BlackHaddock (7690) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
500ml bottle into a UK pint sleeve at home on 30th Jan 2016: beer five in a solo tasting session with myself. Deep, dark brown body, huge foaming tanned crown: looks great. Can you have a ’bitter’ smell? Anyway this has a burnt hop aroma with a bitter scent. The taste is also hop bitter with a burnt like coal/coke/nutty slack bite. Chocolate notes arrival late on in each sip, still bitter though. I have had problems with some Salopian beers in the past, but this is lovely in my opinion: I much prefer their darker beers to the golden, citrusy offerings although most of my friends like those more than the dark brews! Good job we are all different. Werckmeister (3331) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 11, 2015
0,5l bottle at home from trade with minutemat, big thanks. BB 03/2016. very nice very dark brown / almost black color, rather big tan head that stays for a while. hmm, smell has some problems unfortunatly, cucumber, pickles and some spices. also some licorice and a bit soapy, almost no hops noticeable on this one, just light grass and herbal notes, also some light notes of coffee. Overall a bit unclean smell, not too disturbing but also not very inviting, overall still OKish. medium body, rather light carbonation, slick mouthfeel even a bit creamy towards the finish. Unfortunatly the taste is in accordance with the smell, taste of old hops and a bit solvent like, light pickles, light spices, also some green olives. also some light citric notes, some roast, licorice, some pepper and some more spices. finishes a bit dry and lightly bitter with pickles, peppers and some citric notes. According to BB date this still should be good, but the beer definitly has some problems. Its not undrinkable, but the experience could be better, overall just OK. DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2015
From Gonzo. Stout-like, glossy with a pocked whip of dun foam imploding. Nose evocative of blueberry, liquorice, Neopolitan ice cream drizzled with coffee dregs. Then burnt newspaper. Espresso, cranberry in chocolate, coffee bomb taste with tangs of sour amidst the bitterness. Finally nutty and crisp with coffee bean bitterness and (high cocoa) chocolate. Fine but doesn’t enrapture. The lighter stuff is where Salopian truly shine.
JohnRMurdoch (5053) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2015
500ml bottle from Hippo Beers. Almost black, big foamy head. Wood hop aroma. Light sweet toasted woody hop flavour. Light woody aftertaste. This is a really great beer. allmyvinyl (11026) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle shared with Ashton McCobb. Pours dark hazy brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of wood spice, sandalwood, pot pourri. Taste is faint chocolate, lots of wood notes. Bitter finish.
AshtonMcCobb (6916) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle from Appleyards Deli, Shrewsbury.
Appearance - close to opaque black with a nice head.
Nose - wood spice, pot pourri, plant stalks. Slightly savoury.
Taste - got wood, again. Tangy orange.
Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long balanced finish.
Overall - yes enjoyable. johndoughty (5543) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle. Black with a small head. Medium body with some hops and slightly bitter. Like a cross between a dark IPA and a stout. Interesting. Tselloufc88 (350) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle from the Rugby Tap. Aromas of orange, pineapple, pine, coffee, some smoke. Taste is sharp citrus, coffee and chocolate with a long lasting finish with pine and some smokey ness. Pretty delicious redders1974 (1630) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2016 Lovely black ipa pours with lovely latteish off white head treacle colour sweet jams blackcurrant damsons taste and a roasty medium finish top stuff likeatrainwreck (572) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2015
Pours black with lacing tan head. Pine on the nose. Huge roasty burnt flavours, dry and bitter with pungent resiny hops. Great black IPA, and done slightly different to most by having the roasted malt more forward.