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

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Keg & can; Regular at 5.8%.
Cask; Seasonal - November to March at 5.1%.
Note: 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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3.5
   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.


3.8
johndoughty (5446) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2017
Can. Black with a medium head. As you would expect appearance is black. Hoppy slightly dry flavour. Well balanced with a reasonable body. A good one.

3.2
Pudding (257) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2016
5 litre minicask, contains yeast. Pours brown/black with minimal head. Fruity aroma. Dark treacle too. Taste muted at first, lingering fruitiness. Overall a pleasant porter.

3.8
Cunningham (7969) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2016
Ok complexity. Tasty and fresh ale.
Black color with a fine tan head. Fine lacing. Good intensity in the aroma. Medium body and an ok carbonation. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Semi dry ending and the flavor stays at the back of your mouth for a long time. Chocolate, tropical, mild roast, pine and grapefruit hoppy.
[On tap at Black Friar at Blackfriars in London, England]

3.5
Bosbouw (2925) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
Zwarte kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoetig, chocolade, hop. Smaakt zoetig hop, chocolade.

3.6
Abijen (2571) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
Cask. Donker bruin bier met een getinte schuim kraag. Ruikt hoppig, thee. Smaakt fruitig, hop, thee.

3.4
hansvf (898) - - APR 28, 2016
De eerste in Londen, uit cask. Mooi donker. Happig, cacao, best lekker, maar ook beetje mij.

3.7
Cimbasso (892) - - MAR 26, 2016
Sampled from a can (not a bottle). This is a black beer with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malt. The taste is dominated by roasted and smoky flavours with hints of coffee, licorice and dark chocolate. Excellent mouth feel. This is the best black IPA that I have tasted. A really excellent beer.

3.6
minutemat (5478) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Cask @ JDW Montgomery’s Tower, Shrewsbury. Pours a predictable black with tan head. Aroma is dark berries and chocolate malt. Taste is slick with dark berries, pleasing dark malt, faint pine and light chocolate. Interesting.

3.5
Mr_Pink_152 (5005) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2016
Tried at the felix holt, Nuneaton. Deep mahogany colour with a thin tan head. Decent roasted malty aroma and taste, also the citrus and fruity hops, really fresh and drinkable.

3
Vladivostok (485) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2016
Pleasant enough dark beer, although I had it down as a porter rather than a Black IPA. Dark enough with a disappointingly sudsy head, it has an aroma of caramel and malt, not the intense hoppiness I would have expected. Nonetheless, not a bad beer although not one I would actively seek out.


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