged dark malt. 7+ Flavour is similar, fairly bitter throughout, whispers of citrus try to make themselves known over a core that is dry then sweet cocoa weaved with green lightly musky hops, light roast. Smooth medium bodied palate is softly carbonated. The mix of flavours is not entirely to my own taste but it is quite good regardless. I have had this for several months, I am curious if the citrus is more bold in a younger version. Bottle from Valhalla’s Goat, Glasgow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14473) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle, 7.4%. Grassy hop aroma, jam and dark roasted malts. Black colour. Small stable creamy brown head. The flavour is smokey and hoppy with a good jam note. Sweet and isotonic. Mild hop bite in the finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamsen78 (4438) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle from Ales By Mail. Pours cloudy nearly black with airy dark tan head. Clear aroma of roast, with notes of malt and touches of hops. Bitter, roasty flavour, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and liquorice. Tart bitter aftertaste. Rough, bitter and roasty aftertaste. Really good.

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