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Salopian Black Ops

Brewed by Salopian
Style: Imperial Stout
Shrewsbury, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlackerMads (1607) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Black with a large creamy good lacing dark brown head. Hoppy nose, citrus, pine with some chocolate behind it. Same goes for flavour; citrus, pine, chocolate, dark roasted malt, light wood, very light liquorice, cocoa. Medium/full body, the texture is really soft and smooth, medium sweet and bitter, light salty, soft carbonation. Soft and light salty finish with chocolate and lingering hops. Very solid Black IPA / really hoppy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3237) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2014
Tan head dark pour mild carbonation aromas citrus pine the flavours caramel citrus chocolate malt wheat pine orange medium bitter grapefruit or lemon rind is it an imperial or Black IPA either way good liquorice taste Sorachi comes over well the finish best tastes hops grain bitter pine finish sweetness goes down so well

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (13558) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. It pours a dark brown to black body under a dark tan head of finger-thick size. Lots of Tyrkisk Pæber candy, with lemon and some licorice and coffee in the aroma. Piney and resiny notes too. It’s quite bitter in the mouth, with a touch of alcohol warmth. Full body and a light carbonation level. Lasting roasted finish. Pretty wonderful this one, really like the blend of flavors, although it’s perhaps a bit one dimensional. 140808

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5720) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, some cheesy hops, lemon, malt and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with some roasted notes, caramel, coffee, lemon and coffee. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7610) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee and caramel. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, roasted, chocolate, bubblegum and sorachi ace finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (479) - SCOTLAND - JUL 29, 2014
Near-black beer with a brown foamy head and a light aroma of fruit. Flavour is tangy fruit, chocolatey malt and it leaves a dry, bitter taste in the mouth. So much body it feels like a pudding. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (11127) - DENMARK - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, hop, medium sweet and quite bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (5667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home, BBE 10/2014
Aroma has licorice, some hops with grapefruit and gooseberry bush. Flavour is rather hoppy with soy sauce, licorice, cocoa and some grapefruit. Aroma was nice but flavour is slightly messy. More like Black IPA than IS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (7397) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein fast schwarzes Bier mit einer tollen brauenen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, reife Früchte, bitter. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, bittere Schokolade, Kaffeebohnen, leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humlelala (984) - DENMARK - JUN 29, 2014
(33 cl bottle courtesy of minutemat; BBD: October 2017) Pours pitch black with creamy, toffee head. Good retention and beautiful lace. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy with nice herbal, ginger, crayola and sodapop notes overpowering the toasted malt. Oily texture, soft carbonation, full body with an ascerbic, roasted yet hoppily flavourful finish. Flavour is well balanced with some hoppy bitterness accompanied by roasted malt, some licorice notes and just a hint of alcohol astringency. Interesting and perhaps somewhere between a black IPA and an imperial stout?

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